Tim is the County Councillor for Weybridge since 2017 and leader of Surrey County Council.
A message from Tim: "Hopefully, you will have noticed that the main roads into and out of Weybridge have now been resurfaced apart from the Brooklands Road which is top of my list. Many of the side roads and pavements in the town centre are also being repaired and resurfaced. Equally the 20mph zone has been implemented in the Triangle area and I continue to work with the officers to install double yellow lines where appropriate for safety reasons.
"Parking stress continues to be an issue and will be until we can persuade people to use public transport and walk or cycle. We are at last making genuine progress in agreeing a scheme for the redevelopment of the hospital site and the library. My expectation is that there will be a public consultation in April of this year with a view to tendering the rebuild of the medical centre as the first part of the scheme and then move to the other side of the road to redevelop the library. I have also been in discussion with a theatre operator who has recently set up in King Georges Hall in Esher which has been a great success. They are keen to restore Weybridge Hall as a fixed seat theatre which in my view would enhance the facilities in the town considerably.
I continue to work closely with Weybridge town business guild on a vision for the high street. The number of vacant units is thankfully small relative to other areas and the regeneration of the far end of the high street will be significant and provide a proper heart for Weybridge with a public Piazza. One of my manifesto commitments was to commission a study of the traffic and traffic issues within Weybridge. This work is now being carried out and I very much hope that part of any scheme will be to relocate the war memorial either on to the cricket pitch or perhaps moving into the town near to the new piazza. That will enable us to redesign Temple Market and Monument Hill roundabouts.
I recently spent time at Heathside School where I opened the new maths block as well as attending the Remembrance Day service at St George’s Junior School. I have, as a county councillor, a small community allocation and in 2021, I used it to fund Christmas tree lights and also of some requests from the schools. As you would imagine, being Leader of Surrey County Council takes up five days a week and has been particularly challenging these past two years.
However, the county council is in good shape both financially and in terms of a strategy to deliver improved services. I am optimistic both for Weybridge and for Surrey this year. My absolute priority is to deliver on the new medical centre and the master plan for the high street as well as of course continuing to deal with resident’s queries. Please do get in touch if I can be of assistance."