Hoe Stream Restoration Project: Have your say

18 September 2017

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A public consultation on plans to enhance biodiversity and reduce the risk of flooding to local homes and businesses, whilst improving accessibility to green spaces along the Hoe Stream in Mayford and Old Woking, has been launched today (Monday 18 September 2017).

Woking Borough Council is keen for local people to share their views on its proposals and any experiences they have of flooding. Two public drop-in events will be held where visitors can share their views with flood engineers and find out more about the proposals on.

  • Thursday 5 October 2017 – 4pm to 8pm, Mayford Village Hall, Saunders Lane, GU22 0NN
  • Wednesday 11 October 2017 – 4pm to 8pm, Pool in the Park, Kingfield Road GU22 9BA

Since completing the first phase of the Hoe Stream Flood Defence Scheme in 2012, it has been an aspiration of the Council’s to extend the scheme both up and downstream to protect further homes and businesses, as well as creating additional green space amenities.

Working in partnership with the Environment Agency, the Council has developed proposals that will meet key project objectives including:

  • Reduce the risk of flooding to properties located within Mayford and Old Woking.
  • Create sustainable drainage systems.
  • Create and restore green space and waterway links between designated sites and re-establish suitable habitats for water voles, otters and other local wildlife.
  • Improve the health and wellbeing of the local community by enhancing the landscape, provide alternative transport routes, whilst improving air and water quality.
  • Create and enhance opportunities for people, schools and community groups to learn about the environment, the threats it faces and the importance of maintaining and improving the eco-system.

Cllr Beryl Hunwicks, Woking Borough Council’s Portfolio Holder for the Environment and Sustainability, said: “The consultation is an ideal way for residents to find out more about the Council’s latest flood resilience and green space proposals for the Hoe Stream in Mayford and Old Woking. I would encourage residents and businesses alike to come along to find out more and provide us with their feedback before a planning application is submitted early next year.”

Anyone unable to attend the two public drop-in sessions can visit Woking Leisure Centre where the exhibition will be on display throughout the consultation period.

Alternatively, the exhibition can be viewed and feedback provided online by visiting www.woking.gov.uk/hoestreamrestoration

The Hoe Stream Restoration Project consultation closes at 5pm, Monday 30 October 2017.

Once the consultation ends, the Council’s appointed consultants, BDP and Watermans, will review the feedback before a formal planning application is submitted in early 2018 where residents will have a further opportunity to comment on the final plans as part of the planning process.

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