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Woking Borough Council

Woking Borough Council

About Woking

Situated in the heart of Surrey, 25 miles to the South West of London, Woking is a modern town with excellent road and rail links to London and the South West. It’s within 10 minutes drive of M25 and close to both Heathrow and Gatwick airports. Woking’s modern town centre boasts convenient shopping, a first class theatre and cinema complex and a cosmopolitan choice of restaurants, bars and pubs.

With its combination of an attractive environment, a wide range of sporting and leisure facilities and the locally high standards of education, workforce skills and business support, the Borough is a quality location in which to live and work

Today, Woking is home to the national or regional HQs of many leading companies including Formula 1 manufacturers Tag McLaren Group; computer services and software company Cap Gemini Ernst and Young; Telewest and the Ambassadors Theatre Group.

Sixty percent of the Borough is green belt and wooded with over 1170 acres of common land. There’s a range of high quality residential housing in both town and village locations and an excellent choice of state and private schools in the area.

For more information visit www.woking.gov.uk/woking

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About the Council

We are an innovative, forward thinking organisation which gets things done (Improvement and Development Agency report Nov 2001) through a dedicated team of 36 councillors and over 600 staff.

Our vision ‘Towards tomorrow today’ developed through consultation with both our politicians and our employees - makes clear our intention to consistently and innovatively deliver quality services to our customers, and to make a valuable and lasting difference to the well-being of the whole community.

It’s underpinned by a set of key values which among other things recognise our commitment to the learning and development of our employees.

Each and every one of us, both individually and through team working plays a vital role in the smooth-running of the organisation and the work to help realize the key aims for the Borough’s future set out in Woking’s Community Strategy. This is a blueprint for Woking’s future which we have developed together with local people and our partner organisations and which informs our policies and decision making.

We are the first and only local authority in the country to have won a Queens Award for Enterprise for our sustainable energy practices and our commitment to environmental sustainability is set out in the recently published A climate change strategy for Woking.

We’re also committed to making the best use of technology to meet the needs of our customers (more details are available here – link to IEG statement on website)

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Supporting our staff to do their jobs

An Investors in People organisation, we’re committed to supporting our staff with the relevant skills training and the latest technology to help them to do their jobs to the full.
We set great store on the importance of good communication and our corporate team briefing system, intranet and regular staff newsletters are designed to help give employees the information they need and to provide regular opportunities for feedback.

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Location. Location. Location

The Civic Offices provide an attractive open plan working environment which is welcoming to both customers and staff alike. Other work locations include Woking Leisure Centre and Pools, our Community Centres, sheltered housing sites , HG Wells Conference Centre and the Visitor Information Centre.

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Conditions of Employment

We offer excellent employment benefits: flexible working including flexi-time (up to two additional days per month), plus good annual leave entitlement, Local Government Pension Scheme, restaurant, Staff Social Club and favourable rates at Woking Leisure Centre and Pools.

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Employment Service Areas

We employ a range of semi-skilled, skilled and professional staff across nine key Service areas:

  • Community Services (includes Sport and Recreation, Community Centres, Meals Service, Outdoor Amenities, Countryside, Arts and Culture, H.G. Wells Conference Centre)
  • Local Services (includes Customer Services, Marketing and Communications, Community Safety, Environmental Services, Parking Services and Equalities and Diversity)
  • Housing and Property Services includes, Housing Needs and Enbaling, Tenant and Leaseholder Services, Home Support, Building Services, Facilities Management and Valuation
  • Planning and Regulation (includes Development Control, Planning Administration, Design and Implementation, Tree Preservation Orders, Building Control, Environmental Health, Licensing)
  • Resources (includes Financial Management, Internal Audit, Council Tax and Business Rates, Benefits, Information Technology Services (ITS), Payroll and Personnel)
  • Secretariat (includes Business Improvement, Legal, Member Services and Strategic Planning).
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