Will Forster

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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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Surrey’s 101 service is being overwhelmed by covid

by willforster on 24 November, 2020

The Lib Dems and I have called on Surrey’s Police and Crime Commissioner to take action to stop the 101 service being overwhelmed by the pandemic, as Lib Dem research reveals 30-40% of non-emergency calls to Surrey Police went unanswered in late summer. In August alone nearly 10,000 callers – representing 32% of total 101 calls […]

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My Lib Dems colleagues and I have said that people in Woking will not forget the actions of Conservative MPs like Jonathan Lord who voted against providing safe and legal routes to sanctuary for vulnerable refugees. Earlier this week, Tory MPs rejected amendments to the Immigration Bill, despite four people, including children, tragically losing their […]

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The local Lib Dems and I have called on Woking’s MP to this week vote in favour of safe and legal routes to sanctuary for vulnerable refugees. In a letter to Jonathan Lord, I argued that safe and legal routes are the best way to combat people smuggling and human trafficking and to prevent dangerous […]

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I have today written to Woking’s MP and challenged them to oppose Boris Johnson’s attempts to break international law. The move comes after MPs yesterday backed the UK Internal Market Bill at the first hurdle, including Woking’s Jonathan Lord.  The new law would give the Government the power to override parts of the Brexit agreement with […]

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Safety and speeding in Sutton Green

by willforster on 14 September, 2020

Following several accidents at the junction of New Lane and Sutton Green Road, I have worked with Surrey County Council to improve safety at the junction. Sometime ago, the Council installed new signage, barriers and other safety features to reduce accidents at this corner.  Although this has helped, there is still a problem with safety and […]

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Surrey Police write off 36,000 unsolved crimes

by willforster on 16 June, 2020

An investigation by the Lib Dems has uncovered that 36,284 crimes were closed by Surrey Police last year without a suspect being identified. Data from the Home Office reveals that Police in England and Wales abandoned 2.2 million crimes in 2019, including more than 300,000 burglaries in 2019 – with a third of forces closing […]

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The Lib Dems and I have called on Surrey County Council to reopen its Community Recycling Centres with social distancing measures to avoid fly tipping.  This follows the latest advice from the Government that stated that Household Waste Recycling Centres can be open, but should have social distancing measures in place. My colleagues and I […]

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