Stormed at by shot and shell……..
Some parts of the ward are in the wars at the moment.
- There’s the Star and Garter building at the junction of Upper Brighton Road and Langley Avenue. I did once notice some mud in the road on Langley Avenue, but that was in the days when it used to rain and the impression now is that the construction is being done as sensitively as possible. If I’m wrong, please let me know.
- Lower down Upper Brighton Road there are the works to the railway bridge. These are probably long overdue but they are causing problems for pedestrians as well as motorists and increasing traffic in Oakhill and Ditton Road and Ewell Road. It seems St. Mark’s Lib Dems are claiming credit for the bridge works, but I’m not going to suggest either that they are responsible for them or that you should blame them for any inconvenience caused!
- Speaking of Oakhill there’s the ongoing works on the hospital site, with attendant heavy lorries. The impression I have formed is that materials are coming in and spoil is being taken out via Ewell Road exclusively – certainly this is the impression gained by sitting in traffic jams on the road while lorries manoeuvre in and out. Again, if I’m wrong, please let me know.
- The Red Lion site and the police pound site on Ellerton Road are still very quiet, it seems, and likely to stay that way for some time.
We don’t as yet have precise information on when all these works will come to an end. I’m sure Star and Garter will be a good neighbour to Southborough and I hope the bridge will not need further repairs for some years. Pedestrians will benefit from it becoming less attractive to roosting pigeons! The new health facility will be a boon to residents, not having been sold off for housing as some of our correspondents wanted! I hope residents’ fears about the impact of the new school on Oakhill are not realised – time will tell!