Will Forster

Lib Dem Parliamentary Candidate for Woking, Opposition Leader on Woking Borough Council and Councillor for South Woking Learn more

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Archive for the ‘Libraries’ Category

Conservative-run Surrey County Council has been forced to reveal cuts of £346,000 to library resources over the next two years. The Tory-administration plans to reduce the county’s library resources budget – used to buy items such as books and DVDs by £346,000, which amounts to a cut of 22% by 2019.  The reduction in the resources […]

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A library for south Woking

by willforster on 13 December, 2014

I was delighted to officially open the new Old Woking Community Centre Library in Sundridge Road last week. South Woking now has a library of its own thanks to funding from my County Councillor’s Members Allocation, support from the library service of Surrey County Council, a hall provided by the Community Centre – and above […]

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County Council Bans Payday Lenders Websites

by willforster on 9 August, 2013

Following a request from me – Surrey County Council has now banned access to top payday lender’s websites from all Council computers and networks, including those in public libraries. I called on the Leader of the Council, to tackle the issue at the last Full County Council meeting and we have been working on the […]

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Community Partnered Libraries Here To Stay

by willforster on 18 August, 2012

Barring another Judicial Review from the Action Group, SLAM – Surrey County Council has decided that Community Partnered Libraries are here to stay. The Lib Dems on the Communities Select Committee at County Hall recently ‘called-in’ the latest Cabinet decision on libraries, however the majority of the Committee decided not to refer the plans back […]

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Library plans will not save a penny

by willforster on 31 May, 2012

Surrey County Council has finally admitted that after months of fighting (and losing to) local residents in the High Court, the plans to replace librarians with volunteers in 10 small libraries will not save Surrey Taxpayers any money. Following a question from the Surrey Lib Dem Group Leader Hazel Watson, the County Council stated that the […]

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Library Volunteer Plan Ruled Unlawful

by willforster on 3 April, 2012

The Surrey County Council plan to replace librarians with volunteers in 10 branch libraries was ruled unlawful by the High Court today. Although decisions to close libraries and whether to use librarians or volunteers is and should be a political rather than legal one, the Court said the Council “failed to have due regard to […]

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Library Plans in Disarray

by willforster on 5 February, 2012

Surrey County Council has been ordered by the High Court to temporarily stop it’s plans forcing volunteers to run 10 branch libraries until all the legal issues have been sorted out. A full Judicial Review will start on 20th February, which will decide the fate of the Conservative Council’s flagship Community Partnership policy.  However, since […]

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Library Censorship

by willforster on 18 December, 2011

Surrey County Council has apologised after censoring emails about planned cuts to libraries. Michael Alsop from the Surrey Library Action Movement, sent several emails to County Councillors campaigning against the Council’s decision to axe 10 small libraries unless volunteers take them over – in response the Council decided to block any of his future emails […]

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U-turn on libraries – but it must go further

by willforster on 30 November, 2011

Surrey County Council has decided to drop their plans to turn nine libraries including Knaphill and West Byfleet into ‘Community Partnership Libraries’. This U-turn, announced during the Cabinet meeting yesterday will see nine libraries (Ash, Caterham Hill, Frimley Green, Hersham, Horsley, Knaphill, Lightwater, Shepperton and West Byfleet) saved from the plans, but the original ten […]

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Another Batch Of Library Closures

by willforster on 29 September, 2011

The list of libraries which the Conservative administration on Surrey County Council plans to force local communities to run – or be closed, has almost doubled according to the Council’s latest plans. I have blogged before that 11 (then edited to 10) libraries including those in Bagshot, Byfleet and New Haw were lined up for closure […]

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