Welcome to the weekly update. This edition includes:
1. Coalition Update
Arriva Buses – Some of our members have been in contact with us to raise concerns regarding the accessibility of Arriva buses, and the routes that they operate on in Surrey. If you have experienced any issues with Arriva Buses please contact Yasmin who will raise this at a meeting with SCC transport and Arriva Buses.
2. Social/Peer Support coming up
Get More Active Blog – Katy looks ahead to the upcoming Paralympic Games – join us on Friday at 2pm to share the excitement!
3. Reminder Surrey Heartlands Digital Navigator Meetings
Surrey Heartlands would like to identify about eight people to attend a meeting for up to 90 minutes to talk about experiences and aspirations of accessing NHS care digitally – either with your GPs, specialist consultants or other clinicians. Surrey Heartlands are also keen to test some of their findings and thinking and understand how it connects with other people’s experiences – do people want to make or change appointments online, follow up on test results, access their health records etc. What would help them in that regard and how can they help people be confident in using those services? Surrey Heartlands are keen to hear both the negative and the positive, so if someone thinks that it is not for them, they would like to explore that too. If you are available on Thursday 19August (pm), or Friday 20th, Tuesday 24th or Wednesday 25th of August starting around 10:00-10:30 please let me (Yasmin) know and she will put you in touch with the team hosting the session.
4. Public Inquiry
The County Council have made a Cycle Tracks Order in Weybridge (location shown in the attached plan). The Cycle Tracks Order is to formalise the use by cyclists over the western arm of Footpath 21 and the full length of Footpath 22. Only part of the widths of Footpath 21 and Footpath 22 will be converted, keeping the remaining width of these sections as Public Footpath registered on the Definitive Map. In reality there will be no segregation between cycle track and footpath and the paths will be for shared use. Due to objections received to this Order, the Secretary of State for Transport has appointed an Inspector to hold a Public Inquiry into the matter. This will be held on 7th September at Elmbridge Civic Centre.
Information regarding the Order and the Public Inquiry is available on the Brooklands webpage: Elmbridge major transport schemes – Surrey County Council (surreycc.gov.uk) and further information (including the Council’s proof of evidence documents) will be added to this page leading up to the inquiry.
5. Proposal for better access to Turf Hill Park Lightwater for Disabled People
We have been asked to publicise a local campaign for netter access for disabled people and others at Turf Hill Park Lightwater. Please also see the poster attached. You can show your support for this campaign by writing or e mailing Sue McCubbin. The address is shown in the attachment. They would also like a person who could act as an advisor to the Campaign who can provide more technical assistance on the type of surfacing, routing, and number of rest stations, who can visit the location with John to refine their proposal to the Surrey Heath Borough Council.
If you would be able to assist please contact John Kerrigan, Campaign Manager for disabled access to Turf Hill Park.
6. NICE Committee Equalities survey
The work of NICE in improving health and well-being by putting science and evidence at the heart of health and care decision making, is achieved through their dedicated and committed independent committee members. The independent committees develop and update their guidance. They are made up of a diverse range of members including people who use health and social care services, carers and experts in health and social care. NICE want to develop and strengthen their independent advisory committees to attract a more diverse membership that represents the viewpoints and experiences of the population and of people using health and social care services. NICE also want to review and improve equality considerations throughout the development of their guidance.
NICE would therefore like to understand more fully the views of prospective committee members to help them achieve this objective. NICE would be very grateful if you could please take a few minutes to respond to this survey. Your views will help them to develop their plans to enhance the diversity of their committees and their considerations.
The survey should take no more than 10 minutes to complete, the last date for submission is 31 August 2021. Click on this link to access the survey; the survey will work on mobile devices.
7. Green and Blue Infrastructure Supplementary Planning Document consultation
|Green & Blue Infrastructure (GBI) covers a range of natural assets and can include areas of public open space, country parks, playing fields, allotments, woodlands, trees, hedgerows, green roofs & walls as well as rivers, lakes, canals and ponds. It plays an important role in helping to halt biodiversity loss, nature recovery, building resilience to climate change, promoting healthy, resilient and safe communities as well as reinforcing the local character of areas and places. As such, GBI has a number of roles to play and can be used for general recreation, sports, play, relaxation, growing local food and can also act as wildlife refuges and corridors.|
Runnymede is home to a number of important GBI assets including local and national sites for nature conservation importance, registered commons land at Englefield Green and Thorpe, Runnymede Meadows as well as a number of ancient woodlands and urban open spaces such as parks and gardens, allotments, cemeteries and churchyards. Blue infrastructure assets include the River Thames, Basingstoke Canal, River Wey and River Wey Navigation, smaller streams such as the Addlestone Bourne and Chertsey Bourne and the lakes at Virginia Water and Thorpe. Private domestic gardens also provide an important element of the Borough’s GBI Network by contributing to its connectivity for wildlife particularly in urban areas.
The Runnymede draft Green & Blue Infrastructure SPD sets out guidance for developers on how they can ensure GBI is considered, designed and delivered through their developments including maintaining and enhancing existing GBI features on site. The draft SPD includes a separate section for householders with advice and signposts to good practice on how small-scale developments can make a difference as well as a number of design principles for larger schemes to follow. The SPD once adopted, will help to support implementation of the Runnymede 2030 Local Plan and will be a material consideration in the determination of planning applications.
The draft Green & Blue Infrastructure SPD is open to public consultation for a period of 7 weeks from Monday 9 August 2021 to Monday 27 September 2021. A copy of the draft SPD and supporting documents and how you can make representations can be found on the Council’s website at: https://www.runnymede.gov.uk/say/consultations-surveys
Runnymede BC would like you to send your views electronically if possible.
Representations should be sent to: email@example.com
The period within which representations about the draft Green & Blue Infrastructure SPD must be made is between Monday 9 August 2021 and Monday 27 September 2021.
8. What is and is Not Policing Matters?
Last year Surrey Police received over 430,000 calls from the public which is approximately 1,178 calls a day. A high number of them were not #PolicingMatters. Why is that? In most cases people call the police as they don’t know which agency to contact.
Trafficking, domestic abuse, death threats, sexual offences, hate crime, child abuse or missing persons. These are crimes that the police deal on a daily basis. The list is endless and the police have to focus their efforts to support the most vulnerable in our community. If you’re thinking of getting in touch, you can help the police by ensuring that what you’re contacting them about is a Policing Matter first.
Remember if a crime is happening, has been committed or there’s concern for life, that’s when you should contact the police – for all other calls there may be another appropriate agency. The Police have to ensure they can protect people and prevent crime and disorder. The Police receive thousands of calls each year reporting bad parking, abandoned or nuisance vehicles. Did you know those are generally issues that the Council deals with? It’s vital that the Police use their resources to help those who most need them. #ThinkTwice before dialling 999.
Also, Surrey Police get thousands of abandoned 999 calls a year. Please take care with your phone and help avoid these calls. If you do misdial stay on the line to tell them so they don’t need to return the call or send officers to see all’s ok. Help protect Police time so they can prioritise their resources and deliver the best service they can to the Surrey community.
To find out more who can help you with your enquiry please visit the Surrey Police website www.surrey.police.uk/ro/report/
9. Surrey Police – Our Commitments
Last September Surrey Police launched Our Commitments, a series of promises to Our People, Our Force and Our Communities, all aimed at ensuring that Surrey is a safe place to live, work in and visit. Not only that – the commitments emphasise the importance of ensuring that Surrey feels safe, a key part of what they do.
When Surrey Police made Our Commitments, they promised to be transparent about their work and update the public with their progress on a quarterly basis – you may recall an update earlier this year. Ten months down the line they are emailing to update you again, so you can see how they’re doing.
The update includes reference to the hard work the Force has been doing, including the ongoing and very successful disruption of County Lines with brilliant cross border working; making major changes within our investigative structure in order to ensure more solved crime and better victim satisfaction.
Surrey Police have created teams dedicated solely to investigating domestic abuse and child abuse. They have also launched a Violence Against Women and Girls Strategy which sets out all their work in relation to domestic abuse and sexual offences. Surrey Police are also continuing to recruit officers as part of the national uplift programme, so they are continuing to grow their numbers to keep you safe.
Below you’ll find a link to a video from Chief Constable Gavin Stephens outlining what they have been doing so far in 2021.
Our Commitments: Review Q3 – April-July 2021 – YouTube
As you can see, there’s been plenty going on and Surrey Police would like to thank you for your support as they work to help Surrey Be Safe and Feel Safe.
If you would like to learn more about Surrey Police Our Commitments to you, visit the Our Commitments webpage.