This project is to refurbish Tilford East Bridge. It is currently in the planning stages and we will update this page with more information as soon as a start date for works has been confirmed. In the meantime, we have compiled some information below which should answer your questions about the scheme.
What does the scheme involve?
Refurbishment of Tilford East Bridge, which will include improving the durability of the structure's parapet, replacing all of the hidden oak beams with steel beams and repairing the stonework.
Will the structure look different after the work is completed?
No, this is a scheduled monument and all work carried out by Surrey County Council has to conform to Historic England guidelines. A scheduled monument is an historic building or site that is included in the Schedule of Monuments kept by the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. Please see the Historic England website for more information about the bridge.
When will the works start?
As the work is over the River Wey the scheme delivery is best suited to the summer months when river levels are lower and the weather is generally drier. We do not currently have a confirmed start date but anticipate a summer 2018 start.
How long will the works take?
The scheme will be intricate requiring specialist and skilled contractors to repair the stone work as existing. We anticipate the duration will be between 4-6 months long however this is yet to be confirmed.
Will there be a temporary footbridge for pedestrians to cross over the river during the works?
Yes, this is currently in the design process. The bridge will be open for pedestrians and dismounted cyclists.
How will equestrians cross the river during the works?
There will be no access through the river for equestrians. Closer to scheme commencement an alternative equestrian route will be advised.
What permits are required for the scheme?
Permits are required from both the Environment Agency and Historic England.
What will the diversion be for vehicles?
Following consultation with Tilford Parish, we are currently designing a diversion route which will be shared with Tilford Parish and then published on our website.
Will there be advanced warning notices and letters sent out in advance of the scheme?
Yes we will provide as much advanced notice as possible.
Will the river be available for paddling during the works?
Unfortunately the river will be closed during the scheme. This is for the safety of all.
I have a business, can I get a business rate reduction?
To be granted a business rate reduction there has to be a Material Change Circumstance (MCC) for the duration of a scheme.
As a general rule MCC would need to last at least 6 months before it is considered having an impact on the rateable value. This period can be shorter if the impact of the specific MCC is very severe.
For information about reduced business rates please contact the valuation office number on 0300 501 501 and then press option 2 and hold to speak to someone.
They will then advise you to register on their website where the application will be assessed for eligibility.