Woking Borough Council

Election results for 2019

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No change in Woking

Neither party managed to take a majority in Woking.

Ten of the 30 seats on the council were on offer. Both the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats won four apiece, with Labour and an independent candidate each taking one.

The Tories, which lost one seat, continue to have the most seats, but no overall control, at 14.

The Lib Dems, which gained one seat, took their total to 10.

Labour and independent councillors each hold three seats.

Taxi driver dress code to ban 'bare chests and football shirts'

A new dress code for taxi drivers in Woking could ban "bare chests, baseball caps, flip flops and hoodies".

Woking Borough Council plans to introduce new conditions on taxi licenses after it received complaints that drivers were "dressing in a manner that is considered to be unprofessional."

The dress code, which would apply to drivers of Hackney carriages and private hire vehicles, will also prevent drivers from wearing "clothing with offensive words, sports wear promoting sports teams" or "clothing with studs".

Karen Barlow, of the National Private Hire and Taxi Association, said it was broadly supportive of the dress code. "They don't say you have got to wear a three piece suit," she said. "At one time drivers were there in their flip flops and shorts in the summer. That's not very professional."

Woking Borough Council said the guidelines were "similar to those imposed by other authorities".

New parking system for Woking

Rebecca Curley

Local Democracy Reporter

A project to update car parking payment systems in one Surrey borough has been labelled a "good investment for the town".

Nearly £2m is going to be spent installing the latest technology for car parks in Woking if councillors agree the scheme next week.

Woking Borough Council's Executive committee voted to put forward the recommendations at their meeting on 7 February.

The existing car park equipment is over 10 years old, but the new system could include signs to inform drivers where there are spaces or even registration number plate recognition for paperless payment.

The marketplace is vibrant with all the different types of systems and we have got a decision about what is best for the town. It's a good investment for our town centre."

Councillor Colin KempPortfolio holder for parking, Woking Borough Council

Ice cream van to return to Woking park

Rebecca Curley

Local Democracy Reporter

A popular ice cream vendor has been told he can return to a Woking park - but only until the end of October.

More than 1,000 supporters had signed a petition calling for father and son Carlos and Joe Bellenca to be granted permission to trade after being forced to close when a cafe kiosk opened in Easter last year.

Carlos and Joe Bellenca are joined by family, friends and supporters at Woking Borough Council Civic Offices
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Carlos and Joe Bellenca are joined by family, friends and supporters at Woking Borough Council Civic Offices

On 7 February members of the Woking Borough Council executive agreed to put forward a recommendation to full council, which will meet next week, that Mr Bellenca is allowed to trade in Woking Park near the bandstand from 1 March until 31 October and in Goldsworth Park Recreation Ground from 1 April - 30 September.

However, the recommendation opens up the opportunity for other "interested parties" to express an interest in operating mobile food vans in "suitable venues owned by the council" from 2020 and onwards.

During the meeting on Thursday Councillor Colin Kemp, portfolio holder, apologised for misleading the family and members of the public at the December council meeting, when he implied there was an exclusive clause in the contract which said there could only be one vendor operating at the park.

Woking fireworks: 'Thorough investigation' into inflatable slide fall

Sue Nicholson

BBC News

Woking Park slide
PA

An ongoing investigation into an incident at a fireworks display in Surrey last year when eight children fell from an inflatable slide will be "thorough", the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has said.

A major incident was declared at Woking Park on 3 November after the children, all under the age of 16, fell during the evening.

It is believed the children fell to the ground from the top of the slide, which was about 30ft (9m) high.

None were seriously injured.

An HSE spokesperson said it was not appropriate to discuss details or comment further as it was "a live investigation".

Woking electric taxi trial

Rebecca Curley

Local Democracy Reporter

Taxi sign
Getty Images

Taxi drivers in Woking are to undergo a trial to see how much money they would save if they switched to an electric vehicle, as part of an attempt to cut down on air pollution in the area.

About 15% of Hackney cabs licensed with Woking Borough Council - about 25 cabbies - will be asked to take part in the experiment. It will assess how many trips they could make with an e-taxi, where the most appropriate places for charging points would be and create business cases for the drivers to show how much money and fuel they will save.

A start date for the three-month trial has not yet been set.

Homeless hostel funding agreed

Rebecca Curley

Local Democracy Reporter

Artist impression for York Road Project in Woking
Rolfe Judd

A homeless shelter and purpose-built hostel for services provided by the York Road Project in Woking, Surrey, has moved one step closer.

Councillors have approved funding for the £7.6m scheme and agreed to put forward £160,000 from council accounts every year from 2022-23 onwards.

The money will come from a £5.5m loan and capital receipts from help-to-buy schemes.

Members welcomed the construction of the purpose-built hostel in Church Street West at Woking Borough Council's executive meeting yesterday.

Council leader David Bittleston said: "I'm delighted we are able to do this. This is a very important thing to do."

The proposed site is currently owned by Prime Place, which will carry out the development as part of its wider development of Goldsworth Road North.

A planning application is expected by April 2019, with development due to start in June 2020.

Dog boarders to require £188 licence

Rebecca Curley

Local Democracy Reporter

Owners of day care and boarding homes for dogs in Woking will now need a licence to run their business at a cost of £188.

Woking Borough Council (WBC) is introducing the fees as part of a review of charges for some of its own services.

People who sell animals as pets, hire out horses, run kennels or catteries, or keep or train animals for performance will also need a licence, with a first-time application costing £198.

The council's fees and charges were approved by members of WBC Executive on Thursday.

Changes have also been made to the charges for guest artists working at tattoo parlours and salons offering electrolysis or ear piercing.

Opposition councillor Ann-Marie Barker, from the Liberal Democrats, said the cost of a licence was "a little on the high side".

Councillor Ayesha Azad, deputy leader of the council, said: "Charges for animal licensing are based upon an officer's hourly rate and full cost recovery and not profit."

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.