Local residents are invited to have their say and help shape the future priorities of the borough as part of a comprehensive programme of engagement and consultation, which will assist with the development of a new five-year corporate strategy.
The borough-wide consultation will assist the council in deciding where to focus its resources over the next five years. Residents will have the opportunity to tell the council what issues and services matter the most to them, and what improvements communities would like to see in the future.
As part of the consultation, a series of evening roadshows are being held during the coming weeks at venues across the borough, led by Leader of Woking Borough Council, Cllr Ayesha Azad, and Chief Executive, Julie Fisher.
All roadshows will be held between 7pm and 8.30pm on the dates and venues below.
- Thursday 21 October, Holy Trinity Church, Chobham Road, Knaphill GU21 2SX
- Tuesday 26 October, 7th Scout Group Community Hall, Woking Park GU22 9BA
- Wednesday 3 November, Parkview Centre for the Community, off Blackmore Crescent, Sheerwater GU21 5NZ
- Monday 15 November (recorded session), Council Chamber, Civic Offices, Gloucester Square, Woking GU21 6YL
- Monday 29 November, St Mary’s Centre for the Community, off Stream Close, Byfleet KT14 7LZ
- Thursday 2 December (newly booked session), The Lightbox, Chobham Road, Woking GU21 4AA
- Monday 6 December, St Andrew’s Church, Denton Way, Goldsworth Park, Woking GU21 3LG
Each roadshow is open to all residents and stakeholders. To book, please visit the Community Forum webpage.
Due to COVID-19, capacity varies at each venue and places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. For safety, each roadshow will have COVID-safe measures in place, including sanitiser stations and face marks available.
Complementing the roadshows is a questionnaire asking residents for their views on the council’s future corporate plan and priorities. Whilst anyone can complete the questionnaire, 3,000 copies will be sent to randomly selected households across the borough.
Cllr Ayesha Azad, Leader of Woking Borough Council, said: “From the moment I became Leader of Woking Borough Council, my vision was to create a council in constant conversation with everyone it serves, with a culture of consultation embedded in the organisation.
“But I want to do more than simply communicate what the council is doing in a more transparent way. I want residents to have their say in shaping our future. Only once residents have had their say will my administration put together a five-year strategy for 2022 to 2027.
“This comprehensive consultation is your chance to contribute to and help us develop that new five-year strategy.
“I urge residents to take this opportunity to engage with Woking Borough Council and tell us what’s important to you either by completing the questionnaire or attending one of the roadshows, where you have the opportunity to pose questions to the Chief executive and myself.”
The feedback gathered will be used to develop a new corporate strategy. Information will also be shared with public sector partners and other community organisations to improve working relationships to make Woking Borough an even better place to live and work.
Woking Residents’ Panel
Local residents with a keen interest in shaping the borough’s future are invited to join Woking Residents’ Panel. The panel is open to all residents of Woking aged 18 and over. Panel members are not required to have any prior knowledge or expertise to join.