A message from ‘Your Waverley’s’ new Leader.

Paul Follows – The New Leader of  ‘Your Waverley’

To Waverley residents,

I was elected to Waverley Borough Council by the residents of the Godalming Central and Ockford Ward a little over 3 years ago at the end of 2017 and I was the sole Lib Dem member of the council.

In 2019 those same residents (and nearly 900 more) honoured me with re-election and following the wider success of like-minded groups across the borough – I helped negotiate a cross-party alliance with the leaders of all of the non-conservative groups to form a new administration at Waverley Borough Council and served as its Deputy Leader from that point.

This week I was honoured to be nominated and then elected to be the next Leader of Waverley Borough Council (proposed by Cllr Penny Rivers and seconded by Cllr Andy Macleod). Elected by a majority of councillors and all 35 councillors of what is often referred to as the ‘Rainbow Alliance’ of the non-Tory groups.


Former leader and the new deputy mayor – Cllr John Ward in his Rainbow Alliance tie pictured at the Full Council this week.

I want to repeat my thanks and enduring respect to my coalition partner and the outgoing leader, Cllr John Ward – who has himself now been elected Deputy Mayor of the Borough.

It is a great honour to serve my community at all, let alone in this way and I will endeavour to ensure that we govern to the best of our abilities for all the people of Waverley.

Cllr Paul Follows


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2 thoughts on “A message from ‘Your Waverley’s’ new Leader.”

  1. May I feedback some user experience of your website? With the County Elections we need as much publicity as possible – but I am certain your website’s sluggishness is a turn off for many. Only diehards like me will both refresh the page to see the content. I find it very hard to view on a mobile device – it takes ages to load and is not optimised for mobile nor tablet use. The desktop experience is similar.

    This can be improved dramatically in a few steps:
    1 Change the WordPress Theme to a template that is modern and Mobile compliant. 90% of new themes are. I am sure there is a simple theme that will replicate the look you have currently.

    2 Your homepage has too many articles, most dating back years – this means it loads all the articles for every visitor even though 99% of them are only reading the last month or so articles. So restrict the Home page to 10 articles with an “older articles next page” hierarchy at the bottom. Simple in all themes.

    3 Limit the list of the Archive in the RH menu. Simple in the Widgets section.

    4 Optimise the images – they appear to load slowly – use a plugin to optimise them. Requires a plugin.

    Go on – it’s worth it.

    1. Thank you Blahblahblah – your comments were very useful and we have taken your suggestions on board. May take a little time, as our guys still have their day jobs – back in the office now!! However, your constructive criticism is very much appreciated. Waverley Web

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