Portmore Park & District Residents Association - ARCHIVE
A voluntary association of Weybridge residents
This page features local topics that people may want to keep an eye on.
Desborough Island is a wonderful asset for our community. It has acres of tranquil riverside meadow, with easy public access from Walton Lane. It is a beauty spot we want enjoy and not lose.Graham Winton, former Elmbridge Borough Councillor for Weybridge North, takes up the story:
Would you like to be part of a restarted Friends of Desborough Island? We are interested in all practical suggestions about how to help ensure that this lovely open space is conserved. If you would like to support the cause of Desborough Island please contact us.
New Walton bridge: traffic impact?
When the new Walton bridge is built, the choice of road junction design at Cowey Sale (the area around the Surrey bank of Walton bridge) could have a major impact on Portmore Park. If it allows a big increase in traffic flow to and from Walton Lane, it would mean a big increase in through-traffic using Portmore Park Road and Thames Street as a ‘Weybridge Bypass’.
The road planners unveiled possible designs for the new Walton bridge in March 2003, and displayed three new junction designs. Junction option 1 is much as now. Junction options 2 and 3 include an underpass to speed up flow into Walton Lane.
We strongly oppose Junction options 2 & 3. The underpass would damage the existing amenity area at Walton Bridge. And the greater traffic flow along Thames Street and Portmore Park Road would be disruptive, damaging and dangerous.
Do the planners know your views?
The new Walton bridge planning exhibition had little visible advance publicity. Many Portmore Park & District residents may have missed it.
The choice of new bridge and junction matters. If you have concerns, please write to Councillor Ian Lake at Members’ Reception, County Hall, Penrhyn Road, Kingston upon Thames KT1 2DN.
In April 2003 we wrote to our county councillor for Weybridge, Mr Ian Lake giving our views on this, and also to the planners at Surrey County Council. We have now received a response from Councillor Lake.
The Planning Decision by Surrey CC is due early in 2004. It is important that the final choice of bridge is the right one.
UPDATE: SEE WALTON BRIDGE JUNCTION 'MADNESS'
Information is also available from the Walton Bridge Campaign website.
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