Will Forster

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Low emission buses for Woking

by willforster on 27 June, 2018

Surrey County Council is set to introduce low emission buses to three bus routes in south Woking. The County Council’s Cabinet yesterday agreed to re-tender contracts for several subsidised bus services in Surrey, including the 81, 462 and 463 services that run in Woking.  When the new bus contract starts on 2nd September, buses on […]

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Along with representatives and veterans from the Army, Navy and RAF, I led the Borough’s Armed Forces Day flag raising ceremony at the Civic Offices earlier today, in honour of Britain’s servicemen and women. Woking Borough Council joined hundreds of other councils across the UK, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man in raising a unique […]

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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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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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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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Street lights to be turned off at night

by willforster on 30 January, 2017

Surrey County Council is adopting what it calls a ‘Part Night Lighting Policy’ for street lights, which involves switching off the majority of lights between midnight and 5 am. Across Surrey, the County Council has 89,000 street lights and it is going to turn off around 55,000 lights for most of the night in order to save […]

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Woking Council to increase parking charges

by willforster on 10 December, 2016

Woking Borough Council is to increase the cost of parking in the town’s car parks despite the Conservatives boasting just 8 months ago that they had frozen parking charges and would not increase them in 2016. Before the last Woking Council elections in May, the ruling Tories boasted about freezing parking charges and promised that car […]

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Woking Borough Council has announced plans to build thousands of houses in the Green Belt in Horsell, Mayford and West Byfleet. Despite receiving over 30,000 objections to its development plans, the Conservative-run Council looks set to press ahead with plans to build hundreds of houses to the west of Egley Road in Mayford and to […]

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Following questioning by Lib Dem Councillors, Woking Borough Council has admitted that some of its newest affordable housing has been rented out to students from Guildford. The Council and its housing company, Thameswey Housing, recently opened 32 apartments in Greenwood House above the new Woking Fire Station on Goldsworth Road.  Greenwood House was designed to […]

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