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Woking FC Board update The Woking Community Stadium

9th June 2020

Woking FC Board update  The Woking Community Stadium
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We trust this latest club update finds you and your loved ones well. This update gives key information on how you can support the Woking Community Stadium plans as we approach the planning decision on 23rd June.

Firstly, however we want to congratulate Dowse and Chris Sexton for their voluntary efforts in running 20 laps of the Goldsworth Lake as part of Goldsworth Park Rangers club day. GPR are good friends of Woking FC alongside many other terrific local football clubs and our understanding is that the day raised over 20000 for GPR and local charities. Well done to all involved!!

Woking Borough Council planning committee are meeting on Tuesday 23rd June to consider the Woking Community Stadium scheme. This will be a virtual meeting and, nearer the time, we will provide the links so that the thousands who support the scheme can follow proceedings online. A huge amount of work has gone into this and, after nearly 30 years searching for a way forward, the scheme now promises facilities for long term sustainability, increased community engagement and the realistic potential to advance to the Football League.

We cannot, however, ignore the crisis of the past few months, which has highlighted long term and critical community needs in 3 areas affordable homes for locals and keyworkers, improved health facilities and radical environmental decision making. In addition to the stadium the scheme addresses all three of these with 45 % affordable housing provision, a medical centre for 14000 local residents and 1000 bike spaces and 100% groundbreaking infrastructure for electric car use.

In these last few weeks we would encourage all Woking supporters to write to their local ward representatives and/or the Borough Council planning committee. The positives of the scheme are compelling so please, at all times, be respectful, clear, concise and positive in making your points. If you have never written to your councillor before be encouraged that your opinion matters.

We are a community club with a national profile so in these last few weeks we would also ask fans to be passionate but also respectful and positive in their dialogue with others on social media. Please correct erroneous statements politely and clearly with factual responses.

The specific Woking Borough Council contact details for you to respond are:-

Planning Committee representatives: https://moderngov.woking.gov.uk/mgCommitteeDetails.aspx?ID=134

Ward Councillors contact details: https://moderngov.woking.gov.uk/mgMemberIndex.aspx?VW=TABLE&PIC=1&FN=

If you have any specific questions for the club please, in the first instance, email ian.nicholson@wokingfc.co.uk

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