NEIGHBOURHOOD FORUM UPDATE 13
Thanks for dropping in.
Our drop-in event held at the Woking Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club (WLTCC) on Saturday 15 March was a huge success. Blessed with glorious weather, and despite competition from the final weekend of the Six Nations championship, the event attracted a steady flow of visitors over the four and a half hours that the doors were open.
By the end of the day well over 100 residents had visited the display which featured statistical information, maps, photographs, and, most importantly, draft policies for the area produced by our three working groups: Built Environment, Local Infrastructure and Open Spaces. Everyone who called in was invited to complete a short questionnaire which sought their views on the policies which have been developed to date.
It was clear that people took a keen interest in the work that has been undertaken so far in developing the foundations of the Neighbourhood Plan and spent time to provide considered responses to the questionnaires. We are now analysing the questionnaires and we hope to be able to present the headline summary at the next meeting of the Hook Heath Neighbourhood Forum on Thursday 10 April at De Vere Venues Gorse Hill commencing at 7.30 pm. Make a date to join us on that evening.
Meanwhile, our sincere thanks to the WLTCC committee for making their facilities available to us; thanks also to everyone who dropped in to see the display and to let us have their views. To those residents who were unable to join us, the working group policies can be viewed on the Forum website: www.hhra.co.uk/hookheathforum.
Another positive result to flow from the drop-in event was a sharp rise in the number of people who have registered their interest in the Neighbourhood Forum. Our database now includes more than 285 individuals which is most encouraging; however, we need to continue to build interest and support. Nationwide there are now more than 1000 neighbourhood plans being prepared and nine have cleared the final stage of securing majority support in neighbourhood referendum.
And goodbye to the short lived proposal for the new electoral ward of South Woking. Following a number of strong representations from the Hook Heath Residents' Association, the Mayford Village Society and individual residents, Woking Borough Council (WBC) amended its original plans to name the new ward South Woking.
Existing electoral ward boundaries are set to change as WBC reduces the number of councillors from 36 to 30 involving the creation of ten new wards each served by three elected councillors. The new ward of Heathlands - which reflects the semi-rural nature of the area - will incorporate Hook Heath, Mayford, most of the existing Brookwood ward, Bridley and Sutton Green.
According to WBC's submission to the Local Government Boundary Commission, the new ward is expected to attract "well above average development" especially in the period from 2022.
Formal notice of the next public meeting of the Hook Heath Neighbourhood Forum on Thursday 10 April and the agenda for that meeting will be published in the next few days. By then the clocks will have sprung forward to British Summer Time providing a further incentive to encourage a good attendance. I look forward to seeing you on that occasion.
Many thanks for your interest and support.
Chairman, Hook Heath Neighbourhood Forum
Hook Heath Neighbourhood Forum
an initiative of the Hook Heath Residents' Association
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