Will Forster

Mayor of Woking and Lib Dem County Councillor for Woking South Learn more

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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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My Lib Dem colleagues and I have expressed concern at the new figures which have just been released that reveal poor levels of public satisfaction with Conservative-run Surrey County Council. According to the latest figures from the County Council’s own survey, just 39% of residents agreed that the Council provided value for money.  The poor […]

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Questioning by Lib Dem Councillors has uncovered that Surrey County Council youth centres are only open for a very limited number of hours, with one centre in the county that is only open for just over one hour per week. In a response to a question by the Lib Dem Group Leader at County Hall, […]

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Votes at 16

by willforster on 11 January, 2016

The Lib Dems have been campaigning to give 16 and 17 year olds the vote for sometime now.  Unfortunately, the Conservative Government has refused to allow young people the vote in the upcoming European Referendum – but the Lib Dems are now pushing to allow 16 and 17 year olds the vote in local elections. […]

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Government targets Woking for severe cuts

by willforster on 19 December, 2015

Woking will be targeted for some of the most severe cuts in the country under the Conservative Government’s plans to slash council funding in the next five years. Tories in Westminster will demand that Woking Borough Council cuts 12.5% from local services – far above average savings of 6.7% across local government as a whole. […]

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Report on the December County Council

by willforster on 16 December, 2013

The focus of last week’s Full Surrey County Council meeting was on the five motions submitted for debate – three from the Lib Dem Group, one from the majority Conservative Group and the other from Labour. The living wage The first was from the one Labour County Councillor calling for the Council to pay the […]

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Report on the September Local Committee

by willforster on 8 October, 2013

The agenda of last month’s Woking Local Committee was as packed as always and dominated by transport issues from across the Borough. Petitions on parking in Highclere Gardens and Wakehurst Path The Local Committee received two separate petitions from residents in Highclere Gardens, Knaphill and Wakehurst Path, Sheerwater – asking Surrey County Council to convert grassed […]

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