Jeremy Hunt, MP for South West Surrey announces details of the public meeting on the pedestrianisation for Farnham town centre
Following launching the referendum on pedestrianisation of Farnham town centre Jeremy Hunt, MP for South West Surrey confirmed that he will be hosting a public meeting on Wednesday 11th June at 7.30pm at The Bush Hotel, Farnham offering residents the opportunity to put their questions to him and a panel comprising representatives both for and against the idea.
After several years of dialogue with architects, road traffic experts, Surrey County Council and local town and borough councillors the referendum has gone ahead with the first information leaflets being delivered to households from Tuesday 3rd June with the voting deadline set for Thursday June 26th. The leaflet presents an example plan involving a combination of ‘Shared Space’ with the possibility of a part-time pedestrianisation zone included within it. Residents will have several weeks to consider their vote and can view a large-scale example plan for the scheme at the Surrey & Hants offices in Lion and Lamb Yard on Tuesdays and Wednesday from 10am – 3pm and at 27 The Borough on Saturdays between 11am – 2pm.
Jeremy said, ‘ It is important that during this period of consideration prior to the deadline that Farnham residents have every opportunity to think through their views on the subject and have any questions they may have answered before voting. As with the referendum process itself which is being overseen by the Electoral Reform Services to ensure that it is balanced and fair, I similarly want to ensure that residents have the opportunity to engage in robust dialogue on the subject if they wish. It will be a massive change for Farnham if we get a ‘yes’ vote which leads to the development of an appropriate scheme and so, understandably, people have various queries and concerns which they are entitled to have addressed openly. I really look forward to the meeting and taking part in a lively debate on this really important issue and a proposal which puts pedestrians first.’