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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Archive for the ‘Sheerwater’ Category

Does the Woking canopy have a future?

by willforster on 17 June, 2016

Last night, my Lib Dem colleagues and I submitted a motion to Woking Council criticising plans to remove the Albion Square Canopy less than 10 years after it was built – and we have called for the canopy to stay. The new owners of Albion House have lodged a planning application to redevelop the office block, […]

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Election roundup

by willforster on 1 June, 2016

I just want to say a big thank you to everyone who voted for my local Lib Dem colleagues and I in the recent Woking Borough Council elections. This year’s election was very different to normal, as both the number of seats and wards on Woking Council had been cut – meaning all the Council […]

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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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Council Defer Sheerwater Regeneration

by willforster on 29 June, 2015

Woking Borough Council has decided to postpone the decision to submit a planning application for the controversial Sheerwater Regeneration. A report, seeking the approval of Councillors for New Vision Homes to submit a planning application, was meant to be presented to Full Council at its meeting on 9th July 2015 – however, this has now […]

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Bishop David Brown School Expansion

by willforster on 24 September, 2014

Surrey County Council is currently consulting on plans for an expansion of Bishop David Brown School in Sheerwater. If the plans were approved, the secondary school would expand its capacity by one-form of entry in September 2016.  This would increase the capacity of the school from 750 to 900 pupils – allowing 180 pupils, rather than the […]

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Sheerwater Public Meeting

by willforster on 29 August, 2014

I am pleased to see that Woking Borough Council have finally confirmed the date and details of the public meeting about the Sheerwater Regeneration. Following a petition and general concerns (that I’ve written about before) about failings in the consultation on a possible redevelopment of Sheerwater – the Borough Council agreed to organise a public […]

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Sheerwater Regeneration

by willforster on 17 August, 2014

In July 2013, Woking Borough Council announced that it and its housing management company, New Vision Homes were to explore the possibility of regenerating Sheerwater. The initial idea was that the Council and New Vision Homes would join up with the social housing and regeneration company Pinnacle and construction company Balfour Beatty to demolish around 500 homes in […]

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Woking Conservatives strangle and stifle scrutiny

by willforster on 22 July, 2014

My first month as Group Leader on Woking Borough Council was dominated by the Conservatives rewriting the Council’s constitution to remove the right of the opposition to chair scrutiny meetings. Despite strong opposition from the Lib Dems, the Conservatives used their majority to push through the change and delete the requirement that the Chairman of […]

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Report on the September Local Committee

by willforster on 8 October, 2013

The agenda of last month’s Woking Local Committee was as packed as always and dominated by transport issues from across the Borough. Petitions on parking in Highclere Gardens and Wakehurst Path The Local Committee received two separate petitions from residents in Highclere Gardens, Knaphill and Wakehurst Path, Sheerwater – asking Surrey County Council to convert grassed […]

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Community Grants in Sheerwater and Maybury

by willforster on 21 November, 2012

On Saturday 10th November, I was delighted to have chaired a public meeting where residents of Maybury and Sheerwater voted to decide how £115,000 from Surrey County Council was spent in their local area. As part of the Local Sustainable Transport Fund, local groups have been able to apply for money for projects that they believe […]

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