Local Focus

Turning from The Drive into Farnham Road Onslow Village residents will be pleased to see that the right turn from The Drive onto Farnham Road has been restored. It is still prohibited to turn left onto The Drive when travelling down the Farnham Road towards town. It’s great to see that sufficient local resident feedback and pressure can be successful in changing unpopular planning decisions.
Pedestrian access to the Guildford Station cross-station railway bridge The pedestrian access across the Guildford Railway Station bridge for non-ticket holders has been restored, after the trial closure that SWR requested. It seems clear that SWR want to make this a permanent thing, which would see non-ticket holding pedestrians having to walk the “long way round” along the narrow pavements of the Farnham Road railway bridge. Our local councillors are trying to find out more and will let OVRA know if they hear more. In the meantime, if you want to let SWR know what you think about this potential change, you can use this weblink: https://www.southwesternrailway.com/contact-and-help/contact-us
Guildford Station: Guildford Park Road entrance second part of safety works confirmed Upcoming works to finalise the installation of ‘vehicle mitigation measures’ (other half of the bollards) at the Guildford Park Road entrance to the station have been announced. The works will take two weeks from 25 May 2024 to 5 June. Traffic will be restricted to single lane flow, controlled by traffic lights during the works. Rail passengers will be have to use the main entrance and follow the diversion route as was done previously. For more information about the works, go to:https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/land-adjacent-to-railway-bus-and-coach-stations-security-reducing-vulnerabilities/guidance-to-local-authorities-mitigating-security-vulnerabilities-outside-railway-bus-and-coach-stations
County School Pedestrian Crossing The OVRA committee had been told of rumours of a proposed pedestrian/Zebra crossing across the Farnham Road, near to County School. We have asked our local councillors about this, and they felt that this was not being considered at this time, and that they are not expecting this situation to change any time soon.
Guildford E-Bike Hire Scheme This scheme is still at consultation stage, and you can leave your thoughts here:https://guildfordebikes.commonplace.is/ . As shown in the scheme map, there is a proposal for an e-bike docking station outside the Onslow Village Hall. Our local councillors have hinted that, given the amount of supportive comments received to date and impetus behind the scheme, it’s highly likely that this scheme will go ahead
North Street regeneration update: ‘Breaking ground’ scheduled for Autumn 2024 Following the permission for the scheme being granted in December 2023, St Edward will commence work to regenerate Guildford’s North Street neighbourhood in Autumn this year. You can access more information about the scheme, along with the chance to apply for one of three apprenticeship places with St Edward (Send your CV to employmentskills@berkeleygroup.co.ukby 29th May), you can see their latest update via this weblink:https://mailchi.mp/e207876cac8b/st-edward-submits-amendments-to-north-street-regeneration-planning-application-13568974?e=6b76dca916 
Proposed Solar Farm at Blackwell Farm Onslow Village residents may be interested in the latest information regarding a proposal to build a solar power farm on the site of Blackwell Farm, on land owned by Surrey University. To provide you with some contrasting opinions, this is the information as supplied by Surrey University:https://www.sseenergysolutions.co.uk/university-of-surrey-strategic-energy-collaboration While this is the response to the proposals from the Guildford Society:https://www.guildfordsociety.org.uk/SolarFarmUnis.html
The Guildford Society: For those interested in all things planning and development in Guildford, you might be interested in visiting the Guildford Society website. For example, they have just published a proposal for a building heights policy to be adopted for Guildford:https://www.guildfordsociety.org.uk/OVRA representatives meet with The Guildford Society and other local residents’ groups at regular meetings of the Guildford Residents Association. We will pass on anything of interest to Onslow Village residents that we hear at these meetings via this Local Focus Update.
 And finally, don’t forget that everything else “Onslow Village”, can be found on the OVRA website: www.ovra.org.uk
 Revised Bus Timetable for route 65 Route 65 is a bus service that runs between Guildford and Alton and stops along Farnham Road.  For those who live on the Farnham Road side of the village it can be a very useful alternative to the no.18 service. At the end of May it started running a new regular service on Sundays and Bank Holidays, and also added a slightly later service on Mondays-Saturdays. To celebrate the new Sunday service route 65 will be completely free to use on all Sundays in June.   Click here for more information and to see the timetable
 Temporary Closure of Slyfield Community Recycling Centre Slyfield Community Recycling Centre (CRC) will be closed from Friday 14 June until 30 June, for essential repairs and maintenance, reopening on 1 July at 8am.  During this period residents will be directed to the nearest alternative CRCs at Martyrs Lane, Woking and Petworth Road, Witley where SCC will be extending the opening time till 6pm during the closure period. Additionally, due to traffic management controls outside the entrance to Slyfield CRC, put in place by Thames Water contractors ‘BAM’, residents may experience delays on entering from 28 May until 2 August. LINK: https://www.surreycc.gov.uk/waste-and-recycling/community-recycling-centres#community Residents can also use other recycling centres at Farnham, Dorking, Leatherhead, Camberley and Cranleigh, but please be aware that you need to provide proof that you are a Surrey resident (such as by showing your driving license, a council tax bill, a recent utility bill, a Surrey bus pass or any other official documentation that shows your address). 
 Disruption to refuse collection during closure of Slyfield Starting 14th June and continuing until 30th June, GBC will be collecting food waste separately from other collections. This is a temporary measure due to the closure of Slyfield by SCC for essential refurbishment. Please put your bins out as normal, but different crews will come at different times of day to collect the different bins.  While Slyfield is closed, Guildford’s refuse crews are having to drive further to dispose of the refuse they’ve collected, which means collections will take longer. However, even with this measure, some disruption to collections is inevitable so please be patient with staff as they will be doing all they can to get to everyone as quickly as possible. Street cleaning and garden waste services will also be impacted.