Felbridge Parish Council
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FROM HIGHWAYS ENGLAND
M23 CLOSURES FOR RESURFACING - MARCH 2018 (Updated February 2018)
A-one+ Integrated Highways Services, on behalf of Highways England will be carrying out some resurfacing work northbound on the M23 between junction 10 (Copthorne) and junction 9 (Gatwick).
Weekend closures northbound
Three out of the four weekend closures have now taken place. The final closure will take place between:
- Friday 23rd March 10pm – Monday 26th March 4am
Northbound traffic for the M25 will exit at junction 10 and follow the A264 through Copthorne, turning left (northbound) onto the A22 at the traffic lights at Felbridge.
Traffic will continue northbound on the A22 through New Chapel, Blindley Heath and South Godstone, reaching the M25 at the junction 6 Godstone interchange.
POTHOLES COPTHORNE ROAD AND CRAWLEY DOWN ROAD
All the pot holes along both these road have been reported to Surrey Highways and an officer has visited the roads. The response is that aside from three near the entrance to Furnace Wood (Copthorne Road end), none are more than 4cm deep which is the specification set down by Surrey County Council. The Highways officers would like to help but can't. If you want to report a pothole please do so online https://www9.surreycc.gov.uk/highwayproblem/LocateProblem.aspx?GISDefectTypeId=8 and then email the reference number to email@example.com so we can keep a record.
SNOW, ICE AND SEVERE WEATHER CONDITIONS
In severe weather information about collection delays and cancellations will be available on www.tandridge.gov.uk, by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 01883 722000
SPEEDWATCH VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
The Parish Council are looking at options for operating Speedwatch within the village and would like anyone interested in volunteering to get in touch. Please email email@example.com .
TEMPORARY TOILET IN VILLAGE HALL GROUNDS
The temporary toilet in the Village Hall grounds has now been removed for the Winter but FPC will provide the facility again from May-October 2018.
SHANLY HOMES DEVELOPMENT (Copthorne Road) - REPORTING ILLEGAL PARKING
The Parish Council have been working with the developers at the Shanly Homes development near the junction of the Copthorne and Crawley Down Road in an effort to avoid the risk of accident and reduce the impact of the development on local residents and road users.
At the request of Felbridge Parish Council, Surrey Police are closely monitoring the issues relating to vehicles parking illegally on the Crawley Down Road near to the junction with Copthorne Road. It is illegal for a vehicle to park within 10m of a junction. This equates to at least two car lengths. Anyone who witnesses a vehicle illegally parked is asked to call 101 and make a report. Please provide a description of the vehicle and if possible the vehicle registration number.
To help assess the impact of such parking, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the details so a record can be kept. If you're walking or a passenger in a car please provide a photograph if safe to do so.
(posted 27th March 2017)
COUNCIL TAX 2017-2018
Tandridge District Council have agreed an increase of £5 (for a Band D property) in Tandridge District Council’s share of the council tax for 2017/2018.
This means Band D council tax will increase by £5, which is just 10p a week. Tandridge District Council’s share of the Council Tax helps fund a wide range of services including recycling and waste collection, planning, street sweeping, housing, housing benefits and children’s play areas.
Surrey County Council, which provides services including schools, adult social care, children services, roads, fire and rescue and libraries, together with the office of the Surrey Police and Crime Commissioner, have both agreed to increase their Band D level for 2017/2018.
Surrey County Council’s Council meeting of 7 February agreed a council tax rise of 4.99% in 2017/2018 which includes 3% for social care.
Surrey Police and Crime Commissioner agreed an increase of 1.99% at its meeting on 6 February.
BUS SERVICE TO GATWICK FOR FELBRIDGE RESIDENTS
APH based behind the Shell Garage are offering Felbridge residents and their family and friends return coach travel to and from Gatwick airport from their terminal on the Copthorne Road. The return fare costs £5 per person. There's no restriction on when the return journey is made and it can also be used for day trips, for example if travelling by train to London.
Coaches run every 10-15 minutes, 24 hours a day, every day of the year.
This service may be used by commuters travelling by train, plane, etc
There is no parking available with this product, it is a transfer service only
Customers must book in advance and phone 01342 710071 and quote the code FELBR.
FOOD RECYCLING BINS
Residents can now line their food waste caddy with plastic bags or liners, which makes it easier, cleaner and cheaper to recycle food waste. You can use anything from old shopping bags to bread or salad bags, but not black bin bags or plastic food packaging.
To find out more visit www.recycleforsurrey.org.uk.
ADVICE FROM THE FORESTRY COMMISSION REGARDING OAK TREES
Alert for caterpillar pest in oak trees
People in parts of London, northern Surrey, West Berkshire and South Buckinghamshire are being reminded to look out for and report caterpillars of the oak processionary moth (OPM), which could be damaging oak trees in the area.
They are also advised to keep away from the caterpillars and their nests, because their hairs can cause itching skin rashes and other health problems, and to report sightings to the Forestry Commission.
OPM is a tree pest which was accidentally introduced to England. They feed on oak leaves, and in large numbers they can severely defoliate trees and leave them vulnerable to other pests, diseases and drought.
Their tiny hairs contain a protein which can cause itchy skin rashes and, less frequently, eye and throat irritations and breathing difficulties in people and animals. The hairs can be blown on the wind, and left in their nests on and under oak trees. The greatest risk period is May to July, when the caterpillars are active, although nests should not be touched at any time.
The Forestry Commission, councils and land managers are tackling the pest with a carefully controlled programme of oak tree treatment and nest removal. Alison Field, the Commission's South-East England Director, said the public could play an important role in helping to control the pest by reporting sightings.
“We need reports of the caterpillars or their nests from the public or others, such as gardeners, tree surgeons and ground-care workers, who work or relax near oak trees,” Ms Field said. “However, they should not try to remove the caterpillars or nests themselves. This needs to be carefully timed to be effective, and is most safely done by specially trained and equipped pest control experts.”
Dr Deborah Turbitt, London Deputy Director of Health Protection for Public Health England, endorsed the ‘don’t touch’ advice, saying:
“We strongly advise people not to touch or approach the caterpillars or their nests because of the health risks posed by the hairs. Pets and livestock can also be affected, and should be kept away as well. The Forestry Commission website has pictures to help identify the pest.
“See a pharmacist for relief from milder skin or eye irritations following possible OPM contact, or consult a GP or NHS111 for more-serious reactions. Contact a vet if animals are more seriously affected.
“We have issued advice to local GPs and health professionals to help them identify when patients have been affected by the caterpillars, and to advise them on treatment.”
Infested oak trees should be treated by qualified operators under strict controls to ensure it is safe for people, pets, livestock and the environment.
• Report OPM sightings to the Forestry Commission, preferably with its Tree Alert on-line form available from www.forestry.gov.uk/opm1. Anyone who cannot use Tree Alert may email or telephone reports to email@example.com or 0300 067 4442.
• Health advice is available from the “Insects that bite or sting” area of the NHS Choices website, www.nhs.uk/livewell.
• Anyone pruning or felling oak trees in the affected areas should contact Forestry Commission England’s Tree Health Unit beforehand firstname.lastname@example.org or 0300 067 4442 for advice about safe removal of the material.
• Further information is available from www.forestry.gov.uk/opm1.
COVERED SEATING AREA
The new shelter has now been installed in the Village Hall grounds.
A defibrillator has now been installed next to the entrance to the Village Hall. To access the equipment you first need to dial 999 and the emergency services will provide a code to open the cabinet. The equipment works automatically with audible instructions on use. It will not work if not correctly positioned so is safe to use. The equipment and location were selected with advice from our local First Responder and SECAmb.