Will Forster

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

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The Lib Dems and I have criticised the priorities of the Conservatives running Woking Borough Council after they recommended giving RHS Wisley £100,000 for a new facility outside of Woking Borough. Last week, the Council’s ruling Executive voted to recommend that Full Council grant of £100,000 to Wisley to help them build a new Centre […]

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Earlier today, Surrey County Council unanimously agreed to declare a climate emergency and take action reduce carbon emissions. Local environmental campaigners were out in force at the County Hall meeting, and reacted with applause and cheers to the supportive speeches and declaration of the climate emergency. I am delighted Surrey County Council unanimously supported the […]

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My Lib Dem colleagues and I were out in full force at yesterday’s County Council Cabinet meeting to petition against the proposed closures of a number of Surrey’s Community Recycling Centres.  6 petitions were presented to the Cabinet regarding the recycling centres, with one petition reaching over 8,000 signatures. The initial recommendation to Cabinet was […]

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Last week, it was revealed that the cost of temporary staff at Surrey County Council is £2.5 million.  The news comes at a time when the Council are proposing a number of cuts to essential services, affecting bus subsidies, Children’s Centres, Community Recycling Centres and libraries. Prior to the appointment of new Chief Executive, Joanna […]

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Cabinet papers released yesterday by Surrey County Council reveal the outcomes of recent consultations carried out in relation to a number of essential services provided by the Council. The public consultations were based on a set of proposals for five service areas: Children’s Centres, Community Recycling Centres, concessionary bus travel, libraries and special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) services. The […]

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During yesterday’s Surrey County Council meeting, my Lib Dem colleagues and I voted against proposals put forward by the Council’s Independent Remuneration Panel (IRP) that recommended a £10,000 be paid to Deputy Cabinet Members, a set of roles only introduced by the Conservative Leader of the Council in May. It is interesting to note that […]

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Woking embraces Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy

by willforster on 20 November, 2018

Despite it pouring with rain, I was pleased to visit West Byfleet Infant School recently to help a 6 year old pupil, Harry Harris, and his classmates plant trees in the school field as part of the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy initiative. The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy will hopefully be a network of forest conservation initiatives to […]

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Surrey County Council’s 5 consultations on cuts

by willforster on 1 November, 2018

On the same day as the Conservative Chancellor of the Exchequer said in the Budget that austerity is coming to an end, Tory-run Surrey County Council announced that it will consult the public on plans to cut bus passes, Children’s Centres, Community Recycling Centres, libraries and services for people with special educational needs and disabilities. […]

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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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