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May 2016

Friends of Newlands Corner Proposal

Friends of Newlands Corner

Introduction

At a meeting with Surrey County Council (SCC) on 19 April 2016, the Save Newlands Corner Campaign Group (SaveNC) agreed to put forward alternative arrangements for the management of Newlands Corner. SaveNC believes that the site could be managed on the basis of a ‘Friends of Newlands Corner’ model in a much more cost-effective way than is currently the case. The ‘Friends’ concept would also retain the wild and open nature of the site and avoid the commercial proposals put forward by SCC.

SCC said ‘we remain open to discuss any thoughts or proposals you may have’. SaveNC welcome this opportunity to submit our outline ideas for an alternative way forward and the reasoning behind them.

At the time of the meeting, critical information about vehicle figures and maintenance costs was still awaited. Much of that has information has recently been provided, but further clarification is being sought.

This report is, therefore, correct to the best of our knowledge. It was completed in a short time frame and we acknowledge that much more work needs to be done to firm up on the proposals.

Click here to read the full proposal.

Fact Sheet – Summary of the Situation at Newlands Corner

We have put together a Fact Sheet, which details the main points covering the situation at Newlands Corner.  It is complex so we felt it important to put as much information as possible in one place for everyone to read.  Fact sheet latest update 16th June 2017.  The new version is linked below.

This will be updated regularly as situations change so do keep looking in for changes.

Please click this link to read the Updated Fact Sheet.

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Dodgy Figures Exposed

Dodgy Figures Exposed

Councillor Goodman, leader of the project that wants to commercialise Newlands Corner, has stated, on many occasions, (including to support his business case to the SCC Cabinet), that 122,000 vehicles visit Newlands Corner every year.  Campaigners have challenged these figures consistently, believing them to be far below the reality of the situation.  Now, under the pressure of a Public Question at the Cabinet meeting on 26 April, he finally admitted that Newlands Corner is visited by 255,000 vehicles a year.

Why is this important?  We don’t agree with parking charges at all but if they are to be imposed, this means that they do not need to be anywhere near as high as initially proposed to achieve the amount of money Councillor Goodman wants.  In fact, they should be less than half of what he is proposing.

This is yet another example, in our opinion, of these proposals being put forward on the basis of very questionable statistics and a misplaced ideology.

 

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