North Farnham Voice
Desirable Positive Changes
- Reduced traffic and improved air quality, positively impacting on road safety and health
- Improved connectivity both in North Farnham and with Central Farnham
- Improved public transport
- Increased pedestrian and cycling provision, more footpaths, pavements and cycle paths
- Increased public amenities
Any thing else?
Second issue of North Farnham Voice was published in March 2021
Initial analysis of potential impacts of pedestrianisation coupled with housing development around Farnham developed in February 2021 and shared with the Consultants working on the Farnham Infrastructure Project
Hopefully there will be a more detailed analysis in the next phase of the work associated with the Farnham Infrastructure Programme
First issue of North Farnham Voice was published and distributed over 3500 houses in late December 2020 and early 2021
Villages fighting for voices to be heard
The Farnham Herald, Thursday 3rd December 2020 - Vol.130 No.22
by Catherine Powell
Upper Hale resident, chartered engineer and founder of North Farnham Voice
THE VILLAGES of north Farnham have been there for hundreds of years – but are now blighted by poor road infrastructure, limited poorly maintained narrow pavements, minimal cycle paths and fast moving-traffic including heavy goods vehicles (HGVs).
One recent survey of local residents found the area “feels neglected and under-resourced compared with elsewhere in the town”.
The message is we need to get out of our cars and get around in other ways, use public transport, walk or cycle. But there are infrequent buses which are prohibitively expensive for some to use.
A return fare from Sandy Hill to the hospital for a parent and two kids under 15 is more than £10, and that is the nearest doctor’s surgery.
Safe walking routes between residential areas and local shops, schools and facilities are almost non-existent and there are limited crossings on the Upper Hale Road and Farnborough Road. The fast-moving traffic often means making a run for it and not everyone is up to that – nor is it safe.
Why don’t more kids cycle to school, they say! Where are the safe cycle route ?
North Farnham residents are, however, coming together to make their voices heard with the North Farnham Voice Group. There is already a Facebook page ( www.facebook.com/groups/northfarnhamvoice ) and plans are afoot for a website.
Residents support the proposal to ban HGVs greater than 7.5 tonnes as proposed under the Farnham Infrastructure Programme, and the need to refresh the speed signage with 20mph zones. However, there are lots of other issues that need to be discussed and addressed.
Proposals to reduce on-carriageway obstructions, including on-street parking, are not supported, as residents want less slower traffic and not faster traffic.
The on-street parking slows traffic down, in places shield pedestrians using the narrow pavements from traffic and helps with crossing the road.
Parking on the pavements is a problem as they are already too narrow in many areas for a pushchair or wheelchair.
The proposal to ban turning right from Upper Hale Road on to Alma Lane is not supported as it would again speed up traffic and just make other roads rat runs and many are very narrow although two way and have no pavements.
What is needed, in addition to banning HGVs, is more pedestrian crossings, traffic calming, reduced speed limits, cycle paths and more frequent and affordable public transport. There is also a real need for more community facilities for example a doctor’s surgery and more youth facilities.
■ Upper Hale residents are invited to have their say on proposed infrastructure changes at a Zoom meeting of the Local Liaison Forum on January 6. See www.farnham.gov.uk/towncouncil/llf for details.
Surrey wants to restrict onstreet parking – but do parked cars help keep pedestrians safe ?
Delight as hit-and-run victim wakes from coma
The Farnham Herald, Friday, 22 April 2016
FAMILY members are elated after 20-year-old Aidan Warner who was found lying in Upper Hale Road, in Farnham with serious head injuries on Boxing Day awoke from his coma.
Ian Warner, Aidan’s father, has confirmed that he is awake and talking and continuing to fight this battle everyday at St George’s Hospital in Tooting, where he has been recovering since the incident which occurred on Boxing Day 2015 after an evening spent with friends.
He is expected to remain in hospital until the end of this year according to doctors.
The former Heath End School pupil was found lying unconscious in Upper Hale Road, near to Queens Lane, with serious head injuries, and there is still no explanation of how this occurred.
Police released CCTV footage of nine vehicles that drove past Aidan, between when he left the Upper Hale Working Men’s Club at 7.25pm and when he was found at 7.27pm on a section of road which has no pavement.
A spokesperson for Surrey Police has confirmed the investigation is still on-going: “The victim is now awake and is making some progress. Officers are continuing to carry out enquiries to establish what happened to the victim, however as previously mentioned we are keeping an open mind as to whether this incident involved a car or was an assault.
“We are also continuing to appeal for anyone who has any knowledge of the incident. Again, we are still trying to trace the vehicles that were featured on CCTV (www.youtube.com/watch?v=VWG8Hb3d4vk&feature=youtu.be) to have driven passed the victim.
“We are taking this incident very seriously and advise that if anyone does have any further information to ring 101 and quote the crime reference number.”
Information relating to this incident can be reported to Surrey Police online at or by calling 101, quoting the reference number P15329261 when doing so, or alternatively information can be reported anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555 111.
Friends and colleagues at Oasis Gardens, where Aidan has worked since the age of 16, continue to work hard to raise £5,000 to further support Aidan and his family. St George’s Hospital will also benefit from some of the funds raised.