FELBRIDGE NEWS

FELBRIDGE PARISH COUNCIL have secured agreement from Surrey County Council for white gates to be installed both to clearly identify the village and to act as a traffic calming measure.  Two gates will be located on either side of the Copthorne Road next to Doves Barn Nursery, a further two by the 30 mph signs on Crawley Down Road near to Wheeler Way and a single gate will be positioned on the A22 at Woodcock Hill.  The gates will be part funded by SCC with the balance coming from Parish Council finances.  The decision to proceed was taken at the FPC meeting in July with the installation date will be agreed with Surrey County Council.

 

AN OUTDOOR SHELTER in the Village Hall Grounds will provide shelter and seating for visitors to the Village Hall and grounds. Different designs and options are to be discussed at the next FPC meeting on 3rd September and funding has already been allocated to the project. FPC are keen to hear from residents who have suggestions regarding the construction, materials, features, etc.  If you would like to comment please email clerkfpc@aol.com

 

THE OUTDOOR GYM next to the playground in the Village Hall grounds has proved a popular addition to the facilities in the village.  FPC will be asking Tandridge District Council to publicise future training sessions on the equipment so that villages can make full use of the gym.

 

A DEFRIBILATOR WHICH CAN BE ACCESSED by villagers will be placed in Felbridge at a location to be agreed with First Responders and the local ambulance service.  FPC have secured funding from SCC.  The equipment will be stored in an outside container and full user instructions will be provided.   Check the FPC Minutes either on the Village Hall noticeboard or on the website for updates.

 

THE BUS SHELTER at the junction of Rowplatt Lane and the Crawley Down Road is in desperate need of repair.  Felbridge Parish Council are to set up a working party to undertake the necessary repairs.  As well as re-staining the wood, the roofing felt will need replaced.  The cost of materials will be around 200 and it is hoped that villagers will help members of FPC to carry out the repairs.  If you can help in any way please email clerkfpc@aol.com  The works are planned for the Autumn.

 

A NEW PARISH COUNCIL WEBSITE has been established which will allow villagers to access agendas, minutes, policies and general information about the workings of the parish council.   www.parishcouncil.felbridge.org.uk is now active as a temporary website and it is planned for the full website to be ready by the New Year.  The village website www.felbridgevillage.co.uk is still fully operational.

 

FELBRIDGE FIGHTS BACK OVER TRAFFIC DELAYS

Your Parish Council have taken a strong stand over the disruption caused to local residents and businesses due to the roadworks on the A22 at Imberhorne Lane.  A series of strongly worded emails were sent on 6th July to our three local MPs, the leaders of Surrey and West Sussex County Council and Tandridge District Council as well as to the Highways departments of each council.  FPC emphasised that villagers were being prevented from accessing facilities not available in the village including doctors, dentists, post offices and banks due to poorly organised roadworks. 

 

Agreement has been reached for an outer cordon of signs to be positioned on the M25/M23 and A22 advising through traffic of delays in the Felbridge area.  This should divert those who were just planning to travel through Felbridge and allow local traffic to reach the local businesses which have been so badly affected by these works. 

 

FPC have also asked that the temporary lights are synchronised with the permanent lights at the Star to prevent gridlock and that no other traffic controls are put in place for the duration of these works in the surrounding areas including Turners Hill, Crawley Down, Lingfield and Blindley Heath to allow through traffic to find alternative routes.

 

Surrey, Sussex and Highways England are now working together to manage the impact of these works and Surrey Highways have offered to meet Parish Council representatives to take advantage of our local knowledge before the next roadworks start.  These will run from 23rd July to 5th September and will again involve lane closures on the A22 at Imberhorne Lane.

 

East Grinstead MP Nicholas Soames was one of the first to respond offering his support which goes to show that when neighbouring agencies and representatives opt to work together everyone can benefit from the results.

 

Felbridge Parish Council along with District Councillor Ken Harwood will continue to monitor the plans and the systems in place to ensure residents receive the promised levels of support.