• Lance Spencer - Goldsworth Road
    Article: Mar 25, 2021
    By Lance Spencer

    Last night, Lib Dem campaigner Lance Spencer presented a petition to the Woking Joint Committee calling for action over congestion outside Goldsworth Road's McDonald's Drive-through restaurant.

    The petition, signed by 727 people, asked for Surrey County Council to review the traffic arrangements in Goldsworth Road at the junction with Poole Road, to prevent the access to McDonald's causing access problems to homes and businesses, and gridlock to the traffic in that area at busy times.

  • PCC Podcast - Woking Lds
    Article: Mar 24, 2021

    The local election is fast approaching. Woking residents will go to the polls on May 6th to have their say on who represents their Borough, their County and as their Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC). But wait, what does the PCC do? What powers do they have?

    In this episode Liberal Democrat Candidate Dale Roberts explores the issues that will help you decide where to place your vote. He is joined by Lib Dem Cllrs Will Forster (Woking Borough Council and Surrey County Council) and Paul Kennedy (Mole Valley and standing for Surrey's PCC).

  • Cllr Will Forster + Street light (Woking Lib Dems)
    Article: Mar 24, 2021
    By Cllr Will Forster

    Following pressure from Councillor Will Forster and the Lib Dems Surrey County Council and Surrey Police will now review having street lights turned off across the county.

    In an attempt to save £210,000 a year the County Council adopted a 'Part Night Lighting Policy' for street lights in 2016 which involved switching off the majority of lights between midnight and 5 am. This decision was always controversial, but has come under added scrutiny following the tragic death of Sarah Everard and increased focus on women's safety.

  • Paul Kennedy
    Article: Mar 24, 2021
    By Paul Kennedy

    Paul Kennedy, Lib Dem candidate for Surrey Police and Crime Commissioner, has secured a commitment at today's Police and Crime Panel meeting from the current PCC David Munro to raise the issue of 20 mph areas with Surrey County Council and Surrey Police.

    The Lib Dems and many local people across Surrey want to see more 20 mph areas outside schools and in residential areas to improve road safety and encourage sustainable travel like walking and cycling. However, both Surrey County Council and Surrey Police have often opposed such initiatives despite 20 mph schemes being successful and popular elsewhere in the country.

  • Dale Roberts
    Article: Mar 17, 2021
    By Dale Roberts

    Dale Roberts, former industry advisor and local Lib Dem candidates calls for creative thinking and the reinvention of local high streets.

    Whilst there is still a fair way to go, we are all starting to think about our communities after Covid and there is an understandable nervousness about what it means for local high streets. The high-profile collapse of Debenhams and Arcadia at the end of last year though, is not, as many have already commented, simply as a result of the sudden, rapid increase in online spending. Our needs have changed significantly over the last decade and retailers have not always responded to what it is we really want today.

  • Woking Libdems salm MP for backing dangerous and draconian police bill (WF)
    Article: Mar 17, 2021
    By Cllr Will Forster

    The Woking Lib Dems have called for the bill which takes away people's freedom to protest to be stopped in its tracks.

    In a letter to Jonathan Lord, Will Forster and the Lib Dems urged the MP to 'stop the dangerous and draconian Bill in its tracks'.

    The Letter from Lib Dem Councillor Will Forster comes in light of the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill being passed on its Second Reading in the House of Commons.

  • Article: Mar 16, 2021
    By Cllr Will Forster

    The Lib Dems called on Surrey County Council to support EU citizens living locally and lobby the Government to grant EU citizens the automatic right to stay in the UK.

    During this week's Full Council meeting, Councillor Chris Botten and the Lib Dems tabled a motion after new Home Office figures reveal that 4800 people in Surrey are still waiting for a decision on their 'Settled Status' application.

  • Ellen Nicholson
    Article: Mar 16, 2021
    By Ellen Nicholson

    Ellen Nicholson, Lib Dem candidate for Mount Hermon and Woking South East in the local elections on 6th May, is demanding a fair pay rise for NHS and social care workers.

    "We are calling for a proper and substantial real-terms pay rise now, recognising the sacrifice and hard work of all NHS and social care workers throughout this pandemic," said Ellen Nicholson, a senior nurse who in her spare time has signed up to provide Surrey residents with Covid vaccinations.

  • Will Forster outside Quadrant Court
    Article: Mar 16, 2021
    By Cllr Will Forster

    Surrey County Council unanimously agreed a motion from the Lib Dems today which would see the Council look at holding meetings remotely after lockdown as finished.

    The County Council hopes virtual meetings will save taxpayers money and reduce its environmental impact, as well as encourage more working age people and those with caring responsibilities to become Councillors.

  • Woking Postbox - WLD Challenge Postal Vote ID (BM)
    Article: Mar 10, 2021

    Woking Lib Dems have formally requested that Woking's Returning Officer removes the request for additional postal voter identification, from the Council's website. Woking Council is the only one in the country to make this request, which goes against current Electoral Commission guidelines.

    The following email was sent on 5 March - to date no reply has been received.

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