February Committee Meeting

Click here to download the minutes from our monthly KRA committee meeting in February.

Brand New Magazine

Our quarterly magazine is out now, and it’s had a complete redesign! Our brand new editor, Rebecca Ward, together with local designer, Tim Burdett, have given the magazine a fresh new look, as well as a new name! Your copy of myKnaphill will be winging it’s way to you very soon, courtesy of our incredibly helpful team of volunteer deliverers. Or click here to download a PDF copy now.

Check out the new sections on businesses, the arts, family and community, as well as all the usual features on sports, planning and village news.


We think it looks great and we are so proud to have committed and enthusiastic volunteers like Rebecca, part of our team. If you have any feedback or would like to get involved by writing an article, submitting a photo, or would like something added in the next issue, then please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Rebecca here.

Meeting Regarding Anti Social Behaviour Around Knaphill

UPDATE: If you were unable to attend this meeting, the minutes are now available on the Knaphill Baptist Church website. Click here.

On Monday 4th March, the KRA are hosting a public meeting to discuss anti-social behaviour around Knaphill, and everyone is welcome to attend to participate or simply listen.

Those in attendance;

  • David Munro, Police and Crime Commissioner for Surrey
  • Inspector Andy Greaves
  • Cllr Melanie Whitehand
  • Cllr Debbie Harlow
  • Cllr Saj Hussain

The KRA feel there has been an increase in reported incidents and resident concerns, so we asked Cllr Melanie Whitehand to invite Surrey Police representatives to a public meeting.

This meeting allows local residents and businesses to raise those concerns directly to the David Munro, Andy Greaves and local Councillors.

The meeting will be held at The Knaphill Baptist Church, opposite White House dental surgery.

Full address of the church is:

88 High Street
GU21 2PZ

Please arrive in time to start at 7pm. There is obviously limited parking so we ask residents to walk where possible or if you are driving, leave the area directly outside the church free for those less able to walk. Thank you

KRA Committee Meeting Minutes – January 2019

The KRA committee met on Wednesday 16th January. Here are the minutes from our meeting.

Road Changes: Redding Way/Broadway

UPDATE (29th January 2019): Unfortunately, we have been unsuccessful in our request for SCC to install a zebra crossing as part of these road changes. It seems that once the changes are made we will then need to decide how significant an error it was, and we can then apply for changes through the SCC and WBC Joint Committee. Extra time, money and paperwork for a project that has already been going on for years. Well done SCC!

UPDATE (23rd January 2019): Cllrs Harlow and Whitehand and the KRA are pushing for inclusion of a zebra crossing in these plans, and so far these requests are being met with resistance on the part of SCC. It seems they would rather see a demonstrable need for the crossing first before spending the money (ie. let’s let someone get knocked down before we address the issue, rather than do something to prevent that from happening in the first place!). We will keep you updated as we know more. In the meantime, the contact details to get in touch with SCC on this matter are below.

Surrey County Council and Woking Borough Council have published detailed plans for changes to the Vyne car park and the roundabout on Redding Way, at the junction with Broadway, next to the Vyne community centre. The plans for the SCC changes to the roads can be viewed at the Knaphill library and the residents have until the end of January to comment. Comments should be directed to:

Jason Russell, Executive Director of Highways, Transport & Environment, Traffic Regulation Orders Team, Surrey County Council, Hazel House, Merrow Lane, Guildford, Surrey, GU4 7BQ, or 0300 200 1003

The first task is for WBC to make changes to the Vyne car park and this should commence in February this year. The work will include closure of the existing car park entrance in Redding Way (we assume this means the entrance on Broadway), and the merger of the two separate sections of the car park, rearrangement of the parking bays as well as the introduction of speed humps and signage. This will require the car park to be renamed Alexandra Gardens Car Park as the only vehicular entrance and exit will be via Alexandra gardens. Pedestrian access will be maintained from the car park to the Vyne Centre.

The second phase is work to be carried out by Surrey County Council, basically to remove the old bollards and open the road up for all traffic. There will be a weight limit on vehicles of 7.5  tonnes. Some land currently included in the grounds of the Vyne will be used to widened the entrance to the roundabout so that buses can enter the roundabout without crossing the opposite lane. SCC will also fit a road table which will extend across the full width of the road where the Broadway meets the roundabout.

The KRA have responded to Cllr Melanie Whitehand to say that we are in favour of these plans on proviso that a pedestrian crossing is added between the Vyne car park and the Vyne centre, as we believe this is absolutely essential. The plans state that there will be a pedestrian entrance to the car park but there is a need for a pedestrian crossing given the age and mobility of many of those who use the Vyne.

Planning Updates November 2018

A roundup of some of the latest planning activities in our village:

  • The Anchor pub was scheduled to close on 24 November but the new owners have informed the management team currently running the pub that they can continue with the pub for a further six months.
  • Stef’s (next to the library) in the the process of changing owners.
  • The planning application for the changes to Homebase has now been published, PLAN/2018/0973. It reads Extension and sub-division of existing A1 retail store and garden centre to provide 3 retail units with mezzanine floors and minor alterations to car park to provide 7 additional spaces.
  • Robin Hood pub is closed and according to local newspapers the site has been bought. The first planning application for the site has been published PLAN/2018/0974 and it states that the new owners are seeking permission to erect a 2.4 m high hoarding around perimeter of site.
  • Earlier in the year there was a planning application to build a two storey detached house on land to the south of Ivydene, PLAN/2018/0736. There was strong local opposition, the planning application has been refused.
  • There was a planning application (PLAN/2017/1309) to build 4 x 3 bed terraced houses to the rear of the Co-op, last year, it was rejected, then appealed, and the appeal has now also been rejected by the Planning Inspector as well.

For more details on these take a look around our website, and visit the WBC planning portal here.

November 2018 Committee Meeting Minutes

If you’ve not got time to pop along to one of our monthly meetings, then you can click here to take a look at what was discussed. If you can spare and hour a month, then please do pop along! We are a very friendly bunch and always welcome new faces.

Garibaldi Pub’s award-winning performance!

Is there anybody out there who hasn’t read the local press in the last week or two and doesn’t know about the Garibaldi pub’s awards?!  Well, just in case…  it was the justified winner of the Woking Best Bar None Award, Asahi UK Best Local Responsiblility Award and Best Local Pub Award.   So, not only Cheers at the Gari, but Three Cheers for the Gari!

And following nicely on from that, we’ve just seen that the Gari’s traditional carol evening will be taking place on Wednesday 19th December, so pop that in your diary and come and  join the merry throng tra-la-la-ing and enjoying a glass of mulled wine or cider and a nice warm mince pie!

Garibaldi Pub’s charity fundraisers’ massive success!

In case you missed the article in the local press recently….fundraisers at “the Gari” have raised more than £20,000 in aid of the White Lodge Centre, Chertsey and Woking & Sam Beare Hospice.  Most of the proceeds were raised by the 60 cyclists who participated in this year’s Downslink Challenge in June, and was topped up by a fun day at the pub.  Trident Honda in Ottershaw was the event sponsor for the third year running, and Managing Director Richard Roberts and his team lent the necessary support.  White Lodge’s Mike Hey and Woking & Sam Bear’s Alice Windsor were unstinting in their thanks and appreciation for the generous donations which enable them to carry  out their vital work, so well done one and all!


KRA Committee Meeting Minutes – September

Click here to view the minutes from our KRA committee meeting which took place on 25th September, 2018.