When most new developments in Weybridge are built the developer has to pay a tax referred to as CIL (Community Infrastructure Levy) to help fund any increased needs locally, as a consequence of the building.
This infrastructure can be equipment for schools, health centres, community centres or safer or better designed streets. CIL funds may only be used for new or enhanced facilities and not for staffing, repair or general maintenance of existing facilities.
Typically in Elmbridge, towns have an allocation and bids can be made by residents or groups in the town for funds for a project. See here your most frequently asked questions.
This year in Weybridge there are seven applications for CIL funding.
We are interested to hear your views on these. Do you support any of these projects? Or would you like to comment on them? Click on each one for more details and click here for our survey.
We also include a scoring assessment of each project for applicability and desirability. Some projects are uncosted, do not have permission of the landowner or do not necessarily enhance our infrastructure. But what do you think?
These are the seven applications for CIL funding in Weybridge.
Surrey county for improvements to footpath linking Broadwater path to Walton Lane. CIL funding of £8,981 has been requested to create a wider all-weather route.
St James School to refurbish the Lodge to create additional teaching and community space. CIL funding of £60,000 has been requested. A quotation has been provided that is consistent with the amount requested.
The Weybridge Society for improvement to lighting around the war memorial and restoration of the surroundings. CIL funding of £32,500 has been requested for the works.
PA Housing for bollards to prevent parking on adopted highways land in Brooklands Road. CIL funding of £3,500 has been requested for the works.
Walton Firs Foundation for new accommodation pods to provide additional capacity. CIL funding of £24,560 is requested. Three quotations have been provided, the lowest of which is consistent with the amount requested.
The Grotto Road, Thames Street junction in Weybridge is notorious for road danger – the pedestrian risk and traffic around school times is horrendous. What makes it really dangerous is that there is no footpath by the fence in Grotto Road. Many primary age children walk by themselves or with their parents either alongside the fence in the traffic or have to cross Grotto Road twice to get to school.
So, what can be done about it?
Cllr Andrew Davis lobbied Surrey county to build a path – with an estimated cost somewhere between £20,000 to £60,000 but Surrey hasn’t the money. However, Weybridge has. Weybridge councillors have £500,000 to spend on such projects. All okay then? Well, actually . . . No!
Here is the bizarre thing. Any such project has to have a feasibility study, but Weybridge’s £500,000 may not be spent on such studies. And Surrey cannot even afford the study to demonstrate the cost effectiveness and benefit of the project!
Fortunately, Cllr Davis has managed to get Surrey to consider making a bid to Weybridge councillors to pay for the project, based on the upper estimate of £60,000, if the project is shown to have a good level of local support.
The Weybridge Liberal Democrat team have set up a survey to canvass support from local people who are concerned about the danger of this junction.
Weybridge residents, find out more and add your support hereand watch this space for updates.
Following requests for better access to the path behind Morrisons from Baker Street Car Park, I asked for the railing to be removed and a parking space to be set aside for pedestrians.
The administration does not want to remove the railings because it does not want to establish a right of way across the car park into the store. The administration’s objective is to maximize the value of the land it owns and a right of way could considerably reduce that value.
The administration has accepted that the access to the path should be made easier and the borough’s parking services team are in the process of ‘packaging’ the proposal with a few other areas to try and ensure economy of scale and best value. There is no specific timescale at the moment, but they expect it will take another few weeks to finalise these elements.
The Weybridge cycling campaign welcomes the move to set Weybridge as the town in Elmbridge to begin the new cycling strategy. This five year strategy looks to the present and future needs of the town in planning new facilities for cyclists. The main trust will be to plan for a network of safe cycling routes between Weybridge and its neighbours (Shepperton, Walton, Hersham, Cobham, Byfleet, Woodham and Addlestone) especially in relation to the main locations in Weybridge: the riverside, town centre, Heathside School/Brooklands College (along with the primary schools), station, Brooklands offices and out-of-town shopping.
The aim is for safe cycling between all of these locations. Our aim is to catch up with the Netherlands. They began a while ago but look at this video to see how they managed the change.
Now that the associated roadworks for Morrison’s development are largely complete traffic should reduce along Baker Street. These are the “developer’s” draft proposals for Baker Street. The scheme is currently with Surrey’s Transportation Development Planning Team to agree as a condition of the planning permission. There might be an option for a 20mph limit (or 20mph zone).
Just when the vanguard countries like Denmark and the Netherlands are removing road humps – Surrey is still putting them in place. Just make sure the humps are not near your house!! Ask the people of Portmore Park Road, Thames Street and Walton Lane.
Elmbridge has received an application for a grant of £82,000 to change the layout of the path through the car park at the end of Thames Street with an aim to highlight the Thames Path and focus on the view of the Thames.
This bid is competing with many other bids from around the borough. What do you think? If you want to know more about it click on Weybridge Point Car Park. The meeting to decide on this is being held on Monday, 29 September.
With a walk taking place nearly every day of the year, the borough’s organised walks have helped walkers to cover some 94,500 miles since the scheme was launched in 2003. Walks are available for all abilities. Find out more. If you want to select a walk and add it directly into your diary click here.
I invited people to add their street if parking was of concern to them. In April I reported that Surrey staff would be ready to recommend changes to the Surrey Local Committee in late May. Three proposals have made it through:
Elmgrove Road – to extend the hours of operation of parking bays to 9:00 to 18:00 to improve parking amenity for residents (in Elmgrove Road).
Portmore Park Road junction with Thames Street. The introduction of at any time restrictions on both corners of the junction.
Portmore Park Road around the traffic island near number 68. The introduction of at any time restrictions on both sides of the street.
Other proposals in the town are: in Brooklands Road, Daneswood Close, Grove Place, Hanger Hill, High Street, Julian Hill, Locke King Road, Pine Grove, Queens Road, Rosslyn Park.
The report going to the Surrey Local committee can be found here. Detailed map can be found here.
I have just been appointed to this committee so I would welcome any comments that you have – the first meeting is on Monday, 16 June 2014. It will not be too late afterwards.