Will Forster

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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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Yesterday, the Conservative administration announced their budget proposals containing £54 million of cuts to services and a 6% Council Tax rise. These budget recommendations are due to be approved by the Council’s Tory Cabinet on Tuesday 30th January, and then by all County Councillors as Full Council on Tuesday 6th February. This draft budget contains […]

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Government calls time on Surrey’s Tory Tip Tax

by willforster on 16 January, 2018

The Government have stated that they wish to see an end to charges by local authorities, including Surrey County Council, for residents disposing of DIY waste. A consultation released this week by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) states that “The Government’s view is that residents should be able to dispose of […]

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Woking’s MP should join new Green Belt Group

by willforster on 25 November, 2017

I have written to Woking’s Member of Parliament, Jonathan Lord, to ask him to join the recently launched London Green Belt Group in Parliament to protect Woking’s precious Green Belt. As the threat from development of the London Metropolitan Green Belt continues to increase, a new All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for London’s Green Belt […]

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Partial U-Turn on Surrey’s street lights

by willforster on 21 November, 2017

On Friday, Surrey County Council announced that it will amend it unpopular street lighting policy and keep street lights on until 1 am from Thursday 23rd November, rather than switching them off at midnight. In late 2016 and early 2017, the Council turned off thousands of street lights across Surrey between midnight and 5 am […]

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My Lib Dem colleagues at County Hall and I have expressed disappointment after Conservatives on Surrey County Council voted to rubber stamp their unpopular cuts to Community Recycling Centres across the county. The Lib Dems tabled a ‘call-in’ request alongside other opposition Councillors which, if successful, would have forced the Tory Cabinet to consider the […]

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