Will Forster

Lib Dem Councillor for South Woking and Leader of the Lib Dems on Surrey County Council Learn more

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The Lib Dems and I have called on Woking Borough Council and other public authorities to move the local aggregates yard out of the town centre. The Borough Council has started work on a £115 million project which would transform the area around Victoria Arch.  The Council has already demolished much of ‘The Triangle’ of buildings […]

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Lib Dems criticise poor choice of highway contractors

by willforster on 29 September, 2021

Yesterday, I questioned Surrey County Council’s process of selecting a new highways maintenance contractor which has resulted in the three final bids coming from companies all with a history of failing Surrey residents. The Council’s Cabinet met yesterday and agreed to award the contract to either Amey, Kier or Ringway. Initially the contract will be […]

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County Deal is a power grab

by willforster on 28 September, 2021

The Lib Dems and I have called Surrey County Council’s draft County Deal for Surrey bid a power grab. The County Council is currently putting together a bid for more powers from Central Government as part of a County Deal for Surrey.  However, there is growing concern that the County Deal bid is a simple power […]

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Parents of almost 150,000 children in Surrey would receive vouchers worth £200 a year to spend on catch-up classes and educational activities, under plans announced by the Lib Dems. The policy would empower parents to help their children catch up after months of school closures and disruption during the pandemic.  The vouchers could be spent on […]

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No garden waste collection until 2022

by willforster on 13 September, 2021

Last week, Woking Borough Council announced that garden waste will not be collected until 2022 due to a shortage of HGV drivers. The service has been suspended several times over the summer and the latest hold on collections was due to end on 10th September.  However, the Council has now announced the suspension of the service for an […]

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Lib Dems criticise County Deal for Surrey bid

by willforster on 6 September, 2021

The Lib Dems and I have criticised the Conservative Leader of Surrey County Council for unilaterally writing to the Government asking for a County Deal for Surrey. In a letter dated 10th August, Councillor Tim Oliver who to the Housing, Communities and Local Government Secretary, Robert Jenrick, formally registering Surrey County Council’s interest in more […]

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My Lib Dems colleagues and I have challenged Surrey County Council over failures to answer data protection and freedom of information requests from local residents within legal time limits. During the last Cabinet meeting, I asked how many enquiries were not responded to in the required time. Under the General Data Protection Regulation, public sector […]

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Afghan refugees are welcome in Woking and Surrey

by willforster on 25 August, 2021

The Lib Dems and I are calling on the Government to make a more ambitious commitment to resettle refugees fleeing the Taliban, and to give local authorities – like Surrey County Council and Woking Borough Council – extra funding to house and support them here. The Lib Dems have slammed the Government’s commitment to resettle […]

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White Rose Lane to be resurfaced

by willforster on 23 August, 2021

Surrey County Council will be resurfacing White Rose Lane between Tuesday 31st August and Friday 24th September. These roadworks will cause significant disruption, but as much of White Rose Lane is in a bad way – especially the area outside the entrance to Woking Park – it does need doing. Between 31st August and 20th […]

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The Good Law Project is taking legal action against Surrey County Council for sending children in care outside of Surrey. This news comes as no surprise to my Lib Dem colleagues and I – we have regularly challenged the Council on its delivery of services to vulnerable children over many years, that it is now […]

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