Will Forster

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

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Partial U-Turn on Surrey’s street lights

by willforster on 21 November, 2017

On Friday, Surrey County Council announced that it will amend it unpopular street lighting policy and keep street lights on until 1 am from Thursday 23rd November, rather than switching them off at midnight. In late 2016 and early 2017, the Council turned off thousands of street lights across Surrey between midnight and 5 am […]

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In response to a Lib Dem Freedom of Information Act request, Surrey County Council has confirmed that it has left 20 buildings empty for a cumulative total of 112 years, with one building in Warlingham left empty for a shocking 18 years.  The County Council spent £307,464 in just one year in 2016/17 maintaining its 20 […]

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Surrey County Council has been ordered to pay £18,400 in compensation to the family of a severely autistic child after a highly critical report from the Local Government Ombudsman. The report criticised all aspects of the County Council’s handling of the case, which concluded that there was fault by the Council and that an injustice […]

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Opposition County Councillors have revealed that Surrey County Council is in the process of planning housing development across dozens of sites in a secret deal that could be worth over £1 billion with a private sector partner. The County Council is in the process of tendering a contract for a ‘Joint Property Joint Venture Partner’, […]

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My Lib Dem colleagues at County Hall and I have expressed disappointment after Conservatives on Surrey County Council voted to rubber stamp their unpopular cuts to Community Recycling Centres across the county. The Lib Dems tabled a ‘call-in’ request alongside other opposition Councillors which, if successful, would have forced the Tory Cabinet to consider the […]

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During yesterday’s Full Council meeting, my Lib Dem colleagues and I have condemned a decision by Conservative-run Surrey County Council to award a £400,000 grant to an art gallery which has £38 million of funds and an income of £1.2 million a year. The Watts Gallery in Compton, south of Guildford, was awarded the money following […]

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Surrey County Council’s property empire

by willforster on 9 October, 2017

During tomorrow’s Full Council meeting, the Lib Dem Group will call on the Conservatives running Surrey County Council to stop further investment in commercial property outside of Surrey and to instead prioritise Council owned vacant buildings to either be used to provide services or to be sold or let. The County Council has invested in […]

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My Lib Dem colleagues and I are very disappointed following last week’s decision by the Conservative Cabinet on Surrey County Council to slash the opening hours of Community Recycling Centres across the county and increase charges for residents. The decision will see Community Recycling Centres close for an extra 20 days a week, as well […]

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Pavement widening on Guildford Road

by willforster on 1 October, 2017

On Monday, Surrey County Council will start work on widening the pavement on Guildford Road by Claremont Avenue in order to improve pedestrian safety. I am delighted this work is finally happening – it is something I have been pushing on for years.  Being very close to Greenfields School and Woking Park, this pavement is […]

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The Lib Dems have launched a petition to save the Surrey Performing Arts Library which is under threat of closure by Surrey County Council. I know many Surrey residents have reacted with dismay on hearing of the threatened closure – the County Council’s consultation exercise will give residents just a month to respond. The library, which […]

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