The NPDG recently asked you the local residents, to respond to a local parking survey with the aim of using the results to influence the Royal Borough with respect to parking standards for new housing developments. The response to the survey was excellent with over 500 local residents giving their views. The results can be viewed here.
These results will now be submitted to the Royal Borough with particular emphasis on some of the key points, namely:
- Recognition of how people use their garages and how many do or do not park their cars in a garage
- The number of visitor vehicles which adds to the overall traffic congestion
- The increased number of delivery vehicles in the area, probably due to the changing nature of shopping
- Residents’ views on how far people are prepared to walk to a station or shops
- Residents’ views on how many parking spaces should be included in new residential developments, based on the number of bedrooms
The NPDG thanks all the residents who participated in the survey.
On-street parking on residential streets in our area is a major contributor to the challenges of addressing local traffic congestion and the desire to protect the character of our area – two of the priorities identified as most important by local residents when we produced our Neighbourhood Plan for Ascot, Sunninghill and Sunningdale.
We’re conducting a survey to find out more about current house-related parking and what local residents think should be the standard for new residential development. We will then use this as supporting evidence to try to influence the Royal Borough with respect to parking standards for new housing development.
Please click here to complete the survey online. CLOSING DATE IS FRIDAY 9th DECEMBER 2016.
We need more primary school places in our area and RBWM is conducting a public consultation on how to provide them. Please feed back your views:
- Complete a survey online at: https://www3.rbwm.gov.uk/consultations
- Attend a public meeting 7pm Monday 4th July at Cordes Hall, Sunninghill
When we were producing our local Neighbourhood Plan, local residents raised the need for additional school places repeatedly as an issue. We are pleased that the RBWM has now officially recognised that new housing development in our area means that we will need more primary school places for our children. The demand is forecast to increase from next year (September 2017 intake) and to continue increasing for the following few years.
RBWM has launched a public consultation on how best to provide these new places and is asking for local community feedback on four specific options as well as any other ideas people may wish to put forward. (Note that some of the options will not be sufficient on their own but could potentially be in combination).
The consultation closes on 15th July 2016. Please respond and encourage local family, friends and neighbours to do so too. This is about the future of our children and we must get it right.
The Crown Estate has always been pleased to welcome cyclists to Windsor Great Park. To see all the routes where cycling is allowed, all of which are open during daylight hours, download this Cyclist-Leaflet-Windsor-Great-Park leaflet. To access a larger version of the map, click Cycling map Windsor Great Park.
Cycling from Ascot to Windsor
It is possible to cycle from Ascot to Windsor on a mainly no- or low-traffic route at any time during daylight hours:
- Ride along New Mile Ride to Cheapside Road and Left into Watersplash Lane to enter Windsor Great Park at Ascot Gate
- Cycle through the Park to exit through Ranger’s Gate
- Cross the A332 Sheet Street at the pedestrian/horse crossing, controlled by lights
- Follow the signs on to the marked cycle route (part of this is a flint surface which can get muddy when wet)
- You will come in to Windsor at the Windsor FC car park
- Cross over the B3022 and turn Left into Bulkeley Avenue. Follow the road up to Springfield Road, turn Right and then a 1st Left into York Avenue. There is a cycle underpass on the Right, just after York Road that takes you through to Vansittart Road, on into the centre of Windsor and the river.
A themed open day at Silwood Park on July 10th from 2-6pm.
Adam Afriyie, the Conservative MP for Windsor will be opening the event.
Volunteers from local wildlife groups have offered their expertise to lead events such as building bug hotels, running the ever-popular pond-dipping parties and taking groups on bug hunts, there will also be a Bugs! photo competition and face-painting. Thanks to the scientists at Silwood there will be several scientific demos, exhibits and presentations. Children from Charters School, who have been working with a research team here at Silwood, will be presenting the results of their research on the day.
Please find some more information below.
Don’t forget to visit the Bugs! website and invite your friends to come on the day: www.bugsandmesocosms.com
Please contact email@example.com for more information and we can arrange for you to be introduced to our scientists and shown around.
Bus Transport was one of the topics identified in our Neighbourhood Plan as important, and the NP Delivery Group has taken a lead, with a Project Team which is looking into the possibilities for a Village Hopper Bus and other organised transport services in the area.
There are some important developments about Bus Information and Car Lift Share services from the Royal Borough which we think you would find of interest:
Car lift share scheme
RBWM have launched a Car Lift Share scheme aimed at Companies in the Borough. The NP Delivery Group welcomes the introduction of this scheme, the aim of which is to reduce traffic and CO2 emissions and contribute towards building the community. For details visit: http://www.rbwmcarshare.co.uk/.
What is important now is the promotion, implementation and take-up of the scheme, as the benefits can only be achieved when people and companies sign up to it. If you work in the area, please look into this scheme and see if it’s appropriate for your company.
Better information about bus transport
The NPDG also welcomes the RBWM campaign to promote better information about bus transport. While we do not have a large number of bus services in our area, many people may not be aware of the bus services that are available. We therefore welcome this RBWM initiative to promote awareness of travel by bus.
The following are links to available Bus information:
Posters such as this are being used by RBWM to promote the new way to get bus information.
The NP Delivery Group Hopper Bus Project Team is now looking into the possibility of a Hopper Bus and other organised transport in our area. The Project Team believes further innovation is possible with the bus routes in our area, the potential for more shared transport services, and for yet further improvements to information about transport services. The Project Team plans to carry out a consultation to understand more about what people in our area want from bus and other organised transport.
The Hopper Bus Project Team needs more volunteers. If you would like to help, please email us at: DeliveryGroup@ascotandthesunningsnp.com
Bracknell Forest Council are consulting the local community on the proposals mentioned in a previous post (Proposal for development in GB in North Ascot) to build a new, larger Ascot Heath School and fund this by building 50 new homes on the current school site. This is proving very controversial with many residents as it involves building in Green Belt.
To have your say in this consultation, go to the Bracknell Forest website: http://consult.bracknell-forest.gov.uk/portal/cyp/nascotsch
Consultation period ends Thursday 4th December 2014.
We know that there is real concern in the local community that there is a shortage of school places in our area. We are very pleased that the Royal Borough is conducting a consultation into the future of secondary school education throughout the Borough and specifically including Ascot, Sunninghill and Sunningdale and we urge you to contribute your views.
This is RBWM’s message to local residents:
“The number of children and young people needing secondary school education in the Royal Borough is going to rise over the next decade, and we need to make sure that there are enough school places for them. We are now consulting you on proposals on how best to provide these places. You can access the consultation, and an online response form, via the borough’s website at http://www.rbwm.gov.uk/web/ed_consultations.htm.
Please take the time to read the consultation and respond. Your views are important to us. All responses received by Monday 3rd November will be considered by the Royal Borough’s Cabinet when it meets in December.”
The NP Delivery Group Schools Project team will also respond to this consultation. When preparing our response we found some of the questions quite difficult, requiring an understanding of the topic. RBWM has provided full background information to assist; we have tried to summarise from this the most relevant points in a document which is available to download here: Secondary Schools RBWM consultation explanatory notes
To go direct to the consultation response page, click on this link: RBWM secondary school places in Ascot area consultation response
Around 25 people attended the open meeting at Silwood Park on “Help us protect our green spaces and wildlife”, one of the Projects identified in the Ascot, Sunninghill and Sunningdale Neighbourhood Plan. The meeting, supported by the NP Delivery Group and coordinated by Wildlife in Ascot, focused on the Green Corridors defined in the Plan.
Work is due to commence on three of the corridors to start with. Blythewood Lane has been surveyed and significant hedgehog activity exists in the area. WIA will work with the Borough, the PTES and the local community to create a “Hedgehog Street” environment.
The owner of Granny Kettle wood, which is well known to many, wishes to use the site to set up a Forest School, a really exciting initiative which we will support.
Pat Morris, a world renowned expert on mammals, has agreed to give a talk and demonstration on how to survey for mammals in our corridors and we have plans to link with a landowner of a third corridor to make a start on this.
The meeting was really productive, recognising that person power is the overriding need and deciding on ways to try to inform and mobilise members of the local community by linking with media on a regular basis. More help is still needed for a range of activities, ranging from putting leaflets through doors, talking to landowners through to direct conservation work. If you think you can help, even on a small scale, please visit the Wildlife in Ascot website: www.wildlifeinascot.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.