Will Forster

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The Conservatives running Surrey County Council have revealed they are planning to reduce spending on services by nearly £200 million by the end of 2019/20. The figures were released in a report to the Council’s Cabinet this week, alongside the administration’s decision to hire consultants, at an undisclosed sum, to assist with the County Council’s […]

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Incinerators in Surrey?

by willforster on 27 February, 2018

The Conservatives running Surrey County Council have proposed up to six new incinerators as part of the Council’s draft new waste plan including one on Martyrs Lane in Woking and another at Slyfield in Guildford. The Surrey Waste Plan, proposes up to six new incinerators or ‘Energy from Waste’ plants – all on Green Belt […]

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Yesterday, the Conservative administration announced their budget proposals containing £54 million of cuts to services and a 6% Council Tax rise. These budget recommendations are due to be approved by the Council’s Tory Cabinet on Tuesday 30th January, and then by all County Councillors as Full Council on Tuesday 6th February. This draft budget contains […]

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My Lib Dem colleagues at County Hall have handed in a petition with over 2,000 signatures calling for Surrey’s Performing Arts Library to be retained. This follows a consultation held by Surrey County Council which outlined 3 options for the Library – closure, fragmentation of the service across other libraries or the service by being […]

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The Lib Dems have launched a petition to save the Surrey Performing Arts Library which is under threat of closure by Surrey County Council. I know many Surrey residents have reacted with dismay on hearing of the threatened closure – the County Council’s consultation exercise will give residents just a month to respond. The library, which […]

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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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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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