Some of you remember the pre-M25 days when the 244 was a quiet B-class road. Many of us would like to revert to those days but of course it isn’t possible.
We may never have been consulted or made aware, but the A244 through Oxshott has become a strategically important route from the perspective of Surrey Highways; as one of their officers said, “We want traffic to go through Oxshott”. Who knows if we could have headed-off some of the problems earlier had we been consulted, but we now have to start from the current position which includes further threats on the horizon such as possible major works at J10 of the M25 and increased pollution controls impacting the A243.
You have probably noticed that over the past few years there have been increasing infestations of the Oak Processionary Moth (“OPM”) in parts of Oxshott. Some residents have had to pay significant sums to tree specialists to have OPM caterpillar nests removed from their oak trees.
The problem with OPM is the caterpillar hairs which easily detach and drift around, and cause severe skin rashes and asthmatic attacks. The Forestry Commission has produced a very informative leaflet which can be downloaded here, and which contains links to other online sources of information. You will see that the leaflet explains clearly the problems that would be caused if this pest were to spread throughout the UK, and therefore the urgent need to control it by reporting occurrences to the Forestry Commission.
In summer 2020, the Government released two papers for consultation. The first paper, dealing with the determination of housing targets, received widespread critical comment. In particular, it promoted use of a conceptually-flawed algorithm that would load substantial housing targets into areas around London. This would result in significant increases in housing density (with the need for high rise flats and ugly infill development) and pose a threat to the Green Belt. FEDORA’s response was circulated to supporters in early October.
The second paper proposes a new approach to planning with the intention of making a complex system speedier and more responsive. FEDORA has submitted a detailed nine-page response, a copy of which can be read by clicking here.
While many of the Government’s proposals are sensible, there are a number of areas where there would be serious adverse implications for local residents.
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