Will Forster

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

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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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I was pleased to watch Vince Cable confirm on Peston on Sunday yesterday that the party is targeting around one million European nationals for support in May’s local elections. The Lib Dems have tailored social media adverts in 21 European languages, the adverts are fronted by MEPs from those countries and they encourage European citizens […]

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My Lib Dem colleagues and I have recently raised concern over the future of Children’s Centres in Surrey.  Currently there are 58 centres across the county, providing services such as childcare, play and learning sessions, parenting courses, employment support and information and guidance for low-income families – but Surrey County Council is currently consulting on […]

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Incinerators in Surrey?

by willforster on 27 February, 2018

The Conservatives running Surrey County Council have proposed up to six new incinerators as part of the Council’s draft new waste plan including one on Martyrs Lane in Woking and another at Slyfield in Guildford. The Surrey Waste Plan, proposes up to six new incinerators or ‘Energy from Waste’ plants – all on Green Belt […]

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A petition set up by Lib Dems calling on Surrey County Council to axe its charges on residents disposing of DIY waste has attached over 1,000 signatures in just over 2 weeks. The petition was set up after the Government, as part of a wider consultation on fly-tipping, stated that “The Government’s view is that […]

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Children and young people’s mental health services

by willforster on 19 February, 2018

I am becoming increasingly concerned about the long waiting times faced by children and young people with mental health problems. Surrey County Council’s Children and Education Select Committee expressed fury about the state of local mental health services at its last meeting in November, and the committee is due to discuss it again at its […]

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Conservative civil war on BBC Surrey

by willforster on 15 February, 2018

The former Conservative Leader of Surrey County Council, Andrew Povey, yesterday went on BBC Surrey Radio and attacked David Hodge, current Tory Leader of the Council.  You can listen to the radio interview, starting at 2:07:35, here. I am pleased that Councillor Povey agrees with what the Lib Dems and I have been saying about […]

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My Lib Dem colleagues and I have accused Ray Morgan, the Chief Executive of Woking Borough Council, of acting as a spin doctor when he offered to write the local Conservatives’ literature in the forthcoming local elections, despite senior Council staff being required to be politically neutral. The Chief Executive’s offer was meant to be solely […]

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