Petts Wood and Knoll

Branch Chairman: Mercy Francis

Vice Chairman Membership/Fundraising: Tim Webb

Vice Chairman Political:  Simon Fawthrop

Key Facts

Petts Wood & Knoll ward, as the name suggests covers the town centre & residential area of Petts Wood & the residential area between Petts & Orpington known as The Knoll. Petts Wood is split into East & West by the railway station & is believed to be named after the woodland, owned by the Pett family, which existed before 1930 when many of the current houses were built. Petts Wood Town centre has a large selection of small, independently owned shops & restaurants at its heart, creating a vibrant centre that is rare in the days of increasingly homogenised high-streets.

The Station Square area of Petts Wood town centre is part of a Conservation area, with Petts Wood East being an Area of Special Residential Character (ASRC).   Petts Wood West & The Knoll are quiet suburban residential areas. The Knoll sits between Petts Wood East & Orpington high street. The Conservatives, in particular the Conservative Councillors for the Ward, work hard to ensure that both Petts Wood & The Knoll maintain their quiet & characterful appeal to residents.

For further details and information about the Branch by contacting Orpington Association at No 6 Sevenoaks Road, Orpington,  Kent, BR6 9JJ.  Telephone 01689 820347 or e-mail

Planning Applications

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Keith Onslow

Councillor for Petts Wood & Knoll
Keith Onslow is a Conservative councillor for Petts Wood & Knoll ward.

Committee appointments

Simon Fawthrop J.P

Councillor for Petts Wood & Knoll
First elected to Petts Wood & Knoll ward in May 2006. Simon has taken a keen interest in planning matters and the plight of residents affected by the Biggin Hill Airport flight path. Currently serving as the Vice-Chairman of two planning sub-committees and the Vice-Chairman of the Audit Committee.

Tony Owen

Councillor for Petts Wood & Knoll
Tony Owen worked in the electronic components industry for 40 years where he was heavily involved in systems thinking and quality improvement. He has lectured and presented in Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, South Africa, Spain and USA.