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."


  • Anne-Marie Barker (Woking Lib Dems)
    Article: Jun 25, 2020
    By Cllr Ann-Marie Barker

    I am very sad for Woking Football Club that planning permission for their much hoped for redevelopment was refused at this week's planning committee. I would have been even sadder if planning permission had been granted. The flawed development plan put forward would have had an unacceptable impact on the local area whilst being in no way guaranteed to give the club the sustainable financial future it needs.

  • Graham Chrystie Streetscene3
    Article: Jun 25, 2020

    Liberal Democrat councillor Graham Chrystie has welcomed news that a new developer has been found for Sheer House in West Byfleet.

    Residents have been dismayed by the recent rapid decline of the area caused mainly by the loss of the Post Office on 30th March 2020. Now our key large Chemist and pharmacy is scheduled to close on 5th August. The closure will leave us with one small Chemist which is not open on Saturday. Last year another Chemist closed and the news of the loss in August of the excellent Boots has come as a body blow to the community. Our Health Centre is understood to dispense perhaps the highest number of prescriptions in Surrey and residents value the help from competent and helpful staff and our pharmacist.

    Sheer House decay and the declining area around it have dragged down the area for some time now and our formerly vibrant village needs regeneration fast. Popular shops have closed and I am delighted that Retirement Villages have purchased the site and are keen to start work in the autumn. There is great potential for a really good development complimenting the village and I understand that the existing outline plans will likely form the basis of a revised Scheme.

    I have urged the new developers to do their best to secure a new major Chemist as soon as possible and will continue my efforts to try to attract a new Chemist. The developers have informed me they are already at work on the issue. Attracting new retail tenants to an exciting new West Byfleet with a blend of shops should increase the footfall which should be enhanced by the tasteful and attractive Broadoaks development which seems to be progressing quickly.

    I relish working with the new developers who seem keen to be keen to work with stakeholders to produce a fresh Sheer House and complimentary village centre , said Cllr Chrystie.

  • Article: Jun 24, 2020

    Last night Woking Council's Planning Committee voted overwhelmingly to refuse plans to build 1,100 flats and a 9,000 capacity stadium at Woking Football Club's ground in Kingfield and Westfield.

    Following speeches against the proposals by a representative of the South Woking Action Group and local councillors, members of the Planning Committee agreed that the plans for 5 blocks of flats, up to 11 storeys high, would be inappropriate for the local area and would contravene planning policy.

  • Will Forster and Woking Lib Dems support stopping Brexit
    Article: Jun 23, 2020
    By Cllr Will Forster

    Lib Dem campaigner Will Forster has called on Woking's MP to back calls for a review of the no-deal Brexit impact assessments in light of the threat of the coronavirus pandemic.

    In a letter addressed to Woking's MP, Jonathan Lord, Lib Dem spokesperson Will Forster said: "as the Prime Minister continues to refuse to rethink his position on accepting an extension to the transition period it is time the facts were laid bare about what this will mean for our country."

  • Article: Jun 18, 2020
    By Cllr Will Forster

    The Lib Dems on Woking Borough Council have announced that they support the Local Electricity Bill.

    This bill is backed by nearly 200 MPs from all British political parties. It seeks to allow local groups to become electricity suppliers to their geographical areas. The bill would open the way for communities like Woking to benefit from electricity from renewable sources.

  • Article: Jun 15, 2020
    By Cllr Will Forster

    The Lib Dems are urging the Government to extend furlough support and bring forward bespoke packages of support for key sectors such as hospitality or face local unemployment.

    Acting leader of the Lib Dems Ed Davey MP, who is asking the public to join the campaign to protect workers, said thousands of families face "financial uncertainty" and called for the Government to do more.

  • Will Forster Fast Train
    Article: Jun 15, 2020
    By Cllr Will Forster

    The Lib Dems have succeeded in getting the Department for Transport to look into flexible rail tickets to help commuters getting back to work after the coronavirus pandemic.

    With traditional season tickets unlikely to be attractive for many commuters in the future the Lib Dems have called on the Government and train companies to provide more flexible ticket options including 'carnet' ticketing. Carnet ticketing would provide for 10 or 20 single journeys at a discount on the individual ticket price and crucially would allow much more flexibility than traditional season tickets.

  • Article: Jun 15, 2020

    An investigation by the Lib Dems has uncovered that 36,284 crimes were closed by Surrey Police last year without a suspect being identified.

    Data from the Home Office reveals that Police in England and Wales abandoned 2.2 million crimes in 2019 including more than 300,000 burglaries in 2019 - with a third of forces closing more than 80% of cases before they were solved.

  • Deborah Hughes
    Article: Jun 6, 2020
    By Cllr Will Forster

    A review by a cross-party task group into the decision to build a 9,000 capacity stadium and 1,100 flats at Woking Football Club's ground has heavily criticised the decision-making process behind the plans.

    Following the announcement of plans to redevelop the football ground with a £250 million loan from Woking Borough Council there has been significant concern from local residents and some council members that the development is inappropriate for the area, the plans do not help the football club and about how these plans were proposed in the first place.

  • Article: May 25, 2020

    Will Forster and the Lib Dems have written to Woking's MP Jonathan Lord, urging him to "end the distractions" and support calls for scandal-hit Dominic Cummings to go so the country can focus on the coronavirus emergency.

    In the letter, Lib Dem spokesperson Woking Councillor Will Forster, urges all Conservative MPs to "put the interests of your constituents first, end the distractions and join the growing number of Tory MPs who are calling for Dominic Cummings to go."

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