Surrey County Council held a second drop-in session to view the play structure plans for Newlands Corner 24th February at Merrow Village Hall. More than 200 residents came along to view the plans for the ten play structures and to share their thoughts on the proposals with Surrey County Council/The Surrey Wildlife Trust. There was overwhelming opposition to Phase 1 proposals for parking charges and the ‘play trail’, with an estimated 85% of the visitors opposing play structures in the woodland.
It was good to see some of our local councillors in attendance, listening to the views of the Surrey residents. As with the drop-in session in Albury, many strong views were shared in opposition to the plans.
Campaigners and local residents have been pressuring SCC to hold public consultations on the desirability and nature of any changes to Newlands Corner. SCC appear unwilling to arrange such consultations but have announced a Public Meeting. (See SCC Public Meeting about Newlands Corner).