Will Forster

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

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Call to repeal the Vagrancy Act

by willforster on 6 April, 2018

The local Lib Dems and I have come out in support of a petition to end the Vagrancy Act 1824 after it was revealed that Surrey Police have arrested 29 people over the last three years for begging and sleeping rough. This 19th Century law gives Police the power to arrest any people found begging […]

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The local Lib Dems and I have welcomed Woking Borough Council’s proposals for an ‘Earn Your Deposit’ scheme and highlighted the local Tories’ U-turn on the Government’s Right to Buy policy. Woking Council’s housing company, Thameswey Housing, will soon offer its over 400 tenants the opportunity to earn money towards a deposit on their first […]

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Over 700 homes in Woking are left empty

by willforster on 3 January, 2018

Despite significant homelessness, pressure on the Green Belt and sky high house prices – 708 homes in Woking are sitting empty according to research by the Lib Dems. The figures, uncovered through Freedom of Information requests, show that there are over 11,000 homes across the country have stood empty for at least a decade.  Worryingly, […]

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Next week, the Conservative Cabinet of Surrey County Council is expected to agree to enter into a Joint Venture with an external company to redevelop the Council’s own land and buildings for housing for sale and rent. Although I welcome action being taken at long last to utilise County Council owned buildings and land which […]

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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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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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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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Only three in ten council homes in Woking sold off under Right to Buy have been replaced since 2015, analysis by the Lib Dems has revealed. As a party, we are calling on the Government to reform Right to Buy and ensure all affordable homes sold are replaced. In total, 50 council homes were sold […]

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The Lib Dems and I have called for a thorough review of fire safety in Surrey following the Grenfell Tower tragedy in North Kensington. At least 80 people were killed in the blaze, with an unknown number of people still missing and unaccounted for.  The Surrey Fire and Rescue Service attended the incident to provide assistance […]

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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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