Will Forster

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

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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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My Lib Dem colleagues at County Hall and I have criticised the ruling Conservative administration for recruiting a new “Business Manager” post, on a salary of more than £43,000, when at the same time planning hundreds of staff redundancies and millions of pounds of cuts to front line services. The advert, which has appeared on […]

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Woking to host first Pride in Surrey event

by willforster on 14 August, 2018

I am very pleased that ‘Pride in Surrey’ have announced that on 10th August 2019, Woking will host Surrey’s first Pride event. The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT+) group, Pride in Surrey have been inspired by various Pride events which have taken place across the country this year, and alongside charities like Outline Surrey and Educate […]

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My Lib Dem colleagues at County Hall and I are calling for Surrey County Council to make urgent financial preparations following a recent judgement in Bristol in which a group of parents successfully challenged Bristol City Council’s decision to make deep cuts in special educational needs (SEND) provision.  Parents in Surrey have launched a similar […]

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During my meeting of the Audit and Governance Committee yesterday at County Hall, it emerged that Surrey County Council has commissioned a second report from the Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy (CIPFA) to review its financial resilience.  This follows a report commissioned in December 2016, costing nearly £25,000, which warned that the financial […]

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County Councillors in Surrey have agreed that children’s mental health and special needs provision should be the subject of detailed study in partnership with universities and others so that current and future demand for these services can be met. Two members of the Lib Dem Group at County Hall moved an motion during yesterday’s Full […]

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Earlier today, I was pleased to join residents of Kingsmoor Park in Westfield and children from Westfield Primary School to unveil three large wooden totem sculptures carved by the community under the guidance of local artist Ruth Wheeler. As part of the finishing touches to Thames Valley Housing’s Kingsmoor Park development, the housing association in partnership […]

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Surrey Lib Dems call for CAMHS improvements

by willforster on 7 July, 2018

My Lib Dem colleagues at County Hall and I are calling for urgent improvements to Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services, known as CAMHS, in the county. Surrey County Council currently commissions these services from Surrey and Borders NHS Trust, but there has been strong criticism of the long waiting times for routine assessments and […]

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Residents are being invited to join in and celebrate the opening of two new community gardens in Sheerwater at a community planting day on Friday 6th July. The planting day is the culmination of a week’s work on the ground, and a few months of planning, by nine horticulture students from the Royal Horticultural Society […]

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This time last week, 100,000 people marched through the streets of London calling for the public to have a final say on Brexit. Everyone can see the Conservatives are making a mess of Brexit, Theresa May’s negotiations on the deal are getting more chaotic and confusing – meanwhile Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour leadership is […]

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