Notification of major gas works: Barnett Wood Lane, Ashtead
As you may be aware, SGN carried out some upgrades to their gas network in Barnett Wood Lane, Ashtead earlier this year. They now need to return to Barnett Wood Lane during the October half term to carry out the next phase of their work.
So that they can minimise disruption, they have carefully consulted and planned their works in partnership with Surrey County Council. Their work will start on Saturday 20 October and is expected to last approximately one week (Half Term Holiday).
Their engineers will be working in Barnett Wood Lane between the Craddocks Avenue/Woodfield Lane roundabout and Ashtead Youth Centre. They need to install temporary two-way traffic lights around their work area to ensure everyone’s safety and to maintain traffic flow.
They also need to return to the area to carry out some further upgrades at a later date. This work is currently being planned in partnership with Surrey County Council. They will provide more information about this once it has been confirmed.
More information and updates can be found on their dedicated project page at:
SGN understand that roadworks can be frustrating. However, the new plastic pipe has a minimum lifespan of 80 years. This means that when the work is complete, Ashtead residents will continue to enjoy the benefits of a safe and reliable gas supply for years to come.
Woodfield Lane - Parking
Residents using Woodfield Lane cannot help to have been inconvenienced by the parked cars on the eastern side of the road. There is not the room for two cars to pass, and somethimes the gaps left for the driveways are not enough to even pull into. Cars exiting the driveways have almost zero visibility and the cars on the carriageway are travelling fast to get to the other end of the obstruction as soon as possible. There will undoubtedly be an accident there soon.
Councillor Chris Townsend has secured agreement for parking restriction in the road, but there is now a need for public consultation. Residents in Woodfield Lane will have the chance to object. We're not sure why they would because they are being severely inconvenienced by the parked cars, but the legal process must be followed. If objections are received in sufficient numbers, the proposed yellow lines might be scrapped.
In any event nothing will happen until Spring of 2019 and of course there is still the ever present concern that funding shortages my prevent anything happening. Councillor Townsend has even offered his own Councillor Allocation to try to speed things along but has been told this is not permitted.
The full set of drawings for the proposed restrictions can be viewed in this link https://mycouncil.surreycc.gov.uk/documents/s49980/Full%20Set%20drawings.pdf
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.
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.