Will Forster

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

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Partial U-Turn on Surrey’s street lights

by willforster on 21 November, 2017

On Friday, Surrey County Council announced that it will amend it unpopular street lighting policy and keep street lights on until 1 am from Thursday 23rd November, rather than switching them off at midnight. In late 2016 and early 2017, the Council turned off thousands of street lights across Surrey between midnight and 5 am […]

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Pedestrian diversion in Woking Town Centre

by willforster on 15 November, 2017

Construction is well underway on the Victoria Square scheme in Woking town centre, but I know many local businesses and residents are unhappy about the huge pedestrian diversion in place around the building site. This diversion is long and makes it time consuming and difficult to get from Church Street West to Market Walk and […]

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In response to a Lib Dem Freedom of Information Act request, Surrey County Council has confirmed that it has left 20 buildings empty for a cumulative total of 112 years, with one building in Warlingham left empty for a shocking 18 years.  The County Council spent £307,464 in just one year in 2016/17 maintaining its 20 […]

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The Lib Dems and I are calling on Woking’s Member of Parliament, Jonathan Lord, to back amendments to the EU Withdrawal Bill to stop a Hard Brexit. As a party, we are encouraging members of the public to contact their MP to ask them to support four amendments ahead of next week’s debate and vote. […]

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Surrey County Council has been ordered to pay £18,400 in compensation to the family of a severely autistic child after a highly critical report from the Local Government Ombudsman. The report criticised all aspects of the County Council’s handling of the case, which concluded that there was fault by the Council and that an injustice […]

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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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