Will Forster

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

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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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Consultation on Hoe Steam works

by willforster on 5 October, 2017

Back in 2013, I submitted a motion to get Woking Borough Council to protect homes by the Hoe Stream in Kingfield, Mayford and Old Woking from flooding by extending the Hoe Valley Scheme further up and downstream – at long last, the Council is consulting on its plans for a ‘Hoe Valley Scheme Mark II’. […]

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Only three in ten council homes in Woking sold off under Right to Buy have been replaced since 2015, analysis by the Lib Dems has revealed. As a party, we are calling on the Government to reform Right to Buy and ensure all affordable homes sold are replaced. In total, 50 council homes were sold […]

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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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Planning application for Freemantles School

by willforster on 9 August, 2017

Surrey County Council is seeking planning permission to expand the specialist Freemantles School in Mayford. The County Council wants to install a new modular classroom unit comprising 4 classrooms and ancillary facilities, as well as create 23 new parking spaces and a new fire access route. As this is a planning application on County Hall land, Surrey County Council not […]

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Ten Acre Farm

by willforster on 31 May, 2017

Woking Borough Council has announced plans to develop land adjacent to Smarts Heath Common, known as Ten Acre Farm, for recreational use. The proposals, which will need planning permission, could see the relocation of Woking Gymnastics Club from Kingfield to a new facility, improved amenities for visitors to Smarts Heath Common and enhanced flood alleviation […]

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Why I am running to be Woking’s MP

by willforster on 7 May, 2017

I love Woking.  I have lived in the town for more than 20 years, been a Councillor for 8 years and led the Lib Dem opposition on Woking Borough Council since 2014. I know so many people, including lifelong Conservatives, who are unhappy with our current MP for backing the Government’s Hard Brexit agenda, despite the […]

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The Lib Dems in Woking have seen a surge in new members over the past two weeks, with membership up 18% since the General Election was called. Nationally, the Lib Dems have the highest membership ever, with over 101,768 members.  It is reported the Conservatives have only 130,000 members – so we are well on the […]

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