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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Ever since Theresa May announced that were would be a snap General Election on June 8th, I have been asked lots of times about what the Lib Dems will do in the event of another hung Parliament.  Yesterday – the Lib Dem Leader, Tim Farron, ruled out doing any Coalition deals with Theresa May’s Conservatives or Jeremy […]

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I am completely dismayed at the news that Sajid Javid, the Conservative Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, has delayed the pilot scheme that would have allowed Surrey County Council to retain 100% of its business rates next year. The Government had previously agreed to allow Surrey County Council to apply to become a […]

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Surrey County Council axes unpopular magazine

by willforster on 19 April, 2017

I am pleased to see that at long last, the Conservatives running Surrey County Council have seen sense and decided to cease the publication of its unpopular ‘Surrey Matters’ magazine. The magazine, which has cost Council Tax payers over £1.2 million since 2011, was axed following a meeting of the County Council’s Cabinet.  The last […]

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With the Prime Minister today calling a snap General Election to be held on the 8th June – this will be Woking’s chance to prevent a Hard Brexit and protect the local economy. The Lib Dems are standing on a clear platform to prevent a Hard Brexit by staying in the Single Market, and to […]

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When will the Tory Tip Tax be scrapped?

by willforster on 15 April, 2017

My Lib Dem colleagues and I have written to the Conservative Cabinet Member for the Environment at County Hall asking him to name the date that the controversial ‘Tory Tip Tax’ will be scrapped. Following guidance issued by the Government earlier this week, we are asking when Surrey County Council will finally bow to public pressure […]

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I am very pleased that Surrey County Council has now written to the 11 Members of Parliament that represent the county, asking them to lobby government over the funding shortfall for Surrey schools. Last month, the County Council unanimously adopted a motion from me calling for the Council to oppose the Government’s funding offer and calling […]

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The Lib Dems and I have welcomed the news that the Secretary of State for the Environment Food and Rural Affairs, Andrea Leadsom MP, has called upon local authorities to scrap their charges for disposing of household waste at Community Recycling Centres. Conservative-run Surrey County Council brought in the unpopular charges in September 2016 despite […]

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Surrey County Council to leave the LGA

by willforster on 8 April, 2017

The Leader of Surrey County Council, David Hodge, has unilaterally given notice for the Council to leave the Local Government Association (LGA) and all other cross-party local government groups in a year’s time. This announcement follows the Leader of Council’s resignation as Conservative Leader on the LGA – after several senior Tories said they wanted him […]

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Following a question in the House of Lords by Surrey based Lib Dem environment spokesperson, Baroness Kate Parminter, it has again been confirmed that DIY waste should be disposed of for free. The Conservative Minister Lord Bourne, stated in a written answer on 20th March 2017 that DIY waste is household waste and should therefore be […]

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Lib Dems at County Hall have condemned proposals for Surrey County Council to dramatically increase its property investment portfolio of commercial buildings – whilst at the same time removing the opportunity for scrutiny before decisions are taken. Currently, proposals to purchase commercial properties are brought before the Council’s Cabinet for decision, albeit in private, whereas […]

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