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Meeting of the Environment and Leisure Overview and Scrutiny Committee held on 23/10/2003
A3 HINDHEAD IMPROVEMENT – IN-DEPTH POLICY REVIEW



Summary & Purpose
The Council will need to formulate a response to the draft Orders for the A3 Hindhead Improvement and the accompanying Environmental Statement. Waverley will need to make a response to the draft Orders by the close of the consultation period, which is likely to be around the end of this year. In view of the level of public interest in this major project, it was considered that it would be appropriate for this Committee to conduct an in-depth policy review in public to assist the Council in reaching its view

Quality of Life Implications
Natural Resource Use
Pollution Prevention and Control
Biodiversity and Nature
Local Environment
Social Inclusion
Safe Communities
Local Economy
Natural
Resource Use
Pollution
Prevention and Control
Biodiversity
and Nature
Local
Environment
Social
Inclusion
Safe, Healthy
and Active
Communities
Local
Economy
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APPENDIX A
WAVERLEY BOROUGH COUNCIL

ENVIRONMENT AND LEISURE OVERVIEW AND SCRUTINY COMMITTEE –
23RD OCTOBER 2003
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Title:
A3 HINDHEAD IMPROVEMENT – IN-DEPTH POLICY REVIEW
[Wards Affected: Hindhead and all wards along or adjoining the course of the A3]
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Summary and purpose:

The Council will need to formulate a response to the draft Orders for the A3 Hindhead Improvement and the accompanying Environmental Statement. Waverley will need to make a response to the draft Orders by the close of the consultation period, which is likely to be around the end of this year. In view of the level of public interest in this major project, it was considered that it would be appropriate for this Committee to conduct an in-depth policy review in public to assist the Council in reaching its view.
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Quality of life implications – social, environmental & economic (sustainable development):

Natural Resource Use
Pollution Prevention and Control
Biodiversity and Nature
Local Environment
Social Inclusion
Safe, Healthy and Active Communities
Local Economy
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A

In itself this report has no quality of life implications. The proposed review process will establish the positive and/or negative impacts of the A3 Hindhead scheme.

E-Government implications:

Information on the review will be made available on the Council’s website.

Resource and legal implications:

There are no direct resource and legal implications associated with this report other than the officer and member time involved in carrying out the review. Any resource or legal implications arising from the Council’s stance towards the A3 Hindhead Improvement will be established as part of the review process.
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Background

1. The need for improvements to tackle traffic congestion at Hindhead crossroads has been recognised for many years, but finding an acceptable solution to the problem has been difficult and understandably controversial. In March 2001, Ministers ended years of delay and uncertainty by giving the go-ahead for the A3 Hindhead scheme.

2. The plans involve providing a 6.5 km (4 miles) long dual carriageway between Hammer Lane on the Surrey/Hampshire boundary and Boundless Lane, near Thursley. Twin bored tunnels some 1.9 km (1.2 miles) in length will take the A3 under the Devil's Punch Bowl. The total scheme cost is in the region of 150 million.

3. The A3 Hindhead Improvement is reaching a very important stage, with a lot of activity due to take place over the next few months. There has been much public debate surrounding various aspects of the scheme, in particular the proposal to close the existing A3 around the Devil’s Punch Bowl to vehicular traffic once the new road and tunnels are open to traffic.

Statement of Principles

4. The road improvement itself should be seen as a means to an end. It is important to look ahead and to recognise that the tunnel will inevitably bring changes to the character of Hindhead and the surrounding countryside. Officers have therefore been working with organisations such as the National Trust, English Nature, the Highways Agency, Surrey County Council and East Hampshire District Council to develop a set of key principles that will set the vision and tone for determining the future of the area.

5. Waverley will need to consider the Statement of Principles at the same time as formulating a response to the draft Orders. It is hoped that all the organisations involved in drawing up the draft principles will be able to formally endorse them so that the ‘main players’ can demonstrate a shared vision to the Inquiry Inspector.

The Select Committee Process

6. The main organisations/groups with an interest in the scheme have been invited to attend the meeting to make a presentation to the Committee and to submit a written statement on the night, or in advance. Each organisation will be allocated fifteen minutes to present their case after which members of the Committee may ask questions. 7. The prime purpose of the process is to enable the Committee to gather information in an open and public forum. The Committees conclusions on its response to the draft Orders and the Statement of Principles will be the subject of the meeting on 18th November 2003 when it will consider officer reports in the light of the evidence heard.

8. A running order of the organisations that will be addressing the Committee is attached at Annexe 1 and a copy of the statement received from the National Trust is attached at Annexe 2. Any other statements that are received in advance of the meeting will be sent to members separately.

Recommendation

It is recommended that the Committee receive the above report.
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Background Papers (CEX)

There are no background papers (as defined by Section 100D(5) of the Local Government Act 1972) relating to this report.
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CONTACT OFFICER:

Name: Roger Standing Telephone: 01483 523221
Louise Goodfellow 01483 523092
E-mail: rstanding@waverley.gov.uk
Comms/oands3/03-04/036