Category Archives: Wokingham and West Berkshire Issues

The Borough’s carol concert

On Sunday the local primary school singers and the Berkshire Maestros put on a great performance of carols and Christmas music. We were thrilled with the sleigh ride, challenged by the Christmas medley, had to concentrate on our round singing and enjoyed joining in with some the best know carols from the hymn books. I […]

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Wokingham unemployment hits a new low

In November just 366 people in the Wokingham constituency were on Job Seekers Allowance. Wokingham stays in the top ten places with the least unemployment ion the country. The numbers are down 54 on a month earlier, and down 219 on a year earlier. I am pleased to be able to report such good success […]

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Visit to Wokingham Post Office

On Monday morning John Redwood visited Wokingham Post Office to thank the postmen and women for all their hard work over the year serving the local community. He asked them about the high volumes of parcels going through for Christmas, and wished them a happy Christmas with their families. The office seemed quietly efficient, with […]

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Wokingham Choral Society at the Masonic Centre

Yesterday Wokingham Choral Society performed a great programme of Christmas music. Trying out the new venue for them in Winnersh, they sang us well known carols and more esoteric pieces of seasonal music. The choir trains hard and sings to a high standard. Some of the work was performed with the house lights turned down. […]

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Loddon carol concert

I am looking forward to the annual primary schools carol concert at the Loddon Valley leisure centre. The Council has just sent out the details for those interested: Over 400 schoolchildren will be singing in the Christmas season at Loddon Valley Leisure Centre, Lower Earley at the annual Wokingham Borough primary schools’ carol concert this […]

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Rail capacity on the Reading-Waterloo and Guildford lines.

I met representatives of the rail industry yesterday to review progress in providing more seats on trains on the busy Reading to Waterloo line. I was told that current plans are to increase capacity by one quarter by adding two extra coaches to each train. They are also looking at improvements to signals to allow […]

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Peach Place planning application

The Council has published its latest proposals for Wokingham Town Centre. I reproduce below their press release setting out what they wish to do: “NEXT STEP FORWARD FOR WOKINGHAM REGENERATION Wokingham Borough Council’s plans for regenerating Wokingham town centre have taken a huge step forward with the submission of the planning application for the redevelopment […]

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New spending in our area 2010-15

  Just as total public spending has been rising, so our area has benefitted from some new spending on large projects to improve our transport, education and environment. Network Rail has just completed a very expensive major rebuild of Reading Station. This provides more rail capacity so we can have more mainline rail services. It […]

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Better roads for Wokingham

I n response to the many worries about congestion as people try to get to work, to the shops and to take their children to school, the Council is planning a number of new roads and road improvements.  They have sent me the following reminder of their major current plans:   “The Council is proposing […]

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Boost for local businesses from the Autumn Statement

The Autumn Statement gave some useful additional help to many small  businesses. It helps shops, pubs, cafes and small firms with small premises by offering cuts in business rates, provides more credit for business, and helps with the cost of taking on apprentices. I quote from the Chancellor’s letter about this topic:   “More Help […]

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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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