Will Forster

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

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Call for action to save lives on Surrey’s roads

by willforster on 9 October, 2015

On behalf of the Lib Dem Group on Surrey County Council, I have submitted a motion to next week’s Full Council meeting calling for urgent action to tackle the sharp rise in the number of people killed and seriously injured on Surrey’s roads. I have always cared about road safety, but the recently released figures for […]

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The cost of one-party councils

by willforster on 6 October, 2015

I was very interested to read a recent report by an independent election group which states that local authorities dominated by a single party wastes money and are more at risk of corruption. According to new research commissioned by the independent Electoral Reform Society, councils dominated by single political parties could be wasting as much as £2.6 billion […]

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Localisation of Business Rates

by willforster on 5 October, 2015

I was pleased to see George Osborne’s announcement today that local authorities like Woking Borough Council will be able to keep 100% of all business rates without sending it to Whitehall. It was Lib Dems in Government that pushed for a review of business rates and we as a party have long campaigned for power to […]

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Ban on Revenge Evictions

by willforster on 2 October, 2015

Revenge evictions have finally been outlawed after a long and successful campaign by the Lib Dems. Yesterday, a law came into force that will make any eviction invalid where the tenant has made a complaint about housing conditions that the landlord did not respond to satisfactorily.  Previously 200,000 renters faced this type of ‘revenge’ eviction […]

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Failings at Woking Leisure Centre Cafe

by willforster on 1 October, 2015

I was shocked to find out that the cafe in Woking’s Leisure Centre was recently given a food hygiene rating of just one – meaning it has the lowest possible food hygiene standards. Since that inspection by the Food Standards Agency in January 2015, things have improved and a separate independent inspection has taken place to […]

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Resurfacing in Old Woking

by willforster on 16 September, 2015

Surrey County Council is due to resurface Broadmead Road and the High Street in Old Woking. The resurfacing work should start on 23rd September and finish on 29th September.  However, as with all roadworks, this timetable is subject to change – so please check the Council’s website for the latest information.

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Woking Borough Council plans for Kestrel Way

by willforster on 14 September, 2015

The Lib Dems and I have spoken out strongly against plans by Woking Borough Council to close the Kestrel Way Recycling Centre in Goldsworth Park. The Borough Council’s ruling Executive recently agreed to close the recycling and waste centre, and at the same time announced its intention to build more industrial units on Kestrel Way […]

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Welcome Woking offer on refugees

by willforster on 11 September, 2015

Following my call for action last week, I am pleased that Woking Borough Council has now agreed to house 12 refugee families from Syria. At last night’s Executive meeting, the Council agreed to offer to the Government that Woking will provide housing for up to 12 families a year for the next 5 years. Although […]

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County Council must act to protect vulnerable children

by willforster on 9 September, 2015

Earlier today, Surrey County Council published an improvement plan setting out how it will improve the Council’s ‘inadequate’ children’s services. The ‘Children’s Improvement Plan 2015′ was required following the Ofsted inspection report published in June – which rated Surrey’s children’s services as ‘inadequate’.  Inspectors concluded that there were ‘widespread and serious failures that potentially leave […]

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Woking Council should oppose Right-to-Buy policy

by willforster on 7 September, 2015

I have submitted a motion calling on Woking Borough Council to oppose the Government policy on Right-to-Buy. The Government plans would see the Right-to-Buy extended – at a discount – to housing association properties and force local authorities to sell-off the highest value council housing to pay for it. There are currently thousands on the Council’s housing […]

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