Please don’t visit Frensham Great Pond and Common

Published Friday, 29 May 2020

Waverley Borough Council is appealing to residents and visitors to avoid heading to the beach at Frensham Great Pond and Common on sunny days.

The site, which is a Special Protection Area and sanctuary for wildlife, saw a huge influx of visitors over the Bank Holiday weekend.

The call for people to avoid the area is not only because the volume of visitors makes social distancing difficult, but with many parking illegally and dangerously on the rural clearways, it created potential obstacles for emergency vehicles and caused traffic jams.

As well as working hard to clear up litter – a public health issue that also proves extremely hazardous to the wealth of local wildlife that makes its home at the common - the council’s countryside rangers and enforcement officers also had to remind a number of visitors of the 2m social distance rule.

Councillor Liz Townsend, Portfolio Holder for Economic Development, Parks and Leisure said: “The safety and wellbeing of our residents and visitors to Frensham Great Pond and other greenspaces across Waverley is our priority. We know that the warm weather is bound to attract visitors but our advice is simple: please don’t come to Frensham if you have other green spaces available to you nearer to your home.”

Those who do visit because it is their local green space should follow social distancing rules, which are in place to control the virus and save lives.

Councillor Townsend said: “As well as keeping 2m away from anyone who is not a member of your household, please park responsibly in the car park only and not on surrounding roads, don’t light BBQs or fires of any kind which can cause devastating fires, especially now we are in the wildfire season and dispose of litter responsibly. All of these will make sure that beautiful places such as Frensham can be enjoyed safely by all.”

There are signs marking the beginning and end of the Clearway with reminder signs just before the entrance to the Frensham Great Pond car park. In addition to the new clearway on Bacon Lane, there are other clearways around Frensham Common, on Priory Lane past the Little Pond and the length of the A287 Frensham Road past the Great Pond.

Car parks are provided at both the Great Pond and Little Pond by Waverley Borough Council and the National Trust. However these car parks become full very quickly, especially in good weather and school holidays.

Please can all visitors remember:

  • To always park safely and considerately.
  • If the car parks are full and you cannot park safely then please do not visit. Do not park on the roads around Frensham as these are rural clearways.
  • When onsite, follow the government guidance; sit only with people from your own household, 2m apart from anyone else and keep hands washed regularly.
  • No BBQs or fires to be lit anywhere in the area
  • Make sure litter is disposed of in bins or, if they are full, take your rubbish home (this includes dog waste).

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