In 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.
Update @ 11th January 2018
We now understand that the plan is to construct the Crossing during the school summer holidays this year (2019). It never ceases to confound me how long it takes Local Government's wheels to work, but at last, after far too long, it seems we have a date set. Though of course they have to set a caveat that should emergency or more pressing work crop up this date might move back. Let's hope not and we get the crossing that Jayne Mansfield and Julia Steinhardt have worked so hard for over such a long time. Well done ladies, and well done Chris Townsend and Peter Stanyard for supporting their efforts!
Once in place we set our sights on getting the speed limit for the stretch from before The Burrows Nursery to Ashtead Village made a 30mph zone.