Route 21 – Emergency Road Closure

Metrobus has issued the following announcement:

Due to a police incident the road between Box Hill and Headley Common is currently closed. We are currently unable to serve Box Hill but will continue to serve Headley Court. Buses are being diverted via A25 and A24 in both directions

We have now been advised that the road will be closed for repairs until at least 16/11/20.

Updates can be obtained here.

Coronavirus Levels Rising Steeply in Mole Valley

Councillor Stephen Cooksey, Leader of Mole Valley District Council said, “Over the last few weeks, we have seen a rapid rise in levels of Coronavirus across Mole Valley.  Our number of cases are currently higher than any other Surrey area. We are naturally very concerned about this and are asking everyone to be extra vigilant in playing their part by following the national restrictions.  This will help keep people of all ages in Mole Valley safe, save lives, protect the NHS and help ensure that when we emerge from this national lockdown we do so with the lowest level of restrictions.

“Up to the 4th November* we had 228.1 cases per 100,000 people in the last 7 days, significantly higher than the Surrey average of 135.1 cases recorded per 100,000 people in the last 7 days.

“Nationally, hospital admissions are rising as a result of this deadly disease.  We need everyone in the district to follow the government’s advice.  The advice is to stay home and only leave for specific purposes and to avoid meeting people you do not live with unless this is allowed within the guidance.

“The purposes you can leave home for include work and education and some exercise close to home.  More details are on the government’s website.

“If you must leave your home, please remember:

HANDS – Wash your hands regularly and for 20 seconds or use hand sanitiser if washing facilities are not available.

FACE – Wear a face covering in indoor settings where social distancing may be difficult, and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet.

SPACE – Stay 2 metres apart from people you do not live with where possible, or 1 metre with extra precautions in place (such as wearing face coverings or increasing ventilation indoors).

“We are working to support all our residents and businesses to deal with the impact of the current restrictions and will continue to do so.  Please see our website www.molevalley,gov.uk for details on this and Surrey County Council’s website also for more information on rates and what you can do to keep each other safe.

“Thank you for playing your part.”

National lockdown from Thursday 5 November

On Saturday 31 October, the Prime Minister announced that England would enter a four week lockdown from Thursday 5 November, subject to the regulations being approved by Parliament this coming Wednesday 4 November.

This announcement is in response to increasing COVID-19 cases across England, with an increase in the number of deaths and this placing pressure on NHS services.

Guidance on the restrictions from 5 November has been published. The key points are:

  1. People must stay at home, except for specific purposes.
  2. Different households cannot mix, except for specific purposes or being part of a support bubble.
  3. Certain businesses and venues will have to close.
  4. Early years, schools, colleges, universities will stay open.
  5. There is more advice for those people who are clinically vulnerable;
  6. Travel is restricted.

Financial support for businesses and employees

Additional financial support has been announced by the government.

The furlough scheme (Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme) will remain open until December with 80% support:

  • Businesses will have flexibility to bring furloughed employees back to work on a part time basis or furlough them full-time, and will only be asked to cover National Insurance and employer pension contributions which, for the average claim, accounts for just 5% of total employment costs. They should continue to pay the employee for hours worked in the normal way.
  • The government will confirm shortly when claims can first be made in respect of employee wage costs during November, but there will be no gap in eligibility for support between the previously announced end-date of CJRS and this extension.
  • The government expects that publicly funded organisation will not use the scheme, as has already been the case for CJRS, but partially publicly funded organisation may be eligible where their private revenues have been disrupted.

The Job Support Scheme, which was scheduled to come in on Sunday 1 November, has been postponed until the furlough scheme ends. It will be reintroduced at that point. Business premises forced to close in England are to receive grants worth up to £3,000 per month under the Local Restrictions Support Grant. Businesses will be eligible for the following:

  • for properties with a rateable value of £15k or under, grants to be £1,334 per month, or £667 per two weeks;
  • for properties with a rateable value of between £15k-£51k grants to be £2,000 per month, or £1,000 per two weeks;
  • for properties with a rateable value of £51k or over grants to be £3,000 per month, or £1,500 per two weeks.

Test and Trace Payments

If, from 28 September 2020 onwards,  if you have been told by the NHS to self-isolate, either because you have tested positive for COVID-19 or because you have been in contact with someone who has tested positive, you may be entitled to some financial support during your self-isolation period.

If you are eligible you will receive a £500 self isolating support payment.

This scheme will initially run until 31 January 2021. Any claims need to be made within 14 days of the end of the self isolation period.

Who is eligible?

People who have received notification from NHS Test and Trace to self-isolate will be entitled to a self-isolation payment providing they:

  • Comply with the notification from NHS Test and Trace to self-isolate
  • Are employed or self-employed
  • Are unable to work from home and will lose income as a result, and
  • Are in receipt of one of the following benefits:
  1. Universal Credit
  2. Working Tax Credit
  3. Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  4. Housing Benefit
  5. Income Support
  6. Income based Job Seeker’s Allowance
  7. Pension Credit

For further information, visit the test and trace website HERE

Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal 2020

Remembrance Day and the annual Poppy Appeal will be with us shortly.   The Appeal has always been very generously supported by Headley residents but this year the circumstances are such that our collectors are not permitted to use door-to-door or roaming Headley Common car park.

The needs of the Legion continue as normal so we need to fundraise in different ways.

From Saturday October 24th Julie and Glen have kindly agreed as usual to take a collection box and poppies in the Shop for cash donations and also cheques ( made out to the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal ). In addition there is a scanner for donations direct to the Legion by mobile phone.

If it is more convenient you may send cheques payable to the Legion to:

Mrs Gill Williams
4 Headley park
Tilley Lane
Headley KT18 6EE

If you wish to make a bank transfer, or have a query, please email me at richard.wllms25@gmail.com

Thank you for your help and support.

Gill Williams

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SES Water – Mains Replacement Update

Work is schedule to begin again from 12th October 2020 and we plan to finish by end of July 2021.

When possible, Clancy Docwra will be working 7:30am to 5pm Monday to Friday. However, these hours may vary depending on weather conditions, daylight and staff availability.

The work on these water mains can cause disruption and any oganisations should contact SES on 01737 772000 so they can:

  • Work closely to plan the specific timing, location and duration of works in the area
  • Work together to ensure deliveries can get through and customers can still access any shops, restaurants and businesses
  • Provide extra signage to ensure everyone knows it is ‘business as usual’
  • Share information on the scheme to be circulated to residents, customers, employees,

Where the work leads to unavoidable disruption to the usual operation of businesses, and in particular where there is clear evidence that the work has had an impact on the profits, SES will pay compensation for that loss. Please visit their website for more information about their policy for loss of business earnings.

SES Water – 01737 772000

New Government Restrictions Announced

Yesterday, on the advice of the four Chief Medical Officers, the UK’s COVID alert level was raised from three to four, the second most serious stage, meaning that transmission is high or rising exponentially.

The Prime Minister has made a statement to the Commons today. This covered these main points:

  • Office workers who can work from home should do so.
  • From Thursday, all pubs, bars and restaurants must operate table-service only, except for takeaways. Together with all hospitality venues, they must close at 10pm.
  • The face coverings will be extended to include staff in retail, to all users of taxis and private hire vehicles, and to staff and customers in indoor hospitality, except when seated at a table to eat or drink.
  • In retail, leisure, tourism and other sectors, Covid-secure guidelines will become legal obligations. Businesses will be fined and could be closed if they breach these rules.
  • The rule of six will be tightened. From Monday, a maximum of 15 people will be able to attend wedding ceremonies and receptions, though, up to 30 can still attend a funeral as now. The rule of six will also have to extend to all adult indoor team sports.
  • The spread of the virus is now affecting the ability to reopen business conferences, exhibitions and large sporting events. Plans to do so will be on pause.

Other points:

  • Local lockdowns will continue where necessary. Where local lockdown areas are under more stringent measures these will continue for as long as necessary.
  • The penalty for failing to wear a mask or breaking the rule of six will now double to £200 for a first offence.
  • Following advice from senior clinicians, people do not need to shield – except in local lockdown areas. This will be kept under constant review.
  • If these actions fail to bring the R below 1, then the Government reserves the right “to deploy greater firepower, with significantly greater restrictions”.

It is vital to remember the basics – washing hands, covering faces, observing social distancing – and following the rules.

Updated guidance on social distancing measures

Following a press conference yesterday afternoon, the government has updated its social distancing measures in relation to social gatherings amid a rise in COVID-19 cases. From Monday 14 September, it will be illegal to meet in groups of more than six people in England. This applies to gatherings outside and inside the home.

The updated measure will be enforceable by law and the police can split up larger gatherings and impose fines of up to a maximum of £3,200. This single measure replaces both the existing ban on gatherings of more than 30 and the current guidance on allowing two households to meet indoors.

COVID secure venues, such as places of worship, gyms, restaurants and other hospitality venues, can still hold more than six people in total but within these venues there must not be individual groups larger than six. Education, work settings, weddings and funerals and organised sport are unaffected by the change. More information on the new guidance can be found here.

The government also announced a stronger enforcement approach which includes the following measures:

  • Businesses will have a clear duty to support NHS Test and Trace. From 18 September, it will be mandatory for certain businesses to have a system to collect NHS Test and Trace data, and keep this for 21 days
  • The government will support councils and police forces to respond to breaches of COVID-19 Secure guidelines. A register of newly qualified and recently retired Environmental Health Officers will be launched so that local authorities can recruit more quickly and fill any gaps. In addition, COVID-19 Secure Marshals will be available to help local authorities support social distancing in towns and city centres
  • The current fine regime remains in place with escalation of fines for persistent non-compliance to a maximum of £3,200
  • There will be further steps to improve compliance with quarantine and UK border/point of entry requirements.

In addition to these measures, the government will review its current plans to pilot larger audiences in venues this month.

Tumber Street Road Closure

D314 Tumber Street, Headley – Temporary Prohibition of Traffic Order 2020

Surrey County Council propose to make the above mentioned Temporary Order under Section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984, the effect of which will be to prohibit all traffic (including pedestrians and cyclists) from entering or proceeding in the entire length of D314 Tumber Street, Headley. This Traffic Order is required to enable Lanes Group Plc. to carry out sewer cleaning and/or maintenance works.

These works are anticipated to be carried out between the hours of 9:30am and 3:30pm, within 1 day of the 12 month period of operation of this Temporary Order that commences on 15 September 2020. Advanced warning signs will be displayed and the temporary closure will only operate when the relevant traffic signs are displayed. Access for emergency services will be maintained at all times.

Access for residents, businesses, cyclists and equestrians will be maintained at all times via Slough Lane, Church Lane and Leech Lane. Access for pedestrians will be maintained via Slough Lane, Church Lane, T8074 Townpath Church Lane and Leech Lane. In the event that it is necessary to restrict any access at any time under Section 3 of the Act, the road can only be closed for a maximum of 8 hours in any 24-hour period.

Parish Council statement regarding Headley Court Planning Application

Headley Parish Council (HPC) has noted the recent request from some members of the Headley Residents Action Group calling on us to pass an urgent resolution for a Judicial Review (JR) into the recent Headley Court planning application.

HPC has been working for over 6 years to secure a future use of the Headley Court estate that reflects its setting and location and is acceptable to the local community.

Most recently we provided a powerful summary of the planning case against the application and we were surprised and disappointed that it was approved by Mole Valley’s Development Management Committee.

At an Extraordinary meeting in July, HPC decided to ask the Secretary of State to call in the decision, but this request was refused.

At the subsequent scheduled Parish Council meeting, HPC decided to lodge a formal complaint with Mole Valley about aspects of the decision-making process. This complaint is progressing and we have asked for various forms of redress, including clarification of which elements of the approved application may be challenged when the Reserved Matters are considered.

We also agreed a framework for making decisions regarding initiating legal action of any sort, including a possible Judicial Review (JR). Such a decision-making framework is essential to ensure that any expenditure of, or possible risk to, the public funds entrusted to us can be justified to all the Headley residents who have contributed via their Council Tax.

We have a duty to ensure that any decision is based on the available evidence and an assessment of the likelihood of success and is only undertaken once other, less costly, avenues have been explored. Since the July meeting, HPC has been continuing to assemble the evidence needed to make a decision under this framework.

At this stage any decision to proceed with a JR would be premature, since no JR can be initiated until the Decision Notice is published (which we have been advised will not be before the next Parish Council meeting), and counter-productive, since it would bring an immediate end to any prospects of elements
of redress from MVDC’s complaints process.

This issue will be reviewed at our next Parish Council meeting which will be on Monday 28th September at 7.30pm via ZOOM. Please email the Clerk for login details and to submit any questions you may have, prior
to the meeting.

clerk@headley-pc.gov.uk