PCC asks visitors to stay alert as hundreds flock to beauty spots

Surrey Police and Crime Commissioner David Munro has urged residents to continue to abide social distancing measures, after Surrey beauty spots were crowded over the weekend.

Visiting Greater Frensham Pond and Common by foot, the PCC witnessed examples of social distancing not being followed, risking a rise in new cases of the virus.

Surrey Police encouraged groups of more than three individuals to leave the site. Surrounding roads were closed to stop additional vehicles from parking along verges and blocking cycle and drive ways. Sites at Box Hill around Virginia Water were also busy, and continue to be monitored by the Force.

The PCC said: “As we begin the slow journey to a new normal, it is absolutely critical that we protect the progress we’ve made, by continuing to social distance and isolate where necessary. As a local resident, I was concerned to see examples of individuals breaching this guidance, presenting a very real risk to our communities.

“We must all stay alert, by resisting the urge to meet with more than one individual from another household, and avoiding driving to beauty spots when they are likely to be crowded or have limited parking. I am very lucky to live within walking distance of Frensham Pond, and it is right that local residents should enjoy similar spaces for the benefit of their physical and mental health – by bike or on foot if possible.

In order to do that, we must be sensible and continue to protect the vulnerable.”

“Illegal and inconsiderate parking is a recurring issue at this and other sites that have limited available parking during peak times – please also consider this before you make your journey.”

Surrey Police are continuing to work closely with the National Trust and borough and district councils to allow individuals and families from the same household to enjoy parks and open spaces safely.

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