Category Archives: Wokingham and West Berkshire Issues

Response to constituents over civil wars

There have been horrific scenes on our tv screens from Iraq as the IS forces make their advance. We have seen the impact of the violence in the Israeli/Hamas conflict. The damage done in the Ukrainian civil war has not figured so prominently in the media, as journalists do not seem so interested in the […]

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Poppies at the Tower

  I am impressed by the  Poppies at the Tower art work. For £25 plus postage and packing you can contribute a poppy, with the net proceeds going to service charities. You will receive your poppy when the art work is taken down. Volunteers are also needed to plant the poppies. I have made my […]

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Wokingham Remembers

Following my article on the Great War, I have been contacted by Wokingham Remembers, a research group who have been building some knowledge of our area’s involvement in this event. They have a website here: Amongst other things, the group has posted the biographies of the 217 men on the Town Hall War Memorial, […]

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The Maiden Over

A number of constituents have contacted me about possible closure of the Maiden Over pub. I have been talking to councillors about what can be done in this situation: “I have taken an interest in the closure of pubs and the decline of the pub trade along with other MPs. Part of the problem is […]

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Help to buy assists Wokingham and West Berkshire home buyers

  Recent figures show that 91 people in the West Berkshire Council area, and 182 in the Wokingham Borough area have taken advantage of the government’s Help to Buy scheme. Many people would like to be homeowners, but have struggled to save enough for the much larger deposits now required by banks and Building Societies. […]

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Apple press available for local charities

  I recently met representatives of Transition Wokingham who told me of their Community Apple press. The main aim of the apple press is to let people use apples that would otherwise go to rot in their gardens or when they fall from “orphan trees” by the roadside. There is a membership scheme for which […]

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Fairer funding for Wokingham and West Berks schools

  Following requests from MPs that the government offer fairer funding to schools around the country, the government has now completed its review. It agrees that our local schools were getting less than a fair share. As a result, Wokingham Borough schools will in future receive £700,000 a year more, and West Berkshire schools £400,000. […]

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Burghfield Park – development proposals

  Yesterday I attended the consultation for new homes proposed  to be built close to  the sailing lake in Burghfield by Floodline Developments. They explained that their plan allows for more water retention in the lake to alleviate possible floods nearby, with engineering works paid for out of the development gains. Some of the waterside homes […]

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Arborfield housing development

  I have received the draft masterplan for the Hogwood Garden Village development, which  proposes 1500 new homes. Constituents are invited by the developer to put their views to, or send them to Hogwood Farm, Sheerlands Road, RG40 4GY. There will also be opportunity to send in comments to the planning authority, Wokingham Borough […]

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Assisted dying Bill

  Today the Lords will debate this private members bill. There is as yet no date or opportunity for this to be debated in the Commons. The Bill will only come to us for debate and decision should it pass all stages in the Lords, which is likely to be difficult given the strong forces […]

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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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