Category Archives: Wokingham and West Berkshire Issues

Radio Berkshire won’t be a voice for England or Wokingham

Since the election I have been asked three times to appear on Radio Berkshire. Once was a request to comment on the expansion of Heathrow. This is a topic of interest to my constituents. I had to comment within minutes of the Heathrow report being published so I had not been able to get hold […]

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Letter from Chief Executive of Heathrow Airport about noise

Dear Mr Redwood Thank you for the constructive meeting last month. It was useful to discuss some of the issues raised by the recent Airports Commission recommendation as well as the airport’s operations today and how we can be a better neighbour to your constituents. I am grateful for the constructive manner in which you […]

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Renting or buying?

In the election I campaigned for Home ownership for the many. I am very well aware that a large number of younger people in their 20s and 30s are unable to afford their first home and have to rent, often sharing accommodation or renting small units to manage the bills. I have held meetings with […]

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Cycle Lanes

In response to criticisms of the Earley peripheral and the A 329 cycleways Wokingham has installed, I have investigated and taken them up with the Council. I was worried about possible conflict between pedestrians and cycles along the A 329 route, as the cycleway diverts cycles from the old highway to the pavement at several […]

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What can you expect from this Conservative government?

Yesterday I made a speech to the Wokingham Constituency Conservative Lunch Club who invited me to their event. I reminded them that together we campaigned for tax cuts for all. The government has promised to cut income tax for everyone by raising both the threshold before you pay tax, and raising the threshold at which […]

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Home Ownership for the many

I have briefed Wokingham and West Berkshire Councillors on the new government’s policies to promote home ownership. I have offered both Councils my help in sorting out any details or difficult issues with the new policy outlines with Ministers. The Councils need to include the Right to Buy offer in their wider social housing policy, […]

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Right to buy means more homeowners AND more homes

A few constituents have expressed concerned about Right to Buy for Housing Association properties, asking if it means there will be fewer homes. On the contrary, there will be more homes overall as a result of Right to Buy, as the money from the sale can be spent on building an additional home. After a […]

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Faster broadband

The government has announced progress with completing coverage of fibre backed faster broadband throughout the country. 3m homes have now benefitted nationwide from government cash to provide superfast broadband in less commercial areas. In some cases the take up of this service was better than expected so subsidy is being repaid, allowing more homes to […]

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Sunday trading laws

I have received this letter from Ministers regarding the proposed devolution of Sunday trading laws: 5 August 2015 Dear Colleague, Re: Sunday trading laws In the Summer Budget the Government announced that it would be consulting on proposals to devolve powers on Sunday trading rules to a local level. I am pleased to announce that […]

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Sunday trading

The government has issued a consultation paper about Sunday trading. They are offering the right to local communities to make their own rules about Sunday trading hours for various types of shop. They are asking whether this should be done as part of a general devolution deal to a large area with an elected Mayor […]

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