Will Forster

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

Work to start on Hoe Valley School site

by willforster on 5 February, 2016

Ground preparation works on the land adjacent to Egley Road will commence early this month – to enable the construction of the Hoe Valley School. Woking Council’s Planning Committee gave the secondary school and leisure complex planning permission in October, and this decision has now been confirmed by the Secretary of State. The groundworks, which include […]

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I am delighted to say that a colleague and friend of mine, Paul Kennedy, has been selected by Lib Dems as our candidate in the Police and Crime Commissioner election in May. Paul Kennedy lives in Bookham, has stood for Parliament in the Mole Valley constituency and recently started a 2,500 strong petition to safeguard the future […]

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Woking Council throws out plans for York Road high rise

by willforster on 20 January, 2016

I was very relieved when last week, Woking Borough Council’s Planning Committee rejected a planning application for an 8 storey block of 47 flats in York Road. After the planning application was the presented to the Planning Committee, Ian Johnson – one of the Lib Dem Councillors for the area – led the call for the […]

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Votes at 16

by willforster on 11 January, 2016

The Lib Dems have been campaigning to give 16 and 17 year olds the vote for sometime now.  Unfortunately, the Conservative Government has refused to allow young people the vote in the upcoming European Referendum – but the Lib Dems are now pushing to allow 16 and 17 year olds the vote in local elections. […]

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Victoria Arch

by willforster on 5 January, 2016

I am pleased to report my local Lib Dem colleagues and I have successfully lobbied for a study into how Victoria Arch could be widened to help cyclists, motorists and pedestrians travelling in Woking Town Centre. Network Rail, Surrey County Council and Woking Borough Council are now working together to draw up plans for how […]

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Government targets Woking for severe cuts

by willforster on 19 December, 2015

Woking will be targeted for some of the most severe cuts in the country under the Conservative Government’s plans to slash council funding in the next five years. Tories in Westminster will demand that Woking Borough Council cuts 12.5% from local services – far above average savings of 6.7% across local government as a whole. […]

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Local action in Surrey on climate change

by willforster on 14 December, 2015

I am pleased to say Surrey County Council has signed up to the Local Government Association’s ‘Climate Local’ initiative following a motion that I formally seconded at last week’s Full Council meeting. The historic and landmark agreement just reached in Paris is surely how the world can combat the threat of climate change – namely […]

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At this week’s Full Surrey County Council meeting, my Lib Dem colleagues and I called for more money to be spent on improving Surrey’s footpaths. Sometime ago, we submitted a motion to get the Conservative Cabinet at County Hall to combat Surrey’s crumbling pavements by agreeing and funding a programme of resurfacing and re-paving – and […]

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Woking Council puts affordable housing in Aldershot

by willforster on 9 December, 2015

Woking Borough Council and its housing company, Thameswey Housing, are seeking to provide affordable housing in Aldershot. The Council and its company are planning to spend £6.1 million to build 24 homes in Reading Road, Aldershot. The lack of affordable housing is a huge issue in Woking, Surrey and much of the country- so I […]

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New Year roadworks on Egley Road

by willforster on 8 December, 2015

Users of the A320 between Guildford and Woking are unlikely to have a happy New Year thanks to Southern Gas Networks – who will be doing roadworks on the section of the road between Barnsbury and Mayford for 6 weeks from 4th January. Southern Gas are planning to replace sections of the gas main under […]

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