News archive re Hook Heath

Item date 14 August 2018

The Co-op store in Wych Hill was broken into in the early hours of 14th August.

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It is 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. Here is a picture taken later that morning showing the area cordened off and police present. Let us hope this store can be quickly repaired and brought back into operation.

Clearly anyone who saw anything before, during or after the attack needs to contact the police urgently.




Item date 12 April 2018

Fibre for fast internet access is spreading

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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

Public meeting with the police

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

New entrance for Gorse Hill Hotel

Gorse Hill Hotel the entrance grows1
The entrance gets larger

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 14 December 2017

4 Masked Burglars active

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 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.




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.




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

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

How can you help reduce speeding in Hook Heath?

Speed checks in Hook Heath
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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