Surrey County Council has agreed Phase 1 of a development at Newlands Corner - to impose parking charges of £1 an hour (maximum £4) - and to spend £400,000 on constructing a family play trail and improving the existing toilets. Phase 2 envisages a coach park and large new café (built across the current viewing area, including the grass, on the brow of the hill) together with a new visitor centre and shopping space.
Please sign this petition if you want to keep Newlands Corner (the greatest viewpoint anywhere in the south of England, boasts this proud Surreyite!) free to access for all, unpretentious and busy! There's a whole community up there, consisting of the burger bar staff, SWT rangers and a crowd of regulars - bikers, police, fire and ambulance services, classic car owners, walkers, horse-riders and those who just go for the food, drink and friendly chat. SCC's move to monetise the site risks destroying this highly successful local amenity and destroying the livelihood of the people who run the busy burger bar. This is utterly unacceptable!