Tempers rise in Mayford’s fight

MAYFORD Councillor Ayesha Azad will continue her fight to preserve local green belt land this weekend.

Speaking to the News & Mail last week, Woking Borough Cllr Azad explained that she is fully behind residents in their bid to curb the extensive developments proposed in their ward under the Draft Planning Document.

 TOUGH Q&A – Planning Policy Manager at Woking Borough Council Ernest Amoako recently fielded questions from Mayford residents

TOUGH Q&A – Planning Policy Manager at Woking Borough Council Ernest Amoako recently fielded questions from Mayford residents

Land north east and north west of Saunders Lane, as well as the Woking Garden Centre site in Egley Road, are in danger of reclassification – plans for the new permanent home of the Hoe Valley Free School already look as if they will receive approval
on the latter site.

And Ten Acre Farm in Smarts Heath Road is being lined up to address the needs of travellers under the plans, although that site will keep its green belt tag.

The DPD public consultation runs until July 31.

Cllr Azad will be outside Mayford Village Post Office from 10am until midday today (July 18) to engage with her constituents.

Saunders Lane resident Sandra Simkin – previously a councillor herself for five years – holds particular concerns about proposals for the school in Egley Road. In a statement distributed to neighbours, she said: “You have the democratic right to voice your objections.

“There are two aspects under consideration: the secondary school is one; the other is the leisure complex with a running track to replace the Sheerwater track.

“Less than half the pupils for the new school will be local children – the rest are to come from homes earmarked for green belt land on Saunders Lane.”

Dismantling the area’s community has already been flagged up as a burning issue by objectors.

Looking at the alternatives, Sandra argued that new school spaces could be met by existing facilities in the area, including  a secondary school building in Bonsey Lane, Westfield, currently used for adult learning.

Infrastructure strain is another fear. Sandra added: “The leisure complex and school have the potential to completely gridlock Egley Road.

“A projection of traffic suggests an additional 1,900 vehicle movements daily on Egley Road and, with new housing intended for Saunders Lane, that figure would double.

“South Woking is awash with community leisure facilities and does not need any more, while the people in Sheerwater have only the running track. The logical place to put the track would be in Woking Park.”

The application for the free school is to be decided by Surrey County Council’s Planning & Development Committee in September. Residents can comment on the bid until August 31.

Sandra added: “People who will be affected by traffic noise and pollution on Egley Road can also object, as this planning application has adverse environmental implications as well.”

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