Will Forster

Mayor of Woking and Lib Dem County Councillor for Woking South Learn more

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The Conservatives running Surrey County Council have revealed they are planning to reduce spending on services by nearly £200 million by the end of 2019/20. The figures were released in a report to the Council’s Cabinet this week, alongside the administration’s decision to hire consultants, at an undisclosed sum, to assist with the County Council’s […]

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Surrey County Council recently admitted that it would take over three quarters of a billion pounds to repair the Surrey’s roads and footways to an “as new” standard.  At the current rate of spending, it would take the Conservative-run County Council almost 50 years to complete this work. The fact that Surrey’s roads and footways […]

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Gritting cuts to impact local roads

by willforster on 3 April, 2018

According to the Woking Advertiser, Surrey County Council is considering downgrading Loop Road and York Road from its gritting routes as part of its policy to cut £340,000 from its winter maintenance budget. I am very concerned the County Council wants to remove Loop Road and York Road from its ‘Priority One’ gritting network, and […]

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Resurfacing in Hill View Road

by willforster on 22 March, 2018

Surrey County Council will be resurfacing Hill View Road between Fairview Avenue and Park Drive from Friday 23rd March. As long as we do not get more snow or ice, the resurfacing should take 5 days, with resurfacing work only taking place between Monday to Friday and between the hours of 8 am to 5 pm. […]

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Incinerators in Surrey?

by willforster on 27 February, 2018

The Conservatives running Surrey County Council have proposed up to six new incinerators as part of the Council’s draft new waste plan including one on Martyrs Lane in Woking and another at Slyfield in Guildford. The Surrey Waste Plan, proposes up to six new incinerators or ‘Energy from Waste’ plants – all on Green Belt […]

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Yesterday, the Conservative administration announced their budget proposals containing £54 million of cuts to services and a 6% Council Tax rise. These budget recommendations are due to be approved by the Council’s Tory Cabinet on Tuesday 30th January, and then by all County Councillors as Full Council on Tuesday 6th February. This draft budget contains […]

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Rail fare rise a kick in the teeth for commuters

by willforster on 5 January, 2018

Woking’s commuters have not had a great start to the New Year thanks to the biggest increase in train fares in the last five years. UK rail fares rose by 3.4% in January, the largest increase for five years, due to rising inflation since the Brexit vote.  The cost of annual season tickets from Woking […]

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Later today, my Lib Dem colleagues and I will call for Surrey County Council to end relying on members of the public to report missing or damaged road signs and instead are calling for a sign inspection policy to be developed and implemented. Surrey’s roads are littered with posts with no signs and damaged signs.  […]

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Woking’s railways remain completely off track

by willforster on 29 November, 2017

Woking has been completely ignored in the Government’s latest rail strategy.  The Conservative Government announced its new rail strategy today, but Woking was not mentioned once – despite Woking being a key transport hub and having some of the most over overcrowded trains in the country. Despite years of debate over Crossrail 2, a new […]

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Pedestrian diversion in Woking Town Centre

by willforster on 15 November, 2017

Construction is well underway on the Victoria Square scheme in Woking town centre, but I know many local businesses and residents are unhappy about the huge pedestrian diversion in place around the building site. This diversion is long and makes it time consuming and difficult to get from Church Street West to Market Walk and […]

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