Will Forster

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

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In response to a Lib Dem Freedom of Information Act request, Surrey County Council has confirmed that it has left 20 buildings empty for a cumulative total of 112 years, with one building in Warlingham left empty for a shocking 18 years.  The County Council spent £307,464 in just one year in 2016/17 maintaining its 20 […]

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Surrey County Council has been ordered to pay £18,400 in compensation to the family of a severely autistic child after a highly critical report from the Local Government Ombudsman. The report criticised all aspects of the County Council’s handling of the case, which concluded that there was fault by the Council and that an injustice […]

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Opposition County Councillors have revealed that Surrey County Council is in the process of planning housing development across dozens of sites in a secret deal that could be worth over £1 billion with a private sector partner. The County Council is in the process of tendering a contract for a ‘Joint Property Joint Venture Partner’, […]

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The local Lib Dems and I have called on the Government to permanently protect local pubs from crippling tax hikes by introducing a 12.5% cap on business rate increases. Figures show that 14 pubs in Woking Borough have so far received funding from the Government’s relief scheme, with a total of £14,000 handed out. The […]

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During yesterday’s Full Council meeting, my Lib Dem colleagues and I have condemned a decision by Conservative-run Surrey County Council to award a £400,000 grant to an art gallery which has £38 million of funds and an income of £1.2 million a year. The Watts Gallery in Compton, south of Guildford, was awarded the money following […]

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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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My Lib Dem colleagues and I are very disappointed following last week’s decision by the Conservative Cabinet on Surrey County Council to slash the opening hours of Community Recycling Centres across the county and increase charges for residents. The decision will see Community Recycling Centres close for an extra 20 days a week, as well […]

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Lib Dem Councillors have criticised the Conservatives running Surrey County Council for recruiting a £55,000 ‘Head of Strategy’ post when at the same time planning staff redundancies and cutting services by millions of pounds. The job advert, which has been posted extensively online and in the national press, seeks to recruit a ‘highly politically astute’ […]

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Over 2000 sign Lib Dem petition against tip closures

by willforster on 2 August, 2017

Over two thousand residents have signed a Lib Dem petition against Surrey County Council’s proposals to close four popular and well-used Community Recycling Centres in Bagshot, Cranleigh, Dorking and Warlingham. The County Council is also planning to reduce the opening hours of all the remaining tips, as well as scrapping the daily free waste allowance […]

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My Lib Dem colleagues and I have expressed deep concerns over plans by Surrey County Council to axe £2.8 million of the support it gives to the most vulnerable residents to support their housing needs. The County Council has launched a consultation on the proposals which if enacted would reduce the Housing Related Support budget by […]

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