Reporting Person – Geoff McManus
Following the Mayor’s announcement of plans for a community memorial woodland last summer, the Executive received a report which sought approval to establish a Woking Community Memorial Trees project. The Executive was informed that Officers had explored various options and historic Brookwood Cemetery was considered to be the most appropriate location offering a natural and accessible space. The proposed project would also support delivery of tree-lined avenues envisaged within the Brookwood Cemetery Masterplan.
Following a question regarding Havering Farm, which had initially been suggested as a potential site, it was noted that the site was not deemed suitable after review. The Council had made no long-term decisions at this stage about the future use of the Havering Farm site.
That (i) agreement is given to establish a Woking Community Memorial Trees project; and
(ii) delegated authority be given to the Director of Planning, in consultation with the Portfolio Holder for Environment & Sustainability, the Portfolio Holder for Asset Management and the Director of Neighbourhood Services, to progress establishment of the memorial trees scheme, its launch and ongoing operational arrangements.
Reason: To facilitate development and delivery of this new scheme to support residents in the Borough.