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Surrey County Council – Public consultation – Future of the countryside

Countryside strategy

How should we care for our countryside?

Residents can help shape plans for Surrey County Council’s (SCC) countryside sites for the next 25 years. The plans will form a strategy which will outline how the council will care for the countryside and protect it for future generations.

The strategy is being developed with Surrey Wildlife Trust which manages the sites; and runs alongside a programme to make the countryside self-funding, so improvements can continue to be made without reliance on SCC funding.

Residents can share their views until 3 December 2018 by visiting the SCC website, or by calling 03456 009 009 or texting 07860 053465 for a printed questionnaire.

How should we care for our countryside?

Residents can help shape plans for Surrey County Council’s (SCC) countryside sites for the next 25 years. The plans will form a strategy which will outline how the council will care for the countryside and protect it for future generations.

SCC owns or manages 10,000 acres of the county’s countryside which is open for the public to visit. These include Ockham Common in the north of the county, Norbury Park in the south, Chobham Common in the west and Staffhurst Wood in the east.

Lots of residents use these sites for recreation, health and wellbeing, but they’re also places where people work and live. Additionally, the sites are beautiful landscapes which provide vital habitats for wildlife. We need to ensure that the balance of this usage is maintained.

The strategy is being developed with Surrey Wildlife Trust which manages the sites. It will run alongside a programme to make the countryside self-funding, so improvements can continue to be made without reliance on SCC funding.

The views of residents are vital to help shape this strategy, responses will be taken into account and considered by SCC’s cabinet in early 2019. Residents can share their views until 3 December 2018 by visiting the SCC website, or by calling 03456 009 009 or texting 07860 053465 for a printed questionnaire.

 

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Rural Crime in Surrey

You can also copy this URL into a browser to watch the video: https://youtu.be/3k7LVlaDCEc

PC Laura Rowley, the Wildlife & Rural Crime Coordinator for Surrey Police talks about rural crime in our county – “Surrey is one of the country’s most beautiful counties; it is in fact the most wooded county in the UK. It is home to a wealth of wildlife and offers us access to some truly wonderful places to explore. However, we face a very real threat from criminal individuals who exploit our communities and damage our rural surroundings.

“As Surrey Police’s Wildlife & Rural Crime Co-ordinator, much of my time is spent helping our officers and staff understand what rural crime is. At the moment we have four crime types that we are concentrating on reducing across the county and, by working with our communities, we can tackle these incidents; but what can you do to help?

Livestock Worrying

If you own a dog, or walk dogs for a friend or as a business, please ensure you keep them on a lead when near livestock. If you find they become agitated or excitable when near livestock, walk them away and consider an alternative route.

If you are a land owner, consider placing clear signs at any entrance points to your land warning dog walkers that there is livestock in the field. This can help prepare a dog walker to take the necessary steps to reduce the risk of an incident. Speak to your local neighbourhood team about our Livestock Worrying signs.

If you witness, or are a victim of, livestock worrying, please call the police immediately.

Hare Coursing

If you regularly walk or jog in rural areas, consider looking out for the potential signs of hare coursing, which is a form of poaching. It often happens at dusk or dawn around harvest time (late-Aug/early-Sept) when large tracts of land are crop-less. You may see a group of vehicles parked in a rural area, by a farmland gateway, on a grass verge, track or bridle path. Usually these are estate cars, 4x4s or vans with evidence of carrying dogs. Hare coursers often travel in convoy with minders’ vans front and rear.

If you witness hare coursing (or evidence of any other form of poaching), contact the police immediately. Do not approach participants.

Green Laning

Green Laning is where owners of off-road vehicles, such as 4x4s or trail bikes, take them to ‘Green Lanes’ (so called due to the dense vegetation and unsurfaced road) for recreational driving. This, in itself, is not illegal, however there are some who are taking their vehicles on land they should not be on, including heritage sites or SSSI (Sites of Special Scientific Interest). This can cause permanent damage to the land and its wildlife.

If you witness, or are aware of illegal green laning, please call the police immediately. If you enjoy Green Laning responsibly, and would like more information, the Green Laning Association (GLASS) is a good resource on both where it is permitted and the codes of conduct whilst doing it:

https://www.glass-uk.org

Theft of Plant Machinery

Many of our rural community own valuable plant machinery, such as tractors, land rovers or quad bikes. These are often targeted by thieves and, if stolen, can have a devastating effect on the owner’s livelihood. It is vital that theft of plant machinery is reported as soon as possible, but there also are some actions you can do too, to help protect your machinery. Install CCTV, regularly check it is not obstructed and put up camera warning signs. Mark your machinery; consider etching, stamping or forensic fluid. Ensure all machinery is stored in a secure, locked building.

“The impact of these crimes can be considerable to our rural communities and it is very important that we ensure we help our residents prevent such crimes from happening.

How do you report rural crime?

“Surrey is blessed with a very active, highly integrated rural network. From dog walkers to landowners, farmers to horse breeders. We value each and every one of our county’s communities and want to ensure we work closely with them to ensure we have the most accurate picture possible of any criminal activity happening in your area.

1) Call 101 to report crime, or dial 999 in an emergency or if a crime is in progress.

2) If you have information about a rural crime, you can call 101 or contact Crimestoppers’ anonymous Rural Crime Line on 0800 783 0137 or use their online form here:

https://crimestoppers-uk.org/campaigns-media/campaigns/stamp-out-rural-crime

How can you help?

“You are our eyes and ears and we want to continue to build strong relationships with our rural communities, and as such InTheKnow is an excellent platform for us to communicate with you. The more of rural Surrey we have on InTheKnow, the broader our reach is and the better our impact will be on preventing crime and protecting our residents. If you know someone who would benefit from receiving updates around rural crime, please do forward this message onto them or direct them to https://www.InTheKnow.community, where they can sign up.

“If you haven’t yet, make sure you (and those you tell about InTheKnow) select ‘Country Watch’ as an interest:

1) Select ‘Update your interests now’ and then ‘What type of messages do you want to receive?’

2) Under ‘Rural and Animal Issues’, select ‘Country Watch’

“Together we can help make Surrey’s countryside the safest it can be.”

Working together with Surrey’s rural communities.

Message Sent By
Steve Rhodes (Surrey Police, InTheKnow.Community Administrator, Corp Comms)

 

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Victim Support – Volunteers needed

VS Volunteering Recruitment Poster Surrey Web

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Perry Hill School Reunion

The date:  22nd September 2018

Venue:   Worplesdon Place Hotel

Time:      7pm

Year Groups:  All

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Road closure Salt Box Road – Road resurfacing work

NOTICE
THE SURREY COUNTY COUNCIL
SALT BOX ROAD (C14) GUILDFORD
TEMPORARY PROHIBITION OF TRAFFIC ORDER 2018

SURREY COUNTY COUNCIL PROPOSE TO MAKE the above mentioned Temporary Order under Section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984, the effect of which will be to temporarily prohibit vehicles from entering or proceeding in that length of Salt Box Road (C14) Guildford as extends from its junction with the circulatory carriageway comprised in the roundabout situated at its junction with A320 Woking Road to its junction with the circulatory carriageway comprised in the roundabout situated at its junction with A322 Worplesdon Road. Vehicular traffic will be diverted via Worplesdon Road (A320), Dennis’ Roundabout, Middleton Road (A25), Woodbridge Road (A25), Ladymead (A25), Stoke Crossroads and Woking Road (A320) or this route in reverse order.

This Order is required to enable Surrey County Council to carry out winter damage repair works and/or major highway maintenance works. These works are anticipated to be carried out between 09.30hrs and 16.30hrs, as soon as possible within the 18 month period of operation of this Order which commences on 23 August 2018. Advanced warning signs will be displayed and the temporary closure will only operate when the relevant traffic signs are displayed. Access to premises within the affected length of road, including access by emergency vehicles to these properties, will be maintained at all times, as will access for pedestrians and cyclists. Any vehicle found to be obstructing the highways during these works will be removed to a suitable location outside the limits of the works after all reasonable methods have been undertaken to identify and contact the vehicle’s owner.

Salt Box Road Closure For Re Surfacing 6.8.2018

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Worplesdon Parish Council’s longest serving councillor

Cllr Sandra Morgan MBE achieved a milestone of 50 years’ service to the community this year.  At the June full council meeting Cllr Morgan was presented with a long-service certificate and bouquet of flowers by the Chairman Cllr Paul Cragg.  The Parish Council offers its congratulations on this amazing achievement!

 

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Jacobs Well Scout Troop – adult volunteers required

1st Jacobs Well Scouts

Some of you passing the Village Hall in Jacobs Well may have noticed that the Scout and Guide HQ has suddenly got a lot busier with Beaver and Cub Scouts. We have managed over the last year to find volunteers to start 2 Beaver scout and 2 Cub scout units, and I am pleased to say that all are happy and numbers are growing, 78 at last count. They are growing so much that we are hoping to start a Scout troop at the end of the year. It will be about 20 years since the Village had a troop if we are successful. We have lots of eager recruits but need some adult volunteers to make it happen.

I can imagine you are now thinking, I can’t be a leader, I know nothing about Scouts, I don’t have the time, but Scouts has changed a lot in recent years, the values are still the same but if commitments mean you can’t be there every week, that’s okay, you know nothing about Scouts, there is full training available to suit you.

We really do not want Scouts to disappear again from Jacobs Well, so if you think you may be able to give some time to grow the present Group, please contact me for more information

Carol Shirtliff

District Commissioner Guildford West Scouts

dc@guildfordwestscouts.org.uk

07421 818179

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Travellers on Wood Street Village Green

We are aware of the traveller encampment on Wood Street Village Green, and are in the process of doing all we can, as quickly as possible.

The travellers who arrived on Saturday 14 July will be served with a notice directing them to leave as soon as possible.

We are working with the police who are also aware of the current situation. If the caravans and accompanying vehicles have not left site in accordance with the direction to leave, we will take further action through the legal process.

We are monitoring the situation and have provided the occupants with bin bags, and made arrangements to remove any rubbish.

If you are reporting anti-social behaviour or criminal activity, please contact Surrey Police on their non-emergency number 101 or 999 in an emergency only.

For further information about how we deal with traveller encampments, please visit 

https://www.surreycc.gov.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0020/16580/Responsibility-Timeline-Matrix-v.2.pdf

 

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Objection to planning application no: 18/P/01014 – Land north of Keens Lane

Worplesdon Parish Council has submitted its objection to planning application no:18/P/01014 Land North Of Keens Lane to Guildford Borough Council.  The parish council also commissioned the following desktop ecological surveys 180508 C3287 Land North Of Keens Lane Desk Study IG LP SENT and 180508 C3287 Figure 1 SBIC Datasearch Final Report AK SENT

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Worplesdon Flood Forum walkabout held 6 July 2018

Where does the water flow?

Planning to ensure the potential development at Blackwell Farm doesn’t have a detrimental impact on our existing communities.

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