Will Forster

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Elected as Mayor of Woking

by willforster on 21 May, 2018

I was delighted and honoured to have been elected as Woking’s 45th Mayor during the Annual Meeting of Woking Borough Council on Thursday 17th May. As Mayor, I am the non-political head of Woking Council and the Borough as a whole.  Over the next year I will be attending as many ceremonial, civic and community […]

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Lib Dems gain ground in Woking Council elections

by willforster on 8 May, 2018

The Lib Dems held our two seats up for election in Hoe Valley and St John’s, gained one in Mount Hermon and narrowly missed out on winning another in Goldsworth Park by just 10 votes in the local elections held on Thursday 3rd May. Woking Borough Council is still run by the Conservatives, but their […]

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Woking Police Station to close

by willforster on 15 March, 2018

Surrey’s Conservative Police and Crime Commissioner, David Munro announced last week that he intends to close the Police stations in Reigate and Woking, and move Surrey Police’s HQ from Mount Browne in Guildford to a new location in Mole Valley. The Police say they can cut costs by completely closing their bases in Reigate and […]

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I have submitted a motion to next week’s Full Surrey County Council meeting calling for care leavers to be exempted from paying Council Tax until they are 25. The campaign was initiated elsewhere in the country by highly respected charity The Children’s Society.  I successfully campaigned for this policy to be adopted by Woking Borough […]

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Raising the Commonwealth Flag in Woking

by willforster on 12 March, 2018

To mark Commonwealth Day, earlier today I helped raise the Commonwealth Flag above the Civic Offices in Woking. This ceremony is part of an international event that will see more than 850 flags raised in locations throughout the UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man, UK Overseas Territories and Commonwealth countries to mark Commonwealth Day.  The […]

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I was pleased to watch Vince Cable confirm on Peston on Sunday yesterday that the party is targeting around one million European nationals for support in May’s local elections. The Lib Dems have tailored social media adverts in 21 European languages, the adverts are fronted by MEPs from those countries and they encourage European citizens […]

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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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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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