Recent News

  • Young People’s Civic Awards closing soon

    If you know of an exceptional young person in our borough, there is still time to nominate them for the Young People’s Civic Awards! The deadline for nominations is next Friday, January 26. There are three categories: Outstanding contribution to the community Outstanding achievement Triumph over adversity The awards will be presented by the Mayor at…

  • Council support for local causes to reach £1.64m in 2018–19

    In December each year, the Council’s Executive traditionally allocates grants to local community and voluntary groups for the coming financial year. This year was no different—and last Thursday, £841,083 of grants were awarded to groups across Woking, with an additional £41,000 being put aside to support local causes. The causes that benefit from this support are diverse,…

  • Mark appears on TV to promote Young People’s Civic Awards

    Last Thursday, I appeared on That’s Surrey TV to promote the 2018 Young People’s Civic Awards scheme, which is currently open for nominations. The interview was aired on Thursday night, but it can also be viewed on YouTube. The aim of the scheme is to reward children and young people who make an outstanding contribution to…

  • Tackling problem pavements in Mount Hermon

    Myself and my ward colleague, Cllr David Bittleston, recently launched a campaign to keep local pavements clear of unnecessary clutter—something that would make life easier for pedestrians, including the elderly and parents with children. Across Mount Hermon, there are too many instances of footpaths and verges being obstructed by cars, bushes and wheelie bins. Our…

  • Mark and David launch survey on parking

    Myself and my ward colleague, Cllr David Bittleston, have distributed a survey to three roads in Mount Hermon where local residents have complained of problems involving anti-social parking. Having to deal with blocked roads and badly parked cars on a daily basis can be a real pain for those who live in busy areas of the town, particularly…

  • Hoe Valley Restoration: one project, many benefits

    A consultation is currently taking place on plans to upgrade White Rose Lane Nature Reserve as part of the Hoe Stream Restoration Project. As well as combating flooding and improving the nature reserve, the plans would allow easier pedestrian access to White Rose Lane by including a boardwalk following part of the road not served by a footpath. I’m…

  • Mark reselected for Mount Hermon ward

    This week, I was reselected as prospective Conservative candidate for Mount Hermon at the May 2018 Woking Borough Council elections. I am extremely pleased at being reselected as candidate for Mount Hermon, and having another opportunity to represent a community I care so deeply about. Since I was first elected in 2016, I’ve been addressing problems such as…

  • Amazing sporting achievements in Woking

    Earlier this month, I had the pleasure of attending the Woking Sports Awards, where prizes were handed out by the Mayor, myself and others to local people who have achieved great things in the world of sport. I came away stunned at the sheer level of achievement on the part of many local residents and sporting…

  • Old Blockbuster store to be turned into play centre

    The Woking News & Mail published an article this week about the forthcoming arrival of a new play centre in Woking called the Treasure Cove. The play centre will replace the old Blockbuster store on the Guildford Road—a site that I have been trying to get cleared up since I was first elected in 2016. Last year, it was tidied…

  • Guildford Road safety improvements

    Surrey County Council has recently put in place improvements to Guildford Road. The works affect the bend at the junction with Claremont Avenue. They include widening the footway, carrying out kerbing works, refreshing road markings, cutting back vegetation and carrying out drainage works. Although the maintenance involves some short-term disruption, it’s good to see Surrey undertaking some…