Will Forster

Lib Dem Spokesperson for Woking and Councillor for South Woking Learn more

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I am delighted that the Lib Dems have selected my good friend and colleague, Paul Kennedy, as our candidate to be Surrey Police and Crime Commissioner in the election on 7th May 2020. Paul Kennedy is a former barrister, accountant and actuary with over 30 years leadership experience working in both private and public sectors.  Paul is […]

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The Lib Dems have revealed there were 11 incidents involving offensive weapons on trains or at rail stations in Woking since 2017.  9 incidents occurred at Woking Station, including 3 so far this year. My Lib Dem colleagues and I think the new figures show the utter failure of Conservative Ministers to keep people safe from […]

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The Lib Dems have announced they would more than double spending on youth services in Surrey to £33,998,703 to help tackle rising levels of crime.  This would form part of a total ring-fenced fund of £500 million for Local Authorities across England to spend on youth services, providing young people with positive, safe and healthy alternatives […]

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My Woking Civic Reception

by willforster on 14 May, 2019

At the end of their term, each Mayor of Woking hosts a Civic Reception, and I recently held my Civic Reception at the HG Wells Centre where I was delighted to pay tribute to Woking’s volunteers. When I was elected as Mayor last year, I knew I would be busy – but little did I […]

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The Lib Dems and I have criticised Surrey County Council for leaving the Lakers Youth Centre closed for a whole year, and still not having any plans to reopen it. In January 2018, Lakers Youth Centre in Goldsworth Park was badly damaged by a fire and has been closed since.  During today’s Surrey County Council […]

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Time to nominate young stars in Woking

by willforster on 3 January, 2019

Earlier today, I was pleased to kick off the New Year by inviting local people submit nominations for this year’s Young People’s Civic Awards Scheme, which aims to promote and reward community spirit in young people. The scheme, run by Woking Borough Council, recognises children and young people who have achieved exceptional success, in areas that […]

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The Conservatives running Surrey County Council have revealed they are planning to reduce spending on services by nearly £200 million by the end of 2019/20. The figures were released in a report to the Council’s Cabinet this week, alongside the administration’s decision to hire consultants, at an undisclosed sum, to assist with the County Council’s […]

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I am very concerned that Surrey County Council has refused to guarantee that Lakers Youth Centre in Goldsworth Park will be rebuilt, after it was damaged by a fire last month. During yesterday’s Full Surrey County Council meeting, I asked a formal question of the Council’s Cabinet Member in charge of the Council’s property – […]

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In response to a Lib Dem Freedom of Information Act request, Surrey County Council has confirmed that it has left 20 buildings empty for a cumulative total of 112 years, with one building in Warlingham left empty for a shocking 18 years.  The County Council spent £307,464 in just one year in 2016/17 maintaining its 20 […]

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My Lib Dem colleagues at County Hall and I have slammed the Conservatives running Surrey County Council for cutting vital services provided to young vulnerable adults across the county. The cuts were decided at a meeting of the Tory Cabinet last week, with nearly £450,000 axed over the next two years from outreach services targeted at […]

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