Artists impressions of Woking’s town centre developments

Having frequently driven by Woking’s town centre re-development, I’ve not understood what is intended.

Therefore, I googled for the plans. I found with a couple of artists impressions below [click on images to expand], and an explanation on the Woking Council website. Here’s what the Council say.

At 34 and 32 storeys high, the two residential towers will feature over 400 high specification apartments in a prime location. The built-to-rent apartments will benefit from full concierge facilities, an external garden, and an amenity space for residents.

The 23 storey third tower will be home to the town’s newest hotel. The 189 room flagship Hilton Hotel will include senior and junior suites, a new lobby bar, all-day dining restaurant, stylish sky bar, conference facilities and an on-site café.

The new development will be anchored by 125,000 sq ft of commercial space featuring the new Marks & Spencer food and clothing store across 50,000 sq ft, multi-storey car park, a medical centre and two public plazas.

In addition to the new car park, sited under the M&S and retail units, the project has also incorporated the demolition and redevelopment of the Shoppers’ Red car park. When combined, the rebuilt 1,382 space Shoppers’ Red car park and the new M&S car park, will provide an additional 740 car parking bays for Woking town centre.

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Infrastructure Upgrades #2: Woking town centre utility improvements

Woking Borough Council’s website carries details of major road closures and diversions, which the say are,

To continue to support the economic growth of Woking Town Centre, it is necessary to carry out essential utilities works, such as installing additional gas and water supplies, to Victoria Way. By carrying out these works now, we hope to minimise future disruption to the highway network.

Here are the details,

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Surrey Heath’s council tax bands compared to nearby councils

Delving into council websites to find their council tax rates for 2017-18 is not something that any sane person would want to do. For some councils it’s fairly easy to find the details, for others it’s a new form of torture.

For Surrey Heath it was fairly painless, but then it should be, me having once been a councillor. Woking was trouble free, and I rather liked the ease of access and design of their website. Rushmoor was similarly trouble free to get the tax rates. Guildford was Ok’ish, though could’ve been easier. It was mind-numblingly difficult to find the council tax bands for Runnymede Borough Council, in fact I failed. For Bracknell Forest, and Windsor & Maidenhead all I could find was a band D council tax rate, and even then I wasn’t sure, so I can’t post it here.

Hope not to bore you here. The way to find out is the look at the council meetings calendar, then a full council meeting in February, plough through the pages of the meeting papers till you arrive at a section on council tax rates for the year ahead. There’s no consistency in presentation, or layout. Anyway here’s what I found [for Guildford I’m only showing a few of the parishes – amazingly there are 24 of them  – they’re all fairly similar tax rates].

  • Surrey Heath Borough Council


  • Woking Borough Council


  • Guildford Borough Council


  • Rushmoor Borough Council


Attending Woking Civic Service for Surrey Heath’s Mayor

Mayor’s can’t attend every function, which is why there’s a Deputy Mayor. When the Deputy Mayor can’t attend either, then past mayors are pressed into service – all willingly I should say.

Yesterday afternoon the Mayor of Woking held a Civic Service at Byfleet Methodist Church, at which we deputised for the Mayor of Surrey Heath. Civic Services are frequently multi-faith, as was Woking’s, with scripture readings from Methodist, Anglican, Muslim, and Bahá’í leaders. I took a couple of photos of the event.