Woking Borough Council

A third of the seats in Woking were up for election this year. Find out more about these elections.

Election 2018 Results

CON HOLD
Party Elected in 2018 Total councillors Change

PartyConservative

Elected in 2018 5 Total councillors 16 Change-1

PartyLiberal Democrat

Elected in 2018 3 Total councillors 8 Change+1

PartyIndependent

Elected in 2018 1 Total councillors 3 ChangeNo results

PartyLabour

Elected in 2018 1 Total councillors 3 ChangeNo results
Councillors change compared with 2016

Most recent

Campaign against plans for a pub in a park

Rebecca Curley

Local Democracy Reporter

Campaigners trying to stop a pub being built on a village recreation ground in Surrey have submitted a complaint about their council to the Charity Commission.

Save West Byfleet Recreation Ground Campaign Group say Woking Borough Council failed to fulfil its legal duties as sole trustee of the Recreation Ground Charity. They claim a proposal to sell part of the land to pub and brewery operator Marstons is "unlawful".

Woking Borough Council is in the last few days of a consultation over the future of the recreation ground and plans to refurbish it.

Gate to recreation ground
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Surrey Pride parade to be held in Woking

Surrey's first LGBT Pride festival will be held in Woking next year.

It will be held on 10 August in Woking Park. The town has been chosen for its good transport links and accessibility.

The Mayor of Woking, Will Forster said: "We are delighted that Woking will host the inaugural Pride in Surrey parade."

Poster
Pride in Surrey

Football stadium plans welcomed

Rebecca Curley

Local Democracy Reporter

Woking Football Club's new 10,000 seat stadium will be the "jewel in the crown" for the borough, according to the council's leader.

The replacement for the Laithwaite Community Stadium will meet English Football League standards as the club begins the 2018/19 season in the National League South.

The outline proposal for the stadium and the housing complex that will fund the £10 million project was released just hours before councillors debated the plans, with members welcoming the last-minute decision to make the papers public.

Green belt development plans approved

Rebecca Curley

Local Democracy Reporter

Broadoaks in West Byfleet
BBC

Plans for a mix of housing, apartments for the over 60s, a care home and offices on green belt land have been approved by Woking Borough Council's planning committee.

Councillors agreed to go against officers' recommendations to refuse the development for Broadoaks in West Byfleet and said the "derelict and decaying" site desperately needed the investment.

Their vote on Tuesday for the planning application now needs to be agreed by the Secretary of State because it involves building on green belt land.

The original plans included a new school but the school highlighted for the site did not want to move.

Councillor Amanda Boote said although the area had been designated green belt land, it had been developed in the past and now was neglected.

She said: "The feeling of residents is that they are very much in support and want this to happen. It's been a long time coming."

Voter trial gives homeless IDs

Rebecca Curley

Local Democracy Reporter

Woking homeless people who were given the chance to vote in local elections this year as part of a voter ID trial now have photo ID enabling them to access universal credit.

Woking Borough Council worked with the York Road project to register 11 homeless electors and issued them with local elector photo ID cards.

Speaking at the meeting of executive members on Thursday, Councillor Beryl Hunswick said: "These were 11 people who would have otherwise fallen through the gap completely. They are homeless and this allowed them to vote".

The voter ID trial at the local elections on 3 May 2018 was hailed a success after figures showed 99.73% of voters (18,851) arrived at polling stations with the correct papers.

A total of 51 people attended with either the wrong ID or no ID and decided not to return after being turned away.

Council leader David Bittleston said providing the 11 people with local elector cards meant they were "able to prove they were citizens in other ways and become contributors to the community".

Voting
BBC

Food waste recycling gets go-ahead

Food waste will soon be recycled in Reading as part of the council's plan to achieve an EU target to recycle 50% of all waste by 2020.

Wokingham Borough Council is also planning to start weekly food waste collections next year.

Reading councillor Tony Page said the types of housing in Reading make introducing the plan more challenging than in Wokingham.

He said the town has a higher number of flats and houses of multiple occupation which presents "problems with space for storage".

Food waste
BBC

Councillors call for more bobbies on the beat

Rebecca Curley

Local Democracy Reporter

Councillors in Woking say police patrols aren't visible enough, as figures show burglary in the district have gone up by 55%.

The borough's community safety report was considered on 21 June, in which it was also revealed that sex offences increased by 43%, domestic abuse by 29% and hate crime by nearly 21%.

One councillor claimed there was a "disconnect" between the force and the public because of a lack of visible policing, while another said she hadn't seen a community support officer in Old Woking for three years.

I have spent 10 hours this week looking at CCTV at my local community centre because of the damage there has been on 10 different ocassions this week and yet we still haven't seen a PCSO. It's costing a lot of people a lot of money."

Councillor Louise MoralesLiberal Democrat councillor

Teenagers lobby council for skate park improvements

Rebecca Curley

Local Democracy Reporter

Woking skateboarders
BBC

Teenagers have vowed to raise the funds needed to regenerate a skate park in a bid to encourage Woking Borough Council to support them.

Oliver Henderson, 16, presented a petition to the Surrey County Council and Woking Borough Council joint committee on Wednesday calling for sustainable concrete ramps at Woking Skate Park.

The borough council said would re-paint the ramps with anti-slip paint but not re-build the park due to funding and issues with flooding.

Oliver said: "The response we got from our petition was that the council accepts it needs maintenance and it needs to be re-painted to give it a more welcoming feel.

"Unfortunately a splash of paint won't change that.

"There are 18,000 people under 14 in Woking and there are many more over 14 who still use the skate park."

Oliver said he will look into applying for grants from the borough council as well as encouraging young people to raise funds.

Somewhere to go on the train

Rebecca Curley

Local Democracy Reporter

More toilets, more staff and even a police hub could be seen at train stations across Surrey, South Western Railway has announced.

Phil Dominey, from South Western Railway, said the company is spending £19m on station improvements.

Speaking at Woking Borough Council's overview and scrutiny meeting on Monday he said by the end of 2019 all trains will have a toilet on board, and there will be more car parking spaces at "key" stations.

South Western Railway took over the franchise from South West Trains in August 2017.

Mr Dominey said: "One of the early commitments was the introduction of delay repay, which was 30 minutes, but that has been brought down to 15 minutes."

South Western Railway train
South Western Railway

Woking station flyover possibility

Rebecca Curley

Local Democracy Reporter

A train passing under the Norton Bridge flyover
Network Rail
A similar flyover in Stafford was opened in 2016

A flyover for trains passing through Woking could be built at the station in the next five years, according to Network Rail.

It is one of several proposed changes outlined to councillors in Woking yesterday.

James Waight, head of strategic planning for Network Rail, told an overview and scrutiny meeting the town was an important part of the Wessex Route network which covers Surrey and the South East.

Woking is the first station from the Wessex Route to benefit from the Rail Network Enhancement Pipeline which allows Network Rail to find third parties to bid to fund improvements to their stations.

Network Rail is also looking into how it can link up the Wessex Route with Heathrow Airport.