Will Forster

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Archive for the ‘Crime’ Category

No garden waste collection until 2022

by willforster on 13 September, 2021

Last week, Woking Borough Council announced that garden waste will not be collected until 2022 due to a shortage of HGV drivers. The service has been suspended several times over the summer and the latest hold on collections was due to end on 10th September.  However, the Council has now announced the suspension of the service for an […]

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My Lib Dem colleagues and I have criticised the Surrey Police and Crime Commissioner for appointing a £53,550 a year Deputy against the views of the cross-party Police and Crime Panel. The Conservative Police and Crime Commissioner, Lisa Townsend, and her proposed Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner, Ellie Vesey-Thompson, recently attended a confirmation hearing with […]

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The Conservative MP for Woking, Jonathan Lord, is under fire for voting against a new law to tackle pet theft. In a vote in Parliament this time last week, Woking’s MP was among 354 Tories who blocked efforts to make pet theft a crime in its own right, with stiffer penalties for offenders.  Under the […]

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Re-elected, thank you!

by willforster on 10 May, 2021

I want to say a big thank you for re-electing me as a Borough and County Councillor. I was really touched to be re-elected, especially with such big majorities – I got 58% of the vote in my Woking South County seat and 60% of the vote in Hoe Valley Borough ward.  Thank you so much! […]

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Cronyism and sleaze

by willforster on 29 April, 2021

Nationally, the Conservatives have been accused of cronyism and sleaze over recent weeks.  Locally, the Lib Dem Police and Crime Commissioner candidate, Paul Kennedy, has challenged the Tory candidate’s claims that their links with Ministers will somehow deliver more police funding for Surrey. The Conservative candidate, who worked for Tory MPs for nearly 10 years, and […]

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My Lib Dem colleague, Paul Kennedy, who is running to be Surrey’s Police and Crime Commissioner in the election, is calling for a return to proper community policing, as half of all people say they never see police patrols in their local area. New analysis by the Lib Dems reveals that 32,229 crimes reported to […]

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Surrey County Council creates an ‘HGV Watch’

by willforster on 30 March, 2021

Following concerns from local people about HGVs, Surrey County Council is launching an ‘HGV Watch’ to empower local communities to tackle the problem. The County Council has created many weight restriction orders to stop inappropriate movement of HGVs, but both the Council and Police struggle to enforce these restrictions.  So following a trial scheme in Chobham, […]

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Following pressure from my Lib Dem colleagues and I, Surrey County Council and Surrey Police will now review having street lights turned off across the county. In an attempt to save £210,000 a year, the County Council adopted a ‘Part Night Lighting Policy’ for street lights in 2016, which involved switching off the majority of […]

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Lib Dems secure review of 20 mph schemes

by willforster on 22 March, 2021

The Lib Dems secured a commitment at today’s Surrey Police and Crime Panel meeting from the Police and Crime Commissioner David Munro to raise the issue of 20 mph areas with Surrey County Council and Surrey Police. My Lib Dem colleagues and I, along with many local people across Surrey, want to see more 20 […]

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The Lib Dems and I have called for the bill which takes away people’s freedom to protest to be stopped in its tracks. In a letter to Jonathan Lord, I have urged the MP to ‘stop the dangerous and draconian Bill in its tracks’.  I wrote this letter after the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill […]

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