A reset for Woking town centre

WOKING town centre is being rebranded as Victoria Place, which takes in the existing shopping malls, restaurants, cafes, cinemas, theatres and the tower block, retail and leisure redevelopment that is soon to... Read more »

Go-ahead given for five more tower blocks in town centre

WOKING’S skyline will creep higher after planning permission was granted for five more tower blocks, including one of 37 storeys, in the town centre. A Planning Inspectorate public inquiry allowed an appeal... Read more »

Generous donors present town Christmas tree

IT’S beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Woking town centre The spirit of Christmas has been helped by members of the Woking Asian Business Forum (WABF), who presented the annual... Read more »

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 »