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KRA AGM and Speakers – Weds 26th April at 7.30pm at Knaphill Baptist Church

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We are pleased to have David Munro Elected Police Commissioner for Surrey as our guest speaker. David will be followed by Mal Foster our local Novelist speaking on his books including ‘The Assylum Soul’ set in Brookwood Hospital in the old days.

This will be followed by the KRA AGM and a Q & A session with our local councillors present

All Residents are invited
Refreshments will be provided

Location – Knaphil Baptist Church High Street, Knaphill, GU21 2PZ

RSPCA Millbrook car boot sale Saturday 29th April

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Come along and help raise funds for the centre!  If you want to sell, it’s £10 for cars and £15 for vans, set up as of 9am, or if you’re a buyer, come along from 10am to 1pm and grab yourself some bargains.  And that’s not forgetting to visit the lovely animals of course, who are always happy to make new friends! Refreshments available.

 

Proposed changes to our roads

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At the Surrey County Council Joint Committee held on 22 March Woking Borough Council presented their proposals for changes in and around Knaphill and Brookwood. I must stress these are proposals and there will be a period of public consultation in June.

The proposals fall into three packages:

  1. Brookwood Crossroads.
  2. Roads off Bagshot Road (A322).
  3. Vyne spur road.

Package 1 stands on its onw but I think 2 and 3 go together.

  1. BROOKWOOD CROSSROADS

To explain the proposal I will take each road in turn as it approaches the Crossroads.

Bagshot Road (A322) from Knaphill – no change

Brookwood Lye Road (A324) – A third lane created so that there will be a left filter lane for traffic turning into Bagshot Road going towards Guildford. Middle lane for going straight across to Connaught Road and the third lane for turning right into Bagshot Road going towards Knaphill.

Bagshot Road 9A322)from Guildford – a new left filter into Connaught Road.

Connaught Road (A324) -creation of a second lane to give a left hand filter into Bagshot Road going towards Knaphill. The second lane is for traffic going straight ahead or turning right towards Guildford.

2. ROADS OFF BAGSHOT ROAD

a. Junction with Redding Way – improve and lengthen the left hand filter coming from Bisley turning into Redding Way.

b. Junction with the Broadway – no exit from Bagshot Road into Broadway from either direction. Traffic leaving the Broadway can only turn left.

c. Junction with Chobham Road – similar to junction with Broadway, no exit from Bagshot Road into Chobham Road and traffic leaving Chobham Road can only turn left (this restriction already applies).

d. Oak Tree Road and Sparvell Road – further investigation into feasibility of traffic signals required.

e. Junction with Limecraft Road – Direction from Bisley no change. Coming up the Bagshot Road from Brookwood Crossroads, extend two lanes beyond the junction with Stafford Lake to increase right turn lane storage capacity. This will mean changes to traffic entering or leaving Stafford Lake.

3. VYNE SPUR ROAD

The spur road is opened to all traffic. The traffic islands off the roundabout to be revised to increase deflection. The entrance to the car park opposite the Vyne to be closed. The two public car parks to be made into one with the entrance and exit being off Alexandra Gardens. The creation of a new pedestrian crossing using the island that currently houses the barriers.

 

As stated earlier these are at this stage only proposals and further work has to be carried out by Woking Borough Council before the plans go to public consultation. The Residents’ Association will discuss the plans at there next committee meeting and at a future date put forward their views. The KRA have asked the local Councillors to organise a residents public meeting to not only explain the reason for the proposals but to answer questions. In the meantime if you want to place comments on our website please feel free.

Join Our Village Show!

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Planning for this year’s Village Show is now well underway. Put the date in your diary – Saturday 15th July, 1-5pm – at Mizen’s Railway, and keep all fingers and toes crossed for another glorious weather day!

But we can’t do it without your input, so what would you like to see there? Do you have a band? Do you run a refreshments or catering company? Do you want a stall to showcase your business or sell something directly to the thousands of local people who come through our gates each year? Then we want to hear from you! Contact Sue via stalls@knaphill.org

 

 

 

Highclere Gardens

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On the decision of Cllr. Cundy, chairman of Woking’s Planning Committee, approval was given to the building of a new house in Highclere Gardens. The new house wil be attached to No. 40.

The residents came away from the Planning meeting disappointed and angry. Angry because not one of the officers involved in working on this planning application had acknowledged the parking problems the residents face on a daily basis.

The majority of the. Councillors who make up the Planning Committee agreed that the proposed development was cramped and contrived in additional to which there was no room for any more cars parking in Highclere Gardens. The word cramped is used because the developer in trying to fit in this additional house had reduced the garden of both the new house and the existing house at No. 40 were below the minimum private garden size as laid down in the Council’s own planning guidelines.

During the debate the Officers warned the Councillors that if they rejected the application and the applicant when to appeal and won the Council may have to meet the developers costs. This swayed the Liberal Dems. and Labour members of the Committee. Cllr. Morales stated that she was not prepared to risk tax payers money in defending a rejection of the application. Cllr. Hussain pointed out that the residents of Highclere Gardens were tax payers.

Cllr. Hussain proposed that the application should be rejected and this was seconded by Cllr. Harlow. The chairman announced that he would take the unusual step of voting. The vote was 4 for and 4 against so the chairman got the casting vote, this meant that he voted twice, and Cllr. Cundy voted to approve the application.

Planning Committee

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Woking Council’s Planning Committee meets on Tuesday 7th March and on the agenda there are two planning applications affecting Knaphill.

 

The first is an application to build a new house in Highclere Gardens. This application is strongly opposed by the residents of Highclere Gardens and their fight is supported by the KRA. The Council’s Planning Department are recommending acceptance of the plans so we hope our local Councillors will put up strong opposition to the plans and  that members of the Planning Committee listen to the residents objections. The reference for this application is PLAN/2016/1366.

The second Knaphill application is from the owners of Ringlestone Farm off Warbury Lane. The owners are arguing that a former outbuilding has been used as a single dwelling house for more than four years and the owners are seeking a lawful development certificate for change of use. This building is in the greenbelt and therefore this is a legal argument. The Council are opposed to the application. The reference number is PLAN/2017/0104.

The Planning Committee is open to the public and it will also be shown live on the Council’s webcast.

The Meadows is up for sale

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The former NHS hospital on the Bagshot Road, next to The Nags Head, has been put up for sale. The building owned by Surrey and Borders NHS Trust has stood empty since 2013 and basically left to rot. Due to poor security the internal fittings have been totally vandalised. We understand that Woking Borough Council showed some interest in using the building but given its current state pulled out of talks. with the owners. The building is probably now only fit for demolition and I presume replaced by housing. What a waste.

All change at Sainsbury’s

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The store in Redding Way is undergoing major change. Following Sainsbury’s buying Argos and Habitat the store is installing those two shops within its store in Redding Way. There could be further changes because Sainsbury’s have applied to Woking Borough Council to remove a planning condition that limits the number of concessions the Company can base within their Redding Way store.

New flats on old library site going up

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Have you noticed the enormous crane currently in the centre of Knaphill?! Well, work is well under way on the construction of the block of 9 apartments on the old library site on the High Street. Large sections of fabricated build are being lifted into place. The sections are already wired and fitted with some of the fitted units. This method speeds up the construction on site, so hopefully the project should be finished soon, and our high street will be much improved visually.

 

New flats being constructed

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