Item date 9 November 2018
For a long time the fibre based internet speed available for the Gorse Hill end of Hook Heath Road has been very slow ~ 14Mbs. Now that nearby phone lines have been connected to a nearer roadside cabinet with fibre the available speed has jumped to over 30Mbs
Item date 16 October 2018
Birchgrove, the retirement property company has purchased the Woodbank site. The company plans to retain the approved plan with the addition of balconies. The apartments will be available to rent with the anticipated age of residents being over 80. There will no longer be a restaurant, but residents will be able to purchase ‘packages’ for cooking, cleaning and laundry. Work is due to start November 2018.
Item date 15 October 2018
In February 2018 a new entrance to the Gorse Hill Hotel site was opened up. Currently it is for use by contractors building a new conference centre but will eventually become the main entrance for all aspects of the hotel.
The date for the opening of the new conference centre is April 2019.
Item date 14 September 2018
were held jointly at the Woking Golf Club, Pond Road on Monday 8th October 2018 at 7.30pm.
The Agenda was:
Item date 18 August 2018
Swifts are amazing birds which visit our country in order to breed. Their numbers have been decreasing at an unhealthy rate. Woking coucil would like residents to report if they see one and put up nest boxes ready for when they return in the Spring.
Item date 14 August 2018
It was reported that an excavator was used at around 1.30am Tuesday morning 14th August to smash the front of the Wych Hill Co-op store. We believe the ATM machine just inside was stolen. On the left is a picture taken later that morning showing the area cordened off and police present. On the right is a picture showing the store back in operaton the following day.
Item date 12 April 2018
Further fibre optic cable has been layed along Hook Heath Road and the technicians are connecting it up. No date for the switch on is available yet.
Item date 21 March 2018
This was a general meeting that was open to all residents. There was discussion of issues of concern. Two police officers were present as well as two councillors. There was much discussion, mainly centered around the activities of groups of teenagers and traffic speeding.
The meeting was at 7.30pm on 21 March 2018 in St John's Memorial Hall.
Item date 12 February 2018
Work has started moving the current entrance to Gorse Hill Hotel to further down the hill in a safer position. At the same time a new conference centre is to be built. Both are expected to be completed some time next year.
Item date 20 August 2018 and 14 December 2017
We were out between 3-5pm. When we got back we found the front door and rear patio door showed signs of attempts to open. Limited damage. We suspect someone tried to reach through front door letter box and then went to rear. They may have woken lazy dogs who would have barked and deterred further attempts to get in.
A Note from a burglary victim in Hook Heath.
I am writing to advise you that we were burgled on Thursday 14th December and thought you may want to publish this to the HHRA members as soon as possible. These were particularly determined individuals and professional in their approach, not chance opportunists or bored children. Our neighbours who live at xxxxx were the original target but failed having been disturbed by the owners. The neighbours had security cameras installed and this picked them up quite vividly; 4 men sporting balaclavas and gloves and tools to break glass as they did with ours without effort. They were in their demeanour unbelievably brazen and even once disturbed stayed put to ensure that this was really a resident returning and not a delivery vehicle.
To cut a long story short they aborted at xxxx and proceeded within ten minutes to our property. If you have ever experienced this you will know it is an extremely intrusive traumatic experience, leaving us jumpy in our own homes, which should be a safe haven. We have now had cameras fitted and are looking at other deterrents.
Note added by webmaster after talking to both victims. All this is alarming enough but even more so is the brazen preparadness of this gang of 4. The room they broke into was occupied by a lively good sized dog which must have presented a ferrocious barrier. However they were prepared for this. They broke the lower pane of French doors and slipped in something laced with drugs to incapacitat the dog. They must have had to wait some time before the dog collapsed and they could proceed.
Item date 4 August 2017
There is a general publication re work that needs to take place on rail embankments that can be seen by clicking the link here: Seeing the wood in the trees
Adding to the above we have specific information as follows: The vegetation clearance in this area is limited to a 330 yard long stretch of railway cutting slope on the South side of the railway only.
Affected line-side residents should have received a letter notifying them of the proposed work.
WBC's tree officer has been consulted by Network Rail about the vegetation management plans.
Work was completed during October 2017.
Item date 6 May 2015
The following is from a BBC news item which can be viewed at www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-surrey-32604462
More than 200 trees, subject to preservation orders, are to be felled in a Surrey cemetery after they were declared unsafe.
A survey at Brookwood cemetery found 241 trees in the 232 acre (94 hectare) site were diseased, dead or damaged. Of these, 205 will need to be felled after many became infected with a fungus which decays roots, leaving them vulnerable to high winds.
Permission has been sought by Woking Borough Council to remove the trees.
The council said it was consulting the planning authority and had notified Heritage England about the plans to take down the trees, all of which are covered by preservation orders. The council said: "All felled trees will be replaced in due course." The felling work is due to start on Monday and be completed by August, a council spokesman said.
Speed checks in Hook Heath
You can volunteer! Yes - you will be given training and can then join a small friendly local group to help 'do your bit' in keeping Hook Heath safer and thereby improve our environment. The training, visibility jacket and equipment is provided at no cost to the volunteers. Volunteers can choose their time and place from the rota and also avoid bad weather.
The Community Speed Watch is locally driven with active members of the community, supported by the police and local authority to monitor traffic speeds. The scheme allows great flexibility in when and where to monitor. Your input will be greatly appreciated by the local community that is currently concerned at the degree of speeding through Hook Heath.
Item date 10 April 2014
Green Belt review
The green fields between us and Saunders Lane are under threat!
The fields either side of Hook Hill Lane may be dense housing!
The fields between us and Egley Road may go to housing!
At a meeting of the Hook Heath Neighbourhood Forum on 10 April 2014 the topic of the possible loss of 'Green Belt' status for the land beside Saunders Lane and beside Hook Hill Lane was raised. It was made very clear by the two councillors present that there was no possibility of any green belt land being released from Green Belt status until after 2022. After that date the Green Belt would be protected where possible but if the Coucil, at that stage, could not achieve a rate of building of 292 houses per year then under that condition sections of the Green Belt 'South of Woking' would have to be released. The identity of the areas to which this corresponded was not specifically stated but many assumed that it was beside Saunders Lane. The councillors were optimistic about achieving the required rate of house building without the need to remove land from the Green Belt.
The review of the Green Belt
was being undertaken by consultants hired for the purpose. It would
seem that a problem is that the government keeps introducing new
interpretations and as a result the review is having to be modified
each time. It was announced that the review would be released during
'Summer 2014'. There would then be a period of consultation before any
decisions were taken.
Areas that will be considered close to Hook Heath
Click here to take a look at a document entitled SHLAA 2011 appendix 4 - sites not
currently deliverable or developable
Download the file and search for 454 to see the area beside Egley Road by the garden centre. Take a particular look at pages 466 and 468 covering the escarpment within Hook Heath in an area along Saunders Lane.
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