GPCA: Who we are and what we do
GOLDSWORTH PARK is defined as the area bounded by Robin Hood Road, St. John’s Road, Goldsworth Road, Bridge Barn Lane, Well Lane, Bullbeggers Lane, Horsell Birch and Littlewick Road and all the residents of this area can register as members of the GPCA, regardless of their gender, ethnic origin, political, religious or other opinion. The GPCA does not charge membership fees although it reserves the right to do so.
The GPCA, a Charitable Incorporated Organisation, works with local authorities, police and other voluntary organisations and individuals to promote the interests of residents and to improve the conditions of their lives. By and large, this involves representing the views of residents to Woking Borough Council, Surrey County Council, the managing agents of the shopping centre and any other organisation that may have an impact on Goldsworth Park. The GPCA used to organise a number of social events but, as they declined in popularity, the Association turned its energies to coordinating campaigns of public interest. For example, it monitors and responds to planning applications of concern to residents.
The GPCA’s main areas of activity are:-
- Developing and managing this website and associated social media to provide up-to-date information to residents.
- Publishing and distributing Goldsworth News, the community magazine which is delivered to around 4,500 homes and is available in local shops, the pub, doctors and dentists surgeries. The magazine is published quarterly.
- Supporting the Natural Goldsworth Park and Lake Bank Restoration projects which have done so much to improve the environment and provide a safe habitat for the wildlife of Goldsworth Park.
In order to keep bureaucracy to a minimum, the Association has a small Executive Committee consisting of a Chair, Vice Chair, Treasurer and Secretary. However, many volunteers are busily involved in the magazine, the lake and various campaigns and activities without holding any formal position.
Recent activities have included campaigning for the replacement of the public toilet in the recreation ground, communicating with the managing agents of the shopping centre about the updating of the play-frame, working with residents who have problems with the maintenance of common areas, and replacing the street maps on the outskirts of Goldsworth Park. There is always something that needs sorting out!
Covid marshals and PCSOs deployed to advise lake path users
Message from GPCA Chair Irene Watson
WE all appreciate our beautiful lake, North Meadow and the playing fields, and they are ideal for taking outdoor exercise. However, it seems that some residents and visitors to the area are not abiding by the Government’s instructions to maintain a social distance. The lake path can get quite busy even in these difficult times and not everyone steps to the side of the path to avoid other users. Runners can pass very close to those who are walking and children, not realising the gravity of the situation, can be difficult to avoid. Following concerns from residents, Borough Covid marshals and Surrey Police PCSOs are being deployed to the area. Hopefully their advice, if needed, will be heeded and not lead to fixed penalty notices being issued.
This area is particularly attractive to dog-walkers, some of whom travel here to use the open space, and they should be aware that their dogs must be under control at all times and on a lead while on the lake path. In the current circumstances, it is recommended that dogs should be kept on leads at all times in order to restrict contact with other animals and people. Owners are recommended to clean leads and toys before and after each use.
I ask everyone to respect the Government’s guidelines.