Will Forster

Lib Dem Parliamentary Candidate in Woking, Deputy Mayor of Woking and Councillor for South Woking Learn more

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Consultation on Hoe Steam works

by willforster on 5 October, 2017

Back in 2013, I submitted a motion to get Woking Borough Council to protect homes by the Hoe Stream in Kingfield, Mayford and Old Woking from flooding by extending the Hoe Valley Scheme further up and downstream – at long last, the Council is consulting on its plans for a ‘Hoe Valley Scheme Mark II’. […]

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Only three in ten council homes in Woking sold off under Right to Buy have been replaced since 2015, analysis by the Lib Dems has revealed. As a party, we are calling on the Government to reform Right to Buy and ensure all affordable homes sold are replaced. In total, 50 council homes were sold […]

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My Lib Dem colleagues and I are very disappointed following last week’s decision by the Conservative Cabinet on Surrey County Council to slash the opening hours of Community Recycling Centres across the county and increase charges for residents. The decision will see Community Recycling Centres close for an extra 20 days a week, as well […]

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Pavement widening on Guildford Road

by willforster on 1 October, 2017

On Monday, Surrey County Council will start work on widening the pavement on Guildford Road by Claremont Avenue in order to improve pedestrian safety. I am delighted this work is finally happening – it is something I have been pushing on for years.  Being very close to Greenfields School and Woking Park, this pavement is […]

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The Lib Dems have launched a petition to save the Surrey Performing Arts Library which is under threat of closure by Surrey County Council. I know many Surrey residents have reacted with dismay on hearing of the threatened closure – the County Council’s consultation exercise will give residents just a month to respond. The library, which […]

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Over 90% secondary schools in Surrey are full or oversubscribed in Year 7 this term, research by the Lib Dems has revealed. 48 out of Surrey’s 53 secondary schools in the area are either full or over capacity in Year 7.  Meanwhile 5 secondary schools in Surrey are above their overall net capacity, meaning there […]

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Uber in Woking

by willforster on 23 September, 2017

Following yesterday’s decision by Transport for London to withdraw Uber’s license, Woking Borough Council has ruled out doing the same locally. As the licensing authority, the Council carries out through checks on all drivers, including medical, driving ability, local area knowledge test, and enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service checks.  Woking Council clearly takes a much […]

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Conservatives running Surrey County Council have decided to drop their plans to close four Community Recycling Centres after an outcry from thousands of Surrey residents.  However, the County Council now wants to reduce the opening hours of all the tips across Surrey as well as dropping the daily free waste allowance which residents currently enjoy. […]

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My Lib Dem colleagues and I have expressed their concern after an independent body, Healthwatch Surrey, criticised Surrey County Council for a lack of consultation and engagement after changes to the provision of sexual health services. Healthwatch Surrey has written to the County Council outlining their criticisms in relation to HIV services.  The letter states […]

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Ofsted inspects Surrey’s children’s services

by willforster on 5 September, 2017

Ofsted has today published a letter summarising the findings of the recent monitoring visit to Surrey County Council’s children’s services – this is the eighth monitoring visit since the County Council was inspected in 2014 and found to be inadequate in Ofsted report published in 2015. In the latest monitoring visit, Ofsted inspectors noted recent […]

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