Category Archives: Wokingham and West Berkshire Issues

Night Flights Consultation

In light of the problems with aircraft noise and nights flights in the constituency I have lobbied Ministers, Heathrow and the National Air Traffic Services (NATS). Please find below the letter I have written to Department of Transport in response to their consultation on night flights. I would also strongly encourage residents to contribute to […]

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Business rates

I have been lobbying the government along with other MPs to do more to alleviate high business rate increases hitting some firms in our areas under the revaluation proposals. The government has offered substantial rate relief to many small businesses, but there remain numerous businesses that will experience rises in their rates bills at a time […]

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Design and use of UK airspace consultation

The Government is currently consulting on proposals to: • Support the reform of airspace, thereby maximising the economic and social benefits of aviation • Minimise the negative local impacts of aviation Ministers are seeking comment on proposals to update policy on the management of UK airspace including: • The role of an Independent Commission on […]

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The Forest School

I was sad to receive a copy of the resignation  letter of the Head teacher of the Forest this week.  I wish her well in retirement and understand her wish to pass the leadership of the school on to someone else. In the letter she draws attention to the current level of the Forest budget. […]

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Night flight restrictions at Gatwick, Heathrow and Stansted

The Government is currently consulting on proposals for night flight restrictions at Gatwick, Heathrow and Stansted. The Government’s proposals relate to: • Environmental objectives • The length of the restrictions • The structure of the restrictions • Movement limits at each airport • Noise quota limits at each airport The consultation can be found here: […]

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Shinfield Eastern Relief Road

I had previously taken up the question of delay to completion of the Shinfield by pass. The Council has now provided the following explanation:

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Housing numbers

During my last meeting with Wokingham Borough I was reminded that Wokingham has a target to build  856 new homes a year from 2013. (LEP study of housing need Feb 2016) That makes Wokingham’s share of the West Berkshire total 30%, with the other Councils  providing the rest of the 2855. Reading itself has a lower target […]

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Heathrow expansion – Draft Airports National Policy Statement

The Government is currently seeking views on the draft the Airports National Policy Statement. Details of the consultation can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/heathrow-expansion-draft-airports-national-policy-statement. There are a number of consultation events taking place, such as one in Bracknell on Thursday 16 February 2017 at Carnation Hall. Further details are available on the consultation page.

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New houses and Grazeley

I was given some more information about the Council’s possible project for a new town at Grazeley with 15,000 homes at a meeting on Friday. This is the project the Council is currently consulting about. My comments included 1. Will the Council seek some guarantees that were it to go ahead at Grazeley there would […]

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The Sustainable Drainage System (SuDS) Strategy

Wokingham Borough Council has adopted a new strategy to ensure new developments have appropriate sustainable drainage systems to manage the risk of flooding, improve water quality, and biodiversity.  Please find below their press release: Suds now part of major builds   Wokingham Borough Council has adopted a new strategy to ensure new developments have appropriate […]

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