Will Forster

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Parking charges in the Surrey countryside

by willforster on 10 October, 2018

Following Surrey County Council’s decision to introduce parking charges to car parks in its countryside estate, it has been widely reported that the sites have been almost empty. Parking charges of £1.30 per hour, with a maximum charge of £5 per day, were introduced in the County Council’s car parks in the summer despite significant […]

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A trough full of trophies for garden winners

by willforster on 6 October, 2018

I was pleased to congratulate and thank the Borough’s gardening champions last week at the annual Woking in Bloom and Allotment Awards. The annual Woking in Bloom Awards are open to residents, business and schools, and, along with the Allotment Awards, there are categories to cover all aspects of gardening, from pots to plots.  All […]

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Residents are being invited to join in and celebrate the opening of two new community gardens in Sheerwater at a community planting day on Friday 6th July. The planting day is the culmination of a week’s work on the ground, and a few months of planning, by nine horticulture students from the Royal Horticultural Society […]

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Heathrow expansion disappointing yet predictable

by willforster on 29 June, 2018

On Monday evening, the House of Commons voted in favour of Heathrow expansion.  For Surrey, the South East of England and the environment, this result is disappointing yet predictable and represents another broken promise to local people from this Conservative Government. The Lib Dems and I are opposed to further airport expansion in the South East […]

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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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Esso Pipeline

by willforster on 25 April, 2018

Esso Petrol Company has begun a consultation process seeking views on where it should built a new underground fuel pipeline between London and Southampton, and one option includes installing the pipeline in the south Woking area. Esso already has a pipeline that runs from its Fawley Refinery near Southampton, to their West London Terminal storage facility in […]

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My Lib Dem colleagues and I will tomorrow call on Surrey County Council to accept the Conservative Government’s view that charges for residents disposing of DIY waste should be dropped. A vote on whether to drop the charges will be held during tomorrow’s Full Council meeting at County Hall.  The unpopular charges were introduced at […]

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Incinerators in Surrey?

by willforster on 27 February, 2018

The Conservatives running Surrey County Council have proposed up to six new incinerators as part of the Council’s draft new waste plan including one on Martyrs Lane in Woking and another at Slyfield in Guildford. The Surrey Waste Plan, proposes up to six new incinerators or ‘Energy from Waste’ plants – all on Green Belt […]

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A petition set up by Lib Dems calling on Surrey County Council to axe its charges on residents disposing of DIY waste has attached over 1,000 signatures in just over 2 weeks. The petition was set up after the Government, as part of a wider consultation on fly-tipping, stated that “The Government’s view is that […]

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My Lib Dem colleagues and I have launched a petition calling for Surrey County Council to abolish its charges for residents disposing of DIY waste – known locally as the ‘Tory Tip Tax’. The petition follows a consultation from the Government announcing that they oppose the principle of councils charging residents for disposing of DIY […]

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