During the weekend of 10th-11th November, Surrey experienced some severe weather which resulted in flooded highways, flooded gardens and in some instances property flooding.  

 As ever, a lot of focus has been on gullies in the highway and reporting them as being blocked, I am aware that this can sometimes be the case especially this time of year with the tree’s shedding their leafs. It is easy to see the gullies as the source of most of our flooding problems on the highway but this is not always the case. The capacity of the gulley’s and the systems they flow into can be tested during these intense storms. The amount of rain that can fall in short amount of time can overwhelm the system but then add to that the additional water that flows onto the road from front gardens that have been converted to hard standings and the loss of some verges, the amount of water will exceed the capacity of the highway, public and private drainage networks. You must also look beyond these systems and to where the water flows, often the river levels are high the drainage ditches are already full and the water has nowhere to go so the systems backs up to its source during the storm.

 A lot of these instances are being reported to us as Members.  An increasing number of residents come straight to us and not to the normal enquiry routes. Our role in these instances is to get the resident to the right place as quickly as possible so that our officers can do their bit. 

 In order for you to do this I have outlined the routes for you to use:

 

Emergency:

(1)  If the resident has an emergency where there is a threat to life or the house is likely to flood they should call 999, or the Environment Agency Hotline 0800 80 70 60

(2) If the highway is flooded they should call the highway emergency number 0300 200 1003

(3) If the sewers are surcharging then they should call the utility company on their emergency number.

General:

(1) Where the highway has flooded or a blocked drain please report on this link.  This will take the enquiry to the correct maintenance team.

(2) Where there are general enquiries about a flooding or they have been flooded then this can be reported to flooding.enquiries@surreycc.gov.uk . This is not monitored out of hours.

 

I hope you find the above useful, please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any queries.

Kind regards

Colin

 

Colin Kemp

Lead Cabinet Member for Place

Surrey County Councillor Horsell West & Goldsworth East

 

09:00, 26 Nov 2018 by Geoff Dessent

LIMPSFIELD PARISH COUNCIL


FROM: Clerk to Parish Council:

Address:

Mr G H Dessent 8 Hurst Green Close, Oxted, Surrey RH8 9AN 

Tel: 01883 722400

Email:

clerk@limpsfield.org 

1st November 2018

 

TO: Lesley Westphal

Planning Department
Tandridge District Council
8 Station Road East
Oxted
RH8 0BR


Dear Ms Westphal,

Re Planning Application 2018/1792 – Moorhouse Tile Works

Limpsfield Parish Council objects to the planning application 2018/1792 Moorhouse Tile Works.

The application proposes, a 5950m2 distribution depot, which will be nearly 11 metres high, to be located in the Green Belt and the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). The NPPF and Tandridge’s own planning and development policies provide strict guidelines for any development in the Green Belt and the AONB. There are no special circumstances that would justify the considerable harm that this development would do to the Green Belt and the AONB, this application is therefore clearly contrary to current NPPF policies and policies contained in the Tandridge Core Strategy 2008.

The impact of the very substantial increase in traffic flows generated by this development would be detrimental to the local environment and economy, as a result of the increase in traffic and air pollution. We note the concerns regarding traffic, safety and air pollution expressed by Limpsfield CofE Infants School in their objection letter of October 17th.

The Moorhouse location has only sporadic public transport, as a result, employees will have to drive to work, this with the delivery van movements will lead to a very significant increase in traffic volume on local roads. Many of the delivery vans will use our local country lanes. The local rural road network particularly the B269 using Limpsfield High Street and Titsey Hill to the north and the B269 and the country lanes on Limpsfield Chart to the south are totally unsuitable for the volume of parcel van delivery traffic that will be generated by the distribution depot.

Limpsfield High Street is at the heart of the Limpsfield Village Conservation Area. Through traffic is an acknowledged problem as cars, vans and lorries seek to negotiate the narrow street, the draft Limpsfield Neighbourhood Plan seeks to find measures to alleviate this problem. Traffic from the proposed development would make it harder to find solutions and add to the harm done by through traffic to the area’s historic character.

Analysis of the data submitted in the transport assessment shows inconsistencies with the transport assessments provided in the previous applications and the data published by DPD for other depots and UK wide. The application understates the catchment area, the number of traffic movements, the volume at rush hour, the capacity of the site and the future growth potential.

When evaluating this application, we believe that consideration should be given not just to the immediate, size, scale and activity resulting from this application, but more importantly to the projections for the future growth of parcel volumes and related delivery traffic movements.

In Appendix A, we provide a summary of the data which we believe to be inconsistent and which requires explanation or clarification, before this application can be properly considered.

As the application acknowledges the jobs created by the distribution depot will be filled by people coming from outside of the district, there will be little or no employment benefit for local residents.

In summary, the proposed location of this application is totally unsuitable particularly given the predominantly rural road network that will be used by the depot related traffic.

The impact of the very substantial increase in traffic flows generated by this development will be detrimental to the local environment and economy. The data and projections provided understate the likely future growth of the depot and as a result the future traffic volume.

For these reasons, Limpsfield Parish Council objects to this proposal and asks that Tandridge District Council reject this application.

Yours Sincerely

Geoff Dessent
Clerk to Limpsfield Parish Council

 

APPENDIX A- Inconsistent DPD Data Requiring Explanation or Clarification

1. Typical Day deliveries of 17,317 parcels is not consistent with either the Catchment Area annual figure or the national average. This is 5 times normal day delivery see Table 8, page 82 Transport 1.

2. The seasonal figure of 25,000 parcels per day is not consistent with Typical Day deliveries for 14th February 2017, when compared with the three sites of Cardiff, Dagenham and Dunstable.

3. The application for Moorhouse uses much higher levels of parcels per LGV when compared to the DPD national average and especially so for the Seasonal and Growth forecasts.

4. The morning rush hour exit figures from Moorhouse are not consistent with those shown from the three sites (Cardiff, Dagenham and Dunstable) for normal day deliveries (38.7% compared to 57.1%).

5. The 25,000 parcels maximum estimate for Moorhouse is inconsistent with the data for other sites.

6. The future growth forecast of 20% is not consistent with any of the published DPD data or the planned expansion of parcel deliveries from DPD hubs.

7. The 2016 application Catchment Area had a population of 1,000,000 West and 900,000 East, the 2018 application Catchment Area has shrunk to 79,000 West and 263,000 East.

10:46, 02 Nov 2018 by Geoff Dessent

ON-STREET PARKING ENFORCEMENT

SURVEY FOR PARISH COUNCILS

 

 

If you have any queries, please contactpolicy@tandridge.gov.uk

 

On-street parking enforcement is the responsibility of Surrey County Council (SCC). In Tandridge district, Reigate & Banstead Borough Council is commissioned by SCC to deliver parking enforcement services.

 

In recent months, we have become aware of a number of on-street parking enforcement issues across the district and have been working with SCC to agree a solution.

 

This includes reaching in-principle agreement with SCC for the delivery of on-street parking enforcement to come back to Tandridge District Council. We feel this absolutely makes sense as we can then ensure a more responsive service is provided that deals with local issues.

 

At present, we are modelling a number of delivery options and we will be asking SCC to agree our proposals in the autumn. This will hopefully see a new service in place for next year.

 

We are really keen to work with Parish Councils as we develop options for a new service. We know that Parish Councils are best-placed to understand local issues we are keen to hear your thoughts about the current service and t you would like to see a new service deliver.

 

After initial conversations, some of the key issues being raised include:

 

  • General non-compliance
  • Lack of churn of parking spaces
  • Poor and inconsiderate parking near schools
  • Double yellow lines not being enforced

 

A number of Parish Councils have also expressed a desire to be able to ‘top up’ parking enforcement services to deal with specific, local issues.

 

We would be grateful if Parishes could complete the questionnaire below and return to Nikki Tagg, Project Specialist at policy@tandridge.gov.uk by 19 September 2018.

 

If you would prefer to discuss your answers in person, or would like to discuss your answers in greater detail with TDC, please contact us. You can also find out more about our on-street parking review on our website.

 

  1. Parish Council Information

Name of Parish Council:

Limpsfield

Name/role of individual completing the form:

G Dessent

Contact number:

01883 722400

Contact e-mail address:

clerk@limpsfield.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. What is your overall view of on-street enforcement within your Parish? Do you think the current level of enforcement is sufficient?  

 

No. Most of Limpsfield parish is green belt and on-street parking enforcement is generally not an issue, but in the non-green belt area, in or near Oxted town centre and in Limpsfield High Street, parking enforcement is non-existent or at best sporadic.

 

 

  1. Are there any specific areas / streets in your Parish where you think the current level of enforcement is not sufficient? Please provide details where possible.

 

Limpsfield High Street, parking on double yellow lines, parking on pavements, parking on public footpaths, existing parking restrictions and general observance of Highway Code are not enforced

 

Station Road East lack of enforcement of existing on-street parking restrictions. Certain areas of Station Road East (outside HSBC) do not have the necessary parking notices displayed, which means that vehicles are parked there all day without any enforcement.

 

Granville Road, Gresham Road and Detillens Lane (east and west ends), existing on-street parking restrictions are not properly enforced. Cars are regularly parked in these roads during the restricted period.

 

 

 

  1. A number of Parish Councils have expressed a desire to be able to ‘top up’ parking enforcement services to deal with specific, local issues. Is this something your Parish Council would be interested in? Please provide details where possible.

 

The Limpsfield Neighbourhood Plan makes specific reference to better parking enforcement on pages 42 and 48 of the document. LPC would in principle be prepared to contribute to the cost of extra on-street parking enforcement in the parish, this being dependent on the level of extra enforcement proposed, the cost and the performance monitoring process agreed.

 

 

 

 

09:43, 19 Oct 2018 by Geoff Dessent

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