The Senior Ranger to be Heard
The Committee received a verbal update and presentation from the Senior Ranger updating them on work carried out from the 2016/17 work programme. The following points were noted:
- As a result of a community request, a project to construct a path from the Wells Estate across the Common had been undertaken and successfully completed in a short timescale. The cost of the path was minimised as materials from the Common had been reused. Despite initial scepticism to the project the Committee had supported the proposal when making a visit to the site.
- It is hoped that the creation of a new pond by clay extraction will solve a localised flooding issue on CR1.
- The change to the veteran tree schedule to make it district based had proved to be highly effective and efficient.
- The scrub management programme was underway and could look severe when first undertaken. The cleared area needed approximately two years to establish. A Member asked that more conspicuous informational signs be placed around scrub management land to inform the public of the benefit of the work and officers undertook to implement the proposal.
In response to a query from a Member, the Committee discussed the increase in foot traffic to the Lady Howard Railway Crossing as a result of the new path. The crossing was now considered the second most dangerous in the Wessex rail region (the first is also in Ashtead). . It was reported that Network Rail had improved the crossing to make it more accessible after intervention from the Ashtead Residents’ Association.
RESOLVED – That the update be noted.