Will Forster

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

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The Lib Dems and I have warned that Jonathan Lord, Conservative MP for Woking, is risking a “new Windrush-style scandal”, after he voted to refuse to offer EU citizens proof of their right to stay in the UK. Yesterday, Tory MPs overturned a Lib Dem amendment to the Immigration Bill, which passed in the House […]

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Surrey County Council has agreed to move its headquarters to the former Cannon HQ in Woodhatch, in spite of objections raised by the cross-party group of Councillors responsible for scrutinising the move.  Last year, the County Council stated it wanted to move its HQ from Kingston-Upon-Thames to a location in Surrey.  The Council had originally […]

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Woking Borough Council has unanimously agreed a Lib Dem motion to oppose the Government’s planning reforms which will reduce local people’s say on development and centralise control of the planning system. The Lib Dems have warned that the Government’s planning proposals will disempower local authorities like Woking Borough Council and allow developers to run roughshod […]

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During this week’s Surrey County Council meeting, the Leader of the Council, Tim Oliver ensured his Conservative Group voted against a Lib Dem motion calling for a much-needed reconciliation with the Borough and District Councils with whom a relationship of trust had completely broken down. In his speech the Lib Dem Leader Group Leader, Chris […]

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Following a motion by the Lib Dems, Surrey County Council unanimously agreed to introduce “school streets” in Surrey with the aim of encouraging active travel, improving air quality and promoting road safety. A school street is where the road outside a school is closed to vehicles during school drop-off and pick-up times except for those […]

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Ahead of a crunch vote in the House of Commons next week, the Lib Dems have teamed up with pubs, restaurants and community clubs across the country to launch a “Keep the lights on” campaign in protest at the 10pm curfew. The Lib Dems and I have warned that no evidence has been published that […]

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The Lib Dems and I have warned malicious calls to the ambulance service are putting lives at risk, following the news that 1,448 hoax calls have been made across the South East Coast Ambulance Service area over the last three years. With the UK in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic, Lib Dems have warned […]

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Granville Road to be resurfaced

by willforster on 5 October, 2020

I am pleased to say Surrey County Council will be resurfacing Granville Road in Westfield on 27th October. Although this is a relatively small residential road, Granville Road is in really bad state.  I have had to report countless potholes here and frequently asked for it to be properly resurfaced.  Thankfully, the County Council has finally agreed […]

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Exposing the cost of failed unitary bid

by willforster on 30 September, 2020

Following my questioning yesterday, Surrey County Council has confirmed that the cost of its failed bid to become a unitary authority was just under £250,000. In anticipation of a Government White Paper on local government devolution, the Conservatives running the County Council decided to pursue plans to become a unitary authority.  This power grab would have […]

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Chobham Common fire leads to petition

by willforster on 29 September, 2020

During August, a major incident was declared on Chobham Common due to a huge fire.  A lot of local residents had to be evacuated, roads closed and around 30% of this Site of Special Scientific Interest – over 500 acres – was destroyed. A whistle-blower firefighter has since come forward to say that this giant fire […]

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