Puttenham Parish Council take control of new community area at Hogs Back
Puttenham Parish Council have been allowed by Surrey County Control to take control of an area of Hogs Back that has in the past been notoriously known as a public sex site.
The land in question is between the A31 and Puttenham Village and the Parish Council have been given an endowment of £25,000 to help with the management of the site.
It's part of an initiative led by Puttenham Parish Council after their members recognised that it would be better for them to manage the area, as opposed to the County Council, since they are better placed to respond to issues that arise from that area.
"This is a great example of localism at its best," said Simon Gimson, County Councillor for Shalford.
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"We are delighted to be handing over the reins to Puttenham Parish Council, aware that their local knowledge and passion for their community will enable them to do a better job of maintaining this location as a community amenity than we could do ourselves.
"The parish council has all our support and we wish them well."
"We will now be able to manage this area of land and ensure that the local community can enjoy use of it once again," said Richard Griggs, of Puttenham Parish Council.
Surrey County Council announced plans to transform the area back in March, following years of campaigning by residents to close the lay-by area entirely.
They are to provide £3,500 for a safe community and wildlife area in order to solve the problem.