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Make hay while the sun shines - hay bales at the Priory/Lawson Fields Knaphill on Saturday 23 July
Parking problems continue in village centre: Knaphill has two reasonably sized car parks behind the Co-Op and opposite The Vyne Community Centre in the Broadway. Parking though, particularly on the pavements at the top of the Broadway is still a serious issue. Many selfish drivers are causing obstructions to wheelchair users and others and should be brought to book. Should they be prosecuted for endangering the public? We suggest that councillors should consider banning parking on both sides of the road completely from The Vyne junction right up to the High Street. 30/07/16
Social media for Knaphill's elected ward councillors? It’s their perogertive but none of our three Knaphill councillors engage in social media at all and this could be the reason why they are so often left behind when it comes to local news and other developments. Many neighbouring councillors embrace Twitter and/or Facebook fully and readily claim that it is to their advantage when it comes to keeping abreast of local issues. So why don’t Saj Hussein, Melanie Whitehand and Debbie Harlow get involved? – Only they will know but we would like to welcome them to the 21st Century! 30/07/16
Never mind the bollards: Our old favourite (or not). The bollards at the Vyne Knaphill have been out of action for a year now with no immediate sign of them being replaced. We suggest that they should now be taken out of use all together and that the road layout should be re-designed to provide and assist better traffic flow. Why can't some bus services be re-routed via Limecroft Road to avoid congestion? 30/07/16
Old library site latest: Demolition of the old library building in Knaphill is due to start soon following the purchase of the wasteland to the rear. The entrance to the development should be in Englefield Road and not the High Street as first feared. Work can then start on the construction of a three storey block of flats by New Vision Homes almost ten years after the former library building was vacated. 30/07/16
Saved? - The Anchor pub at Lower Guildford Road Knaphill
Saving The Anchor: In April this year the following email was sent out to local bodies from Keith Sowerby of Metbase Limited which caused a lot of concern and controversy in Knaphill:
“I represent the purchasers of The Anchor public house from Premier and Merlin Inns. We are developing proposals for the site and have agreed with local councillors to share our thoughts with the local community at an exhibition being held at The Vyne on 14 April between 4 and 8 pm. All are welcome to attend and we will be on hand to answer questions and explain our plans for the site - Keith Sowerby”
This raised obvious concerns and the planned ‘exhibition' at The Vyne Community Centre on 14 April did not take place. We then contacted CAMRA immediately and were eventually put in touch with Kevin Travers from the group who specialises in planning affairs which potentially affect the future of our local pubs. We asked what could be done to save the pub and this was his reply:
“Hi Mal, Very happy to help; I agree that we should work to try to retain the Anchor as a public house if at all possible, that would certainly be CAMRA's position, though I can fully understand that from a local community perspective, as a fall back retaining the building itself also important. I've looked on the Woking BC Website and can see no planning application for demolition or conversion of the Anchor, so assume they are trying to get the local community engaged and onside in advance, which does at least give a little more time. As there is at the moment no planning application to object to, the most proactive Community Value (ACV). I think this would carry more weight than a petition and would require the Council to have to make an early decision on the worth of the pub to the local community. CAMRA is able to do this ourselves, but the case is stronger and often considered more favourably by the local council if it submitted by a local community group. Do you think that is something that could be developed locally?” – Kevin Travers
We then responded accordingly. The pub premises had already been listed as a building of ‘Townscape Merit’ for a number of years but unlike a Grade II listed building this will not protect it from a demolition order. An Asset of Community Value (ACV) will certainly help and should preserve the building but there can be no guarantee.
We have recently received notice that our quest in conjunction with Kevin Travers at CAMRA has been successful and on 15 July Woking Borough Council gave notice that the case presented by Kevin at CAMRA meant that the Anchor met the criteria and that The Anchor has now been registered as an Asset of Community Value.
Phil Stubbs of the Knaphill Residents’ Association was copied in to all the correspondence and has been watching developments with interest. You can find his related article on the KRA website HERE The revised date for a new exhibition by Metbase is yet to be announced (if it happens!) 29/07/16
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