Category Archives: Wokingham and West Berkshire Issues

More money for West Berkshire and Wokingham road maintenance

There are too many potholes and fraying road edges around the area. I have been pressing the government for more cash to help our Councils repair and maintain the roads to a good standard. A stitch in time can also save nine, sparing us higher cost and more delay for bigger repairs later. Yesterday I […]

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Consultation on night flight restrictions at Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted

I enclose a copy of a letter I have received from Lord Ahmad, the Aviation Minister: 170112 – Lord Ahmad – Dear Colleague MPs – Consultation on Night Flights Restrictions – 2017 to 2022. He explains that the Government has opened a consultation on night flight restrictions at Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted. The consultation is available […]

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Grazeley and more homes in the Wokingham constituency

I have been consulting over whether local residents think building more homes at Grazeley is a good or bad idea. Both Wokingham Borough and West Berkshire Councils are attracted to the idea, but it has not been agreed as policy. I am writing a reminder today, as Wokingham Borough Council are making progress with their […]

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Aircraft Noise

Following my meeting with the Minister last month I have received a letter from him which I am posting below: 161228-ministers-letter      

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Visit to Wokingham Royal Mail Delivery Office

I visited the Wokingham Delivery Office this morning to wish all the postal staff a happy Christmas and to thank them for all their extra efforts to get all the Christmas post out in good time this year. The pattern of Christmas deliveries has altered with the coming of the internet, with many more parcels […]

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Local Council settlement

I attended the Statement on local authority finance today. The government said that West Berkshire will have £113 m of core spending power next year, and Wokingham £110.7m. The Schools settlement is of course in addition to this. Most Councils were awarded similar figures to 2016-17, which means the need for efficiency improvements next year […]

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The siege of Aleppo

On Tuesday Parliament held an important urgent debate on the cruel end to the recapture of Aleppo by the Syrian government. All of us were horrified by the reports of shelling, barrel bombs and mass killings of the civilian population. We all wanted to see action taken to help the humanitarian workers, the doctors, nurses, […]

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Local plans

On Tuesday we had an important debate about housebuilding and local plans. Several of us made the point that local and neighbourhood plans can be outflanked by developers using the appeal system. Where a Council has concentrated development on a few sites to maximise the development gain payments and to ensure proper infrastructure provision, the […]

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Great Western Services over Christmas

I have received this letter from the Managing Director of Great Western Railway about services over the Christmas period: Dear John I wrote to you a few weeks ago to alert you to the closure of Paddington station over Christmas this year to allow for electrification and Crossrail works. This is just a quick follow […]

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Christmas begins

Christmas begins for me with the Wokingham Borough Schools’ Carol Concert. From the moment I stepped into the Loddon Leisure Centre last night and saw the orchestra and the decorations I felt the pulse of Christmas. James Baker led the choir and the orchestra with his customary enthusiasm and understanding. The Berkshire Maestros lived up […]

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