Waitrose proposal for Knowle “on hold”

A Waitrose spokesman has advised The Knowle Society “The well documented changes in trading patterns across the supermarket sector have impacted the viability of the planned Waitrose in Knowle and sadly it has been necessary to put our plans on hold for now whilst we continue to monitor market conditions.

Our aspiration to deliver a quality food store which will help the village continue to thrive remains the same, however we do not feel it would be fair to residents to start work without absolute confidence of when it will open.

We recognise the delay will cause some disappointment and frustration, which we share. This is not a decision we have taken lightly and we are grateful to local people for their understanding. The intention of Waitrose and the developer, Kimberley, is still to make a major investment and make a positive contribution to Knowle in the future.”

The spokesperson also kindly expressed appreciation of the time invested by The Knowle Society in the project.

Bulbs – shooting up, please help us complete the funding

It is great news that the appeal for funding this year’s planned bulb planting is now two thirds of the way there, helped in part (£260) by the coffee morning kindly run by Barclays Bank. Please help us to reach our target of £3500 as soon as possible so we can plant in time for next Spring’s flowering. See here for full details of the project and how to contribute to it.

Pig Racing Night

The pigs were ill (not swine flu!) when they were due to run last time, so we’ve rescheduled the event for Saturday 3rd Oct. Look out for further information and a revised booking form.

New parking restrictions from 1st May

Total prohibition of parking in sections of St John’s Close, Lodge Road, Longdon Road and the service road by the GPS Healthcare (Blythe) Surgery as proposed and consulted on by the Council will come into effect on Friday 1st May. Limited parking on a section of road by the same surgery also comes into effect at the same time. Details of the original proposal can be seen in our previous news item.

Proposals Letter


Did someone not realise it’s a good idea to walk to the machine to get a ticket for the car park?

Good news for poor timekeepers!

Did you know that the law changed recently to help us when parking? We all try to get the best from our parking time but sometimes we get caught out because our watch is not keeping good time or someone distracts us when returning to our car and then we find that a warden has just reached our car in their round and the unthinkable happens. Well now the law requires wardens to permit a ten minute grace period before issuing a ticket. We still need to plan to get back on time but it’s nice to know that we are covered for the unexpected. It should also help to build and maintain a good relationship between those whose job it is to keep our car parks from being abused and those who use them – we are fortunate that those who serve us in Knowle are a friendly bunch – if you are smarting from a recent fine, you may be feeling less charitable about this of course!