Will Forster

Lib Dem Parliamentary Candidate in Woking, Deputy Mayor of Woking and Councillor for South Woking Learn more

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Opposition County Councillors have revealed that Surrey County Council is in the process of planning housing development across dozens of sites in a secret deal that could be worth over £1 billion with a private sector partner. The County Council is in the process of tendering a contract for a ‘Joint Property Joint Venture Partner’, […]

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My Lib Dem colleagues at County Hall and I have expressed disappointment after Conservatives on Surrey County Council voted to rubber stamp their unpopular cuts to Community Recycling Centres across the county. The Lib Dems tabled a ‘call-in’ request alongside other opposition Councillors which, if successful, would have forced the Tory Cabinet to consider the […]

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The local Lib Dems and I have called on the Government to permanently protect local pubs from crippling tax hikes by introducing a 12.5% cap on business rate increases. Figures show that 14 pubs in Woking Borough have so far received funding from the Government’s relief scheme, with a total of £14,000 handed out. The […]

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During yesterday’s Full Council meeting, my Lib Dem colleagues and I have condemned a decision by Conservative-run Surrey County Council to award a £400,000 grant to an art gallery which has £38 million of funds and an income of £1.2 million a year. The Watts Gallery in Compton, south of Guildford, was awarded the money following […]

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Surrey County Council’s property empire

by willforster on 9 October, 2017

During tomorrow’s Full Council meeting, the Lib Dem Group will call on the Conservatives running Surrey County Council to stop further investment in commercial property outside of Surrey and to instead prioritise Council owned vacant buildings to either be used to provide services or to be sold or let. The County Council has invested in […]

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Consultation on Hoe Steam works

by willforster on 5 October, 2017

Back in 2013, I submitted a motion to get Woking Borough Council to protect homes by the Hoe Stream in Kingfield, Mayford and Old Woking from flooding by extending the Hoe Valley Scheme further up and downstream – at long last, the Council is consulting on its plans for a ‘Hoe Valley Scheme Mark II’. […]

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Only three in ten council homes in Woking sold off under Right to Buy have been replaced since 2015, analysis by the Lib Dems has revealed. As a party, we are calling on the Government to reform Right to Buy and ensure all affordable homes sold are replaced. In total, 50 council homes were sold […]

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My Lib Dem colleagues and I are very disappointed following last week’s decision by the Conservative Cabinet on Surrey County Council to slash the opening hours of Community Recycling Centres across the county and increase charges for residents. The decision will see Community Recycling Centres close for an extra 20 days a week, as well […]

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Pavement widening on Guildford Road

by willforster on 1 October, 2017

On Monday, Surrey County Council will start work on widening the pavement on Guildford Road by Claremont Avenue in order to improve pedestrian safety. I am delighted this work is finally happening – it is something I have been pushing on for years.  Being very close to Greenfields School and Woking Park, this pavement is […]

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The Lib Dems have launched a petition to save the Surrey Performing Arts Library which is under threat of closure by Surrey County Council. I know many Surrey residents have reacted with dismay on hearing of the threatened closure – the County Council’s consultation exercise will give residents just a month to respond. The library, which […]

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