Agenda item

Recommendations from the Countryside Consultative Group meeting held on 17 March 2016

Decision:

RESOLVED that:

 

(a)       the request for an acoustic sound barrier to be erected along the edge of the A3, be rejected;

 

(b)       in respect of the expected regrowth across Esher Common adjacent to the A3, a Shelter Belt Development Plan be produced by the Leisure and Cultural Services Team;

 

(c)        with regard to the Weybridge Heath Cycle Route, in principle, Officers undertake a detailed investigation into the feasibility of creating a surfaced pedestrian and cyclist path from Churchfields Recreation Ground to Weybridge Station; and

           

(d)       with regard to the Suitable Alternative Natural Green Space – Esher Common, the proposed capital expenditure improvements to Esher Common that had been included in the 2016/17 Capital Programme be fully funded from the developer’s Suitable Alternative Natural Green Space contributions.

Minutes:

(Link to Council Priorities: A5, A6, P4, P5)

 

The Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture informed the Cabinet that, at its meeting on 16 June 2016, the Overview and Scrutiny Committee had considered three recommendations from the Countryside Consultative Group (CCG) meeting held on 17 March 2016.

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Firstly, in respect of the Esher Common forestry works, whilst supporting the CCG’s recommendation to reject the request for an acoustic sound barrier to be erected along the edge of the A3, the Overview and Scrutiny Committee considered it appropriate that a Shelter Belt Development Plan be produced by the Leisure and Cultural Services Team.

 

Secondly, consideration was given to a request from the Elmbridge Cycling Task Group to create a surfaced pedestrian and cyclist path from Churchfields Recreation Ground to Weybridge Station.  The Overview and Scrutiny Committee supported in principle this proposal provided the correct materials, best route and safety aspect were given full consideration.

 

Thirdly, with regard to the Suitable Alternative Natural Green Space – Esher Common, the Overview and Scrutiny Committee supported the CCG’s recommendation that the capital expenditure improvements to Esher Common that had been included in the 2016/17 Capital Programme be fully funded from the developer’s Suitable Alternative Natural Green Space contributions.

 

During consideration of the item, one Member, who was also a Weybridge Riverside Ward Councillor, commented that he was pleased to see the recommendation in respect of the Weybridge Heath Cycle Route.  Whilst this was at an early stage, the introduction of a surfaced pedestrian and cyclist path from Churchfields Recreation Ground to Weybridge Station would be a great improvement for Weybridge and would provide a much needed link from Weybridge Station to the Town Centre.

 

RESOLVED that:

 

(a)       the request for an acoustic sound barrier to be erected along the edge of the A3, be rejected;

 

(b)       in respect of the expected regrowth across Esher Common adjacent to the A3, a Shelter Belt Development Plan be produced by the Leisure and Cultural Services Team;

 

(c)        with regard to the Weybridge Heath Cycle Route, in principle, Officers undertake a detailed investigation into the feasibility of creating a surfaced pedestrian and cyclist path from Churchfields Recreation Ground to Weybridge Station; and

           

(d)       with regard to the Suitable Alternative Natural Green Space – Esher Common, the proposed capital expenditure improvements to Esher Common that had been included in the 2016/17 Capital Programme be fully funded from the developer’s Suitable Alternative Natural Green Space contributions.

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