• Woking 300m Black hole
    Article: Feb 23, 2023
    • Victoria Square Woking Limited has assets only worth up to £445 million, according to Woking Borough Council figures to be presented today
    • This compares to debts associated with the embattled project of £745 million
    • As a result, Woking Borough Council faces negative equity and a £300 million impairment on its loans to the project
  • Exhaust fumes from black vehicle - Matt Boitor @unsplash.com
    Article: Feb 20, 2023

    New analysis by the Liberal Democrats has found there are a staggering 1.6 million cars in areas surrounding London which are not ULEZ compliant, including 157,338 in Surrey. Commuters, including key workers such as teachers, nurses and police officers driving into London from areas like Surrey are unable to access car scrappage schemes despite ULEZ being expanded to outer London in August, and will be forced to pay ULEZ charges every day for travelling to work.

  • Will Forster standing outside Woodhatch Place v2
    Article: Feb 7, 2023

    - County Council criticised for sitting on £150 million in reserves whilst roads crumble

    - Concern at cuts of £30.5 million to services to vulnerable adults and children's social care

    - Council's budget includes £51.8 million of future cuts in roads budget

    The Lib Dems have criticised the Conservatives on Surrey County Council's budget for keeping £150 million in the bank whilst cutting spending on roads and services for vulnerable people.

  • Woking Skyline
    Article: Feb 1, 2023

    The Liberal Democrats running Woking Borough Council have agreed a pathway to implement a new Masterplan for Woking town centre, which - among other things - will limit the heights of future developments in the town centre.

    At a recent meeting of the Executive, councillors supported a timetable for the implementation of a robust planning document that will introduce legal controls on future development in the area, ensuring new homes meet the needs of residents and enhance the overall appearance of the town centre.

  • Sewerage image Jan 23
    Article: Jan 26, 2023
    • Conservative MPs vote through 15 year "pathetic" target of 80% reduction of phosphates in rivers
    • Lib Dem MP candidate slams "betrayal" of local people who are demanding tougher action on water companies

    Yesterday afternoon, Conservative MPs including the MP for Woking voted through a new target which allows water companies to dump harmful substances in rivers until 2038.

  • DEbt - budget 2023
    Article: Jan 19, 2023
    • New Council administration to narrowly set annual budget this year, for 2023/24
    • Even stark financial choices may not be enough to provide for mounting investment losses
    • Proper budgeting to make funds available to pay back Council company debts makes future annual budgets very challenging

    Woking Borough Council is expected to set a working budget for the coming financial year, starting in April 2023. However, the former Conservative administration's failure to properly budget for cash to cover losses in Council companies means it will be hugely challenging to set a budget for future years.

  • Thameswey Overstatement of assets
    Article: Jan 12, 2023
    • New officially-audited accounts for Thameswey Limited, fully owned by Woking Council, uncover a string of overstatements of income and assets
    • Conservative administration advanced the company £492 million by end-2021
    • New documents reveal that the Council-owned company has negative net assets of £19.4 million, as of end-2021, rather than the claimed positive net assets
  • Angela Goodwin at wheel of electric bus
    Article: Jan 6, 2023

    Up until 31 March 2023 residents in some areas of Surrey will benefit from the Government's bus fare cap scheme, which means that a single bus journey will cost no more than £2.

    The primary aim of the scheme is to reduce travel costs at a time when the cost of living crisis is really starting to bite. But it is also hoped that lower fares might tempt some residents to leave their cars at home and try public transport to travel around locally. Bus operators are still struggling to return to pre-pandemic passenger numbers and this move could potentially help grow their patronage and also reduce vehicle carbon emissions across the area. In Surrey however just ten out of around 30 different companies operating bus routes in the county have decided to participate.

  • Will Forster Jan 23 NHs Crisis
    Article: Jan 3, 2023

    The Liberal Democrat Parliamentary candidate for Woking, Will Forster has joined the Lib Dem party's demands for Parliament to be recalled amid estimates that 500 people across the country each week are dying due to A&E delays.

    In recent days ambulance services across the country have declared "critical incidents", whilst ambulance staff have also been urged to conserve oxygen supplies due to a surge in demand.

  • Boy in black hoodie sitting in class room (Taylor Flowe@unsplash.com)
    Article: Dec 16, 2022

    Lance Spencer, Lib Dem councillor for Goldsworth East and Horsell Village submitted a question to this week's meeting of Surrey County Council to reveal the extent of the backlog in issuing Education Health and Care Plans (EHCP) for children with special educational needs.

    EHCPs are a legal document drawn up by the Council following an assessment which describes a child or a young person's (aged up to 25) special educational needs, the support they need, and the outcomes they would like to achieve.

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