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Monthly Archives: May 2016


The Woking council elections have proved a bit of a turn-up this year, with three councillors losing their seats in the newly merged Byfleet and West Byfleet ward as residents association representatives won as Independents. West Byfleet Conservative councillors Gary Elson and Richard Wilson were casualties, while Byfleet’s longstanding Lib Dem councillor and former mayor Anne Roberts was also ousted. The former West Byfleet ward had previously invariably voted Tory. Under the boundaries reorganisation which saw the number of wards in Woking borough reduced from 17 to 10, the beleaguered community of Sheerwater, which is facing a huge regeneration programme that will see the demolition of hundreds of homes, had its name wiped from the map in favour of a new identity, Canalside.  The newly “gentrified” residents of Canalside duly elected three Labour candidates to represent them last Thursday.  In West Byfleet locals are concerned about a number of plans with big implications for the village, including a revamp of the centre, and likely demolition of the ugly office block, Sheer House, pictured above. The Conservatives still have a controlling majority on Woking borough council, with 17 seats, with the Lib Dems on seven.