Great News! Thanks to Ferris Cowper and all his support and guidance our application for a £25,000 grant towards the repair of Boundary Road was agreed at East Hants DC Cabinet Meeting last Thursday. This is in addition to the £10,000 he has secured from the County Council Rural Projects’ Fund.
Additionally we have promises of: £1,000 Grayshott Parish Council; £1,000 Haslemere Town Council; £15,000 Doctors’ Practice; £8,000 from Residents of Boundary Road giving us a total of £60,000.
This means we have sufficient money to replace the strip of carriageway from Headley Road to the Surgery up to a standard that will last for 10 – 15 years. However, that would mean that in 10 – 15 years we would have to start patching the potholes and then face the same fund raising problem as now. While we are doing it, let’s do it properly.
To completely strip out that section of bridleway from Headley Road to the Surgery and replace it with a new carriageway with a life span of around 40 years (long enough for most of us not to have to worry about any more!) will cost some £80,000 but at the same time we need to resolve the problem of the rain water, as well as motor vehicles, continuing to erode the surface of the remaining section of the bridleway. This is a more complicated problem and we are awaiting design solutions, as a result of the topographical survey that has just been carried out. However, it will certainly involve putting in sufficient soakaways and appropriate channels to stop the ‘flood waters’ of latter years, washing all the loose debris down the remainder of the bridleway and into Crossways Road.
Apart from Haslemere Town Council’s very generous offer, neither Jeremy Hunt, nor any department or authority in Surrey has been prepared to offer any financial assistance whatsoever. This is despite the fact that both St Edmund’s School and the Doctors’ Surgery are both in Surrey and pay taxes to Surrey, and half of the 12,000 patients come from Surrey, and again pay taxes to Surrey. We have now been rejected three times, which is why we will be asking all those who use the surgery plus any resident of Grayshott or indeed anyone at all, to help us come up with the additional money.
Michael Dover, one of the Haslemere Councilors, suggested that we use ‘Crowdfunding’ and we have enlisted the help of Jeremy Barnes and his wife Susan who have an enormous amount of experience in this field, as well as some very exciting ideas. Connan McStay and his wife Lisa of Portraits by Pear Tree in Crossways Road, have offered their incredibly professional expertise (plus a lot of their time) to create the video.
Connan will be taking some aerial shots of the bridleway so do not be surprised if you see a drone flying up and down Boundary Road – it is nothing sinister. He has also set aside the 16th and 17th June to carry out the filming. He would be interested in about a dozen live comments on the bridleway so if you feel you would like your chance in front of the camera for five seconds please do email me (email@example.com) and we can sort out some timings. We already have the mobility scooter brigade, but mothers with pushchairs would be good and if there are any elderly patients who are prepared to try and reach the surgery using a zimmer frame they could almost be guaranteed a slot!
This is now becoming very exciting with the end in sight. I will write again with details of the Crowdfunding website but in the meantime can you start looking down the back of the sofa, sell your Picasso’s, tell your friends, and cancel your holiday – WE NEED YOUR MONEY. Let’s show everyone what Grayshott can do when we all work together.
Oh! And by the way; Cornerway Lodge are getting the hedge cut back to their boundary line on Saturday 11th June. It is going to look absolutely ghastly initially but if we can build a road I am sure we can sort that out!
Chairman, Boundary Road Residents’ Association