Queen Victoria’s, face was like a summons when as Chairman of the Waverley/Surrey County Council highways partnership she pronounced that there would be …
… no new road between Waverley’s eastern villages and the A3.
Prompted by the huge amount of development already under-way, and that proposed in Milford, Cranleigh, Ewhurst, Alfold and a new garden village at Dunsfold, a feasibility study has been carried out by county highways. The study supported by the Waverley Highway Committee.
It has taken years to get the highwaymen to even consider by-passing Guildford from the east of the borough of Waverley. But just a couple of months to kick out a suggested road across areas of outstanding natural beauty and great landscape value.
So hey ho and off they all go down the A.281 from Horsham to Guildford for another couple of decades?
However, the WW doesn’t suppose having a wannabe Prime Minister – in waiting – on the route helped overmuch? Although rumour has it that our MP has recently moved out? Perhaps it was all that talk about shutting the Cranleigh dump and sending everyone with their truck-loads of detritus down Markwick Lane on their way to Super Dump at Witley, what did it for Jeremy & Co?
However, Queen Victoria, (Young) that is, said she thought everyone at the meeting would be interested to hear her sovereign, sorry chairman’s, announcement..!
In her usual regal tones, she said she had a letter from the Deputy Leader of Surrey County Council Colin Kemp following the request for a new road from the A281 at Dunsfold to meet the A3 at Milford.
In his letter to the committee, he said he had read a lot of paperwork to get a good understanding of the issue, – (well that’s comforting) – but due to the environmental and other concerns, and the impact a relief road would have on the local area, it will not be pursued any further. He said – “the impact will be far too great.”
The original request came from the Guildford Society to allow commuters to reach a new ‘Milford Parkway‘ station and relieve mounting congestion in Bramley/Shalford/Guildford. Although Society Chairman Alistair Smith said he recognised that the 12km scheme was likely to be’ expensive, complex and controversial’ as it would pass through some sensitive countryside, which would need to be treated appropriately.
Now here comes the sting in the tail – for Protect Our Waverley – who waxed lyrical for months about the possibility of Dunsfold Rd, Loxhill, Markwick Lane, and all roads to Milford becoming a Rat Run – and had lots of little rats running all over pictures of the local road network to prove it!?! Had us all sleeping fitfully at night for months here at the Waverley Web. Spiders yes, rats absolutely NOT!
According to Queen Vic, the county council’s deputy head honcho said –
Oh dear, if Hunt’s country pile hasn’t been sold already – perhaps it soon will?