Will Forster

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

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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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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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Uber in Woking

by willforster on 23 September, 2017

Following yesterday’s decision by Transport for London to withdraw Uber’s license, Woking Borough Council has ruled out doing the same locally. As the licensing authority, the Council carries out through checks on all drivers, including medical, driving ability, local area knowledge test, and enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service checks.  Woking Council clearly takes a much […]

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Lib Dem Councillors have criticised the Conservatives running Surrey County Council for recruiting a £55,000 ‘Head of Strategy’ post when at the same time planning staff redundancies and cutting services by millions of pounds. The job advert, which has been posted extensively online and in the national press, seeks to recruit a ‘highly politically astute’ […]

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Woking Parking Review

by willforster on 4 August, 2017

Surrey County Council has today launched a consultation on changing parking restrictions across Woking. The Council will soon deliver letters to all the properties potentially affected with a copy of the plans and information regarding the proposed changes, and requesting them to participate in the formal consultation process – the public consultation will run from 4th August […]

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Trains 15% later in just a single year

by willforster on 12 July, 2017

Data released today shows that in just a single year trains are running later and people are having to wait 15% longer than a year ago – and it will not come as a surprise to local commuters, but South West Trains was one of the worst offenders seeing a 25.4% increase in late trains. The […]

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