Category Archives: Wokingham and West Berkshire Issues

Wokingham Conservatives Lunch Club

I was the guest speaker at the Wokingham Lunch Club today. I would like to thank the organisers led by Barbara Houghton, and the 90 who turned up for the event.  We had a good range of questions following my comments. I covered local issues, education, transport, law and order, taxes, the economy and the […]

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Swallowfield village store and new housing

I officially opened the modernised and improved Post Office and Village stores in Swallowfield today. I also was invited in to see one of the new and renovated  houses and one of the remodelled flats. They are delightful new homes finished to a good standard. Swallowfield Parish Council has taken advantage of a government initiative […]

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The Barkham petition

I will make sure the strength of feeling in Barkham against further large scale housing development is well understood at Wokingham Borough. I am trying to get the government to agree that Wokingham has more than enough planning permissions outstanding to take care of needs for considerably more than the next 5 years. I wish to […]

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How I represent Remain and Leave voters

I have had a couple of emails telling me I should support staying in the EU or so watering down Brexit that we might as well stay in the EU because a majority of people in Wokingham voted Remain. Let me explain again why I do not agree. The first thing to understand is my […]

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School Funding – reply from the Secretary of State

I have received the following reply from the Secretary of State for Education in response to my intervention on his speech on 25 April and my subsequent private meeting with him in June: Dear John Following our meeting, I wanted to respond in writing with further information on the areas we discussed. You raised some […]

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Housing Supply – Response from Wokingham Borough Council

Following my recent blog on planning, I have now received the enclosed statement from Pauline Jorgensen, the Executive Member for Housing on Wokingham Borough Council: “We recognise that there is continuing demand for housing in the South East, and particularly in Wokingham Borough. “This is partly driven by the Borough being recognised as one of […]

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Universal credit goes to work

I visited the local Job Centre on Friday to see how they are getting on with Universal Credit. I was impressed by the office. The staff were generally positive about Universal Credit, seeing it as an improvement on the previous system. They reported a generally smooth transfer so far. That would reflect the evidence of […]

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Visit to Kendrick School

I visited Kendrick School today to talk to the management team about possible school expansion. The School is considering expanding from 3 form entry to 4 form entry. This would still leave it smaller than Reading Grammar for boys which has five form entry. I would be happy to support such a move. We live […]

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Response to my representations on aircraft noise from the Chief Executive of Heathrow Airport

Dear John, Thank you for getting in touch regarding the vote on Heathrow expansion. I am very aware of the problems caused to your constituents by changes NATS made to the way in which the Compton Gate was used. I was not made aware of these changes until after they had been implemented and asked […]

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The Heathrow decision

I left making up my mind on how to vote on Heathrow until the debate. I wanted to hear from constituents, and also wished to get better assurances from those involved in the project concerning aircraft noise. I received fifteen times as many emails urging me to vote for the airport expansion as against. Most […]

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