Will Forster

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Following one of my motions to Council, Surrey County Council has agreed to exempt young care leavers from paying its share of Council Tax. The County Council’s ruling Cabinet yesterday decided to give young people who used to be in the care system a discount of 75% on their Council Tax, which is the Surrey […]

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Earlier today, Surrey County Council unanimously agreed to declare a climate emergency and take action reduce carbon emissions. Local environmental campaigners were out in force at the County Hall meeting, and reacted with applause and cheers to the supportive speeches and declaration of the climate emergency. I am delighted Surrey County Council unanimously supported the […]

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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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Stepping down as Mayor of Woking

by willforster on 21 May, 2019

Last week, after completing my one year term, I stepped down as Mayor of Woking. It has been a huge honour to serve as Mayor of my hometown, to tour the Borough in support of our great community, and to promote my Mayoral Charity – the York Road Project. I want to thank all residents […]

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Resurfacing for Westfield Avenue

by willforster on 13 May, 2019

I am pleased to say that the northern end of Westfield Avenue will be resurfaced tomorrow. To resurface this part of the road, Surrey County Council will close Westfield Avenue from David Lloyd to Kingfield Road between 7.30 am and 5.30 pm on Tuesday 14th May. The rest of Westfield Avenue was resurfaced a couple […]

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Surrey County Council own a broad range of land and property assets both in and outside of Surrey, with a total value of around £1.5 billion. At the last Council Cabinet meeting, it was revealed that the County Council will be ‘pausing’ investment out of Surrey for the time being whilst they evaluate the use […]

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Queen Elizabeth Way to be resurfaced

by willforster on 9 May, 2019

Surrey County Council will be resurfacing much of Queen Elizabeth Way in Kingfield on Monday 13th May. The Council is resurfacing the eastern part of the road, namely the outside Number 42 to 84 and including the cul-de-sac section. The resurfacing work should only take 1 day, with work taking place from 7.30 am until 5 […]

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Surrey County Council has a statutory duty to publicise the equalities and diversity profile of its workforce annually, at a minimum, as per the Equality Act. However, the County Council have failed to do so. The Council last publicised these statistics on its website in February 2016 – over 3 years ago now. That is […]

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The Lib Dems and I have condemned the Conservative Government for slashing Surrey County Council budget for special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) by £4,403.72 per pupil in real terms since 2015, resulting in a loss of specialist provision. The National Education Union, which published these statistics on 15th April, has warned that local authorities […]

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Woking night-time fire cover to be halved

by willforster on 1 April, 2019

Surrey County Council is planning to take seven fire engines off duty at night including one in Woking in a bid to save £3 million a year. The Council has published a ‘Making Surrey Safer Plan 2020-2023’, which outlines how the County Council wants to change the local fire and rescue service. Under the plan, […]

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