Category Archives: Wokingham and West Berkshire Issues

Help to buy assists Wokingham and West Berkshire home buyers

  Recent figures show that 91 people in the West Berkshire Council area, and 182 in the Wokingham Borough area have taken advantage of the government’s Help to Buy scheme. Many people would like to be homeowners, but have struggled to save enough for the much larger deposits now required by banks and Building Societies. […]

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Apple press available for for local charities

  I recently met representatives of Transition Wokingham who told me of their Community Apple press. The main aim of the apple press is to let people use apples that would otherwise go to rot in their gardens or when they fall from “orphan trees” by the roadside. There is a membership scheme for which […]

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Fairer funding for Wokingham and West Berks schools

  Following requests from MPs that the government offer fairer funding to schools around the country, the government has now completed its review. It agrees that our local schools were getting less than a fair share. As a result, Wokingham Borough schools will in future receive £700,000 a year more, and West Berkshire schools £400,000. […]

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Burghfield Park – development proposals

  Yesterday I attended the consultation for new homes proposed  to be built close to  the sailing lake in Burghfield by Floodline Developments. They explained that their plan allows for more water retention in the lake to alleviate possible floods nearby, with engineering works paid for out of the development gains. Some of the waterside homes […]

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Arborfield housing development

  I have received the draft masterplan for the Hogwood Garden Village development, which  proposes 1500 new homes. Constituents are invited by the developer to put their views to hogwood@yahoo.co.uk, or send them to Hogwood Farm, Sheerlands Road, RG40 4GY. There will also be opportunity to send in comments to the planning authority, Wokingham Borough […]

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Assisted dying Bill

  Today the Lords will debate this private members bill. There is as yet no date or opportunity for this to be debated in the Commons. The Bill will only come to us for debate and decision should it pass all stages in the Lords, which is likely to be difficult given the strong forces […]

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Evendons Primary School

  The government has agreed to provide money for a new Primary School in Evendons on the Finchampstead Road. This will be a free school offering 350 places for 4-11 year olds. The aim is to open the school this September. John Redwood said  “I congratulate all involved in getting the Free school plans this […]

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The Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Bill

As a number of constituents have written to me about the emergency Bill on Data Retention I am setting out some of my thoughts on the topic for those interested in the letter I reproduce below: Thank you for your letter concerning the proposed legislation on data and criminal justice. The government and Opposition claim […]

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Legislating on communications data

  Next week Parliament will debate a Bill to reaffirm the law on surveillance of communications in the UK. Several constituents have written expressing their concern about this. I am therefore  reproducing beneath the government’s argument on why this measure is needed and how it mainly restates the existing position. As all 3 party leaders […]

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Water supply

  I was unhappy to learn that some residents in Earley have twice experienced interruptions to supplies in recent days owing to pump failure. I am stressing to Thames Water the need for reliable facilities and regular supplies. Yesterday I met representatives of South East Water, and stressed to them the need to make sufficient provision […]

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    John Redwood has been the Member of Parliament for Wokingham since 1987. First attending Kent College, Canterbury, he graduated from Magdalen College, and has a DPhil from All Souls, Oxford. A businessman by background, he has been a director of NM Rothschild merchant bank and chairman of a quoted industrial PLC.
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