Many of you will have noticed the maps which have been installed in new totems in key locations around Farnham town centre, writes Surrey County Council leader, Councillor Tim Oliver (Conservative, Weybridge).

The totems are part of the Farnham Infrastructure Programme’s wayfinding project, and are designed to help visitors travel around the town centre without relying on their car.

The wayfinding project is just one way we’re helping people to walk or cycle around the town as much as they can. This is important as reducing car use remains the best way to reduce congestion and improve air quality.

We’re also preparing to install new signs in the town centre and Weydon Lane so we can lower the speed limit to 20mph.

There will also be a 20mph speed limit in Upper Hale Road but the design is currently being updated to include a pedestrian crossing.

Town centre

Before Christmas, the Farnham Board – made up of county, borough and town councillors, and Jeremy Hunt MP – agreed the next steps for the town centre.

As a result of your feedback in last summer’s consultation, the team will look into making Downing Street two-way between Long Bridge and Lower Church Lane, and are reviewing the options for South Street, East Street, Woolmead, Bear Lane, Victoria Road and Union Road.

The design will require further traffic modelling, including investigating and mitigating any potential impacts in areas in the north and south of the town.

The board wanted work on the town centre to happen as quickly as possible, while continuing conversations over other suggestions – such as the Hart Link Road.

Cost of living

The early months of a year are tough for many people, with short days, cold weather and the financial implications from Christmas. To find out how the council might be able to support your physical, mental or financial wellbeing, please visit or call 0300 200 1008.

You will also find information on warm hubs in Farnham, Haslemere and Hindhead where people can enjoy a safe, warm and friendly environment to enjoy a hot drink and social activity, and receive information and advice.

The service is open to all but is particularly beneficial to residents in hard-to-heat homes, those who are isolated, or those worried about their energy bills.