Will Forster

Lib Dem County Councillor for South Woking and Borough Councillor for Kingfield, Westfield and Barnsbury Learn more

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New plans for Rydens Way

by willforster on February 26, 2015

Local residents have reacted angrily to plans by William Lacey Group to build housing on the last remaining pieces of green space on Rydens Way. Supported by the Conservatives running Woking Borough Council, the developers have recently announced their intention to build 15 two and three bedroom houses and 4 two bedroom flats on the […]

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On behalf of the Government, Lib Dem Business Minister Jo Swinson has today named and shamed 70 employers who failed to pay their workers the National Minimum Wage, including one business in Woking. Between them, these 70 employers owed workers a total of over £157,000 and the Government have charged the businesses financial penalties totalling over […]

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Coroner’s Court opens in Woking

by willforster on February 23, 2015

Last week, Surrey County Council opened a new Coroner’s Court in the old Magistrates Court complex in Station Approach in Woking. Following the closure of the Magistrates Court, I pushed the County Council to buy the Magistrate Court site and take full control of the court complex – the Council already owned the smaller former Coroner’s Court […]

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Campaigning for more woodlands

by willforster on February 19, 2015

I recently asked Woking Borough Council to plant more trees and develop more woodlands across our area. Research by the Woodland Trust shows that fewer than 2 in 10 people living in the UK live within 500 meters of a woodland – but I want to change this so more people have access to a […]

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During last Thursday’s Full Woking Borough Council meeting, the ruling Conservatives agreed to hit local residents with a double whammy of raising Council Tax by 1.9% and hiking Council housing rents by 4 times the rate of inflation. The Borough Council’s share of Council Tax will increase by 1.9% in April, a rise 0.1% short of […]

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Roadworks on Guildford Road

by willforster on February 12, 2015

Southern Gas Networks will be laying a new gas main for the New Central development on Guildford Road between Station Approach and Victoria Road, just south of Victoria Arch from Saturday 14th February to Sunday 22nd February. Needless to say this will result in quite significant delays on the A320 and the wider road network […]

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Lib Dem action to help private tenants

by willforster on February 10, 2015

With many of south Woking’s residents being private sector tenants – and being one myself – I was very pleased to read about two new initiatives from the Lib Dems in the Coalition Government that will really improve the lives of renters across the country. Firstly – the Lib Dems in the Coalition are taking […]

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Police Commissioner U-turns on 24% Council Tax rise

by willforster on February 1, 2015

I was very relieved to see that Kevin Hurley, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Surrey has decided to withdraw his plan to increase the Police’s part of Council Tax by 24%. Our Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) had previously put together a plan to increase his part of our Council Tax by 24% to both […]

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Temporary site for the Hoe Valley School

by willforster on January 27, 2015

I am delighted to be one of the first to announce that the Hoe Valley School – a new secondary school for children in south Woking – will be able to open in a temporary site in Woking Park from September 2015. Woking Borough Council have agreed to allocate the gravel parking area of Woking […]

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Surrey highest for pothole compensation claims

by willforster on January 26, 2015

Surrey County Council paid out over £250,000 last year as compensation to vehicles damaged by potholes – the most of any local authority in the country. The County Council received almost 4,000 compensation claims for damage caused by potholes, with the Council being forced to pay out compensation 842 times.  The research by the RAC […]

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