Category Archives: Wokingham and West Berkshire Issues

Building work in Wokingham and West Berkshire

Today when I was having another of my walks to inspect the work and hear feedback on what is happening to Wokingham town centre a constituent came up to me to say how worried she was about the volume of development going on. She was pleased to see I was viewing it and surprised to […]

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Illegal encampments

I have been asked to look into the law allowing landlords or the public authorities to ask people to move who are living in caravans and other temporary accommodation on land without permission. There is a current case in Arborfield that is worrying some residents. There are two main legal routes to sort these out. […]

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Visit to Royal Berkshire hospital

I held a review meetings with the Chief Executive of the Royal Berkshire Hospital yesterday. We covered a wide range of issues concerning quality of service and the future development of medical care in our area. I was able to report a very low level of complaints to me about the service the hospital is […]

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Visit to TIM Befriending service in Burghfield

I visited the Tim fourth anniversary celebration today in Burghfield. Since its foundation it has recruited many volunteers to provide friendship, help and support to those in the community who need it. It now covers Mortimer, Wokefield, Sulhamstead and Ufton Nervet as well as Burghfield where it started. I congratulated Bev French and her team, […]

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Well done to Wokingham A level students

Wokingham Borough schools report a 99.1% pass rate this year at A level, above the national average. Well done to all involved. I hope it means many of you can go on the courses and futures you have planned. I also congratulate all in West Berkshire that have done well in the exams.

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Unemployment falls in the UK. Wokingham’s rate is just 0.7%, well below the average.

It was good to see strong job generation again in the latest UK official job figures, with further substantial falls in unemployment. In Wokingham the unemployment rate remained low, with the constituency in the top 25 for a low rate nationwide out of 650. We are now at record levels of employment, with good progress […]

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New rail investment announced

I received this letter from the Department for Transport: I am writing to inform you about new rail investment that we are supporting to improve journeys for passengers and support the economy in the Reading area. Passenger numbers have more than doubled since privatisation of the railways 20 years ago and our country’s railways need […]

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Berkshire’s superfast broadband coverage

I have received this news release from West Berkshire Council regarding Berkshire superfast broadband coverage: Superfast Berkshire, a multi-million pound programme to deliver access to high speed broadband throughout Berkshire has entered its final phase. The programme initiative was started in 2011, under the umbrella of the Government’s (Broadband Delivery UK) national programme, set out […]

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Strive Awards in Wokingham

On Friday I had the pleasure of giving out the Strive certificates to all those who have completed the business start up course organised by Wokingham Borough Council and their partners. People wanting to establish a business of their own gave presentations on what they wish to achieve. 4 experts on a panel gave advice […]

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Visit to National Grid

I had the pleasure of attending the National Grid graduation day for their interns. Under their theme of “Employability” they give young people a better chance of a future job by good intern programmes. One of this year’s intake has been offered a job with National Grid, who are helping the others find jobs or […]

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