Will Forster

Mayor of Woking and Lib Dem County Councillor for Woking South Learn more

Archive for the ‘News’ Category

The Lib Dems and I have launched a petition calling for the recent increase in allowances for Conservative Surrey County Councillors to be reversed. The increase was voted through by Tory Councillors with four new positions of “Deputy Cabinet Member” created, each at a cost to the taxpayer of £10,000, despite the County Council planning […]

Read more    Leave a comment

My Lib Dem colleagues at County Hall and I have heavily criticised the Conservative administration at Surrey County Council after they awarded themselves thousands of pounds of extra allowances in a vote at Full Council earlier this week. The vote means that 4 new Deputy Cabinet positions will be created, at a cost of £40,000 […]

Read more    Leave a comment

Elected as Mayor of Woking

by willforster on 21 May, 2018

I was delighted and honoured to have been elected as Woking’s 45th Mayor during the Annual Meeting of Woking Borough Council on Thursday 17th May. As Mayor, I am the non-political head of Woking Council and the Borough as a whole.  Over the next year I will be attending as many ceremonial, civic and community […]

Read more    Leave a comment

The publication today of the Ofsted report into Surrey County Council’s Children’s Services makes difficult reading, and tells a story of a slow, almost dilatory approach to improvement since the last Ofsted inspection. Both the last inspection and the one just published rates Surrey’s Children’s Services as ‘inadequate’. I really recommend reading as much of […]

Read more    1 Comment

Lib Dems gain ground in Woking Council elections

by willforster on 8 May, 2018

The Lib Dems held our two seats up for election in Hoe Valley and St John’s, gained one in Mount Hermon and narrowly missed out on winning another in Goldsworth Park by just 10 votes in the local elections held on Thursday 3rd May. Woking Borough Council is still run by the Conservatives, but their […]

Read more    Leave a comment

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 […]

Read more    Leave a comment

Esso Pipeline

by willforster on 25 April, 2018

Esso Petrol Company has begun a consultation process seeking views on where it should built a new underground fuel pipeline between London and Southampton, and one option includes installing the pipeline in the south Woking area. Esso already has a pipeline that runs from its Fawley Refinery near Southampton, to their West London Terminal storage facility in […]

Read more    Leave a comment

My Lib Dem colleagues and I are very concerned that Surrey County Council has not spent any of the income derived from its £298 million commercial property portfolio on Council services. Previously, the Conservative Cabinet Member for Property and Business Services stated that: “We also have an additional need to generate an income from our […]

Read more    Leave a comment

Drug and alcohol detox plans must change

by willforster on 12 April, 2018

I am very concerned that proposed changes to the arrangements for drug and alcohol detoxification will make it more difficult for those trying to beat addiction.  Surrey County Council is currently consulting on proposals that include the closure of the in-patient facility at Windmill House at St Peter’s Hospital, leaving only one in-patient bed for […]

Read more    Leave a comment

Surrey County Council recently admitted that it would take over three quarters of a billion pounds to repair the Surrey’s roads and footways to an “as new” standard.  At the current rate of spending, it would take the Conservative-run County Council almost 50 years to complete this work. The fact that Surrey’s roads and footways […]

Read more    Leave a comment