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!
As you will have seen work has now started on Queen Elizabeth Gardens and we have already had lots of emails requesting updates, so I wanted to let you know the scope of work being carried out by the contractors (Kestrel) and give you an update on other parts still to be completed.
The works should be completed by the 31st March and the working hours are Monday to Friday 8.00am to 5pm.
Kestrel will start by creating a temporary access to site via Pares Close and set up a site office on top of the mound behind the Scout building. They will then remove their office from the car park and this will also remove the need for any machinery or plant from the entering the site via the High Street. They will keep public access to all footpaths including into Pares Close. They will also create an temporary access to the tennis court although there will be a period when this will have to be closed when work on the new tennis court is being done, they will give prior notice of this closure.
They will then start work at the front of the gardens, creating a retaining wall along the side of the bowling green and a lite footpath along side this wall, distribute the top soil mound creating a flat play area to the side. Working backwards as they go, they will create the new tennis court and continue the path and landscaping until they reach the path. They will then then make good the landscaping on top of the bund surrounding the proposed MUGA area using the rest of the top soil from the mound. They will also formalise the existing cut across the front of Pares Wood into Pares Close using a permeable gravel type path rather than the hard ones on the rest of the site (this path will not be lite). This will aid drainage and allow us to take it closer to the trees without damaging roots as this eliminates the need to dig a sub base, this will also keep a reasonable size green on the top section as some residents have requested.
The area around the MUGA and the installation of the MUGA itself is not in Kestrels contract and will be a separate piece of work that will be carried out later and after consultation with other interested parties.
There is an open session on Monday 1st February in the village hall from 10.00am if anybody has any questions.
Going forward the contractors have agreed to keep us your councillors in the picture as work progresses and we have agreed to be the conduit for any future enquiries to allow them to get on with the job at hand.
The woking parking review will be discussed at the Woking Joint Committee on the 2nd Decemember. Follow the link above to the proposed changes for Horsell Village and Goldsworth East that will be discussed.
Affinity Road works to High Street And Church Hill Update, Church Hill closed from 10th August
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Councillor Hunwicks, Councillor Branagan and myself met with Pegasus Life, who are the new owners of the site. Their intension is to apply for planning permission to build retirement apartments on the site. we viewed the plans with included parking for more cars than apartments. But they want to seek your opinion first, so residents from the surrounding area have been invited to a public viewing of the proposal on Tuesday 26th may between 14.30 and 19.30 at the light box. don’t worry if you cant make it all the information will be uploaded to a web site after the presentation and they are allowing two weeks for feedback.
If anybody has any concerns about the proposal don’t hesitate to contact any of us, you elected us to represent your views so get us involved.
On Thursday 21st May we received notification that the planning inspectorate turned down permission to divert the footpath through the centre of Queen Elizabeth Gardens. It seems a shame that one objection to something the rest of the community wanted, can cause so much bad feeling and tax payers money, but that’s the law of the land and we have to work within those laws.
Going forward, the path through the centre of QE Gardens will remain open, any other option would prolong the reinstatement of the gardens to the residents.
Last night WBC officers sent out instructions to make as much of the area as safe as possible and remove or reposition the fence, this will be done as soon as possible.
Today WBC officers started the process of sourcing a contractors to complete the landscaping and works to return QE Gardens back to full use.
Once this has been completed we will relook at the footpath situation and see if there is a way forward..