Throughout my time as a member of the Surrey Heath Chamber of Commerce Committee, and subsequently as the Surrey county councillor for Camberley West, I’ve been concerned about this stretch of the A30. Many residents have written to me or spoken to me, not least fellow members of Camberley Arena who, like me, have to cross the bus lane to turn into Grand Avenue, where there have been many accidents. Another ‘black spot’ is the A30/The Avenue junction, which was featured by BBC TV some years ago when http://www.crashmap.co.uk was introduced. (Log on an search London Road Camberley). The big issues are road safety/casualty reduction; congestion and resultant pollution, and rat-running through the residential areas to avoid A30.
A30 is a major road from London to Lands End. I suspect that the majority of drivers using it are just passing by -we cannot expect to hear their views unless they have an accident.
I understand that funding is now in place for some major improvements to this stretch of road. I believe it to be absolutely essential for councillors and their officers to listen to the views of local residents. Surrey county council has a stated policy to Listen to, Trust, and Respect residents -but unless we know what those views are we cannot react to them.
Thus, in conjunction withe The Camberley Society*, I have arranged a public meeting, which will be co-chaired by my colleague David Ivison, SCC Local Area Committee Chairman, and David Powell who is Chairman of the Camberley Society*.
We are appealing for people to come to the meeting and tell us their views. Anyone who cannot attend is asked to write to me – firstname.lastname@example.org
* Camberley Society are one of the voices of local residents. They have a website and are on Facebook. To be as effective as possible they need more members please.
As a cricket lover since I first discovered the game at the age of nine I’d always dreamed of watching cricket in the West Indies. I was able to make that dream come true earlier this month. Our first stop was Antigua, where England were involved in a 50 over series with the West Indies. We stayed on Jolly Beach; (strangely enough featured in the ‘Discover’ section of the Sunday Telegraph , March 16th); the England cricket party were staying at the other end of the beach and could be seen in the nearby supermarket and beach restaurants. One of the ‘places to visit in Barbados is the old garrison – you’ll notice the racecourse -the venue for the Gold Cup, attended it seemed by most of the population of Barbados on March 9th -fantastic atmosphere! We stopped by to visit the garrison on March 7th, where I noticed a…
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Before I start waffling – these top-of- the -range boots are for sale – I’m open to offers. They’ve only got 30 miles on the clock and I cannot wear them. I’m not inclined to resort to e-bay and have somebody offer 50p – if it comes to that I’ll give them to a charity shop. Heaven knows I already give a load of stuff to various charity shops. Last week it was a load of old cricket gear I’ll never use again unless England really get desperate and call me up. Week before it was some golf shoes. Anyway, as a keen rambler (more later) I decided a couple of years ago to get some new boots – and to really splash out. So off I went to Cotswold, and asked to see the very best boots in the shop, and this is them. They are a pair of…
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Yesterday morning at 8-00am I was involved in a ‘near-miss’ with a motorcycle at the junction of A30 and Grand Avenue. Neither of us were doing anything wrong -we were both just having to deal with the bus lane in the short section between Lower Charles Street and Grand Avenue. Anyone looking at http://www.crashmap.co.uk and searching ‘London Road Camberley’ will see clearly just how many injury accidents have been recorded at the various junctions between Park Street and Queen Mary Avenue. Having observed this bus lane since it was introduced, I still cannot understand how anyone agreed to implement a road design that involved vehicles having to turn LEFT over a bus lane to access a side turning.
Ken Clarke and I are not alone in our views about this bus lane. I’m regularly approached by people expressing concern about it. Karen Kendall of Churches Together, Camberley, shares our concerns too, and is inviting comments on http://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Z255ZS8 . Whatever your feelings about A30/bus lane, please spare a few moments and complete this survey.
Surrey County Council’s core values are Listen, Trust, Respect, Responsible. Following Ken Clarke’s petition, SCC are conducting a Review of the A30/bus lane. There will be a public meeting in the early Summer. We cannot expect travellers who happen to be using A30 as part of a route from A-B to know about petitions, surveys, local concerns etc. It is up to local residents to say what they think. I believe that SCC will Listen to the views of residents, will Trust them, and Respect them. SCC will take responsibility of doing what is best for the majority. But if they don’t know what those views are it makes matters difficult. So please be sure to complete Karen’s survey.
Below is a blog I posted on June 26th 2014. However I’ve been concerned about the safety and confusion on the stretch of A30 between Park Street and The Meadows on which the bus lane is sited ever since it was installed. This morning I witnessed a similar incident to the ones described in my earlier blog -a car turned from the middle lane into The Avenue across the bonnet of a refuse lorry which was in the bus lane. In December 2009 I arrived at this junction after a bus had broadsided a Ford Focus which had turned left into The Avenue across its path. Some years ago a website was published – http://www.crashmap.co.uk. Wishing to run a story on this, BBC South Today visited The Avenue/A30 junction, which has one of the worst accident records in the South of England. Log onto crashmap and search ‘London Road Camberley’. See for yourself -and note that only ‘injury accidents’ are recorded.
Ken Clarke, a former Police Sergeant at Frimley , posted a petition on the Surrey CC Website, calling for the bus lane to be removed. Surrey CC Local Area Committee for Surrey Heath will receive the petition at about 6-00pm at High Cross Church on December 11th. A review of the A30/bus lane will be conducted and a public meeting has been proposed for 12th March 2015.
The purpose of a bus lane is to separate buses from cars and allow buses to move more freely, thus enabling them to adhere to their timetables. In this way more people can be encouraged to use buses instead of cars. I have no problem with that. However there are at least six points along the A30 bus lane where vehicles have to turn across the bus lane – over a stretch of road which is less than a mile in length. There never are any major queues on A30 Westbound apart from during the evening rush hour. Such queues as there may be are made worse because over 95% of drivers do not or will not use the bus lane.
A bus is an alternative means of transport. However The A30 is a major trunk road from London to Lands End. Many drivers using A30 are passing by Camberley en route to Hampshire and beyond. Also A30 is an alternative to M3 when accidents or hold-ups occur on the motorway.
The bus lane in my view should never have been installed and should be removed. I believe it was a ‘political’ bus lane. Hampshire CC have removed a stretch of bus lane from Farnborough Gate -what an improvement! The Govt. removed the Prescott M4 bus lane. Liverpool are removing 22 of their 26 bus lanes.
We have one chance to persuade Surrey County Council to remove the bus lane and make the A30 safer. We need YOUR views please
I’m one of the few drivers who actually uses the bus lane when permitted to do so. I think it crazy that the vast majority of drivers ignore the inside lane of a major road through Camberley. They’d rather queue in the outside lane at the Frimley Road traffic lights than legally queue in the bus lane -thus allowing double the number of vehicles to move on at Frimley Road when the lights were green.
Last week I was cut-up by a car turning left from the middle lane into The Avenue. I was in the bus lane. If I’d not stopped, the other car would have taken my bonnet off!
This morning a Tesco home delivery van turned across the front of my car from the middle lane into the entrance of an apartment block. As I passed by the driver was glaring at me. Had he not read the signs?
What is wrong with drivers not understanding the rules of the A30 Bus Lane??
Recently Carol and I joined my Rotary Club (Farnborough) for a weekend visit to Caernavon. Many of the staff at the hotel were from Eastern Europe. I enjoyed chatting with our attractive young waitress. In Romania she had been an actress and a drama teacher. Her desire is to perfect her English and make her home in UK, with her partner a veterinary surgeon from Romania , working in the same hotel as a kitchen porter!
Whilst I have serious concerns about unacceptable levels of immigration I also have concerns about British people preferring to live on benefits instead of taking whatever reasonable employment is on offer.
I would welcome the Romanian actress and the vet as neighbours
Well -‘I just do not believe it’ -as Victor Meldrew used to say. If we’d known it was not going to be snapped up during the Easter Holidays we’d have made plans to go down there ourselves! We’ve booked out the two weeks commencing April 26th to finally get everything ready for our busy Summer Period. We’ll be cleaning the decking; installing the Wi-Fi; touching up some paintwork; doing some gardening; meeting our caretakers etc.
Running a seaside furnished holiday let self catering bungalow 180 miles from home is quite a challenge. Between May and September we need to get down at least twice to carry out inspection visits. Our guests leave at 10-am on a Saturday and the new ones arrive at 3-00pm. so we have just 5 hours to check everything -and we have to stay locally in a hotel or with friends to be on the scene at 10-00am!
I’ve been a co-owner of ‘Carpenters’, for over ten years. It has never ever been empty at Easter! From May to August it is fully occupied. We can only think that people believe Devon to be under water. Combe Martin was virtually unaffected by the bad weather.
‘Carpenters’ is just a few yards from the sea and the SW Coastal Path. Combe Martin is a fantastic base at any time of the year.
.We have slashed our normal prices just to get it occupied -it is now a real bargain.
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Before I start waffling – these top-of- the -range boots are for sale – I’m open to offers. They’ve only got 30 miles on the clock and I cannot wear them. I’m not inclined to resort to e-bay and have somebody offer 50p – if it comes to that I’ll give them to a charity shop. Heaven knows I already give a load of stuff to various charity shops. Last week it was a load of old cricket gear I’ll never use again unless England really get desperate and call me up. Week before it was some golf shoes. Anyway, as a keen rambler (more later) I decided a couple of years ago to get some new boots – and to really splash out. So off I went to Cotswold, and asked to see the very best boots in the shop, and this is them. They are a pair of size 11.5 (11 1/2) Meindl Softline Goretex boots -cost me about £130 -more than double what I’d ever paid previously. They seemed very comfortable when I tried them on in the shop. What I had not realised is that I was developing a problem with one foot. I did a few local walks which seemed OK – but then went off to The Malverns, where I found that, frankly and sadly, I could not wear them. I saw a podiatrist a few times, but the poor foot will not get better. Now I have to buy larger, very wide-fitting boots and shoes. I can’t even get golf shoes off the shelf to fit me. In my younger says I jogged and I played various sports -albeit not very well. Then in 1986 I became a member of Camberley Arena, where I bumped into a strange bird, Peggy, who walked marathons. Until then I’d thought those odd folk who walked with sticks and had trousers tucked into their boots were a bit weird -but Peggy got a few of us Arena members out walking -and that is how it started. We even set up a furnished holiday let cottage business in Combe Martin (www.cottagesindevon.com). And we became founder members of the Surrey Heath branch of The Ramblers Association. I even served seven years on the board of trustees of The Ramblers Association, as Honorary Treasurer. And I still walk quite a few miles every week – but in pretty special hand-made boots -actually made in UK – in Northampton in fact -once the home of shoe making in UK. (When I was training to be a chartered accountant in the City I spent one week per month in Northampton working on the audit of Barratts Shoes) OK – don’t say it -I’m rambling! I’d really like to get some ££ for these very nice boots -to help me pay for some new ones, or even some specially hand-made golf shoes. ‘er indoors only allows me a limited amount of pocket money. So when you are walking -or even when you see people walking – or should I say ‘hiking’ – please tell them you know a poor chap who has some boots for sale. Denis
Yesterday we took our granddaughter up to see the Obelisk, via Camberley Park, in Knoll Road. Surrey Heath Borough Council not only created an excellent area for children to play in; they also constructed a nice pathway up to the historic Obelisk. Sadly to me it seems that graffiti has become socially acceptable – an opinion which I do not share. Having arrived at the top of the hill we discovered litter, bottles and cans lying around the area. I really cannot wait for news that litters have been caught and heavily fined.
We walked down the hill to the childrens’ playground, where we found broken glass near the slide.
Surrey Heath BC do a very good job clearing litter -but it should not be dropped in the first place! I visit Arena Leisure Centre on several mornings each week; usually there is litter around the car park, although there are ample waste bins on the site. Arena staff have to clear the litter away. Who bears the cost of clearing litter?
A few weeks ago I was stuck in a two mile traffic jam on the Hogs Back. As we crawled along I started to county the discarded cans on the central reservation. I stopped at 100.
If we continue to tolerate this lack of consideration and respect for other people, we are doing ourselves no favours. If litterers get away with their vile behavior, what else will they think they can get away with?
I want to read about cases where people have been punished. I want the message to travel far and wide, Enough is enough!
As a cricket lover since I first discovered the game at the age of nine I’d always dreamed of watching cricket in the West Indies. I was able to make that dream come true earlier this month. Our first stop was Antigua, where England were involved in a 50 over series with the West Indies. We stayed on Jolly Beach; (strangely enough featured in the ‘Discover’ section of the Sunday Telegraph , March 16th); the England cricket party were staying at the other end of the beach and could be seen in the nearby supermarket and beach restaurants. One of the ‘places to visit in Barbados is the old garrison – you’ll notice the racecourse -the venue for the Gold Cup, attended it seemed by most of the population of Barbados on March 9th -fantastic atmosphere! We stopped by to visit the garrison on March 7th, where I noticed a group of athletic looking young people being photographed holding a torch. On enquiry I discovered that they were the Barbados Olympic Team, welcoming the Queen’s Torch, that was on the Island for a couple of days on route to the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow – where I also hope to be. Seeing how interested I was they offered to let me hold the torch -in fact the official photographer snapped me with some of the athletes!
Previously I’d apologised to the Chairman of Surrey County Council for having to miss the flag raising ceremony at County Hall on March 10th, Commonwealth Day. I was sorry to miss the ceremony; however to hold the torch in the company of a team of athletes in a Commonwealth country was an altogether better experience!
I’m not alone in thinking that we don’t pay enough attention to our friends in the Commonwealth. I expect most of us in UK will have heard about St Patrick’s day this week -but how many will have known about Commonwealth Day?