Will Forster

Lib Dem Parliamentary Candidate in Woking, Deputy Mayor of Woking and Councillor for South Woking Learn more

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Lib Dems launch petition to protect Surrey’s tips

by willforster on 18 July, 2017

The Lib Dems have launched a petition to save four Community Recycling Centres earmarked for closure by the Conservative administration at County Hall after a huge outcry from local residents.  Our petition also calls for the County Council to scrap plans to reduce the opening times of every tip in the county by 2 days […]

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The Conservatives running Surrey County Council have announced plans to close four Community Recycling Centres (CRCs). These plans follow on from the introduction of hugely unpopular charges to use the CRCs last year which were forced through by the Tory Cabinet, despite widespread opposition by residents and the Lib Dem opposition. The County Council has […]

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Ten Acre Farm

by willforster on 31 May, 2017

Woking Borough Council has announced plans to develop land adjacent to Smarts Heath Common, known as Ten Acre Farm, for recreational use. The proposals, which will need planning permission, could see the relocation of Woking Gymnastics Club from Kingfield to a new facility, improved amenities for visitors to Smarts Heath Common and enhanced flood alleviation […]

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My Lib Dem colleagues at County Hall and I have welcomed the news that the Conservative administration on Surrey County Council has finally agreed to scrap the 4 Cabinet Associate posts which have so far cost the taxpayer nearly two hundred thousand pounds since they were introduced. The Lib Dems have consistently called for these posts […]

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When will the Tory Tip Tax be scrapped?

by willforster on 15 April, 2017

My Lib Dem colleagues and I have written to the Conservative Cabinet Member for the Environment at County Hall asking him to name the date that the controversial ‘Tory Tip Tax’ will be scrapped. Following guidance issued by the Government earlier this week, we are asking when Surrey County Council will finally bow to public pressure […]

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The Lib Dems and I have welcomed the news that the Secretary of State for the Environment Food and Rural Affairs, Andrea Leadsom MP, has called upon local authorities to scrap their charges for disposing of household waste at Community Recycling Centres. Conservative-run Surrey County Council brought in the unpopular charges in September 2016 despite […]

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Following a question in the House of Lords by Surrey based Lib Dem environment spokesperson, Baroness Kate Parminter, it has again been confirmed that DIY waste should be disposed of for free. The Conservative Minister Lord Bourne, stated in a written answer on 20th March 2017 that DIY waste is household waste and should therefore be […]

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My Lib Dem colleagues and I have strongly criticised Surrey County Council’s plans to axe millions from essential services for local residents. Highway and road safety and budgets will be hit as millions of pounds are taken away from essential Council services, and there will be a £735,000 reduction in the public transport budget as […]

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New figures show that local authorities had to spend nearly £50 million clearing more than 900,000 cases of fly tipping in England in the last year.  It is the third consecutive year that the number of fly tipping incidents has gone up. Last year, Surrey County Council’s decided to charge residents for bringing construction and […]

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Call for Woking Council to oppose tip charges

by willforster on 1 February, 2017

The Lib Dems and I are calling on Woking Borough Council oppose Surrey County Council’s decision to charge residents for bringing construction and DIY waste to local tips as it could increase fly tipping. In September 2016, the County Council introduced charges for construction and DIY waste, gas bottles and car tyres at Community Recycling […]

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