Will Forster

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Surrey County Council’s 5 consultations on cuts

by willforster on 1 November, 2018

On the same day as the Conservative Chancellor of the Exchequer said in the Budget that austerity is coming to an end, Tory-run Surrey County Council announced that it will consult the public on plans to cut bus passes, Children’s Centres, Community Recycling Centres, libraries and services for people with special educational needs and disabilities. […]

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Residents are being invited to join in and celebrate the opening of two new community gardens in Sheerwater at a community planting day on Friday 6th July. The planting day is the culmination of a week’s work on the ground, and a few months of planning, by nine horticulture students from the Royal Horticultural Society […]

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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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