Will Forster

Lib Dem Leader on Woking Borough Council, Borough Councillor for Hoe Valley and County Councillor for Woking South Learn more

Local authorities need to do better on complaints

by willforster on 9 August, 2016

The Local Government Ombudsman has recently received a worrying amount of complaints from residents about our two local authorities. In the last year, the Local Government Ombudsman received a shocking 167 complaints about Surrey County Council and 12 complaints about Woking Borough Council. I think it is just not good enough that 179 local people […]

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Hill View Road resurfacing

by willforster on 8 July, 2016

Surrey County Council will be resurfacing Hill View Road from Thursday 21st July. I understand the work should take 5 days, with resurfacing work only taking place between Monday to Friday and 7 am to 5 pm.  The road will be closed to through traffic whilst the resurfacing has started, but local residents will be able to […]

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The Iraq Inquiry

by willforster on 6 July, 2016

The Iraq Inquiry led by Sir John Chilcot has finally exposed one of the most shameful moments in our nation’s history – the invasion and occupation of Iraq. The report has confirmed that Tony Blair and the British Government was fixated in joining President George W Bush and the Americans into going to war in […]

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My Lib Dem colleague Councillor Ian Johnson had his first meeting as Vice Chairman of Woking Council’s Overview and Scrutiny Committee this evening. Ian Johnson is the first Lib Dem to take a leading role in scrutinising Woking Borough Council matters for a few years – as back in 2014, the Conservatives changed the Council’s […]

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Does the Woking canopy have a future?

by willforster on 17 June, 2016

Last night, my Lib Dem colleagues and I submitted a motion to Woking Council criticising plans to remove the Albion Square Canopy less than 10 years after it was built – and we have called for the canopy to stay. The new owners of Albion House have lodged a planning application to redevelop the office block, […]

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Surrey and Woking to miss cycling funding target

by willforster on 12 June, 2016

In the run up to last year’s General Election, David Cameron and the Conservatives said they would bring funding in cycling up to the level of £10 per person per year – that is the funding required to ensure adequate cycling infrastructure according to a key parliamentary report. However, since the election the government has been […]

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Extending the Hoe Valley Scheme

by willforster on 2 June, 2016

Lib Dem Councillors were key to ensuring that Woking Borough Council delivered the Hoe Valley Scheme which has protected hundreds of homes in the Westfield area from flooding, improved the local highway infrastructure, cleaned up a contaminated tip and created new community buildings and a much loved park. However, my colleagues and I have always […]

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Election roundup

by willforster on 1 June, 2016

I just want to say a big thank you to everyone who voted for my local Lib Dem colleagues and I in the recent Woking Borough Council elections. This year’s election was very different to normal, as both the number of seats and wards on Woking Council had been cut – meaning all the Council […]

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The Lib Dem priorities for Woking Council‏

by willforster on 18 April, 2016

The Lib Dems have announced our top three priorities for Woking Borough Council.  The local Lib Dems and I are prioritising changing the current Conservative Council’s development plans, lowering business rates on small independent businesses and freezing parking charges – if we run the Council after the upcoming elections. Woking Council is currently run by the Conservatives, but […]

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Council announces school bus cuts

by willforster on 14 April, 2016

Surrey County Council has announced it will cut several school bus services in September 2016. The County Council already cut 24 school bus services at the start of the current academic year, but it is now going to cut a further 14 services that serve schools. These cuts include the E331 and E332 buses that serve St […]

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