Will Forster

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New transport network for south Woking?

by willforster on 12 September, 2018

Since being elected as County Councillor for Woking South in 2009, I have been pushing for better access to the town centre and railway station from the south side of Woking. South Woking currently suffers from poor transport links to central Woking, and Victoria Arch and the roads leading up to it are inadequate for […]

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Mayor to Sleep Out in Woking

by willforster on 8 September, 2018

On 29th September, the Mayoress and I will be sleeping out on the streets in Woking town centre as part of the York Road Project’s ‘Sleep Out’. With only a sleeping bag and some cardboard each, my partner Hannah and I will be bedding down in the open air without a comfy mattress, thick duvet […]

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The Red Ensign, the recognised flag of the British Merchant Navy since 1854, is now flying proudly above Woking Borough Council’s Civic Offices to mark today’s Merchant Navy Day. As an island nation, we pride ourselves on our rich maritime heritage.  It is very important to mark Merchant Navy Day and pay tribute to the […]

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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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