Will Forster

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Last week, the Lib Dem administration on Woking Borough Council agreed a number of governance reforms following a review of its companies. Local authorities have the power to set up companies or bodies, which they own, for commercial activities related to their ordinary functions. Woking Council has 15 wholly owned companies and eight joint ventures […]

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The Lighthouse in Woking has been awarded a Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service for their hard work in supporting local people. As you may know, The Lighthouse is a vibrant community hub in the heart of Woking town centre that hosts a diverse range of projects to support, encourage, and empower those residents who may […]

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The Lib Dems and I have condemned the complacency of outgoing Conservatives and pledged to work constructively with Central Government for answers, following the unearthing of a letter dated last week and addressed to the outgoing Leader of Woking Borough Council. The newly-emerged letter, signed by a senior Minister, outlines Government concerns about “instances of […]

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Development proposed for Egley Road

by willforster on 21 March, 2022

There are plans to build almost 100 properties and a care home on former Green Belt land off Egley Road in Mayford. The land to west of Egley Road between Mayford and Woking was recently released from Green Belt by both the Government’s Planning Inspector and Woking Borough Council. As a result, Cala Homes and […]

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Earlier this week, Woking Borough Council agreed a motion of no confidence in the Prime Minister following the partygate scandal. The Council voted to censure Boris Johnson after the initial findings of the Sue Gray report found that the parties held in Downing Street during covid lockdowns were both “difficult to justify” and “failures of […]

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Earlier this week, Woking Borough Council’s Overview and Scrutiny Committee received a financial review of the Council carried out by Ernst and Young. My Lib Dem colleagues on the Committee explored the report’s findings with key questions on the status of the review, asset valuations, the viability of Council companies, ability to pay back loans, […]

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SWAG Chair Andy Caulfield to run for Council

by willforster on 13 January, 2022

I am delighted that Andy Caulfield from the South Woking Action Group – aka SWAG – will be running to be a Lib Dem Councillor for Hoe Valley in May’s local elections. I really hope that Andy, who was elected Chair of SWAG shortly after its formation by residents in the summer of 2019, will […]

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Woking Subway to temporarily close for improvements

by willforster on 10 January, 2022

Woking Borough Council, in partnership with Network Rail and South Western Railways, will soon be carrying out maintenance to the Woking Station underpass. This follows a motion from the Lib Dems tabled by my colleague Councillor Liam Lyons last year, calling for the subway under Woking Station to be improved. The underpass will be closed […]

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Earlier this month, Woking Borough Council agreed to cut grants to community and voluntary groups by 19%. Last year, the Council granted £922,000 to support local community and voluntary groups, but the most recent Executive meeting decided to give £272,000 less funding for the forthcoming year, a 19% cut in support. 47 groups sought funding […]

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The Lib Dems are on track to win seats across the country at the next General Election, including here in Woking, following the historic by-election victory overnight in North Shropshire. The Lib Dems won the once safe Conservative seat of North Shropshire, overturning the Conservatives majority of almost 23,000 votes. It is the second parliamentary […]

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