Will Forster

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Lib Dems achieve restrictions on high cost staff

by willforster on 20 March, 2019

Yesterday, the Lib Dems and I saw success when our motion aimed at cutting the costs spent on interim staff at Surrey County Council was adopted. The motion was produced in reaction to recent news that the Council was recruiting for another interim manager on a £90,000 annual salary. The motion approved by Council read: […]

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Construction to start on Vicarage Road crossing

by willforster on 17 March, 2019

Surrey County Council is due to start construction of a pedestrian crossing on Vicarage Road in Kingfield on Monday 18th March. The County Council is building the Vicarage Road crossing to cater for the growing number of pedestrians travelling between the new Kingsmoor Park development off Balfour Avenue and the schools and shops in the […]

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Surrey Half Marathon

by willforster on 13 March, 2019

It was great to start Sunday’s Surrey Half Marathon, along with the smaller children’s and 5k races.  The Mayoress and I enjoyed cheering on all the runners, who coped really well with the wind. I want to say a huge well done everyone involved in the Surrey Half – hope they all had fun.  It […]

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Surrey County Council approves budget

by willforster on 5 February, 2019

Earlier today, Surrey County Council approved its budget for the coming financial year.  The Lib Dems and other opposition Councillors did not support the budget as it will result in residents paying more for less. ‪Local Council Taxpayers will face an inflation busting Council Tax rise – a Band D Council Tax bill in Woking […]

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Last week, it was revealed that the cost of temporary staff at Surrey County Council is £2.5 million.  The news comes at a time when the Council are proposing a number of cuts to essential services, affecting bus subsidies, Children’s Centres, Community Recycling Centres and libraries. Prior to the appointment of new Chief Executive, Joanna […]

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Cabinet papers released yesterday by Surrey County Council reveal the outcomes of recent consultations carried out in relation to a number of essential services provided by the Council. The public consultations were based on a set of proposals for five service areas: Children’s Centres, Community Recycling Centres, concessionary bus travel, libraries and special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) services. The […]

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During yesterday’s Surrey County Council meeting, my Lib Dem colleagues and I voted against proposals put forward by the Council’s Independent Remuneration Panel (IRP) that recommended a £10,000 be paid to Deputy Cabinet Members, a set of roles only introduced by the Conservative Leader of the Council in May. It is interesting to note that […]

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Surrey County Council’s 5 consultations on cuts

by willforster on 1 November, 2018

On the same day as the Conservative Chancellor of the Exchequer said in the Budget that austerity is coming to an end, Tory-run Surrey County Council announced that it will consult the public on plans to cut bus passes, Children’s Centres, Community Recycling Centres, libraries and services for people with special educational needs and disabilities. […]

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Low emission buses for Woking

by willforster on 27 June, 2018

Surrey County Council is set to introduce low emission buses to three bus routes in south Woking. The County Council’s Cabinet yesterday agreed to re-tender contracts for several subsidised bus services in Surrey, including the 81, 462 and 463 services that run in Woking.  When the new bus contract starts on 2nd September, buses on […]

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1,860 3-4 year-olds in Surrey would benefit from Lib Dem plans to triple funding for the early years pupil premium, with gives extra cash to nurseries, preschools and school receptions when they take on children from disadvantaged backgrounds. The cash would triple the funding to £1,000 per pupil per year – up from £302 in […]

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