Will Forster

Lib Dem Borough Councillor for Hoe Valley and County Councillor for Woking South Learn more

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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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My Lib Dem colleague, Paul Kennedy, who is running to be Surrey’s Police and Crime Commissioner in May’s election, is calling on Priti Patel not to impose centralised crime targets on police forces, warning it would be a grave mistake that risks seriously undermining police officers. In a letter to the Home Secretary, Paul Kennedy, […]

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Police share of Council Tax to go up 5.54%

by willforster on 8 February, 2021

Last week, Surrey’s Police and Crime Commissioner David Munro decided to press ahead with a 5.54% increase in his Council Tax precept, ignoring the concerns of both the Surrey Police and Crime Panel and the public. The majority of the Police and Crime Panel voted to reject the proposed rise, but as two thirds of […]

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5.54% Council Tax increase proposed for Surrey Police

by willforster on 15 January, 2021

My Lib Dem colleagues and I are urging residents to respond to the latest proposal by the Surrey Police and Crime Commissioner for a 5.54% increase in the police element of Council Tax. The proposal corresponds to an annual increase of £10 for Band A households, £15 for Band D, and £30 for Band H […]

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Call for Woking Magistrates’ Court to reopen

by willforster on 3 December, 2020

Last week, Surrey’s Police and Crime Commissioner agreed to my request to investigate reopening the Woking Magistrates’ Court to help cope with the backlog in the criminal justice system. Cuts to the justice system, coupled with the pandemic lockdown, have resulted in a huge backlog of court cases across the country.  In the criminal courts […]

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