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.