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Letter: Those in Charge Should Come and See the Devastation First Hand

Published on: 23 Jan, 2023
Updated on: 23 Jan, 2023

From: Catherine Young

Guildford Greenbelt Group borough councillor for Clandon & Horsley

In response to: Tree Felling By Junction 10 Leaves the Horsleys Cut Off

Jules Cranwell is correct, this past week has been an absolute nightmare for all residents of The Horsleys and nearby local villages. Those of us involved with our parish councils have spent the past week constantly chasing SCC to get answers to what is going on – and this has been a frustration.

I personally spoke to officers at SCC trying to get roads that are identified as “Priority 1” gritted, especially near the local primary school. I was assured that the gritters had been out – but I insisted they had not, and, of course, they hadn’t because roads were closed due to the excess surface water flooding that we are now obviously experiencing due to the massive scale of development that is taking place in West Horsley and the A3/M25 Junction 10 improvements.

I find this an extremely disappointing response, as deliveries to the developments have continued, so why couldn’t vehicles better equipped to deal with these icy conditions get out to us?

SCC should be held accountable for the state the roads are now in, with narrow country lanes and verges completely ruined by HGV vehicles and bulldozers. But more importantly, for the accidents that have occurred and the cars badly damaged, simply due to the state of the roads.

Those in charge, SCC councillors and Cabinet members, as well as our MP [Sir Paul Beresford], need to come out and see the devastation first hand. There is no excuse.

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Responses to Letter: Those in Charge Should Come and See the Devastation First Hand

  1. M Field Reply

    January 23, 2023 at 6:04 pm

    The locals knew this would be horrendous long before the work started, especially the Ockham turning.

    I have lived in Ripley all my life. There is no surprise among experienced residents. We all knew there would be trouble on all the feeder lanes because they are always waterlogged.

    The powers in charge should look at history and talk to the locals who know much more than them.

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