Will Forster

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

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My Lib Dem colleagues and I have opposed the flawed decision of Surrey County Council to reduce the opening hours of Surrey’s Community Recycling Centres and to introduce charges for DIY waste, gas bottles and car tyres at the tips. Earlier this week, the Conservative Cabinet at County Hall decided to reduce the opening hours […]

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Resurfacing the A320 in Woking

by willforster on 26 November, 2015

I am pleased to say I have finally got Surrey County Council to resurface the section of the A320 – in between Centrium and the Evans cycle shop – which has been in an appalling state for sometime. The resurfacing work is scheduled to take place on the evening of Sunday 29th November. As the A320 […]

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Rydens Way Planning Application

by willforster on 24 November, 2015

Woking Borough Council has received a planning application about the construction of 11 three bedroom homes on Rydens Way. The plans include building houses on the remaining green space on Rydens Way and converting the middle roundabout section into a formal parking area with space for 20 parked cars.  To view the plans in full, please […]

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During the last Full Council meeting, the Conservative majority on Woking Borough Council voted down my motion to oppose government plans to extent the Right-to-Buy to housing association tenants and force local councils to sell off large council homes to fund it. The Conservative Government’s plans – which I have talked about before here – […]

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County Council to profit from concreting over farmland

by willforster on 13 November, 2015

Despite Surrey County Council having a policy to protect the Green Belt and being one of the founders of Green Belt policy nationally – the County Council could soon earn millions of pounds if plans for a business park in Horley go ahead. There are plans for a 172 acre business park, unofficially called Gatwick Airport City, to […]

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Woking tops poll for most jobs paid less than Living Wage

by willforster on 10 November, 2015

The Office of National Statistics recently published figures showing how many people were paid below the Living Wage in 2014 – and I was shocked to see that Woking has by far the highest number of people paid below the Living Wage in Surrey. A staggering 36% of jobs in Woking are paid less than the Living […]

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Equality for mental health in Woking

by willforster on 2 November, 2015

Following being inspired about the launch of the Equality for Mental Health campaign today, I have called on Woking Borough Council to join the fight to improve local mental healthcare services. The Equality for Mental Health campaign is an initiative led by Lib Dem Health Spokesperson – Norman Lamb MP – who is working with […]

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Hoe Valley School plans approved

by willforster on 28 October, 2015

Last week, the Hoe Valley School got planning permission for its permanent home on Egley Road. Before the Planning Committee debated the application, I was able to relay the feedback I have had as the local County Councillor – and it is was tough balancing act, as the majority of residents supported the school but opposed the leisure centre part […]

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Tax credit changes will hammer families in Woking

by willforster on 27 October, 2015

With the debate about cuts to tax credits all over the news, I thought I would write about what impact the government plans would have locally in Woking. Figures produced by the House of Commons Library show over three million low-income working families currently in receipt of tax credits will see their entitlement reduced, as […]

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Score draw in Goldsworth by-elections

by willforster on 19 October, 2015

The Lib Dems won one ward and the Conservatives won another in the two Goldsworth Park by-elections held on Thursday 8th October. In Goldsworth East ward – now Lib Dem Councillor – James Sanderson got 594 votes (37.5%) to the Conservatives 562 (35.8%), with Labour getting 262 votes (16.7%) and UKIP 154 votes (9.8%). In […]

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