Will Forster

Lib Dem Leader on Woking Borough Council, Borough Councillor for Hoe Valley and County Councillor for Woking South Learn more

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My Lib Dem colleagues and I have called for the release of a list of 103 properties and parcels of land owned by Surrey County Council and described as ‘assets’ but details of which the Council is refusing to share with Councillors and local residents. The 103 assets are ‘not in operational use’ and were first referred to in […]

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Speed cushions approved for Westfield Avenue

by willforster on 21 February, 2017

Surrey County Council has agreed to install speed cushions on Westfield Avenue after the plans were approved by local residents in a public consultation. Last year, I got the Council to agree to a full consultation of the residents who live on Westfield Avenue and the roads off it on whether they want traffic calming […]

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Surrey County Council fails on broadband target

by willforster on 17 February, 2017

Surrey County Council has recently announced that it has failed to meet its target to deliver a Superfast Broadband service to almost 100% of residential properties in Surrey. The Council is planning to drop this target following a report which has revealed that 15,300 Surrey properties in its intervention area are unable to access Superfast Broadband. […]

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My Lib Dem colleagues and I have expressed concern at the new figures which have just been released that reveal poor levels of public satisfaction with Conservative-run Surrey County Council. According to the latest figures from the County Council’s own survey, just 39% of residents agreed that the Council provided value for money.  The poor […]

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Lib Dem Councillor Ian Johnson successfully persuaded Woking Borough Council to waive burial charges to grieving local families. During this week’s Full Council meeting, Woking Council unanimously backed a motion proposed by Ian Johnson – the Lib Dem Councillor for Mount Hermon – that the Council puts an end to charging for burials of children […]

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During today’s Full Surrey County Council meeting, the Conservatives cancelled their planned 15% Council Tax rise in the face of overwhelming opposition from Lib Dem Councillors and local residents from across Surrey. The County Council agreed a budget that puts up Council Tax by 5% – well above the rate of inflation – but also involves […]

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Lib Dems in Surrey have written to the county’s 11 Conservative Members of Parliament, asking them to back a cross-party initiative on the future of social care and how to fund it. In the letter, we asked the 11 Surrey MPs to back plans by Norman Lamb MP, the Lib Dem Care Minister in the […]

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Earlier week, Surrey County Council’s Conservative Cabinet approved proposals for the now infamous 15% Council Tax rise and a referendum on the Council Tax on 4th May – but they also gave the green light to cuts of £93 million to essential local services. The Tory administration at County Hall will be asking local residents to pay more […]

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Call for Woking Council to oppose tip charges

by willforster on 1 February, 2017

The Lib Dems and I are calling on Woking Borough Council oppose Surrey County Council’s decision to charge residents for bringing construction and DIY waste to local tips as it could increase fly tipping. In September 2016, the County Council introduced charges for construction and DIY waste, gas bottles and car tyres at Community Recycling […]

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Street lights to be turned off at night

by willforster on 30 January, 2017

Surrey County Council is adopting what it calls a ‘Part Night Lighting Policy’ for street lights, which involves switching off the majority of lights between midnight and 5 am. Across Surrey, the County Council has 89,000 street lights and it is going to turn off around 55,000 lights for most of the night in order to save […]

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