Runnymede Borough Council is considering a number of changes to St. Jude’s Road in a public consultation taking place this week. The proposed changes range from the subtle – “install a less intrusive wastepaper container” – to the extensive – an arts piece focal point and a “new green for the Village”. The proposals also suggest the removal of the bus stop, bottle bank and the road crossing outside the cemetery in order to make way for the new green.
The plans date back to 2008, when the Englefield Green Resident’s Association prepared a Village Plan that outlined the civic and economic benefits in brightening up the area. “The main road that passes through the village, St Jude’s Road, is bounded by a series of small shops and restaurants, mainly to the east side…..this entry to the village and associated shops would benefit from investment to improve and manage its appearance.” Another stimulus is the potential danger posed by the cemetery pay and display car park which sits where the proposed green would be. Vehicles leaving the car park normally have to reverse onto the main road, making the area hazardous for pedestrians and oncoming vehicles. The new green that may replace the car park could become a venue for market stalls or a children’s play area.
Current pay and display car park on St. Jude’s Road.
Proposed alterations to the other side of St. Jude’s includes replacement signage, a resurfacing of the footway and a new drainage system. The public consultation will be used to gauge the extent of local enthusiasm for the changes.
If it goes ahead Surrey County Council has agreed to bring forward the date for renewing street lighting to Bond Street and St. Jude’s Road to coincide with the renewal project. The council is to replace all it’s street lighting columns over the next five years and plans to replace those on St. Jude’s and Bond Street with new ‘character columns’. The cost of the proposals – between £68,000 and £104,000, depending on which ideas are implemented – means that most of the funding will need to be found outside of Runnymede Borough Council and Surrey County Council.
St. Jude the Apostle
The public consultation is open between 20th and 27th June at the Village Centre on
Victoria Street, the Royal British Legion Hall on Larchwood Drive and the Runnymede Civic Centre in Addlestone. More details are available at the council website.
St. Jude was one of the Twelve Apostles of Jesus but is clearly distinguished from Judas Iscariot. In the Roman Catholic Church he is the patron saint of desperate situations and lost causes.