New Vision Homes

WORK on the Sheerwater regeneration scheme is expected to start within a matter of weeks. Revised plans were approved, subject to conditions, at planning committee last week.

Council approved the release of £42 million for the first phase of the scheme.

A WALK IN THE PARK – Green space is at the heart of the Sheerwater regeneration

Cllr David Bittleston, leader of Woking Borough Council, said: “Council agreed to the regeneration of Sheerwater in May 2013 and it has taken much longer than anticipated to get to the point of actually building something. 

“I would like to thank the residents of Sheerwater for their help in shaping these revised plans. I know for many it has been a worrying and frustrating time, but now that we have received the final green light, we can quickly get on with delivering this exciting project, which will provide better homes and better outcomes for the whole community.”

Cllr Bittleston continued: “My intention has always been to deliver the new sports and community facilities prior to building new homes, and last year, Council agreed the release of funds [£26 million] for the new swimming pool, leisure centre and 3G football pitch.

“Hopefully, terms will be agreed with Bishop David Brown School in the next couple of weeks so that work on this important part of the project can start in June.”

The Canalside project will create nearly 1,200 new homes, almost half of which will be affordable housing.  It is a 74-acre development of contemporary homes set within distinct neighbourhoods built around a large central parkland area – the development’s “green heart”.

A new community hub will provide amenities including shops, a doctors’ surgery, nursery and community centre, in addition to the new sports facilities.

The phased project is expected to take six years, completing in August 2025 if everything runs to schedule.

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For the full story, including details about the scheme, get the 18 April edition of the News & Mail

MICE are infesting many of the homes in a sheltered housing complex in Woking, whose residents say their landlord is not doing enough to stop the problem.

One of the tenants says she has been trapping the rodents in her bedsit for three years without respite.

Elize Russell with the many traps she has set up to catch mice

Elize Russell lives at Wesco Court, off Board School Road, Maybury. The 40 homes there are owned by Woking Borough Council and managed by New Vision Homes.

“I have tried and tried to get the landlord to do something about the mice, but they don’t take any notice,” Mrs Russell, 78, told the News & Mail. “They have sent contractors twice to put down poison, but it hasn’t made any difference.”

Mrs Russell, a retired careworker, has a chest complaint which means she has to have oxygen therapy throughout the day and night. “I put on a facemask when I go to bed, which can make it difficult to get up,” she said.

“I get woken up in the night by noises and shine my torch to see mice around my parrots’ cage. I’ve been told the birds attract the mice, but I keep the cage really clean and there is never spilled food on the floor.”

For the full story get the 11 April edition of the News & Mail