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Mick Flannigan Hardly ever do new planning applications give enough thought to major issues such as traffic, parking and the strain on public transport. Habitually, EBC defers to SCC as the so-called "experts" on highway matters......but they are nothing of the sort, so EBC needs to use its own discretion more often. Around Walton, the road network is heavily overloaded and no "policy"
initiatives are going to change that. Therefore the only solution is to refuse more planning applications. Restricting new housing developments to a maximum of one parking space per unit is just a joke, as many/most homes have more than one car. Repeated encouragement to walk/cycle/use public transport has failed miserably - and will continue to do so, as bus services are being cut and trains are getting more and more overcrowded and expensive.
19 Dec 2016 13:56
FEDORA (David Cooke) The roads in the Elmbridge area are very overcrowded but there are few satisfactory bus services, at least in Oxshott, to encourage people to keep their cars off the road.

A satisfactory bus service is one that runs at least every hour, and preferably every half an hour.
06 Jan 2017 13:27
Deleted User I not know the details of the policy but I do not feel transport links have improved in many decades.... it population has grown hugely 08 Jan 2017 09:54
Rachel Warren Much more needs to be done about this as traffic levels are increasing all the time. I cycle regularly in Elmbridge to get to work and to get to shops and it can be an interesting time! Much more needs to be done to improve conditions for cyclists - including more shared pedestrian/cycle paths and to improve drivers' awareness.

Bus services in the borough are also poor
08 Jan 2017 16:28
V Braun There is insufficient provision of public transportation and cycle lanes. The footpaths are poorly maintained. Traffic congestion and air polution are significant concerns. 08 Jan 2017 19:36
Jamie Mainwaring We need more buses and trains. 09 Jan 2017 12:00
John Girdley The car is here to stay and any plan that seeks to eliminate it is doomed to failure. The parking issue on many new developments is testimony to the folly of such an approach as is the myth of residents walking or cycling to work etc.Local bus services are inadequate. 10 Jan 2017 10:46
John Millward I agree with most of the policy except maximum parking provision. Max parking provision is appropriate in a town centre (Walton is the only settlement in Elmbridge that falls into this category). Otherwise, parked cars clog up the surrounding areas creating traffic bottlenecks and frustrating residents. This sort of restriction is only practical when genuine, viable alternative forms of transport to the car are actually available (and not just planned or promised). 12 Jan 2017 16:01
Raymond Coe See my comments earlier concerning cycle highway provision. 12 Jan 2017 17:44
Paul Rosewarn I have seen little evidence of these policies from EBC as yet. 14 Jan 2017 09:54
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