After Colin’s great suggestion to involve ‘Kingdom’ around our delivery of cleaner centres and encouraging less littering, pupils across the Borough were asked to design a poster to ask adults visiting the play areas with their children, not to smoke. Several schools participated and a pupil from Horsell Junior School was judged the winner and her sign put up around the Borough play areas. Congratulations to her. It was a great poster and can be seen at the Queen Elizabeth play area in the village as well as around the whole borough.
Watch out for the many events surrounding H G Wells that are coming to Woking over the course of this year. Beryl has been involved right from the start of this project and has worked with local residents and scholars, as well as WBC officers to make this a great year for Woking but more especially for Horsell, which is highlighted in ‘ War of the Worlds’.
She has been especially involved with officers at getting the art projects delivered in some Woking primary and secondary schools and visited Horsell Junior School to see the mural being done by some of the older pupils.
Beryl, Colin and Anne are always canvassing your views and wanting to hear what you have to say. We don’t just come round at election time but 7 days a week and 52 weeks of the year are contactable as a team. Recently Beryl has been door knocking in Horsell East, which as an area is soon to be joining Horsell West to form the ward of Horsell. Concerns that have been raised so far are around speeding, signage, bad road surfaces as well as good feed back about the Town Centre and the new shops and restaurants that are coming or have come to boost the economy of the town. Do let us know if you have a concern that you want to raise with us.
After the delays caused by the objection to the old central footpath on the site, work has been renewed on completing the landscaping, the second tennis court, the Multi – use games area (muga) and the creation of a new second footpath as well as a top footpath linking Hill Close with Pares Close. Interested parties met in the village hall on three occasions early this year to iron out any concerns that were expressed. The parties included local residents, the Tennis Club members, the Bowls Club interests and local borough councillors as well as the contractor and WBC partners.
The contractors hope that all will be completed by April. This will complete the whole project, which has taken 6 years in all from conception to completion and at no cost to Borough residents. ” This has been something that we have longed for in Horsell and we are proud of what has been achieved for the village and all its residents – Young and old alike” said Colin and Beryl and Anne.
On Tuesday 8th March the Planning Committee approved the plans for the allotments along Bullbeggars Lane. The new facilities will bring a new kitchen, washroom facilities, store room and a shop to this very popular area. It was over a year ago that having been approached by the Chairman of the allotments, Colin and I were asked to try to move this forward, not just as an idea but a reality. We met with WBC officers and plans were put in place as well as the finances to cover the whole building costs and its facilities. Now that planning permission has been approved, it is hoped that building works will begin as soon as possible. We look forward to seeing the project completed this year.
After nearly 6 months of planning and liaising with WBC, the Horsell residents were out in force last weekend to work around the Horsell Moor area. About 28 people came and part way through there was coffee/ tea and cookies for the workers on what was a rather foggy morning. Three areas were identified as needing attention along the whole stretch of the Moor and the work party divided into three groups to tackle the undergrowth within the wooded areas and along the edges of the trees. At the same time litter was also collected and bagged so that SERCO could collect during the week.
Everyone had a really good time and in many cases new friendships were made as residents worked together.. Increasingly Horsell is becoming well known as an area that cares for the environment and the woodland areas around its borders. They have already tackled Pares Woodland Garden at the top of the Community Buildings area in the centre of the village and again SERCO has worked with the residents to clear the rubbish that has been collected. Other work parties have tackled the footpaths that criss cross the whole area, cutting back vegetation so that people can use them easily..
We as borough councillors have helped in this process by getting some main footpaths resurfaced for the benefit of all. Next week on Saturday 19th March there will be the second work party at Horsell Moor. Come and help us as residents we love having new comers!
Beryl and Colin regularly have surgeries at the Red Lion every first Saturday of the month. There’s rarley a month goes by without people from our community coming to see us. Last Saturday was no exception and 4 ladies came to ask about the arrangements for Wilson Way and Pares Close being put into the CPZ scheme.
Colin and Beryl visited every resident in those roads last June, or dropped a questionnaire into them if they were not there to ask if they wanted to be included into the CPZ scheme. Those roads are regularly blocked by commuters leaving their cars all day and blocking the narrow roads. These roads are used frequently as they have direct access to St Andrews School too and parents use them for parking. Adding coaches into the mix has made this area extremely hazardous.
The majority of residents opted for CPZ and these will be introduced before Easter. The ladies who came to see us were, quite rightly worried that the implementation had taken too long or was not going to happen at all! We were able to reassure them that having gone through all the processes that it will be done soon. Watch this space! In the meantime Lych Way has been resurfaced and is also ready for restrictions to be implemented to help the residents there!