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Pupil lobbies council for safer roads

Rebecca Curley

Local Democracy Reporter

A 14-year-old girl has taken her GCSE coursework and turned it into a bid to lobby councillors to make the A30 safer for school children.

More than 300 people signed Holly Davies' petition which she presented to members of Surrey County Council and Surrey Heath Borough Council Local Committee asking for safety railings.

She said pupils would often take short cuts across the road.

The committee praised Holly but said because there was already a footbridge and traffic lights in the area they could not fund the railings.

They suggested she carried on the campaign by educating pupils about the dangers of making short cuts and not using safety crossings.

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Get Surrey: Drug dealers fleeing from police caught after accidentally driving down dead end Ashtead road

Chichester Observer: Bus and car in A259 collision

Eastbourne Herald: Thousands of pounds-worth of equipment stolen from Eastbourne croquet club

Crawley and Horley Observer: 26-year-old woman dies after collision near Burgess Hill

Worthing Herald: Shoreham man arrested with bizarre mix of potentially stolen items

Mid Sussex Times: Burgess Hill teenager, 16, living with ‘crippling condition’ publishes her own collection of poems

Brighton and Hove News: Brighton's floral welcome scrapped

Hastings Observer: Hastings students get a taste of working world at Canary Wharf

Brighton and Hove Independent: Victory as disability advice service raises cash to keep going after cuts

'Toilet stop' lay-by under review

Rebecca Curley

Local Democracy Reporter

A lay-by used as a toilet stop by lorry drivers is an “absolute nightmare for residents” and should be closed, a council has heard.

Councillor Valerie White said problems with the A322 lay-by in Bagshot have been ongoing for years, and that the noise from engines and the smell from human waste needed to stop.

Homes in Gloucester Road and Freemantle Road back onto the lay-by, just off from the M3 junction.

Speaking at Surrey County Council and Surrey Heath Borough Council Local Committee on Thursday, Councillor White said: “This has been an absolute nightmare for residents.

“We have got to close the lay-by. That one is not fit for purpose.”

Councillors agreed a review of the lay-by use needed to take place because closing it could just move the problem elsewhere.

Severe disruption: M25 Surrey anti-clockwise

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M25 Surrey anti-clockwise severe disruption, at J9 for A243.

M25 Surrey - M25 lane closed on exit slip road and it's slow anticlockwise at J9, A243 (Leatherhead), because of a break down.

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Ash dieback replanting may take 'six years' to start

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Ash dieback
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It could take up to six years before replanting begins on trees felled across Surrey due to ash dieback.

Surrey Wildlife Trust (SWT) was granted the licence to carry out the work earlier this year, after consulting with the Forestry Commission and Natural England.

Ash dieback is a deadly fungal disease, usually found in ash trees.

SWT selectively cut down trees that were within 30m (98ft) of footpaths and deemed dangerous to the public if they fell.

The collected wood was reused, with some of it sent as chippings to a power station.

Zoe Channon, from SWT said the trust “only just about broke even” on the project.

“We need to wait five years to see what natural regeneration comes through in those areas," she said.

The sites of the felled trees are now being monitored for re-growth or to see if replacements need to be planted.

Urgent care review

Rebecca Curley

Local Democracy Reporter

Walk-in clinics could face closure or moving as health leaders in Surrey review changes to how patients access urgent appointments needed the same day.

Doctors say this is a chance to “make a change for the better” as they look at different ways for residents to access health care.

The changes could free up time for doctors who say they cannot fit in any more appointments.

The review of urgent care was presented to members of Surrey County Council adults and health select committee on Thursday.

Representatives from Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), Surrey Heartlands and GP surgeries said they were looking at different ways to provide what is currently on offer through minor injury and urgent care units, walk-in centres and GP out of hours services.

Severe disruption: M25 Surrey clockwise

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M25 Surrey clockwise severe disruption, from J9 for A243 to J10 for A3.

M25 Surrey - One lane closed and queues on M25 clockwise from J9, A243 (Leatherhead) to J10, A3 (Wisley Interchange), because of a break down.

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Lidl to open 40 London stores, creating 1,500 jobs

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Discount supermarket Lidl has announced plans to open 40 new stores in London as part of a £500 million expansion plan, creating around 1,500 jobs.

The major investment will take place in the capital over the next five years, and include the creation of its first central London store on Tottenham Court Road.

The investment plan also includes Lidl's previously announced new head office in Tolworth, south-west London, and the expansion of its Belvedere distribution centre.

New stores will be opened across the capital as part of the expansion strategy, including new outlets in Alperton, East Acton, Hackbridge and Watford.

Lidl said the move will create around 1,500 jobs in the long term. Its new store planned for Tottenham Court Road, will be its most central store in London and have a 1,300 meters squared area, stocking its full range of products including its popular middle aisle items.

A new distribution centre is also planned to open near to Luton, and will be the company's fourth site to service Greater London.

Lidl opened its first UK store in 1994 and now has 760 stores and 13 warehouses across the country.

Earlier this year, Lidl shrank its minimum size requirement for new London store openings, turning its attention towards smaller inner-city retail units.

Severe disruption: M25 Surrey clockwise

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M25 Surrey clockwise severe disruption, from J9 for A243 to J10 for A3.

M25 Surrey - One lane closed and it's slow moving on M25 clockwise from J9, A243 (Leatherhead) to J10, A3 (Wisley Interchange), because of a break down.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe disruption: M25 Surrey anti-clockwise

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M25 Surrey anti-clockwise severe disruption, from J9 for A243 to J8 for A217 Brighton Road.

M25 Surrey - One lane closed on M25 anticlockwise from J9, A243 (Leatherhead) to J8, A217 (Reigate), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe accident: M25 Surrey clockwise

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M25 Surrey clockwise severe accident, from J8 for A217 Brighton Road to J9 for A243.

M25 Surrey - It's slow moving on M25 clockwise from J8, A217 (Reigate) to J9, A243 (Leatherhead), because of an accident, which is now on the hard shoulder.

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Severe disruption: M25 Surrey anti-clockwise

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M25 Surrey anti-clockwise severe disruption, from J10 for A3 to J9 for A243.

M25 Surrey - One lane closed on M25 anticlockwise from J10, A3 (Wisley Interchange) to J9, A243 (Leatherhead), because of emergency repairs. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe accident: M25 Surrey clockwise

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M25 Surrey clockwise severe accident, from J8 for A217 Brighton Road to J9 for A243.

M25 Surrey - Two lanes closed and it's slow moving on M25 clockwise from J8, A217 (Reigate) to J9, A243 (Leatherhead), because of an accident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe disruption: M25 Surrey clockwise

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M25 Surrey clockwise severe disruption, from J9 for A243 to J10 for A3.

M25 Surrey - Two lanes closed and queues on M25 clockwise from J9, A243 (Leatherhead) to J10, A3 (Wisley Interchange), because of a break down.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe disruption: A2022 Surrey both ways

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A2022 Surrey both ways severe disruption, between B284 Church Street and Mill Road.

A2022 Surrey - A2022 Upper High Street in Epsom closed in both directions between the B284 Church Street junction and the Mill Road junction, because of emergency repairs.

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Severe disruption: A308 London northbound

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A308 London northbound severe disruption, at Kingston Underpass.

A308 London - A308 Wood Street in Kingston Upon Thames closed and delays northbound at the Kingston Underpass junction, because of flooding.

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Severe disruption: M25 Surrey anti-clockwise

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M25 Surrey anti-clockwise severe disruption, from J9 for A243 to J8 for A217 Brighton Road.

M25 Surrey - One lane closed on M25 anticlockwise from J9, A243 (Leatherhead) to J8, A217 (Reigate), because of a broken down horsebox. Traffic is coping well.

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Severe disruption: M25 Surrey anti-clockwise

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M25 Surrey anti-clockwise severe disruption, at J9 for A243.

M25 Surrey - It's slow moving on M25 anticlockwise at J9, A243 (Leatherhead), because of a break down earlier. All lanes have been re-opened.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe disruption: M25 Surrey clockwise

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M25 Surrey clockwise severe disruption, between J9 for A243 and J10 for A3.

M25 Surrey - One lane closed and it's heavy on M25 clockwise between J9, A243 (Leatherhead) and J10, A3 (Wisley Interchange), because of emergency repairs.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

New £15m dementia care home for Surbiton

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An impression of the Browns Road dementia care home in Surbiton
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An impression of the Browns Road dementia care home in Surbiton

A £15 million dementia care home is set to be built in Surbiton, as the council tries to ensure it caters for the growing numbers of patients needing places.

Although dementia is not limited to elderly people, an ageing population means cases are becoming more and more frequent.

There are estimated to be more than 1,500 residents in the borough of Kingston, including people under the age of 65, with dementia.

It is predicted that this figure will rise to more than 2,100 people with dementia by the year 2027.

It is hoped the 80-bed home, on the site of a vacant care facility in Browns Road, Surbiton, will help some of these people when living in their own homes becomes impossible.

Councillors gave the build planning permission at the Development Control Committee meeting which met on Wednesday.

Speaking at the meeting, Craig Griffin of Nuovohealth (the council’s agent for the project) said: “The demand for dementia nursing care in this part of London is massive.

“We believe there could be demand for three to five of these homes to be open right now.”

The average age of people moving in is expected to be 86.5, and the patients are likely to have been admitted to hospital several times already.

Mr Griffin said the home has been designed to feel as little like a hospital as possible.

If all goes to plan, the home could be finished as early as September 2020.

Climate change protest over oil investments

Rebecca Curley

Local Democracy Reporter

Climate change campaigners caused a Surrey council meeting to adjourn with a protest against investing pension money into the oil industry.

The Surrey Pension Fund (SPF) committee meeting was called to a halt on Friday as campaigners walked around the room scattering flower petals and singing, but resumed about 20 minutes later after the protesters left.

Papers said 8.9% of SPF’s total fund value is invested in low carbon and infrastructure.

Chris Neill from Extinction Rebellion Godalming said he was appalled £145m was invested directly into the fossil fuel industry.

Committee chairman councillor Tim Evans assured members of the public they were taking climate change “very seriously” and said: "We have taken a course of action that allows us to engage with these companies and try to encourage them to change.”

SPF is managed by Surrey County Council and has more than 75,000 current, deferred and pensioner members with assets in excess of £2bn.

Severe accident: M25 Surrey clockwise

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M25 Surrey clockwise severe accident, from J9 for A243 to J10 for A3.

M25 Surrey - Two lanes closed and queues on M25 clockwise from J9, A243 (Leatherhead) to J10, A3 (Wisley Interchange), because of an accident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe disruption: M25 Surrey anti-clockwise

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M25 Surrey anti-clockwise severe disruption, from J10 for A3 to J9 for A243.

M25 Surrey - One lane closed on M25 anticlockwise from J10, A3 (Wisley Interchange) to J9, A243 (Leatherhead), because of emergency repairs. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe accident: A243 London southbound

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A243 London southbound severe accident, from B280 Fairoak Lane to M25 J9.

A243 London - A243 in Malden Rushett closed and queues southbound from the B280 Fairoak Lane junction to Leatherhead, because of an accident involving two cars and a motorcycle. Congestion to Chessington.

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Oil well drilling decision delayed

Rebecca Curley

Local Democracy Reporter

Thousands of residents waiting to hear the decision for drilling at four oil wells will have to wait a bit longer after a planning meeting has been cancelled for the third month in a row.

Consultations are still ongoing regarding the proposals for Horse Hill Well Site in Hookwood, Horley.

It was first provisionally thought the application would be considered in April but had to be cancelled due to more than 1,000 objections being sent in.

Then Surrey County Council cancelled May’s planning and regulatory committee.

And now this month’s meeting scheduled for 19 June has been cancelled.

The application submitted by Horse Hill Developments, a subsidiary of oil explorer UK Oil & Gas (UKOG), is for the retention and extension of the existing well site including the drilling of four new hydrocarbon wells and one water reinjection well.

As well as the six wells, UKOG want to build a process and storage area, tanker loading facility, new boundary fencing, well maintenance workovers and sidetrack drilling.

The application also includes ancillary development to enable the production of hydrocarbons from six wells for a period of 25 years.

Horse Hill drilling site
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In February and March UKOG carried out flow tests at its well at Horse Hill

Pollution fears over road widening scheme

Rebecca Curley

Local Democracy Reporter

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A resident living near the M25 and M23 says he fears a £3.8m improvement project for the A23 is going to have a “negative impact” on pollution and pedestrians.

Highways England is proposing a widening scheme of Brighton Road in Hooley saying the work is necessary in a bid to reduce accidents and congestion and improve the traffic flow on the road it calls a “strategic route” between Brighton and London.

On Monday Ian Thirlwall from Hooley told Reigate and Banstead and Surrey County Council Local Committee residents were concerned about the impact on air pollution with the widening of the road increasing traffic.

He also said proposals to build on the verges and pavements would put pedestrians and cyclists within “brushing distance” of traffic.

Hooley has been designated an Air Quality Management Area (AQMA).

A Highways England spokesman said: “We are aware of strong local feelings in relation to our plans for improving the A23 through Hooley, and we have worked hard to balance the views and opinions of the local residents with the needs of the 35,000 people using this strategic route each day."

A decision whether to go ahead with the scheme will be made in July. If agreed, construction work is expected to start in the summer and to be completed by spring 2020.

Severe disruption: M25 Surrey anti-clockwise

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M25 Surrey anti-clockwise severe disruption, from J10 for A3 to J9 for A243.

M25 Surrey - One lane closed and queues on M25 anticlockwise from J10, A3 (Wisley Interchange) to J9, A243 (Leatherhead), because of emergency repairs.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Sewage site to become 'ground-breaking' housing estate

Rebecca Curley

Local Democracy Reporter

The major redevelopment of a sewage treatment site into a housing estate with around 1,500 homes has been hailed as “ground-breaking".

Contracts have been signed between Guildford Borough Council and Thames Water for the Slyfield Area Regeneration Project.

Weyside Urban Village will have 1,500 homes, of which 40% will be affordable.

The Thames Water treatment works will be relocated from the site on Woking Road, which could take three years including the decontamination of the site to make it ready for housing,

Newer odour control equipment and ways to treat the sewage means much smaller sites are needed.

Anton Draper of MHCLG, James Whiteman of Guildford Borough Council, Steve Spencer of Thames Water and leader of the council Caroline Reeves
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Anton Draper of MHCLG, James Whiteman of Guildford Borough Council, Steve Spencer of Thames Water and leader of the council Caroline Reeves

Anton Draper, head of investment and regeneration at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government said: "It’s novel and it’s exciting. It’s ground-breaking. Other water companies are coming to talk to us to understand how this has been coming together.”

Finer details are still being worked on and planning applications have to be submitted to both the county and borough council for approval.

Guildford’s Local Plan has a target of 10,678 new homes by 2034.

Severe disruption: M25 Surrey clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Surrey clockwise severe disruption, from M25 to J10 for A3.

M25 Surrey - One lane closed on M25 clockwise from M25, Cobham Services to J10, A3 (Wisley Interchange), because of a lorry having a tyre changed. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time