Highways

Street Lighting - The Big Turn Off

Residents may recall from an earlier post that Surrey County Council proposed switching off street lights overnight from 12 midnight until 5am daily.

This is now to be implemented with effect from January 2017 in Mole Valley. For the list of roads affected see the attached document.

Residents can lodge an objection to this however any decision will be based on the risk assessment criteria – so for example if something such as speed humps has been missed during a site visit, the roads inclusion will be reviewed. Any applications will be assessed on this basis by the Street Lighting team in conjunction with the Road Safety Team and Surrey Police where appropriate. To request a street be deleted or added use the attached form.

Extensive information about the programme, why Surrey CC are doing this, frequently asked questions and, which roads are going to be included and when are available on the Council’s website. This is being updated regularly as new information becomes available and the link can be found at:


https://www.surreycc.gov.uk/roads-and-transport/road-maintenance-and-cleaning/street-lights-traffic-signals-and-signs/street-lights/part-night-street-lighting


If Members require further information or have specific questions, these are best directed to the Street Lighting team via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

No Right Turn - Woodfield Lane

Surrey Highways have supplemented the two No Right Turn signs with road markings. Not perhaps situated in the best spot as the words are at right angles to the traffic approachhing the turn but no real excuse for drivers still turning right and causing a hazardous situation. Whilst the geographical situation is no worse than it has been for 30 years or more, drivers coming from the north of the crossing are now not expecting a driver to turn into their path. As a consequence some near misses have been seen, plus some hand signals that are definitely NOT in the Highways Code.

Drivers are still ignoring this legal restriction and as a consequence the Police have stationed their ANPR wagon by the crossing three times now and are videoing drivers crossing the Level Crossing on Red lights AND taking note of the registration number of those cars turning right illegally. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!!. It is unclear if drivers are just being cautioned or if penalty points and fines are being issued.

 

Woodfield Lane widening

Residents will see that the new parking restrictions are now in force - Mon - Fri parking for 1 hour, no return within the hour. The parking bay is now being used by those visiting the shops or the Common. Two way traffic is now the norm and it is puzzling why certain parties sought to block this scheme which is a great success to all those who use the Station and the Level Crossing.

A few people have criticised the restricted hours and want a return to the previous limitation but all that will do is allow commuters (many from outside Ashtead) to avoid paying the car park fees.

Residents will also see that, at the Residents' Association's request, Keep Clear signs were painted on the two exits from Woodfield Lane to the mini-roundabout and from the Service Road to Craddocks Parade. Drivers found that queuing cars were preventing their exit and these two new road markings should help prevent that.

Sadly John Northcott is no longer around to see the success of this scheme, but it was through his efforts and those of Cllr Chris Townsend that Surrey Highways instigated the Public Consultation which then democratically chose this widening scheme.

 

 

The A24 near The Greville School and Burrows Nursery

A24 smallerIn 2016 Two local parents started a campaign to increase the safety of pedestrians using the A24 near the top of Bramley Way in Ashtead. With The Greville School and the new nursery The Burrow at the entrance to Ashtead Park, there are a number of children and parents crossing this busy road every day - sometimes 4 times a day. They thought the road needed a pedestrian crossing and the speed limit reduced to 30mph until just before The Street.

With the assistance of the Ashtead Residents' Association, Councillor Peter Stanyard (Ind. Park Ward) and SCC Councillor, Chris Townsend they started an online Petition and presented their case to the Local Committee of MVDC and SCC on 15th June 2016.

The Local Committee (consisting of Councillors from Mole Valley District Council and Surrey County Council) met to review the Petition and the report from Officers. The outcome of this was that Officers recommended that the provision of a pedestrian crossing be included on the list of schemes to be considered for future funding by Mole Valley Local Committee and prioritised according to the County Council’s transport objectives.

We now understand that at the recent Local Committee it was confirmed that funding had been agreed and the project is on the list of jobs for Surrey Highways engineers to research and design.

SCC Ashtead Councillor, Chris Townsend, is pressing the engineers to get this done and the matter will be on the table at Local Committee on 1 March 2017 although we would hope for progress before then.

Our congratulations go to Jayne Mansfield and Julia Steinhardt for their very hard work and the successful outcome.

 

Highways News

Street Lights (22/11/2017)

With effect from Thursday 23rd November the street lights will be let on for an extra hour each night, being switched off at 1am. Surrey County Council say, "In recognition of concerns raised by residents, particularly shift workers and those employed in the hospitality industry, we have decided to keep streetlights on across every borough and district in Surrey for an hour longer.

Having listened to residents’ feedback, from Thursday 23 November streetlights in residential areas will stay on until 1am on the Friday morning to make it easier for them to get home.

We are able to do this because the savings from turning the lights off in the early hours of the morning are likely to be higher than anticipated so we are reinvesting back into communities.

Looking ahead, we are considering using LED lights because with technology advances and falling prices the savings they offer could outweigh the cost of installing them."

Although the letter above implies it is for "one night only" we understand that this is to be a continuous addition with effect from 23rd November with lights staying on the extra hour.

 

Road Works - What's happening?

Surrey Highways are now publishing a weekly bulletin of road maintenance in the area. This includes Ashtead but also surrounding villages and towns.

Highways have advised that it may be worth noting that they do try and put the most up to date information in the document at the time of issue, however things are subject to change for all sorts of reasons, including emergencies, breakdowns (plant and equipment etc) and last but not least, the weather!


It is not always possible to include every small piece of work that they do as this is often of a reactive nature and those works tend to be planned on a more day to day or even hourly basis for emergencies and Highway safety considerations which are beyond the scope of this bulletin.


The highways bulletins are now available on this link.

 

For details on roadworks, present and future, plus works by the utility companies go to www.roadworks.org and type in the stem of the Post Code e.g. KT21.

Report that pothole or broken street light

Road defects, potholes, broken kerbs, street light problems etc should be reported to Surrey Highways either by telephoning the Helpline 0300 200 1003 or by logging on to the Surrey County Council web site www.surreycc.gov.uk.

 

You can now report problems like graffiti, fly tipping, broken paving slabs, or street lighting direct from your iPhone.  You simply go to the App Store (iphone or Android) and type in 'Fixmystreet' or "LoveCleanStreets" and it will list the App and you just click to accept this to be downloaded on your phone. They are free of charge and really as simple as that to obtain. Another app for reporting road defects such as potholes is "Fixthathole" also available from the App Store free of charge.

If you have queries with regard to roads in Ashtead, you may email the Associations' Highways Officer, David Baker who will liaise with Surrey Highways as necessary. David's address is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Similarly any queries with regard to Transport (Trains and Buses) please contact the Association's Transport Officer. The Email address is the same This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..