At Wednesday's Open Meeting (20 June 2012) we discussed the planning application for the proposed Cedar Road Community Hub and Library together with a thirteen unit housing development under reference 2012/1721. Last June outline planning permission was granted but with "reserved matters" relating to access and design of the building.
In the last year excellent progress has been made by Surrey Libraries on the interior layouts working with our Rector, Robert Jenkins, representing the Community. Sadly little progress has been made on the exterior design and more importantly no progress has been made on pedestrian access which remains wholly inadequate for a community building of such importance. The Community Hub is tucked into the far corner of the site and the main pedestrian access from the High Street is via narrow passageways with six foot high brick walls on each side. One shopkeeper whose property would abut the proposed path will put barbed wire on top of the wall to keep vandals out of his property. These passageways, even with lighting, will give a feeling of vulnerability to users and are unsafe for the young, old and mothers with push chairs - even more so on dark winter evenings. It is inexcusable to design passageways in this day and age as the main access in new developments. The pedestrian access must reflect the importance of the Building.