A look at the town centre, 1980s-style

WE are not going far back in time with Peeps into the Past this week – only to about the 1980s, from when these photos look to date from. The scenes, and... Read more »

Victoria Square development not opening this year

THE opening of the Victoria Square retail and leisure development in Woking town centre will no longer happen this year. The multi-million-pound transformation project – with new luxury Hilton Hotel, flagship Marks... Read more »

Old master-style murals uncovered in derelict pub

MURALS painted in the style of a famous Renaissance artist were uncovered during the demolition of a derelict Woking pub that is being replaced by a block of flats. The paintings were... Read more »

Rooms with a view of bygone Woking

THIS week, Peeps into the Past focuses mainly on hotels in Woking town centre – but that wasn’t the original idea. Reader Mark Coxhead emailed me two old picture postcards from his... Read more »

Restricting height of tall buildings would create ‘a skyline of little interest’

RESTRICTING the height of tall buildings in Woking town centre will lead to challenges by developers that will be difficult to resist, the borough council’s executive committee was told last week. It... Read more »

Love them or hate them, Woking needs the towers, says chief exec

WOKING Borough Council’s soon-to-retire chief executive has robustly defended building tower blocks in the town centre – and criticised the councillors who refused applications for more high-rise apartments. Ray Morgan also denied... Read more »

Goldsworth Road tower blocks application rejected by councillors

RESIDENTS who campaigned long and hard against a redevelopment in Woking town centre that would include five tower blocks and more than 900 homes are relieved that plans for the complex have... Read more »

McLaren helping NHS vaccine rollout across the borough

WOKING-based supercar manufacturer McLaren is supporting the NHS vaccination rollout by making available its accessible Victoria Gate office in the town centre as a community centre. Nurses, paramedics, pharmacists and other NHS... Read more »

Fiery Bird music venue gets new home

THE Fiery Bird music venue has been given a permanent home in the former Bed Bar premises in Woking town centre. The Phoenix Cultural Centre, that runs the Fiery Bird offering live... Read more »

Height limits could be set on new buildings in town centre

LIMITS on the height of new buildings in Woking town centre might be introduced after the borough council leader announced a consultation with residents over future developments. The Citizens Panel is to... Read more »