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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I have asked Woking Borough Council to extend the public consultation on the plans for 3,000 houses off Martyrs Lane, after the Council wrongly took down campaign group posters. Leaders of the ‘No Woodham Lane New Town’ campaign group have had their banners and posters removed twice this month by people working for Woking Council. […]

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Council must act on key worker housing

by willforster on 5 December, 2016

During tomorrow’s Full Council meeting, my Lib Dem colleagues and I will call on Surrey County Council to urgently address the lack of key worker housing available to its staff, which could save it millions of pounds each year. In 2015/16, the County Council spent £14.9 million on agency staff and have so far spent £7.4 million in […]

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During the Full Woking Borough Council meeting on 20th October, the Conservatives were forced to concede to a full public consultation on plans for a ‘McLaren New Town’ following pressure from Lib Dem Councillors and local residents. Although Woking Council is continuing to proceed with its plans to allow large scale house building in the […]

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Woking Borough Council has announced plans to build thousands of houses in the Green Belt in Horsell, Mayford and West Byfleet. Despite receiving over 30,000 objections to its development plans, the Conservative-run Council looks set to press ahead with plans to build hundreds of houses to the west of Egley Road in Mayford and to […]

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Elm Nursery

by willforster on 26 August, 2016

Earlier this month, Surrey County Council’s Planning Committee approved plans for a wood waste facility at Elm Nursery in Sutton Green. Redwood Tree Services sought planning permission to change the use of part of the Elm Nursery site off Sutton Green Road, from agriculture use to instead allow the importation, storage, processing and transfer of […]

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The Lib Dem priorities for Woking Council‏

by willforster on 18 April, 2016

The Lib Dems have announced our top three priorities for Woking Borough Council.  The local Lib Dems and I are prioritising changing the current Conservative Council’s development plans, lowering business rates on small independent businesses and freezing parking charges – if we run the Council after the upcoming elections. Woking Council is currently run by the Conservatives, but […]

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Woking Lib Dems launch election campaign

by willforster on 11 April, 2016

The Lib Dems have launched our election campaign for the Woking Borough Council elections on May 5th by announcing a full slate of 30 candidates across the new 10 wards in the borough. Only the Conservatives and Lib Dems have nominated 30 candidates for the 30 new Council seats – this goes to show that […]

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Work to start on Hoe Valley School site

by willforster on 5 February, 2016

Ground preparation works on the land adjacent to Egley Road will commence early this month – to enable the construction of the Hoe Valley School. Woking Council’s Planning Committee gave the secondary school and leisure complex planning permission in October, and this decision has now been confirmed by the Secretary of State. The groundworks, which include […]

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Woking Council throws out plans for York Road high rise

by willforster on 20 January, 2016

I was very relieved when last week, Woking Borough Council’s Planning Committee rejected a planning application for an 8 storey block of 47 flats in York Road. After the planning application was the presented to the Planning Committee, Ian Johnson – one of the Lib Dem Councillors for the area – led the call for the […]

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Woking Council puts affordable housing in Aldershot

by willforster on 9 December, 2015

Woking Borough Council and its housing company, Thameswey Housing, are seeking to provide affordable housing in Aldershot. The Council and its company are planning to spend £6.1 million to build 24 homes in Reading Road, Aldershot. The lack of affordable housing is a huge issue in Woking, Surrey and much of the country- so I […]

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