WBC have a consultation exercise running on improving the A322 corridor. Brookwood crossroads is one of the junctions listed.
The changes at the crossroads are primarily designed to improve the traffic flow for vehicles entering and exiting Brookwood, and there are suggestions for Brookwood Lye Road and Connaught Road. The BBNF Management Committee is in support of the Brookwood Lye Road suggestions but is a little concerned about the Connaught Road suggestions.
The BBNF wishes to submit a response to the consultation but would like to get a feel for what the village is thinking.
Looking at the map, the proposals appear to be to widen Connaught Road from the crossroads, almost as far as West Hill Close. This would involve using an area of front gardens currently owned by West Hill Cottages. West Hill Cottages are the houses on the left, hidden mostly behind the trees as you enter Connaught Road from the crossroads. The trees would go, but the houses retained. The proposals do not alter the houses on the other side of the road.
This poll is designed to basically understand whether residents are happy for the look and feel of Brookwood Crossroads to be changed for the benefit of improved traffic flow. The main consultation by WBC is where more options may be explored. Comments have not been enabled, because you should respond to the WBC consultation if you feel the need to. Before you respond, please be sure you understand what is being proposed. The poll will run for seven days ending on 23 July 2017.
Thank you to everyone who came to our stall at the School Fayre on Saturday, entered our free competitions and gave us their views, particularly on the open spaces in the area.
Congratulations to the winners of the Map Treasure Hunt. They are Thomas Drake (in the 8 and under category) and Corey Gair (in the 9-16 category). A £10 book token goes to each of them. The treasure was hidden in the grounds of the St Edward’s Brotherhood Monastery.
Jane Pettinger won the first prize of a £20 M&S voucher in the Brookwood and Bridley History Quiz. The second prize of a £10 voucher goes to Brian Watson. Congratulations to them. The answers to the quiz are:
1) Brookwood Primary School first opened in 1906.
2) The Main Memorial Hall was built in 1961
3) Brookwood Cemetery opened in 1854
4) Fulks’ Butchers opened in Brookwood in 1927
5) St Saviours’ Church was completed in 1909
6) The old Brookwood Hotel became Chartered Accountants’ offices in 2010
7) Worplesdon Golf Club was constructed in 1908
8) The Basingstoke Canal was completed in 1794
9) Brookwood Club first opened in 1909
10) The chapel which is now the St Edward’s Brotherhood’s Church was built in 1910
11) The baker’s shop first opened in 1979
12) Brookwood Railway Station was built in 1864
Following the hugely successful petition raised by the BBNF to demand that WBC deals with the planning breaches occurring at Five Acres, the Council has instantly taken action to rectify. It’s a shame it required such an effort from the BBNF to force the Council to enforce the law and follow a common sense approach.
Following the BBNF meeting on Tue 2nd Feb, the Forum team have compiled the results of the second Questionnaire which show a good indication of how residents feel. Here’s the summary for Transport, Traffic & Parking:
1. 94% want steps taken to reduce congestion at Brookwood crossroads.
(a) 71% think re-routing the A324 along Cemetery Pales would assist in achieving that aim.
(b) 89% consider pedestrian and cycling access to Brookwood Station from Bridley and Pirbright should be provided through the Cemetery. The provision of cycle parking on both sides of the station is also suggested.
2. 88% are keen to reduce congestion at Pirbright Tunnel.
(a) 77% support improving the traffic light phasing to include traffic exiting from Brunswick/Bisley Camp Road. However it is pointed out that such changes might create more of a rat run and increase congestion.
The BBNF team would like to thank Kevin Davis for his work with the Forum in taking it from a concept to reality and being an effective councillor on our behalf. Kevin will be working towards representing residents in the new ward areas including “Heathlands”. The Forum chairmanship has been passed to Mark Craven, a Brookwood resident since 1988.