WBC Consultation on Brookwood Crossroads

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.

The map may be viewed here: https://www.woking.gov.uk/transport/bagshotroadimprovementsconsultation/junctionseven

There is a full public consultation going on now until the end of July with two drop in sessions planned for next week. Further information may be found here: https://www.woking.gov.uk/transport/bagshotroadimprovementsconsultation

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.

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School Fayre Stall Competition Results

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

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School Fayre

The BBNF will have a stand at the Brookwood School Fayre on Saturday 24 June 2017.

Members of the Management Committee will be in attendance and will be able to answer questions on our progress so far.

Woking Borough Council has asked the BBNF to help decide on a name for the new Country Park north of the Basingstoke Canal. People will have an opportunity to have their say.

We will also be asking people for their views on open spaces in the Neighbourhood Area.

Please pop along and say hello.

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Brookwood Lye Road Petition

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.

At the most recent Planning Committee on 27 September, item 5f dealt with the breaches. You can read the document here: http://www.woking.gov.uk/search/committee/isysquery/0681d8a4-e4a3-4a25-a68f-690a1d39e9cc/6/doc/

A supplementary paper was also tabled with item 5f about the BBNF petition. That can be viewed here: http://www.woking.gov.uk/search/committee/isysquery/0681d8a4-e4a3-4a25-a68f-690a1d39e9cc/7/doc/

The Planning Committee resolved to take enforcement action and prosecute the land owners for the breaches. A three month window of opportunity to comply was agreed.

The situation at Five Acres has improved substantially over the previous few weeks, and it is hoped the Council will not allow this situation to arise again.

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Brookwood Lye Road Petition Received

A letter has been received from the Council confirming that they have received a petition from the BBNF containing over 600 signatures.

The letter confirms the petition will be reviewed in accordance with the Council’s Petition Policy.

We assume that means it will come to the next full Council meeting which is 20th October 2016. As soon as we know, we’ll let the membership know.

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Please note the AGM this year is Tuesday 27 September @ 19:30 in St Saviour’s Church Hall, Connaught Road, Brookwood, GU24 0AS.

All are welcome to attend to hear the progress of the Forum this past year.

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Questionnaire Results Report

We have published a brief report covering the results of the questionnaire we put out in November 2015.

The report may be read here: BBNF 2016 Questionnaire Results

If you never completed a questionnaire and wish to do so, you can find it on the Questionnaire tab. We are still keen for feedback and views from anyone living or working in the area.

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Questionnaire Results and New Chair

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.

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Second Questionnaire

The BBNF is extremely pleased to have reached a key milestone with the publishing and distribution of the second, more detailed questionnaire.

A lot of work has gone into analysing the results of the original questionnaire published this time last year to devise a number of aims and possible solutions to meet some of those aims.

Please take time to fill one in and you can ensure your voice will be heard. Further copies can be found in the Post Office or alternatively call 01483 488109 and we’ll get a copy out to you. You can also download a PDF od the questionnaire from the following link to print out yourself.

Questionnaire 2015

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The AGM for the Forum will take place on 30 July 2015 at 19:30; venue: The Small Memorial Hall.


1. Apologies.
2. Minutes of the last AGM.
3. Chair’s update on progress so far and the Forum’s financial position.
4. Lobbying Function of the Forum.
5. Aims and Proposals Questionnaire.
6. Response to the Council’s Sites Allocation DPD.
7. Network Rail’s plans to double stack Brookwood station car park.
8. Future Plans.
9. Questions.

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