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 […]
After discussions with the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, the British Insurance Brokers’ Association has announced a flood cover scheme for commercial premises and let properties at risk of flooding. Many small and medium businesses in flood risk areas have had difficulty in obtaining cover and this scheme may help to provide a […]
I have regular review meetings on our resilience against flood waters, as we live in a low lying area with plenty now built on flood plain. I meet the Environment Agency and keep i n touch with the two local Councils who have the lead responsibility. Last week I attended a meeting with the Secretary […]
Yesterday I went to the Living Advent Calendar event at Martins. A good crowd turned out to hear the music and singing, with mulled wine and mince pies provided by the hosts. I would like to thank all involved in laying on this series of events in the run up to Christmas.
I have received this memo from Cllr Angus Ross about measures that are being taken to help prevent flooding: Officers have reviewed the procedures and possible future action to minimise the chances of further road closures because of flooding. I have been assured that the contractor OCS has manually swept the recessed gully. Also that […]
At a meeting on Monday 28th November between the Aviation Minister, John Redwood MP and Adam Afriyie MP, with representatives for Dr Lee and Michael Gove also present, John Redwood suggested the following: 1. The Minister to talk to NATs about the 2014 changes to the Compton Gate which were made without consultation, with a […]
I have been pressing the government for more financial assistance to create better maintained, safer and less congested roads. The Autumn Statement has produced more cash for these purposes. Wokingham Borough will benefit with an additional £230,000 from the Potholes Fund next year, whilst West Berkshire will receive £336,000. The Wokingham budget for highways maintenance […]
I have received the enclosed update from Ministers: Dear Colleague, Re: EQUITABLE LIFE PAYMENT SCHEME I know that the progress of the Equitable Life Payment Scheme (“the Scheme”) is of interest to colleagues, so I am writing to you today to inform you of its closure and what it has achieved. As announced by the […]
IPSA has just published the total expenses of all MPs for 2015-16 year. The average MP that year claimed a total of £174,867 to run an office, and to cover travel and accommodation costs. The main part of the sum was spent on staff salaries. John Redwood claimed a total of £76,487 that year, or […]
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