IN THE wake of controversial plans to build a new school and leisure centre on Mayford green belt, the ward councillor has urged residents to make the site the hub of the community.
Councillor Ayesha Azad, who voted against the application for the Hoe Valley Free School in Egley Road, argued that the school would have a damaging effect on local transport links, as well as swallow up precious open space between the village and Woking town centre.
She told the News & Mail: “I felt it important to speak out on behalf of the Mayford community who are already facing the loss of substantial areas of green belt through the Draft Site Allocations Development Plan process.
“I commend the school and its leadership team in trying to engage with as many residents as possible to gather support and understanding for the application.
“As the ward councillor I have to take note of the overall pulse of my residents and it appears a significant number are not in favour.
“The concerns are varied and range from the desire to protect the green belt to the impact of the inevitable increased traffic.
“However, now the plan has been approved, I would urge residents to get behind the school and make it the hub of the community it so desires to be.”
The permanent Hoe Valley Free School is scheduled to open in two years’ time.