Will Forster

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

Surrey County Council recently admitted that it would take over three quarters of a billion pounds to repair the Surrey’s roads and footways to an “as new” standard.  At the current rate of spending, it would take the Conservative-run County Council almost 50 years to complete this work. The fact that Surrey’s roads and footways […]

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Call to repeal the Vagrancy Act

by willforster on 6 April, 2018

The local Lib Dems and I have come out in support of a petition to end the Vagrancy Act 1824 after it was revealed that Surrey Police have arrested 29 people over the last three years for begging and sleeping rough. This 19th Century law gives Police the power to arrest any people found begging […]

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Gritting cuts to impact local roads

by willforster on 3 April, 2018

According to the Woking Advertiser, Surrey County Council is considering downgrading Loop Road and York Road from its gritting routes as part of its policy to cut £340,000 from its winter maintenance budget. I am very concerned the County Council wants to remove Loop Road and York Road from its ‘Priority One’ gritting network, and […]

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The Surrey Lib Dem Group have called for a review of the County Council’s admitted failings in the Parsons Green bomb incident.  Ahmed Hassan, 18, was convicted of attempted murder on 16th March 2018. He had been placed in foster care in Sunbury by Surrey County Council since the summer of 2016. We have called […]

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My Lib Dem colleagues at County Hall and I are celebrating after a package of measures to support care leavers was adopted by Surrey County Council earlier this week. As part of a new Charter unanimously agreed by the County Council, young care leavers will be exempted from Council Tax, as well as given support […]

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Resurfacing in Hill View Road

by willforster on 22 March, 2018

Surrey County Council will be resurfacing Hill View Road between Fairview Avenue and Park Drive from Friday 23rd March. As long as we do not get more snow or ice, the resurfacing should take 5 days, with resurfacing work only taking place between Monday to Friday and between the hours of 8 am to 5 pm. […]

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My Lib Dem colleagues and I will tomorrow call on Surrey County Council to accept the Conservative Government’s view that charges for residents disposing of DIY waste should be dropped. A vote on whether to drop the charges will be held during tomorrow’s Full Council meeting at County Hall.  The unpopular charges were introduced at […]

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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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I have submitted a motion to next week’s Full Surrey County Council meeting calling for care leavers to be exempted from paying Council Tax until they are 25. The campaign was initiated elsewhere in the country by highly respected charity The Children’s Society.  I successfully campaigned for this policy to be adopted by Woking Borough […]

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Raising the Commonwealth Flag in Woking

by willforster on 12 March, 2018

To mark Commonwealth Day, earlier today I helped raise the Commonwealth Flag above the Civic Offices in Woking. This ceremony is part of an international event that will see more than 850 flags raised in locations throughout the UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man, UK Overseas Territories and Commonwealth countries to mark Commonwealth Day.  The […]

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