Many thanks to those Residents Associations that participated in the preparation of the response in November by FEDORA to Elmbridge Borough Council (BC) in connection with the new Design Code. The new Design Code is a key part of the new Local Plan and will govern the basis on which Oxshott is to develop over the next 15 years.
Elmbridge Borough Council has just announced its intention to hold the next stage of its engagement on the new Design Code. This will be at the Civic Centre in Esher at 5.30pm on Tuesday 24 January. Please make every effort to be there. The more people we have there speaking on behalf of Oxshott, the more likely it will be that our views will be taken in to account. Conversely, minimal presence at this event will leave us open to being treated as just another part of Elmbridge and therefore ripe for intensified development.
Read more at https://twitter.com/FEDORA_Oxshott/status/1604509203619405825
Read FEDORA's 11/22 submission here.
We expressed our disappointment last year on the lack of coordination between Surrey County Council and National Highways regarding the risks to Oxshott and Cobham during the three year construction phase of this major project.
FEDORA joined a recent call with our two local Surrey Councillors, the Surrey Cabinet member now responsible for highways and two employees of the construction company (representing National Highways) to discuss the current situation and how things can best be improved. It was reconfirmed that the A244 though Oxshott will not be a designated diversion route but it is accepted that nothing has been done, and in practice little can be done, to prevent vehicles choosing to divert onto the A244. Measures have however been agreed to improve communications between Surrey and National Highways and to keep local residents better informed.
National Highways has established a dedicated website for this project which can be accessed here https://nationalhighways.co.uk/our-roads/south-east/m25-junction-10/. This is regularly updated. It is also possible on this page to sign up for a monthly newsletter which highlights future activity. Two key developments just implemented:
- Narrow lanes and reduced speed limits have been introduced on the A3 around Junction 10. This is supported by average speed cameras.
- At various night times during January 2023, sections of the A3 will be closed at night. Of most relevance to Oxshott residents is the southbound closures in late January from the A244 junction which will prevent southbound access to the A3 from the A244 and Painshill junctions. Signage further north will be used to divert M25 traffic via the A243 to junction 9.
FEDORA will continue to work with our local Surrey councillors and National Highways to do what is possible to minimise the impact of diverted traffic. We will use this page, along with our social media accounts, to keep supporters updated with major developments.
There is a lot going on and a full update on all projects FEDORA is involved on will be included in the next edition of FEDORA magazine. There is good progress in some areas, in particular a new 20mph speed limit in the centre of the village has been agreed and funded. In the meantime….
M25 J10/A3 Wisley Interchange Development
We reported in our email of 13 July the unsatisfactory state of affairs. This included the fact that on 31 May 2022 the Surrey Cabinet member responsible for roads and infrastructure made a public statement regarding the Traffic Management Plan (required to minimise the impact on the local community) which misled both local residents and councillors.
There is however now progress in the involvement, overdue but through no fault of theirs, of our local Surrey councillors. Cllr David Lewis provided this update:
"Mark Sugden, Surrey County Councillor for Hinchley Wood, Claygate and Oxshott and I recently met with the National Highways team who are responsible for the M25/J10 project. It was confirmed that construction works are planned between Summer 2022 and Summer 2025. A Traffic Management Plan (TMP) was required for the scheme as a legal requirement. This is a National Highways (NH) document and is approved by the Secretary of State. Surrey County Council is a consultee. National Highways confirmed that the TMP is not "carved in stone" and is a living document which can be amended to react to local issues as they arise. The TMP has been published on the NH website under the DCO Requirements section. We were advised that there is a M25 Western Corridor Coordination Group where all planned projects along this corridor can be discussed in order to co-ordinate and mitigate potential impact.
It was confirmed that where the work occurs on SCC highways, SCC approval has to be obtained. It was stated that it is the intention of National Highways and the contractors, Balfour Beatty, to minimise road closures and use diversions routes wherever possible. To do this, the A3 will be maintained as 3 lanes in each direction with narrow running lanes and a 50 mph speed limit enforced. A 50 mph speed limit will also be imposed on the M25 leading up to and including the project area. Working hours will be 8 am to 6 pm weekdays and 8am - 7pm on Saturdays. Where possible, some activities will be undertaken at night but this is not possible for all types of work. National Highways agreed to provide regular updates via their webpages, social media, newsletters, letter drops, text messages etc. It was also agreed that Surrey Highways would provide Surrey County Councillors with a single point of contact who would raise queries and concerns with National Highways and Balfour Beatty as part of their regular dialogue throughout the project.”
We are grateful to both councillors for their support and for responding quickly once the true situation regarding the TMP emerged. We will continue to work closely with other local residents’ groups and key stakeholders to clarify what SCC’s future role on the TMP will be given contradictory statements made by SCC and NH. Our objective is to ensure that in future both SCC and NH have more respect for local residents and recognise and respond to the legitimate concerns about the potential impact on our local environment during the three year construction period.
The road closure necessitated by new sewer works outside Merrileas was completed within the estimated two weeks. We know the closure was a major inconvenience to some and a delight to others as we were spared HGVs rumbling through the village at night. Signage could have been better but we maintained contact with the contractors who were responsive to problems as they emerged. You may have noticed some minor subsidence at the site of the works appeared within days of the road being reopened which we have reported and are told will be fixed in due course. This and a number of other works such as road widening, new pedestrian refuges and other utility works will all require partial road closures under traffic light control so there is plenty or disruption still to come.
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