Will Forster

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

Public health budget cuts in Surrey

by willforster on 31 July, 2015

Figures released today by the Department for Health shows the Conservative Government is planning to cut over £2 million from the public health budget in Surrey. This budget pays to help improve people’s health so there is less pressure on the NHS, but Surrey stands to lose a significant £2,201,000 from its public health budget. […]

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Woking Borough Council has got very excited recently about being named one of nine top towns in the country for Council-led town centre redevelopment in a report by the British Council of Shopping Centres, the membership body for the retail property industry. Although my Lib Dem colleagues and I have supported the improvements to Commercial […]

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Prey Heath Road Resurfacing

by willforster on 21 July, 2015

I understand Surrey County Council should be resurfacing Prey Heath Road on Monday 27th July. Although the work will cause some disruption for residents and users of Worplesdon Station, the resurfacing of Prey Heath Road is really needed as like all too many local roads – this road is in a dire state and got more […]

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Welcome Tim Farron’s election

by willforster on 17 July, 2015

I was delighted to see that Tim Farron, MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale, was elected as the new leader of the Liberal Democrats yesterday. Unfortunately, I was at the Civic Offices in Woking last night – but I know Tim made an inspirational first speech as leader at a London campaign rally, you can watch […]

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Roadworks on Old Woking Road

by willforster on 15 July, 2015

Southern Gas Networks will be undertaking an extensive gas mains replacement project on Old Woking Road between the junctions of East Hill and Sheerwater Road – which will involve roadworks and traffic lights along Old Woking Road. Roadworks on such a key route is clearly going cause problems and significant congestion, but I am shocked […]

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Reporting back on July’s Full County Council

by willforster on 14 July, 2015

At today’s Full Surrey County County Council meeting, my Lib Dem colleagues and I proposed two motions – one was successful and the other unsuccessful – so the meeting ended as score draw between us and the Conservatives. Social Workers Firstly, the Lib Dem Group proposed a motion calling for action to be taken by the Council […]

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Chancellor cuts communities out of housing

by willforster on 11 July, 2015

I thought yesterday’s announcement that the government will allow developers to build on brownfield land without planning permission is the latest in a series of attacks on local communities and fails to address the real problems. To me – good planning creates great homes and communities. Abandoning planning creates un-planned sprawl, ill thought out buildings […]

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Resurfacing in Woodlands

by willforster on 10 July, 2015

Surrey County Council is having force its highway contractor to resurface Woodlands off Constitution Hill – only a few months after the road was resurfaced, but resurfaced badly. The Council’s contractor, Kier is scheduled to carry out this remedial work to the new surface on Woodlands on 14th July and 15th July. I am regularly flagging up resurfacing […]

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The Summer Budget

by willforster on 8 July, 2015

As a Lib Dem, this is obviously a difficult day.  My colleagues in government spent five years preventing the Conservatives from implementing policies that we felt were unfair, as well as introducing distinctive Lib Dem policies that made the economic recovery both fairer and more sustainable. Sadly, today’s budget shows the real difference that the […]

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Play Area Opens in Barnsbury

by willforster on 7 July, 2015

I am pleased to report that after much delay, Woking Borough Council finally opened the new play area off Willow Way in Barnsbury yesterday. Despite being built in the 1950s, Barnsbury has never had a single play area of its own – but thanks to my fellow Lib Dem Councillor for the area and I […]

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