Surrey County Council has announced controversial proposals for Newlands Corner, to include the introduction of car parking charges and major changes to the visitor facilities. This page summarises the plans and the debate. The latest information is at the top.
Preparations for car park charging under way
Created: Tuesday, 24 April 2018 13:45
Contractors have begun installing wooden posts on the road near Newlands Corner. This is to stop people parking on the road to avoid paying for parking when charges are introduced this summer. See the Get Surrey article.
Similar posts have been installed along Salt Box Road, Guildford, near to the two Whitmoor Common car parks where charges are to be introduced.
Parking charges update
Created: Monday, 02 April 2018 10:48
Surrey County Council has updated its Newlands Corner webpage. Implementation of parking chages has been delayed again until Summer 2018.
SCC has added a new page to its website: New parking charges for countryside sites, which details plans for charging at other Surrey car parks.
When the parking charge at Newlands Corner was first announced, charges were set at £1 per hour up to a maximum of £4. They have now been increased to £1.30 per hour up to 3 hours, and £5 for over 3 hours.
SCC approves charges at 15 countryside car parks
Created: Saturday, 03 February 2018 13:19
On 30 January, the SCC Cabinet approved the introduction of parking charges at the five "Pay and Conserve" sites - Chobham, Ockham, Rodborough, Whitmoor, Norbury park. This was despite 75% of those responding to the consultation saying that they did not want parking charges. Payment will be by phone only at some sites, and by card and phone at others.
Meanwhile, it is rumoured that the much-delayed Newlands Corner parking charges will be introduced in March 2018.
Play Trail on hold
Created: Wednesday, 13 September 2017 22:56
The Planning Inspectorate has told Surrey County Council that a Public Enquiry into the multi-user play trail will be needed.
SCC have decided not to continue with the proposal at the moment due to the cost of setting up an enquiry, but they want to revisit the play trail plans at a later date.
SCC Countryside Estate webpage
Created: Wednesday, 28 June 2017 09:15
Surrey County Council has updated its Countryside Estate page to include brief details of the estate and links to the business plan and Q and A.
Countryside Estate Business Plan
Created: Saturday, 24 June 2017 16:31
SCC has updated its Newlands Corner webpage. There are few changes except for the mention of the SCC/SWT Countryside Estate Business Plan. At the time of writing, the plan and associated Q&A are NOT in the download list contrary to what is stated on the page.
The documents can be downloaded here:
Business Plan Questions & Answers
There is little concrete detail in the plan but some worrying statements, eg "A Business Case is to be made to evaluate the introduction of vehicle charging at the most used car parks on the Estate." and "SWT aims to create a ‘nature-based’ holiday destination with a combined camping and glamping site."
Car parking charges delayed
Created: Thursday, 15 June 2017 22:26
According to the SCC website, the council now "anticipate that charging for car parking will start later in 2017". Previously they had expected to introduce charges by the end of May 2017.
SCC apply for permission to erect play structures
Created: Wednesday, 07 June 2017 09:50
Surrey County Council has applied to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for permission to construct 6 rope and timber play structures with safety fencing on common land at Newlands Corner. In addition, 8 brass rubbing posts will be installed and 900m of path resurfaced. The planning notice can be found here. Any comments or objections must be submitted to the Planning Inspectorate (the address is in the notice) on or before 7 July 2017.
The plans and other relevant documents have not appeared on the SCC website but can be found on the Save Newlands Corner site.
40mph speed limit in force
Created: Monday, 22 May 2017 15:40
A 40mph speed limit is now in effect along 2.5 miles of Shere Road, A25, past the Newlands Corner site.
The Surrey County Council website still says that car park charges are anticipated to start in May 2017. At the time of writing there is no sign of the installation of parking meters or accompanying signs.
April 2017 update
Created: Friday, 21 April 2017 09:25
There is no sign yet of works for the installation of parking meters and signs, ahead of the introduction of charges next month. New benches, however, have appeared on the slopes (see the gallery).
A speed limit order notice has been posted on site. The new 40MPH limit will not be confined to the immediate Newlands Corner area, but will run from the the end of the existing 40MPH limit 800m south of the A25/A246 junction, past Newlands Corner and down the hill to just east of the A25/A248 junction.