Coronavirus Information

It is likely to be a tough time for all of us over the next few weeks and months as the coronavirus crisis continues.

It is vital we all take Coronavirus seriously and follow the advice being given. Your Woking Lib Dem team want to make sure everyone here is able to access the most up to date advice and support.

UK Government guidance states we should all, unless we are keyworkers, be staying at home. We can still leave home to buy essential food and medicines and for one form of exercise a day, but maintain social distance from others when we do. Those self-isolating or part of a vulnerable group should stay at home.

The NHS and the Government is regularly updating their advice here: www.gov.uk/coronavirus.

Surrey County Council's libraries and other public facing non-essential services have closed, bus services are running on a reduced timetable and local schools are only open for key workers.

Surrey County Council has launched a dedicated helpline number: 0300 200 1008. This community phone line is to help direct residents who need support such as picking up shopping, prescriptions or having someone who can be a telephone friend, to those services who can provide them.

Please see the latest updates from Surrey County Council here: www.surreycc.gov.uk/people-and-community/emergency-planning-and-community-safety/coronavirus/council-services.

Woking Borough Council has closed its Community Centres, HG Wells, leisure facilities and playgrounds. See the latest information on Woking Borough Council's services here: www.woking.gov.uk/coronavirus-service-updates.

We know our community is at its best when we pull together and I know we want to support each other as best we can right now. Volunteer groups are being set up to support the most vulnerable. If you are able to help out, you can find your nearest group by visiting this website: www.covidmutualaid.org/local-groups/.

Lib Dem Councillor Will Forster said:

"Many people will be anxious about the steps the Government has taken ordering an effective lockdown of the country, but it is the right decision to restrict our normal way of life to tackle this crisis."

"We must do all we can to stop the spread of Coronavirus and I urge people to play their part by following the guidelines, and not risk their own or others' health and wellbeing by ignoring guidelines - please stay safe."


  • Article: Oct 20, 2020
    By Cllr Will Forster

    The Lib Dems have warned that Jonathan Lord, Conservative MP for Woking, is risking a "new Windrush-style scandal" after he voted to refuse to offer EU citizens proof of their right to stay in the UK.

    On Monday 19th October, Tory MPs overturned a Lib Dem amendment to the Immigration Bill, which passed in the House of Lords just weeks ago. The amendment would require the Home Office to give EU nationals physical proof of Settled and Pre-Settled Status, rather than the digital-only system the Home Office is currently pursuing.

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    Article: Oct 16, 2020

    Is your neighbour's dog driving you barking mad? What about their trees invading your freshly-pruned garden? Dale Roberts, an established community mediator, shares his advice for preventing and resolving neighbourly disputes. We discuss how politicians should talk less and listen more to transform the effectiveness of government.

  • Article: Oct 16, 2020
    By Cllr Will Forster

    Woking Borough Council has unanimously agreed a Lib Dem motion to oppose the Government's planning reforms which will reduce local people's say on development and centralise control of the planning system.

    The Lib Dems have warned that the Government's planning proposals will disempower local authorities like Woking Borough Council and allow developers to run roughshod over local communities' wishes. Local authorities would be required to zone areas for growth and any development in these areas will be given automatic initial planning permission.

  • Article: Oct 15, 2020

    Surrey County Council has agreed to move its headquarters to the former Canon HQ in Woodhatch, in spite of objections raised by the cross-party group of Councillors responsible for scrutinising the move.

    Last year, the County Council stated it wanted to move its HQ from Kingston-Upon-Thames to a location in Surrey. The Council had originally hoped to move to Midas House in Woking, but those plans were cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

  • Article: Oct 15, 2020

    During this week's Surrey County Council meeting the Leader of the Council, Tim Oliver, ensured his Conservative Group voted against a Lib Dem motion calling for a much-needed reconciliation with the Borough and District Councils with whom a relationship of trust had completely broken down.

    In his speech the Lib Dem Leader Group Leader, Chris Botten, outlined how the recent perceived power grab by the County Council, by unilaterally pursuing its ambition of a single unitary authority, had severely damaged relations with the eleven Borough and District Councils of all political colours, who had been side-lined by their action.

  • Article: Oct 14, 2020
    By Cllr Will Forster

    Following a motion by the Lib Dems Surrey County Council unanimously agreed to introduce "school streets" in Surrey with the aim of encouraging active travel, improving air quality and promoting road safety.

    A school street is where the road outside a school is closed to vehicles during school drop-off and pick-up times except for those residents living in that street.

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    Article: Oct 14, 2020
    By Cllr Ann-Marie Barker

    Cllr Ann-Marie Barker is calling on the Council to support her in protecting our say on what is built locally. Woking's Liberal Democrat Leader wants the Council raise concerns with the Government and Member of Parliament on the White Paper 'Planning for the Future'.

    The White Paper plans to:

    • Take away local control - Westminster would decide where developers can build in our area and local people would have less say on planning applications
    • Allow developers to build even fewer affordable homes
    • Take money for roads and schools and give it straight to the government
  • Article: Oct 9, 2020
    By Cllr Will Forster

    Ahead of a crunch vote in the House of Commons next week the Lib Dems have teamed up with pubs, restaurants and community clubs across the country to launch a "Keep the lights on" campaign in protest at the 10pm curfew.

    Lib Dem spokesperson Will Forster has warned that no evidence has been published that Boris Johnson's enforced curfew is good for public health and with "jobs on the line" they have called on Woking's MP to vote against the curfew.

  • Article: Oct 9, 2020
    By Cllr Will Forster

    The Lib Dems have warned malicious calls to the ambulance service are putting lives at risk as they reveal 1,448 hoax calls have been made across the South East Coast Ambulance Service area over the last three years.

    With the UK in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic Lib Dem Health Spokesperson Munira Wilson has warned Ministers must ensure ambulance services have "the resources they need to educate people over the dangers that malicious calls pose."

  • Article: Sep 30, 2020
    By Cllr Will Forster

    Following a question from the Lib Dems, Surrey County Council has confirmed that the cost of its failed bid to become a unitary authority was just under £250,000.

    In anticipation of a Government White Paper on local government devolution, the Conservatives running the County Council decided to pursue plans to become a unitary authority. This power grab would have involved abolishing the Surrey's 11 Borough and District Councils, and centralising power in one unitary authority serving 1.2 million people. However, the Surrey Tories' plans have been stopped by the Government.

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