Re: Re: Boundary changes

Phil Stubbs on #5589

I attended last nights public meeting on the boundary changes. First I must point out that the presentation last night was of Woking Council's suggestions, the final decision rests with Boundary Commission.There are two main reasons for carrying out a boundary review and they are, change in the number of residents in the Borough and the reduction in the total number of Councillors. Woking has decided that from 2016 the Council will go down from 36 Councillors to 30 and each Ward will have a team of three Councillors. Given the projected size of Woking each Ward has a target of 7,802 residents.Knaphill currently has three Councillors and therefore the Ward required limited change. Our neighbour will be a new Ward that has been given the title Canalside. Canalside incorporates a number of medium sized villages/communities; Brookwood, Hermitage, Inkerman and St.Johns. The name Canalside comes from the fact that the Basingstoke Canal runs through three of the above communities.Coming back to Knaphill, as I stated earlier the target is for 7,802 residents per Ward. WBC's proposal would give Knaphill 7,801 resident. This figure includes all known new developments.What does Knaphill gain, the new development proposed for Brookwood Farm, the residents who live on Percheron Drive and Raynes Close. All would be in the enlarged Knaphill if WBC's proposal is adopted.What is lost; the first disappointment is the lost of greenbelt land north of the Basingstoke Canal. The proposal from WBC is for all of Brookwood Country Park being in Canalside. I argued that the Country Park is divided into two by the Bagshot Road and that the land between Bagshot Road and Hermitage roundabout should be in Knaphill and lets call it Knaphill Country Park. This land contains the football ground, home to Knaphill FC.  As stated earlier the new Ward Canalside takes in Inkerman. Historically Inkerman has been part of Knaphill but WBC argue that to keep Inkerman in Knaphill would make the Ward too large. The proposal new boundary is round the back of the houses in Robin Hood Crescent, down Beechwood Road and Inkerman Road.There is a large display of all plans in Wolsey Way, opposite Specs Save. I have suggested that the large maps are also put on display in Knaphill library with information packs available for residents to take away.Residents have until 7 March to respond to WBC on their proposals. Just a reminder that the decision will be made by the Boundary Commission and we have until 1st April to submit views to the Boundary Commission. If you respond to WBC I would suggest that you make your views known to the Boundary Commission.The above represents my personal views, if you have any questions or want further information please come back to me.