Will Forster

Lib Dem Parliamentary Candidate in Woking, Deputy Mayor of Woking and Councillor for South Woking Learn more

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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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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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