Will Forster

Lib Dem Borough Councillor for Hoe Valley and County Councillor for Woking South Learn more

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Calling on the Council to improve Woking’s parks

by willforster on 8 April, 2021

The Lib Dems and I are calling on Woking Borough Council to improve its parks and open spaces as more people have been using them during the pandemic.

With the coronavirus restrictions encouraging people to stay local, residents are spending a lot more time in the Borough’s green spaces.

However, Woking’s parks and open spaces fall way behind those run by other local authorities including neighbouring Guildford Borough Council’s parks.  The Green Flag Award, the national scheme that recognises well managed parks and green spaces, has only been awarded to one in Woking but ten of Guildford’s parks.

I have tabled a motion to the Full Council meeting tonight – the last one before the elections, and potentially my last – calling for the Council to improve Woking’s parks up to the Green Flag Award standard.

This past year has been a year like no other.  Throughout, I have felt so grateful for the wonderful green spaces we have on our doorstep across Woking.  Our parks have been used more than ever in the last year, but this increased usage needs to come with increased maintenance.

Woking Council needs to acknowledge that its parks should be better.  The Council was rightly pleased that Brookwood Cemetery got a Green Flag Award, but Guildford Borough has ten such awards – local people in Woking deserve good quality open spaces too.

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  1. Stuart says:

    Lets not forget bridleways around the wider green spaces we have surrounding Woking. Compelling land owners to keep these accessible and signed will help fitter people go further and enjoy the beautiful countryside. Seems odd that so much green space is inaccessible. Can’t we open up more walks around the flood planes and rivers. Can’t we clear and plant up even small green spaces with diverse and beautiful trees and shrubs to encourage people to sit out all over the Woking area? Good manual employment opportunities there too. Cheers.

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