Woking Borough Council

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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

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Power plant and student digs refused

Rebecca Curley

Local Democracy Reporter

3D design for tower block Poole Road, Woking
Thamesway Development Ltd

A power station with a block of communal student-style digs for key workers and university graduates has been refused planning permission.

The application for the 17-storey building in Woking had been submitted by Thamesway Group - a development company set up by Woking Borough Council.

Councillors went against the advice of officers and experts saying they could not "morally" or "ethically" support the tower block with "suffocating" rooms.

They voted against the application for Poole Road based on mass and bulk concerns, parking problems and design issues.

Four voted to refuse the application with three voting against refusal.

Districts urged to adopt care leaver tax exemption

Rebecca Curley

Local Democracy Reporter

Only one borough council in Surrey has voted to support a nationwide campaign to exempt people leaving the care system from paying council tax.

Councillor Will Forster, current mayor for Woking Borough Council, said: "In April when new council tax statements are sent out young care leavers have that avenue to get some tax relief so they can make a successful transition to adulthood."

One more borough council is "close to agreeing" the exemption.

Mr Forster also called on Surrey County Council (SCC) cabinet member for children, councillor Clare Curran to write to the other nine councils "who have no immediate plans" and "urge them" to take the same action.

The nationwide campaign to exempt care leavers from paying council tax until they reach 25 was adopted as a motion by SCC in March.

Bus lane enforcement scheme widened

Rebecca Curley

Local Democracy Reporter

Bus lane
BBC

Boroughs across Surrey are to be given more powers to enforce bus lanes and fine motorists driving in them.

A pilot scheme using a camera to enforce the use of bus lanes in Woking High Street is to be rolled out across the county.

Camera enforcement started in March and Woking Borough Council said there had been a "positive reduction in contravening traffic".

The number of drivers flouting the bus lane rules reduced from 120 a day to 40.

Motorists are fined £60, but that is reduced to £30 if paid within 14 days.

There are 13 bus lanes in Surrey with another four actively under consideration.

Recyclable chewing gum bins proposed

Rebecca Curley

Local Democracy Reporter

Chewing gum
PA

A proposal is being put forward to try to stop the "unsightly" and "disgusting" habit of people spitting chewing gum out onto the street.

Councillor Ken Howard is pushing for Woking Borough Council (WBC) to provide bins in a bid to reduce the amount of gum that gets stuck to shoes or plastered on the ground.

The Liberal Democrat councillor says so much has been done to make Woking town centre look smart that it could be even nicer if there were fewer bits of gum around the place.

"This has been a bugbear of mine for quite a while," he said.

He added that it was particularly bad in Church Path and he often saw people getting it stuck to their shoes.

"It's unsightly and it's a disgusting habit spitting it out onto the ground.

"It's very hard to catch people spitting it out."

He is proposing at full council meeting this Thursday that WBC looks at using recyclable bins, made from gum, to dot around the town centre.

If passed, it will be sent to executive council members for consideration.

In 2017, the Local Government Association said it cost local authorities nearly £60m a year to remove gum.

It estimated the average piece of gum costs about 3p to buy, but can be up to 50 times that to clean up per square metre.

Campaigners excited about revamped playground

Rebecca Curley

Local Democracy Reporter

Children campaigning for playground
LDR

Parents fighting to get a much-loved playground refurbished say they cannot wait for the work to begin after receiving the backing of villagers in a council consultation.

But they say they will keep up their campaign to protect West Byfleet Recreation Ground from any development - including a proposed pub.

Woking Borough Council gave residents the choice of backing an original plan championed by mums Rebecca Bradshaw and Emma Slaymaker two years ago to refurbish the existing playground next to West Byfleet Junior School in Camphill Road.

Or for a newer, more expensive and bigger playground on the other side of the park.

The recreation ground is also the site identified by Marstons Brewery in an exhibition they held last year with designs to build a family restaurant and pub.

But in papers to go to Woking Borough Council Executive on Thursday, results from the consultation show overwhelming support for the original proposal.

It is hoped the refurbishment will be completed by "early Spring 2019" - three years after the council first approved £35,000 funding for the play area and SCC awarded £25,000.

Marston's Brewery has been approached for comment.

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
LDR

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."