Julie Fisher, Woking Borough Council’s Chief Executive, said: “Last month a small number of exterior cladding panels were dislodged from the hotel building within the Victoria Square development. To protect public safety, a section of Victoria Way was immediately closed and this closure remains in place to date.
“Works are progressing to safety check all panels and associated fixings. However, further remedial works are required to enable the safe opening of the adjacent section of Victoria Way to public traffic. We are disappointed to confirm that it is necessary to keep the road closed throughout the Christmas and New Year period.
“Sir Robert McAlpine (SRM) is working closely with the highways authority, Surrey County Council, to ensure diversions are appropriately signed.
“The council and SRM fully understand the disruption caused by the emergency closure and the knock on effect it is having on people’s daily journeys. We collectively apologise for the ongoing inconvenience and thank everyone for their patience. A safe resolution is our main priority and we are working with all parties on a daily basis to progress the works as quickly as possible.
“As and when we know more, we will provide an update as a matter of priority. In the meantime, the town centre remains open for business and we have a fantastic festive offer this year.
“The Christmas tree is up in Jubilee Square, the town centre lights are on, and in addition to our very exciting real ice rink, we also have Santa's grotto with singing reindeer and a pedal-powered gingerbread house. The atmosphere in Woking is vibrant and bustling.
“We’re also set to welcome new restaurants in the coming weeks, including The Tea Terrace Restaurant and Tea Room and The Ol’ West Grill & Diner in Peacocks Shopping Centre, Island House in Jubilee Square, and Luciano’s by Luciano Marco Pierre White in Commercial Way. So, if you’re coming into town to do your Christmas shopping or to see Gok Wan in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at the New Victoria Theatre, there’s a wide selection of dining options available.”
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