Will Forster

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

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My Lib Dem colleagues and I have accused Ray Morgan, the Chief Executive of Woking Borough Council, of acting as a spin doctor when he offered to write the local Conservatives’ literature in the forthcoming local elections, despite senior Council staff being required to be politically neutral. The Chief Executive’s offer was meant to be solely […]

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Young people leaving care in Woking will soon be exempt from paying Council Tax until their 25th birthday following Woking Borough Council’s unanimous decision to back my motion on the subject. I was delighted that during last night’s Full Council, all Councillors agreed to support my call to help Woking’s section of the 730 young care […]

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The local Lib Dems and I have welcomed Woking Borough Council’s proposals for an ‘Earn Your Deposit’ scheme and highlighted the local Tories’ U-turn on the Government’s Right to Buy policy. Woking Council’s housing company, Thameswey Housing, will soon offer its over 400 tenants the opportunity to earn money towards a deposit on their first […]

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Over 700 homes in Woking are left empty

by willforster on 3 January, 2018

Despite significant homelessness, pressure on the Green Belt and sky high house prices – 708 homes in Woking are sitting empty according to research by the Lib Dems. The figures, uncovered through Freedom of Information requests, show that there are over 11,000 homes across the country have stood empty for at least a decade.  Worryingly, […]

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Woking Council avoids £3 million in tax on Dukes Court

by willforster on 14 December, 2017

Woking Borough Council saved £3 million in Stamp Duty when it acquired the Dukes Court office building by purchasing a holding company. The Council agreed to buy the office block for just over £72 million, but will pay a maximum of just £360,000 in Stamp Duty on the deal by purchasing the Luxembourg-registered company that […]

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I have submitted a motion calling on Woking Borough Council to help struggling young people who have just come out of living in care by giving them a 100% Council Tax discount. Care leavers have had their childhoods punctuated by instability and trauma, they leave home earlier and have less support than other young people.  […]

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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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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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The local Lib Dems and I have called on the Government to permanently protect local pubs from crippling tax hikes by introducing a 12.5% cap on business rate increases. Figures show that 14 pubs in Woking Borough have so far received funding from the Government’s relief scheme, with a total of £14,000 handed out. The […]

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