Amlets Residents’ Liaison Group

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Cranleigh Civic Society has established a Liaison Group with CALA Homes and residents living near to the Amlets Lane development site.

We hope that this will prove to be an effective way to keep residents informed during the ongoing building phase.

The group met with representatives of CALA, Waverley Borough Council and Surrey County Council (Drainage) on 22 November 2016 on the Amlets site to discuss concerns, particularly about drainage and safety concerns regarding construction traffic entering and leaving the site along the narrow lane.

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The plan to manage the construction traffic is yet to be finalised, however, the current proposal by Surrey Highways is for traffic to enter the site from the western side of Amlets via Smithwood Common and then to exit to the east via Barhatch Lane, Ewhurst Road and the High Street.

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We are extremely concerned about the impact of this traffic on the High Street and local businesses, in addition to the cumulative effect of this and construction traffic to and from other major sites due to start building soon.

The Liaison Group has expressed major concerns to Richard Cooper of Surrey Highways, and requested that the traffic avoid the high street and instead use a manned signal controlled system using the same access and exit route.


Email from Liaison Group sent 4 December 2016:

Dear Mr Cooper,

 
We have just received from Cala Homes their Construction Traffic Management Plan for the development off Amlets Lane. We, the local community and the Cranleigh Society, have formed a Liaison Group with Cala Homes. This group operates under the stewardship of the Cranleigh Society.
 
  • We hear that you have imposed a specific route plan upon Cala Homes which, on the face of it, is about to cause untold misery on the residents of Cranleigh through the inclusion of Cranleigh High Street. The Access Route from Guildford to Amlets Lane involves the most narrow part of Amlets Lane where the road width is only 4.8m wide and where two HGVs cannot pass. Hauling heavy and bulky construction equipment down this part of the Lane represents a significant hazard/inconvenience to those travelling in the opposite direction. Liz Townsend, Chair of the Cranleigh Society, has spoken with Stuart Forrester of Cala Homes and had suggested operating a single lorry system along Amlets, using a radio system with a person at the Cranleigh school end of Amlets and the site gatekeeper and allowing one lorry only either arriving or leaving along the road. These lorries will be heavily laden when leaving with soil. This scheme would involve more planning but would remove the necessity to use the High Street for the return journey, although we notice that the CEMP (page26, para2) refers to “active vehicle control in stipulated times”. This appears to be what we are requesting but used in a more intelligent manner. 
 
  • Traffic will at present be leaving the site exit via Barhatch Lane en route to the already chaotic Cranleigh High Street. This is especially so during “school run” times and appears to be a recipe for gridlock, bearing in mind that there will be several other concurrent developments e.g. Crest Nicholson in Horsham Road and the very large Berkeley Homes development of 425 dwellings just behind the High Street. These points have been raised in objections to WBC over the past three years and are now becoming reality.
 
  • There are several more approved developments in the pipeline, all of which will wish to commence building works before this project is completed so the situation can only get worse.
Were these other projects taken into account when you dictated the departure route for this development?
 
 
  • There are, in fact, five schools which are directly affected by the present route plan and not two. The Cranleigh Society/Cala Homes option would indeed affect only two schools. By including the High Street and Ewhurst Road, Park Mead School (many children access the school via the Ewhurst Road), St Cuthbert Mayne RC School (where parents park in numbers on both sides of Ewhurst Road for drop-off and collection, thus effectively narrowing the road), St. Joseph’s School, Cranleigh senior school and Cranleigh prep school are all affected.  Allowing construction traffic to operate between 16.00 and 17.00 will have implications for the prep school. The pupils leave at 16.30 when parents, in their cars, pick them up. Glebelands school, off the High Street, is less directly affected, although many of its pupils catch buses and use the High Street shops after school.
 
  • Surely this traffic flow problem must be seen and resolved in the round, from a list of approved and likely to be approved applications obtainable from Waverley Borough Council rather than treating each application in isolation. One may be forgiven for wondering if anyone attached to Surrey County Council has any regard for what happens in Cranleigh. The use of the High Street, and the disruption that it will cause, is not necessary and illustrates the folly of permitting uncontrolled development in Cranleigh due to a lack of sound judgement from statutory agencies.We assume that the Highways Department is responsible for efforts to maintain a reasonable traffic flow throughout its area. The present plan will certainly fail on that score. The Cranleigh Society proposal (above) entails more effort but should provide a happier and safer outcome for the residents of Cranleigh.
 
We, the Liaison Group, would appreciate hearing your reasons for imposing this route on Cala Homes, bearing in mind the chaos that it will cause in the centre of Cranleigh and its effect on the five schools.. 

Mr Cooper has confirmed that the final decision on the route has not yet been made, however, if you feel strongly that the High Street should be avoided, or would like to make any comments about the route, please add them below, or email the Society at info@cranleighsociety.org and we will pass these on.
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3 thoughts on “Amlets Residents’ Liaison Group”

  1. This is so obviously the wrong place for building more houses, and will cause huge obstruction problems for people in Cranleigh going about their daily business. One large lorry only should be allowed, in the middle of the day, to travel to and from the site, and should not use the high street at all.

  2. If these HGV’s are permitted to travel with soil as their main load,the loaded axle weights during inclement weather,may make the vehicle over the legal limit,due to absorption of rainwater.Have the DOT made any provisions to stop and weigh the vehicles for process and prosecution of overladen vehicles.
    Also the Surrey Police Traffic Department should be made aware of any mud or debris on the roads,particularly the entrance/exit into Amlets Lane,as deposition of mud ect is an offence under the Highways Act( think that’s the right legislation).Local residents could inform Surrey Police of problems.

  3. Following your email 4th December 2016 to Richard Cooper at Surrey CC, he confirmed that the final decision on the proposed route had not been made.
    Presuming this matter is still outstanding, I confirm that I support the objections raised so comprehensively by the Group. All major issues, so far, have been covered.
    I would reiterate all the points mentioned and add:
    1) The route proposed through Cranleigh High Street is insane, having witnessed the difficulties heavy duty vehicles negotiate the ‘chicane’ adjacent to the M & S alley way is alarming.

    2) Cala Homes have indicated that there will be 20 lorries per week, including low loaders and 8 wheel tipper trucks. So approximately 4 per day, bearing in mind, the other developments earmarked for construction will cause chaos and problems for ‘normal’ traffic along the High Street. Thursday morning ( market day) and Saturday morning are currently a nightmare!
    I could go on, however………

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