Posted on March 5, 2014 by Andy Hills
Welcome to Knaphill village!
This is the website for the Knaphill Residents’ Association, bringing you news of the village, details on the annual Knaphill village show and helping our community.
From the [ex] Editor, Andy Hills (Follow on Twitter @Hillsy101)
“Come and have your say in the Knaphill Forum!
Residents should be reminded of the importance of the review of the boundaries currently underway. A brief examination of the proposals indicate that Knaphill is shrinking and we may lose large parts of our open spaces. A WBC web page is available.
I’m finding that apathy is prevalent in Knaphill. I’ve mentioned this before over the years but this is your village, the place where you live and it needs to get your attention. Bad decisions are made by numerous authority bodies but that doesn’t mean you should give up. Get your views known and give support to those willing to put their personal time into helping in the village, and most importantly – spread the word! Knaphill needs your input and to that end I’ve added a forum to the website for you to discuss anything you like!
More positively, Tesco has opened and are winning support from locals. They have already invested in the Cabin youth club and paid for resurfacing Fosters Lane that the developers churned up shortly after they paid for it to be surfaced. This shows they have an actual intent to support the community and not just empty promises so well done them. New manager is called Giles Bloomfield.
We’re actively looking for regular contributors to the magazine and website – get your news and questions out there! Time pressures are affecting a lot of volunteers in the village and the residents’ association is no different. If anyone fancies stepping in and helping out it would be most appreciated.
Don’t forget you can always have your say and leave a comment or send in your items for publication in the website or magazine. “
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If you have something to mention, just email or tweet the KRA @knaphillkra
- Residents’ Association AGM Weds 2nd April starting at 7.45pm at Methodist Church, Broadway
- Esso apply to extend alcohol license from 0600 to MIDNIGHT, bringing it to 18 hours of retail per day. Yes, really.
- Old Viceroy building sold and to become (allegedly!) an Italian restaurant
- New planning update available
- Air management order issued for Anchor Hill
- Plans to develop 1-3 High St (Barnbrook Sinclair / Pets Kingdom building) have been refused by WBC (PLAN/2013/1081)
- Serious failings at Alpha Hospital
- You can REPORT POT HOLES HERE (SCC)
- Woking town centre developments – plans submitted
David Foker is the guest speaker at this years AGM and will perform a presentation on the local wildlife in the area. The AGM is on Weds 2nd April starting at 7.45pm at Methodist Church, Broadway
I’ve added a forum area to the website called, unimaginatively, the Knaphill Forum. Here you can have your say, express your views, compliment or complain. Simple to use and you can pass comment on anything you like. It is simply another way of getting in contact or to state your piece.
On the 1st of February WBC issued an Air Quality Management Order for the area at the top of Anchor Hill. The designated area incorporates the top of Anchor Hill at the junction with Lower Guildford Road, Highclere Road and High Street.
To be perfectly honest I wasn’t even aware there was a panel, but social media has just churned out that our friends at WBC are currently asking for new members of the Woking Citizens Panel.
Woking Citizens’ Panel is a group of residents from across Woking from all backgrounds, ages and ethnicities. They are contacted a number of a times each year, via email or post, and asked to provide their views on all kinds of issues that affect local people. This helps us to understand how you want your services provided.
So you now have another way of getting your opinion and solutions to local problems into the decision makers.
I’m very pleased to say that a new business is coming to the village in the form of a foot clinic! It will be located above Valerie French and open soon
WBC have launched another recycling front, this time into textiles and small electrical appliances. For textiles, all you need to do is put them into a standard carrier bag and leave them with your blue bin; for electricals (no larger than 35cm by 40cm) you should place them with your black bin.
Two major plans submitted for Woking town centre
Plans have been officially submitted to Woking Borough Council for the development of Woking town centre. The development will be delivered by Bandstand Square Developments Limited (BSDL) a joint venture between Moyallen, owners of Peacocks Shopping Centre, Surrey County Council and Woking Borough Council.
Whereas my personal opinion is that the group has managed to recreate similar unattractive buildings to past Woking endeavours, the plans are getting significant support and will undoubtedly be approved. This again raises a question for me – WHERE’S THE PLAN FOR KNAPHILL?!
If any resident, councillor, or ‘person in the know’ could let me know just how Knaphill is to be kept alive and reinvigorated it would be much appreciated. Frankly all I can see at the moment is that officials are happy to let Knaphill go to ruin. (And no, building Tescos a building does not help or contribute to the wellbeing of the village.) I would be happy to be shown otherwise.
Thameswey to hold public consultation for the old library site
At the Vyne on the 24th (1pm – 7pm) and 25th January (9am – 2pm), a public consultation regarding revised plans for the site. PLEASE go along if you concerns to be raised, suggestions to make or are simply curious about this central development.
UPDATE: Having seen the plans, you have 3 options to choose from including a timber clad flat roof and a taller pitched roof. None of the options particularly fit in but they are modern and perhaps that’s where the village should be looking. There is NO PARKING facility whatsoever. There is still a memorial garden which will be charming once built. It was disappointing that no representative of WBC was there to give any answers but perhaps they don’t have any?
It’s worth a look and you get free tea too!
New boundaries for Woking will result in a reduction to the number of councillors across the borough. A brief examination of the proposals indicate that Knaphill is shrinking and we are scheduled to lose large parts of our open spaces.
You can also see an interactive map and make your comments on the boundaries here
A quick note to draw your attention to www.winwoking.org.uk, a new voluntary / charity service and support forum in the Woking area -
WIN was set up with the intention of providing everyone working in the voluntary, community and charity sector in Woking and the surrounding areas with a place to go online. The forum is a place where you can come to ask questions, get information, find out what is going on and promote your ideas.
As a peer to peer network we hope that people will share their experience, knowledge and good practice so that others will be able to benefit from it. Most of all we would like to get everyone talking to and about each other and about all the great things that are happening in Woking.
Knaphill, moving forward poll results
We ran a poll recently for business and premises owners to have their say on the future of Knaphill. Here are the (not unexpected!) results -
Just see the Planning section above!
SCC to review on-street parking
Surrey County Council are, over the next 12 months, going to be looking at on-street parking in the area. If you have a black spot in mind please let us know below (Quick note – when clicking ‘view results’ it doesn’t show individual comments but be assured we are logging them) Some of the latest records can be seen here
We ran a survey from July-August 2012 to try and gain an insight as to your view of the Knaphill Residents’ Association. The results have been presented to the committee and are here with comments for your information.
The Knaphill Cabin – a youth activity club set up with the KRA in 2009 and continuing to offer young people in Knaphill something to do of their evenings. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
The poll for developing a Knaphill Neighbourhood Plan has drawn to a close with a massive 93% wanting one to be developed!
If you have a poll you would like to see then let me know.
Some past poll results -
Is speeding in Knaphill a problem?
- I notice it frequently (55%, 36 Votes)
- I notice it occasionally (25%, 16 Votes)
- No (20%, 13 Votes)
Total Voters: 65
The illegal signage on traffic lights poll stirred 52 respondents and 91% wanted them removed! Whereas everyone does have the right to make a living, it is clearly preferred that people advertise in line with normal rules. Following advice from Surrey Highways, they state it is their responsibility to remove the flyers and you can report them via the SCC website here and selecting ”Advertising – over crowded’.
eNews & Bulletin
We have an eNewsletter to better help us stay in touch with Members. It is designed, in part, to address one of our shortcomings in communication with Members who have rightly felt in the past that we haven’t been as chatty as we could have been. While being created specifically for Members of the KRA, it is currently open to all and we would appreciate any feedback you can give.
It will deliver information about the village in a timely manner direct to your inbox so if you’d like to receive this service, please sign up!