Will Forster

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

A library for south Woking

by willforster on December 13, 2014

I was delighted to officially open the new Old Woking Community Centre Library in Sundridge Road last week. South Woking now has a library of its own thanks to funding from my County Councillor’s Members Allocation, support from the library service of Surrey County Council, a hall provided by the Community Centre – and above […]

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Report on December Full County Council

by willforster on December 10, 2014

At yesterday’s Full Surrey County Council meeting, my Lib Dem colleagues and I called for action to be taken to close the remaining gaps in high speed internet coverage across the county as part of the Superfast Broadband project. Sometime ago, the County Council and BT began work on the Superfast Broadband project to ensure that […]

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£1.5 million boost for local mental health services

by willforster on December 4, 2014

Surrey County Council was recently awarded £1.5 million by the Coalition Government to support local people with mental health problems. Thanks to funding from the Transformation Challenge Award, public sector agencies in Surrey should now be able to transform the response to crisis situations with mental health problems.  By developing an integrated mental health crisis […]

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Blackness Lane application refused

by willforster on December 2, 2014

I was delighted that last week the local Planning Committee refused a planning application for 9 townhouses in Blackness Lane in Woking Park. As I’ve previously said – if this application was approved, it would have led to an unacceptable development in Woking Park and would have caused transport problems along Blackness Lane as well […]

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Parking charges to be introduced in Woking Park

by willforster on November 30, 2014

Woking Borough Council will start charging motorists for parking in Woking Park from Monday 1st December. Parking in Woking Park has always been free for the first 4 hours, however with the Council never really enforcing that 4 hour limit – all parking has been effectively been free, free that is up until now. Parking […]

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I received a letter yesterday from the Police and Crime Commissioner for Surrey requesting my views on his proposal to raise the Police’s section of Council Tax by 24% next year. Needless to say my first reaction was one of shock – I even had to re-read the letter to ensure I got things right. As Surrey’s […]

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Preserving a blind person’s right to use a taxi

by willforster on November 17, 2014

Following hearing this story of a local blind army veteran who was refused a taxi ride as he had a guide dog – I got the Equalities Task Group of Woking Borough Council last week to review how taxis treat blind and partially sighted people. The Disability Discrimination Act and the newer Equalities Act bans […]

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Elderly Homes Under Threat

by willforster on November 5, 2014

Surrey County Council have launched a consultation on plans to close down its residential homes for the elderly. The County Council owns and runs six residential care homes – in Camberley, Caterham, Cranleigh, Farnham, Ottershaw and Reigate.  However, there are quite a lot of other residential homes that are operated in the Council’s name by […]

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Delays to Woking Park Play Area

by willforster on November 2, 2014

Woking Borough Council have admitted that the refurbishment of the play area in Woking Park is running slightly behind schedule. The Council planned for the work to take up to 17 weeks and it hoped that the new play area would open by the end of October.  However, due to some issues and bad weather […]

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I recently called on Woking Football Club to tackle homophobia on the football terraces as part of a national Lib Dem campaign against homophobic abuse in football. Stephen Williams MP, the Lib Dem Minister for Communities and Local Government called on all football clubs nationally, as well as the Football Association and the Police to […]

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