What? Not another bridge closure!
This time it's the footbridge over the river at St Catherine's, although there is some confusion about when it will be taking place. It won't cause as much chaos as the closure of the New Pond Road railway bridge
but will be inconvenient for those who enjoy a rural walk.
Follow this link to the Guildford Dragon for more information:
The Artington Big Lunch: Sunday 10th June 2018
The next meeting of the committee will take place at Long Meadow, Littleton, on Tuesday 13th March from 7.00pm and
anyone interested in helping with the organisation of the event is invited to attend.
If you are intending to come along the organiser, Clemmie Taft, asks if could you please email her: firstname.lastname@example.org so she has a vague idea of numbers.
The Big Lunch always an enjoyable event, even when it rains, so put it in your diary NOW!
Here are some photos to remind you of last summer:
Artington Big Lunch 2017.
New Pond Road railway bridge
Update: The bridge is to be closed from 23rd April until 13th July. A letter about the closure has been sent to all those whom Network Rail deem to be a 'railway neighbour'. In case you have not been sent a copy, here it is:
Letter from Network Rail Feb 2018
At the recent parish council meeting, we were informed by the Surrey County councillor for Shalford Ward, Matt Furniss, that Network Rail are planning to close the New Pond Road railway bridge in April so that it can be replaced.
The closure is said to be for about a month but it could possibly be longer. Diversions will be in operation but full details of the arrangements will be explained at a public meeting that is to be held in the near future.
More details of the meeting will be available in the fullness of time and, when I have them, I will post them on this website. There is, however, one thing of which we can be sure: there will be traffic chaos and it will be a good time to work from home!
Network Rail is sticking to its plan to replace the old bridge with a new one of the same dimensions with no provision for pedestrian or cyclists whilst Surrey County Council say that it has no money available to build a cycle/walkway next to the road bridge.
As you will see from these two letters, nothing much has changed in the last three years:
Letter from Network Rail and the response from Surrey County Council.
And talk of impending traffic chaos leads nicely on to the next item:
Volunteers wanted - speeding and rat-running through Littleton and Sandy Lane
The Stakescorner Road, Littleton Lane and Sandy Lane route was designated 'Access Only' some years ago because of its unsuitability as a through road.
In spite of this restriction, rat-runners continue to use the route as a short cut between the B3000 and A3100, particularly during the early morning and late afternoon.
In an effort to combat this problem residents, in conjunction with Guildford Police, wish to carry out regular monitoring exercises to detect drivers contravening the 'Access Only' restriction.
Rat-runners are contacted by the police and experience shows that the number of vehicles using Littleton and Sandy Lane as a through route is reduced significantly.
Consequently, volunteers are needed to help with this. Please contact Guy Catchpole if you would like to help to reduce the amount of traffic using the parish lanes.
Artington in common with many other areas suffers from vehicles being driven at excessive speeds.
This is particularly a problem on the narrow twisting lanes through Littleton that connect the A3100 and B3000.
It is also a problem on parts of the A3100.
Regular speed watch exercises are carried out along Stakescorner Road and the A3100. The details of offenders were duly supplied to the police and they have written to the registered owners.
Again, if you wish to help with this please contact Jennie Wisher .
First Aid courses
David Monk, who lives in Littleton, runs first aid courses and he has arranged two at Compton club in February:Monday 5th February, 09.00 to 17.00hrs: Combined 1 day Emergency First Aid at Work and Emergency Paediatric First Aid Course. £81.96 per person.
Monday 5th February to Wednesday 7th February, 09.00 to 17.00hrs: Combined 3 day First Aid at Work and Paediatric First Aid Course. £204.06 per person.
If you are interested in attending, please email David for more details.
Potholes, salt bins and fly tipping
After years of asking Surrey County Council to repair the potholes along the parish lanes, it has happened so let's hope that they stay that way.
Should any re-appear, the best way of getting them filled in is to report it online to Surrey County Council. As you can see from their webpage, there are lots of other things you can complain about as well.
However, if there is a problem with the Sandy Lane grit bins, tell the parish clerk.
Clearing up after fly tippers is the responsibility of Guildford Borough Council.
Website circulation list
If you would like to be notified of parish news by email (via this website) please contact Phil Gorton who will add your name to his email circulation list.
This site now has a link to the latest edition of the Compton News because it often has items that are of interest to Artington parish residents.
Rob Craig's Riff Raff diary notes
Rob is the lengthsman responsible for the St Catherine's stretch of the Godalming Navigation.
Riff Raff diary notes February 2018
Riff Raff diary notes January 2018
Riff Raff diary notes December 2017
Riff Raff diary notes November 2017
The Guildford Borough Council Local Plan
It is anticipated that the revised Local Plan will be sent the the government's Planning Inspectorate in December with a response from them expected in September 2018:
Guildford Borough Local Plan
Proposed Artington parish war memorial
Plans to create a proper war memorial for Artington parish are moving forward. At the recent parish council meeting, drawings and a quote provided by a local mason were seen
and it was resolved that donations and grants should be sought to pay for it: the memorial will not be paid for out of the parish councils funds.
The casualties of the Great War listed on the framed list in St Francis church will, of course, be on the memorial but research is in hand to see if there were others from the Second World War and later conflicts who should also be included.
The idea came about as the result of an email received by the parish clerk a couple of years ago from Ralph Hodd who enquired if there was a memorial anywhere that listed his ancestor, Alfred White (pictured here), who served in the Royal Field Artillery.
As a result of the ensuing correspondence about 35 people attended a short service that was held at St Francis's church on Thursday 30th June 2016 to commemorate Alfred and the other men listed on the memorial.
Mr Hodd was there, as was Mike More Molyneux in his capacity of the Lord Lieutenant of Surrey.
An account of the event can be found in the Guildford Dragon.
Would you like to learn bell ringing?
Compton bell ringers meet at 8.00pm most Tuesday evenings for practice at St Nicholas and they will be more than happy to teach you to ring. Afterwards they go for some liquid replacement therapy at a nearby pub, usually the Good Intent at Puttenham.
Ringing is a very sociable activity and there is a strong community of ringers in the local area.
Although bells are rung for Sunday services and special events, it is an activity open to those of any faith or none: there is no expectation to attend church if you do not wish to do so.
If would like to find out more about ringing and what it involves, contact Phil Gorton (01483 420763).
If you don't live conveniently close to Compton, there will be a nearby band of ringers who would be delighted to meet you. Have a look at this website for more information:
Jennie Wisher's free range turkeys and geese.
Anyone interested in buying produce from Jennie's farm can contact her on 01483 567636 or follow the link below:
The future of Mount Browne
Following recent speculation about the future of the Surrey Police headquarters at Mount Browne, the chairman of the parish council wrote to the estate strategy manager of Surrey Police. Parish residents will doubtless be very interested in her reply:
"With the many changes over the years in the way policing is delivered and the continued pressure on budgets it is unlikely that the Mount Browne estate will continue to meet our needs as a Headquarters site in the long term in a cost efficient way. The Police and Crime Commissioner is therefore starting to consider what options there might be for an alternative HQ.
"The Magistrates Court in Woking has become available and is directly adjacent to the police station in Woking which acts predominantly as a second HQ site. One of the options being considered is whether the joint police and magistrates court sites may provide a suitable site on which to develop a new HQ building. The review is in its very early stages and it will be some time before we are in a position to understand whether the development of a new HQ (either at Woking or elsewhere) is financially feasible. Clearly the alternative potential uses for the Mount Browne site if vacated by the police will play into this and as part of our review we will be seeking advice on this aspect.
"A further consideration that is likely to delay any concrete plans being developed is that it is not clear at the moment the extent to which delivery of our services or our back office functions may in the future be collaborated with Sussex police or other blue light organisations.
"All in all it is likely to be at least 12 months before we have any clearer idea of the likely prospects for Mount Browne in the long term. There will certainly be no significant changes within the short or medium term. I'm sorry I can't give any more information at present."
Estate Strategy Manager
Mount Browne vision statement November 2013
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