MEMBERS of the Fosters Lane Residents’ Association picked up their tools and got down to a big clear-up last week, thanks to some money put their way by a local county councillor.
The Knaphill thoroughfare, which leads to members’ homes, is neither owned by the council, by them or anyone else. It is also a public right of way. In fact the lane is what is known as an ‘unadopted’ road, which means there is no support to ensure its upkeep, repairs or safety.
The unadopted road issue was highlighted on the BBC’s One Show last week, which illustrated how residents in other parts of the country in a similar position are either having to repair potholes at their own expense and efforts to get to their homes, or pay out on constantly damaged vehicles.
In the Fosters Lane case, this has meant residents have had difficulty and inconvenience accessing their homes and, with other people using it as a cut-through, wear and tear has taken its toll.
After residents complained to Councillor Saj Hussain, he donated a grant of £3,500 to the association from his County Council Member’s Allocation, to help make the lane serviceable. Among the team getting stuck in were Roz Turley, Louise Crouch, Viv Warn and Graham Smith.
Cllr Hussain said: “This is an example of just how the community can get together and work with local councillors to enhance their surroundings.
“The Fosters Lane Residents’ Association are always taking a keen interest in the community and I was able to help them from my allocation.”
The villagers were clearing the area and raking the gravel to make a more even surface, which may need to be added to. Roz said: “There is also the danger of dead trees along the lane falling, so the next task is to have those removed and underplanting added.”
Cllr Hussain added: “If there are places that need improvements in other areas, residents should get in touch with their local councillor.”