{C}Following the provisional decision made by the Executive on 8 January, we have completed the local consultation and listened to a number of representations on the future option of a forest school at Chantry Wood Campsite. The feedback will be considered at a special meeting of the Executive on 7 March.

Cllr David Bilbe, Lead Cllr for Enterprise and Economic Development says: “We want to safeguard Chantry Wood for future generations, preserve this unique landscape and maintain public access for everyone to enjoy. In January, we considered a number of provisional options for Chantry Wood Campsite and agreed to consult with local residents about the proposals to help inform the way forward.

“Now that this consultation is finished, the Executive will consider the responses and other representations as an item of urgent business at its special meeting on 7 March. This feedback will also help with the framework of any lease agreement with a forest school provider, including a requirement to provide some public camping in the holiday periods and at weekends. We will then consider the extent of activities that could be delivered.”

The Council is not taking public bookings for the campsite at the moment due to required maintenance and we informed anyone with a provisional booking for 2019. Whatever the outcome of the final decision, the existing campsite buildings are still in need of repair and we cannot accommodate groups while this important work takes place. In the meantime, everyone can still walk in and enjoy Chantry Wood as public access to the wood is not affected.

For more information about the Executive meeting on 7 March – or to watch the debate via our online webcast – please visit www.guildford.gov.uk/article/16717/Councillors-and-Decision-Making