Will Forster

Mayor of Woking and Lib Dem County Councillor for Woking South Learn more

Archive for the ‘Education’ Category

My Lib Dem colleagues and I have recently raised concern over the future of Children’s Centres in Surrey.  Currently there are 58 centres across the county, providing services such as childcare, play and learning sessions, parenting courses, employment support and information and guidance for low-income families – but Surrey County Council is currently consulting on […]

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Woking Council avoids £3 million in tax on Dukes Court

by willforster on 14 December, 2017

Woking Borough Council saved £3 million in Stamp Duty when it acquired the Dukes Court office building by purchasing a holding company. The Council agreed to buy the office block for just over £72 million, but will pay a maximum of just £360,000 in Stamp Duty on the deal by purchasing the Luxembourg-registered company that […]

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The Lib Dems at County Hall got a big win earlier this week when Surrey County Council unanimously backed our call to increase the level of places for pupils with Special Educational Needs within Surrey. A motion, tabled by two of my Lib Dem colleagues, was accepted unanimously by all Councillors.  The County Council spends […]

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I have submitted a motion calling on Woking Borough Council to help struggling young people who have just come out of living in care by giving them a 100% Council Tax discount. Care leavers have had their childhoods punctuated by instability and trauma, they leave home earlier and have less support than other young people.  […]

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My Lib Dem colleagues and I have called upon Surrey County Council to improve and expand its provision of services to children with Special Educational Needs & Disabilities (SEND). The County Council spends a total of £237 million on SEND services for children and young people, educates 822 SEND students outside of the county, and […]

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Surrey County Council’s property empire

by willforster on 9 October, 2017

During tomorrow’s Full Council meeting, the Lib Dem Group will call on the Conservatives running Surrey County Council to stop further investment in commercial property outside of Surrey and to instead prioritise Council owned vacant buildings to either be used to provide services or to be sold or let. The County Council has invested in […]

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Pavement widening on Guildford Road

by willforster on 1 October, 2017

On Monday, Surrey County Council will start work on widening the pavement on Guildford Road by Claremont Avenue in order to improve pedestrian safety. I am delighted this work is finally happening – it is something I have been pushing on for years.  Being very close to Greenfields School and Woking Park, this pavement is […]

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Over 90% secondary schools in Surrey are full or oversubscribed in Year 7 this term, research by the Lib Dems has revealed. 48 out of Surrey’s 53 secondary schools in the area are either full or over capacity in Year 7.  Meanwhile 5 secondary schools in Surrey are above their overall net capacity, meaning there […]

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Planning application for Freemantles School

by willforster on 9 August, 2017

Surrey County Council is seeking planning permission to expand the specialist Freemantles School in Mayford. The County Council wants to install a new modular classroom unit comprising 4 classrooms and ancillary facilities, as well as create 23 new parking spaces and a new fire access route. As this is a planning application on County Hall land, Surrey County Council not […]

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The Conservative Government’s £1 billion deal with the DUP could have paid for at least one extra teacher for every secondary school across the UK, including 59 more teachers in Surrey, research by the Lib Dems has revealed. Official figures show there are 4,169 state-funded secondary schools in the UK and that the average cost […]

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