On Tuesday 28th October, Woking District Jamboree Scouts will be delivering two copies of the questionnaire to every residential property in the Neighbourhood Area. Additional copies will be kept at the Brookwood Post Office, extra copies may be delivered on request, or finally it can be downloaded from this site, printed out and filled in.

For questionnaires delivered, a return envelope is included. Please drop it off at the Brookwood Post Office or post it back if that is more convenient.

Alternatively, the Jamboree Scouts will be sweeping through Brookwood again on Friday 31 October morning collecting any questionnaires that have been left on door steps. For each questionnaire returned, the Scouts will receive a bounty.

Copies of the questionnaire will also be delivered to businesses in the area giving everyone a chance to have their say.

A prize draw will be held on 30 November. All completed questionnaires will be included in the draw and M&S vouchers will be awarded for the first three randomly chosen questionnaires.

As a population, we have never before been given this opportunity to directly have a say in how we wish to see our area move forward. Please fill in the form and send it back.

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Area and Forum Designated!

Last night at full Council, the area and forum came before it for designation.

It went through without any problems with all Members in agreement.

This is a great moment for Brookwood and Bridley as we now exist formally and can start the process of making a difference for everyone living and working in the area.

Well done to all involved so far.

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WBC Council Meeting

The agenda for the full WBC Council meeting on 10 July 2014 has been published today.

The BBNF is agenda item 11 and the designation of the Forum and Area will be debated by Council during that item. The officers of the Council are recommending the Forum and Area are designated, thus allowing the Forum to begin the process of formally preparing a Neighbourhood Plan.

This is a public meeting held in the Council chamber and as such members of the Forum are entitled to attend. It would be nice to have a few people come along and see this level of democracy in progress as Brookwood and Bridley grabs this opportunity of planning our own destiny. The meeting will also be webcast, so for those that are unable to attend, will be able to watch proceedings from the comfort of their own home.

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The previous date of the AGM (Friday 27 June 2014) has been rearranged to Thursday 24 July 2014. The venue is yet to be decided, however the location will be published here.

The primary reason is that there is no real news to update members with as the applications for designation slipped into the new municipal year.

The Forum was well represented at the Brookwood School Fayre when an additional 20 or so members signed up and some solid work was done capturing the views of local residents.

The application for designation as a Neighbourhood Forum and the Neighbourhood Area is due to come before Woking Borough Council on 5 July 2014. The AGM has been rearranged to after this date assuming the designation application is a success.

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Grant Awarded

The BBNF has successfully applied for a £3,540 grant from Community Development Foundation. This is excellent news and will allow us to fully kick off an awareness and consultation exercise.

The management committee is currently gearing up to attend the school summer fayre where we will be seeking the views of people about the area.

Plenty of work going on in the background. If you wish to get involved, please make contact.

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Progress Report

It has been a while since there was any worthwhile news to report hence why there has been nothing published.

The application for Forum designation and Area designation is winding its way through Council. It is expected it will come before full Council in June.

Two of the Management Committee attended the Neighbourhood Planning Camp in Oxford early April. This yielded lots of information and contacts which will greatly assist plan development.

During April, a grant application has begun to take shape. This has required some forecasting of what the Forum is likely to spend during the remainder of the year.

The Forum requires a logo. If you know anyone who would like to create a logo, please make contact. Anything considered, although it would be nice to see the canal, railway line and green space represented.

The Management Committee has begun the process of defining a questionnaire which will be sent to all households and businesses in the Neighbourhood Area. This will be formally issued after designation has been achieved so is likely to be around the end of June.

Finally, a proposed date around the end of June for the Forum’s AGM will be confirmed at the April Management Committee meeting.

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Application to WBC Submitted

Today the application for designation of the Brookwood and Bridley Neighbourhood Forum and Neighbourhood Area was submitted to Woking Borough Council. You may view the application here:

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Constitution Adopted and Neighbourhood Area Adopted

Tonight at a meeting of the proposed Brookwood and Bridley Neighbourhood Forum, a significant group of residents voted to form a Neighbourhood Forum by adopting a constitution. Voted to agree a Neighbourhood Area acceptable to all present, and finally voted to elect a Management Committee, as well as authorise that committee to submit an application to WBC for approval and formal adoption.

This is tremendous news for the Neighbourhood Area, and will give all residents and businesses a chance to have more of a say in how our area progresses in the future.

There are almost 90 people now members of the forum, and over the coming months, work will continue to bring other people on board as well as start to define policies for the area.

Well done to all concerned.

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Constitution and Area Agreed

After four meetings spread across the year, the constitution and Neighbourhood Area have both reached a stage where once the Forum is formally adopted, may be submitted to Woking Borough Council for consultation and approval at Council. The constitution can be read here: Constitution, and the Neighbourhood Area here: Neighbourhood Area

A meeting will take place on 10 December in Brookwood School ICT suite at 20:00 for the Forum to be officially created, the constitution to be adopted and approval sought to make an application for Neighbourhood Forum status to Woking Borough Council.

We aim to elect 10 members of the Management Committee that evening, so if you wish to be considered, please send your name and a short personal statement to the Acting Chair, or

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Outline Planning Permission in Knaphill

As if to confirm our concerns around building height. The front page of this week’s Woking Advertiser (no online link that I can find), has a headline that states ‘Flats could replace two shops in Knaphill Village’.

The proposal is to demolish Pets Kingdom and A & E PC Repairs and replace them with a four storey block of 10 flats. This is the planning application:

Bad enough as that is, the developer goes on to say in their statement. ‘there would be two flats on the ground floor, four flats on the first, three flats at second floor, as well as a further flat on the top floor. The height of the proposed building is in keeping with the general height of new housing in the area’.

The Knaphill Residents Association are understandably concerned and state, ‘It’s totally out of what residents believe is the strategy for Knaphill’.

Knaphill don’t have a recognised Neighbourhood Forum, nor do I believe are there any plans to create one. It’s unlikely their views will hold any weight.

An accepted Neighbourhood Forum and Neighbourhood Area is the only way local residents can have a say on the area they live in.

Please attend the meeting this Thursday, and pencil in your diary the 10 December at 20:00 (venue TBC) for us to formally constitute our forum.

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