Norbury Park sawmill to remain closed until 2022 after consultation is put back

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The gates of the Norbury Park sawmill are likely to remain firmly shut until well into next year.

Surrey County Council had promised to consult the public and invite expressions of interest in the site in July, following the closure of the sawmill business in April.

But in the latest update provided to the FRA , officers now say they need to plan and carry out extensive work, including to the water and power supplies, to ensure viability for new tenants. 

In the meantime, the Council says it will unveil its ‘Vision for Norbury Park’ at a meeting of the Norbury Park Community Forum in October.

The original plan was to consult on what residents valued about Norbury Park, but SCC now feels that as stakeholders have been proactive in providing feedback, it can press ahead with forming its proposals.

Once SCC’s plans are made public, there will be an informal consultation followed by a further consultation with wider stakeholders.  A more formal consultation will take place in early 2022 following the Council’s decision on the plans.

The sawmill business closed in April and the future of the site remains unclear.

As well as the sawmill site, SCC will reveal its plans for Swanworth Farm and The Bothy.

So far SCC has indicated a preference to allow units for woodland crafts and woodland management, with basic visitor facilities including public lavatories.

The Council says that the requirement to process timber as previously carried out at the site no longer exists.

Other items on the Agenda for the meeting of the forum include further details of two incidents earlier this year of cyclists being in collision with walkers.

Following one of these incidents in February a pedestrian from Fetcham and the cyclist involved both suffered serious injuries. Sadly the pedestrian died two months later. As ever, any Fetcham resident wishing to raise an issue at the forum should contact Patrick Bisgood at patrickbisgood@aol.com

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