Will Forster

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

Council Defer Sheerwater Regeneration

by willforster on 29 June, 2015

Woking Borough Council has decided to postpone the decision to submit a planning application for the controversial Sheerwater Regeneration. A report, seeking the approval of Councillors for New Vision Homes to submit a planning application, was meant to be presented to Full Council at its meeting on 9th July 2015 – however, this has now […]

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Hoe Valley School Plans Submitted

by willforster on 25 June, 2015

A planning application for construction of the permanent home for the Hoe Valley School on land adjacent Egley Road has been submitted to Woking Borough Council for its consideration. Facilities for the new school would comprise two teaching wings, a main hall, dining and reception areas – and a sports field.  Leisure facilities, for use by […]

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Surrey Children’s Services Inadequate

by willforster on 12 June, 2015

Ofsted carried out an inspection of services for children run in need of help and protection, children looked after and care leavers in Surrey in October and November 2014 – and recently published its inspection report and gave the judgement that children’s services in Surrey are ‘inadequate’. In the report, Ofsted inspectors found ‘widespread and […]

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Election Results

by willforster on 11 June, 2015

My Lib Dem colleagues and I always thought the elections in May were going to be tough for us, but in the words of Nick Clegg – the results have been immeasurably more crushing and unkind than I could ever have feared. Nationally, I was very sad that many good Lib Dem MPs lost their […]

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Almost one-third of Surrey parents are unable to take up childcare places with most failing to take up the childcare places because it is too expensive according to a recent report published by Surrey County Council. Instead, they have to rely on other family members, particularly grandparents, to help with all or some of their […]

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Latest Rydens Way plans

by willforster on 21 April, 2015

This is a final reminder that William Lacey Group are holding another public consultation and exhibition event about building on Rydens Way tonight – Tuesday 21st April, 6 to 8 pm at the Old Woking Community Centre. I would prefer it if Rydens Way was not built on at all, however if it is going […]

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During last week’s Full Council meeting, I called on the Conservatives running Woking Borough Council to require its waste contractor to pay all their staff the Living Wage as a condition of renewing the Council’s waste contract. The Borough Council has started the process of renewing its waste contract – however, as the opposition group we have said […]

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Action on Westfield Avenue speeding

by willforster on 19 April, 2015

I am pleased to say that I have succeeded in getting Surrey County Council to agree to consult local residents about installing traffic calming measure on Westfield Avenue. Many local residents have told me that they are concerned about speeding on Westfield Avenue and that the road has become a rat-run for through traffic.  It […]

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Public exhibition on Rydens Way plans

by willforster on 4 April, 2015

William Lacey Group will be holding another public consultation and exhibition event about their plans for more housing on Rydens Way. The event will take place on Tuesday 21st April, between 6 and 8 pm in the Rydens Lounge at the Old Woking Community Centre. Although I would prefer it if these plans did not […]

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Welcome clampdown on payday loan shops

by willforster on 30 March, 2015

A recent announcement by the Coalition Government will enable Woking Borough Council to keep a lid on the number of payday loan companies or betting shops that are allowed to open in our area. Local authorities and many residents have repeatedly called for powers to tackle problems caused by the proliferation of betting shops and […]

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