Will Forster

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Government to invest £95 million in Woking

by willforster on 17 June, 2019

Last week, the Government announced that £95 million would be invested in Woking to revamp Victoria Arch and the A320 highway network south of railway bridge. Since being elected as County Councillor for Woking South in 2009, I have been pushing for better access to the town centre and railway station from the south side […]

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Woking’s railways remain completely off track

by willforster on 29 November, 2017

Woking has been completely ignored in the Government’s latest rail strategy.  The Conservative Government announced its new rail strategy today, but Woking was not mentioned once – despite Woking being a key transport hub and having some of the most over overcrowded trains in the country. Despite years of debate over Crossrail 2, a new […]

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Woking’s MP should join new Green Belt Group

by willforster on 25 November, 2017

I have written to Woking’s Member of Parliament, Jonathan Lord, to ask him to join the recently launched London Green Belt Group in Parliament to protect Woking’s precious Green Belt. As the threat from development of the London Metropolitan Green Belt continues to increase, a new All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for London’s Green Belt […]

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Consultation on Hoe Steam works

by willforster on 5 October, 2017

Back in 2013, I submitted a motion to get Woking Borough Council to protect homes by the Hoe Stream in Kingfield, Mayford and Old Woking from flooding by extending the Hoe Valley Scheme further up and downstream – at long last, the Council is consulting on its plans for a ‘Hoe Valley Scheme Mark II’. […]

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Planning application for Freemantles School

by willforster on 9 August, 2017

Surrey County Council is seeking planning permission to expand the specialist Freemantles School in Mayford. The County Council wants to install a new modular classroom unit comprising 4 classrooms and ancillary facilities, as well as create 23 new parking spaces and a new fire access route. As this is a planning application on County Hall land, Surrey County Council not […]

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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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Ten Acre Farm

by willforster on 31 May, 2017

Woking Borough Council has announced plans to develop land adjacent to Smarts Heath Common, known as Ten Acre Farm, for recreational use. The proposals, which will need planning permission, could see the relocation of Woking Gymnastics Club from Kingfield to a new facility, improved amenities for visitors to Smarts Heath Common and enhanced flood alleviation […]

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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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