Will Forster

Lib Dem Borough Councillor for Hoe Valley and County Councillor for Woking South Learn more

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Last week, the news broke that the verdict of Ofsted’s most recent monitoring visit to Surrey County Council’s Children’s Services would not be published until after the election on Thursday 6th May. The explanation for this from the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills is that “it is normal practice to delay […]

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The Lib Dems have called for an ambitious package of £48 billion for local authorities to tackle the climate emergency, of which an extra £140 million would be invested directly in the local community here in Surrey. This new funding would go directly to Surrey County Council to fund green infrastructure, and improve the local […]

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Calling on the Council to improve Woking’s parks

by willforster on 8 April, 2021

The Lib Dems and I are calling on Woking Borough Council to improve its parks and open spaces as more people have been using them during the pandemic. With the coronavirus restrictions encouraging people to stay local, residents are spending a lot more time in the Borough’s green spaces. However, Woking’s parks and open spaces […]

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‘Slap in the face’ for NHS staff

by willforster on 8 March, 2021

The Lib Dems and I have slammed the Conservative Government’s insulting 1% pay offer to nurses. In our country’s hour of need, our NHS nurses and doctors have been there for us.  A decent pay rise is the least we can do for them in return. Boris Johnson was happy to stand outside Number 10 and […]

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Covid hits Surrey’s care homes hard

by willforster on 4 March, 2021

An estimated 1,647 care home residents – 17% of Surrey’s care home population – have tested positive for coronavirus since the Government lifted the last national lockdown on 2nd December 2020. This distressing information came in response to a question from the Lib Dem team and I at the County Council’s Adults and Health Select […]

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Another ‘surge testing’ operation to begin in Woking

by willforster on 16 February, 2021

A second localised ‘surge testing’ programme in Woking and the third operation in Surrey will get underway this week – in Maybury and surrounding areas after the identification of a case of the South African variant of coronavirus. Test kits will be distributed door to door by staff and volunteers from Thursday.  A map of the […]

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Update on ‘surge testing’ in Woking

by willforster on 4 February, 2021

Woking’s coronavirus ‘surge testing’ operation is now in its third day, and more than 74% of residents contacted have returned a testing kit, with results already being issued. 5,029 kits were delivered by the end of Wednesday, with more than half of the selected households visited, and 3,761 test kits had been collected. It is […]

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Earlier today, it was announced that a localised ‘surge testing’ programme will be rolled out in parts of Goldsworth Park, Knaphill and St John’s following the identification of a specific variant of coronavirus. Residents within the affected area – as shown on this map – will be visited, with the request that they carry out […]

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Following a question from one of my Lib Dem colleagues, Surrey County Council yesterday confirmed it was opening several coronavirus testing centres, including Goldwater Lodge in Woking, for essential workers who are asymptomatic and have no symptoms. A pilot scheme will be introduced initially at three sites at the beginning of February.  Bourne Hall in Epsom, […]

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The York Road Project and I have written to the Government calling for those working with homeless people to be treated as a priority group in the coronavirus vaccination programme. Several years ago when I served as Mayor of Woking, I chose the York Road Project, as my mayoral charity.  The invaluable work they do […]

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