New happenings in the High Street


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    Andy Hills on #5563

    Tesco's has opened and having had a quick stroll through the village I notice that Darry's Hut is now becoming a place called Skipjacks. fish 'n' chips rather than a Turkish takeaway. The old Mackerrel Turner Garret office are opening to Woking Funeral Homes and the Viceroy building that has been empty for year has SOLD signs up. The changes seen in Knaphill over the last few years are astonishing to me. If only WBC gave more thought to planning and variety instead of pure business rates.Good luck and welcome to the new businesses


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    Guy on #5594

    Great to hear about new businesses, let's hope they last.Would be nice to have fewer take aways too


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    new1 on #5595

    Deffo less take outs!! WBC dont give a stuff about this village, they'd be happy wth 100% takeaways if it filled the gaps.looking forward to less empty stores


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    localman on #5596

    Shops will only open where theres a market. If there wasnt a market, there wouldnt be so many take-aways.Its far to easy to moan about a lack of butcher/baker etc (I thought stephs bakery was terrible) but its much harder to actually do anything about it. Then people wont actually use it.


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    Andy Hills on #5597

    Shops will only open where theres a market. If there wasnt a market, there wouldnt be so many take-aways.Its far to easy to moan about a lack of butcher/baker etc (I thought stephs bakery was terrible) but its much harder to actually do anything about it. Then people wont actually use it.

    Only partly true. Not all businesses will do market research to test the market and take aways tend to pop up everywhere safe in the knowledge that people need to eat! Knaphill has a glut and it would be nice to have less of them but I applaud every last one for remaining open.Knaphill is more service-oriented than retail and a wider variety of business would be nice to see but rents in the village are sky high which is a big turn off. There was a wine bar, now opened in a prime site in Woking town centre, that was looking at Knaphill but didn't go for it due to cost. I also know of a greengrocer that was looking to open in the village which is rare in itself but when he saw the cost he thought it was a typo!If WBC saw us fit enough to do something about it, they could create a development plan for the village in a similar way that they are developing the town centre. It simply appears that they don't give a monkeys about us and are happy to concentrate on the town rather than the supporting villages. There's no direction for the village, no plan other than to build flats and I think WBC see Knaphill as the poor cousin.I love seeing new business coming to Knaphill and I look forward to supporting them


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    Guy on #5598

    How does Knaphill village justify high rental??Would love to see some joined up development of the village


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    Andy Hills on #5599

    New signage-tastic! New signs at SKip Jacks and Woking Funeral Services are up and looking smart.@Guy - I have no idea to be honest. There must be some fundamental 'thing' about Knaphill that commands the price although I have no idea if that translates through to a higher turnover business.Joined up plan for Knaphill? I've been banging that drum for some time - there's no interest either locally or at council level. Probably especially council level as they're too busy polishing the new town centre investments


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    Guy on #5600

    @Guy - I have no idea to be honest. There must be some fundamental 'thing' about Knaphill that commands the price although I have no idea if that translates through to a higher turnover business.Joined up plan for Knaphill? I've been banging that drum for some time - there's no interest either locally or at council level. Probably especially council level as they're too busy polishing the new town centre investments

    I wonder what 'it' is?! Wonder if the council will get to us after they done with town centre?

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