North Farnham Voice – Farnham Infrastructure Plan Update
The draft Optimised Infrastructure Plan was issued for public consultation on the February 15 and the consultation finishes on March 14 so there isn’t much time. So the consultation is really short.
Copies of the document can be found via the links below and comments can be made via the virtual consultation website: https://farnhaminfrastructure.commonplace.is/overview.
There are some set questions against each of the summary pages for the different areas of the town but there is also a comments section that can be used for each area.
There are also three virtual meetings being planned by the team running the programme which residents can participate in.
Thursday, March 4, 6.30pm: Local Liaison Forum
Monday, March 8, 6.30pm: Local Liaison Forum
Wednesday, March 10, 6.30pm: Businesses in Farnham.
You can register to attend via the link below:
There have been a couple of Zoom meetings of members of the North Farnham Voice Group and some useful exchanges on the North Farnham Voice Facebook page which have identified that the key concern from a North Farnham perspective is that there is no defined link between options to pedestrianise the town centre, which would close off the A325 and A287 through the town centre, and how the displaced traffic would be mitigated.
The areas of highest impact will be in North Farnham. There are also concerns about the combined impact of displaced traffic and the significant additional housing development planned in the towns around Farnham. The map below summarises the concern.
There are also issues raised at the North Farnham Local Liaison Forum meeting on January 6, such as rejecting the idea of no right turn from the Upper Hale Road on to Alma Lane, which are still in the proposals and need to be commented on again. There are also some proposals that have been well received by those involved in the North Farnham Voice group and others that lack clarity or have had a mixed response.
The second issue of the North Farnham Voice leaflet has been prepared and is being distributed, and you can download a copy here.
Please spread the word about this consultation. There is still an opportunity to influence what is studied in the next phase that is what this consultation is for. If people say nothing, then those running the Farnham Infrastructure Programme will assume all is well and that the proposals are supported. Please do engage in this consultation as the outcome of this Infrastructure Programme will have an impact on Farnham for decades to come.
There is lots of discussion on the North Farnham Voice Facebook page if you wish to share thoughts and ideas with the local community you are welcome to join – https://www.facebook.com/groups/northfarnhamvoice
Catherine Powell – Founder of North Farnham Voice