HHRA News Update

Item date 24 August 2017

Disturbing events in Hook Heath

On Thursday evening 24th August 2017 in Hook Heath Road, between Hale End and Cedar Road, a car was seen to act suspiciously and a man indecently exposed himself. Disturbingly he asked for directions to Winston Churchill School. Will anyone who thinks they recognise the car or person please contact the local community police immediately.

The car - an old style dark blue Ford Ka.

The man - A white man, approximately aged between 30-40s, with a round face, black receding slightly curly hair with a short beard and wearing glasses, clothed in a black tee-shirt and black trousers.

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Item date 4 August 2017

Upset over tree felling beside railway

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.

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Item date 6 May 2015

Brookwood cemetery's protected trees set to be felled

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.

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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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