Hook Heath Neighbourhood Forum

NEIGHBOURHOOD FORUM UPDATE 12
February 2014

It is now almost two years since the Hook Heath Residents’ Association took the initiative to embark on the production of a Neighbourhood Plan, made possible under the provisions of the Localism Act.

In that time good progress has been made by the three working groups set up to begin the process of developing the policies which will shape the future development of this area of Woking.

To help move the work forward, we need your views and your support for the policies now being drafted. How?

Drop-in to see us on 15 March

By now, all 700+ addresses within the Hook Heath Neighbourhood Area should have received an invitation to come along to share your views, ideas and suggestions on what you would like to see included in the Neighbourhood Plan.

Woking Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club in Pine Road has kindly offered the use of one of their rooms for us to organise a small display of what has been achieved so far in developing our ideas for the Neighbourhood Plan.

This is your chance to give us your opinions on the outline policies which have been produced and which reflect the views expressed in the questionnaire which was circulated last autumn. We need to know whether, for example, people agree that future residential development should be of a size, scale and plot size which minimises the impact on the Arcadian character of the area - or not!

This really is an important event. I hope that as many people as possible will make time available to visit the Tennis Club between 11.00 am and 3.30 pm on Saturday 15 March. Your views and opinions will be most welcome.

Yes, we have some distance to travel before we shall be in a position to begin to assemble a final document, and there will be further opportunities for residents to express their views.

But do please remember that a Neighbourhood Plan, once formally ‘made,’ having been subject to independent examination and securing majority support in a public referendum, will safeguard our area’s unique character and shape its future development.

Surely, that is worth a few minutes of your time, isn’t it?

We look forward to welcoming you on 15 March; refreshments will be available.

Hook Heath heading south?

You will have read, no doubt, that Woking Borough Council is seeking views on the draft proposals for a revision of the existing electoral wards and a reduction in the number of Councillors from the present 36 to 30.

Proposals to be put to the Local Government Boundary Commission by WBC will involve the creation of ten wards with each supported by three Borough Councillors.

If approved, the existing St John’s & Hook Heath ward will disappear, and instead in 2019 Hook Heath will be assimilated with Mayford, Bridley and Sutton Green to form a new ward to be known as South Woking and with a predicted 7,699 electors.

Details are available on the WBC website (www.woking.gov.uk) and the deadline for comments is 7 March. WBC will submit its proposals to the Boundary Commission by 1 April and comments can also be made directly via the Commission’s website (www.lgbce.org.uk).

Forum website

Plans are being made by webmaster, Neil Cryer, to give a fresh look to the Neighbourhood Forum website (www.hhra.co.uk/hookheathforum) in the Spring. It is interesting to note that since we posted the aerial photographs of Hook Heath on the home page, there has been a marked increase in the number of visitors to the site, clearly looking to identify their own homes.

Do visit the website regularly to keep up to date with developments and our neighbourhood news.

Diary Dates

The next meeting of the Neighbourhood Forum will take place on THURSDAY 10 APRIL commencing at 7.30 pm at De Vere Venues, Gorse Hill, Hook Heath Road.

There will be a further meeting of the Forum, at the same venue and at the same time on WEDNESDAY 11 JUNE.

Both of these meetings are open to everyone, so do please come along. Agendas will be circulated ahead of the meetings.

And finally

Do make a note to call in at the ‘Drop-in’ event (Saturday 15 March between 11.00 am and 3.30 pm at Woking Lawn Tennis &Croquet Club in Pine Road). Entry is free; all we ask of you is that you MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD.

If an invitation to the event has not yet dropped through your letterbox, do please let me know and I will ensure that you receive one.

Many thanks for your interest and support.

Help us to grow the Forum’s membership.

Keep in touch with our news by visiting www.hhra.co.uk/hookheathforum

I look forward to meeting you in the course of the day at the Tennis Club on Saturday 15 March.

Sincerely,

Peter Hill,
Chairman,
Hook Heath Neighbourhood Forum

 

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