Our vision takes shape

Features Posted 29/08/19
With a growing population, a thriving business community and big names to attract retail and leisure visitors, the once-unassuming town of Woking has big ambitions. Its unrivalled position close to London, Heathrow and the wider South East, makes Woking a name as a thriving and compelling place to live, work, invest and visit. The town’s transformation, following a carefully devised plan, is well under way, the near completion of the new Victoria Square development, promising an unrivalled range of exciting commercial, retail, leisure and business space for a new generation.

Woking Borough Council Leader Cllr David Bittleston explains why the borough is on the up and why its growth prospects and optimism for further future growth have never been greater.

“As an ambitious council, we’re resolutely committed to an economic vision set many years ago to secure our position as the location of choice in the South of England. In this time, we’ve been proactively delivering on this, investing for the future in major capital projects, in public realm, leisure, green spaces, housing, transport and infrastructure to ensure Woking’s attractiveness and appeal as an unrivalled destination.

“The visible manifestation of this can already be seen and felt in Woking town centre as the iconic, ground-breaking Victoria Square development continues to take shape ahead of its phased completion next year. The opportunities which this will bring are immense and the progress has been exciting to see.

“Victoria Square will add a whole new level of vibrancy to the town and wider area and further stimulate the town’s economic vitality and future growth prospects. In addition, plans to significantly improve transport infrastructure to complement this significant investment, creating synergies and opportunities for further investment.

“Our dynamic business community continues to grow in numbers and scale. Not only is Woking home to thousands of SMEs, we are also proud to have attracted some of the largest business names, organisations and brands in the world, including McLaren, Ambassador Theatre Group, Asahi, Petrofac and WWF-UK.

“As the business population continues to grow at a rapid pace, we continue to invest in new office accommodation, commercial space and infrastructure to support this growth.

“Woking’s position and accessibility, close to London, Heathrow and major transport road and rail networks, supports our strong economic position and builds on our unique position. We look forward to delivering a multi-million-pound programme of investment to maximise opportunities in this area.

“Above all, what is great about Woking are the people and the quality of life enjoyed here. From important and beautiful green spaces to affordable homes and leisure facilities, this council is on track to creating a quality, modern environment which everyone can enjoy.”

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