Category Archives: Wokingham and West Berkshire Issues

Local government finance

I attended the debate on local government finance for 2015-16 last Tuesday, and had a meeting with the Minister as well. During the debate Labour announced that they would scrap the new homes bonus which has helped Wokingham recently, giving this money to larger urban authorities with higher levels of deprivation. Conservatives in the debate […]

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School of Systems Engineering, Reading University consultation.

I have responded to the request of the Vice Chancellor for views on the future of this school in the University. I have urged the University to keep and develop the School. Government policy and the national interest point towards more school pupils taking Science and technology subjects  with a view to going into Higher […]

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More staff and more treatments in local NHS

  The latest figures for the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust show that locally more medical staff are treated more people. It is a story of growth and improvement in service. Sine 2010 the local NHS has recruited an extra 70 hospital doctors and 258 additional nurses. There were 1313 more operations in 2012/13 compared […]

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Consultation over proposed new Post Office for Winnersh

I have been sent the following communication from the Post Office about services in Winnersh. All interested should go onto the www.postofficeviews.co.uk website where they can send in their comments, citing 23093999 as the branch reference. “Winnersh Post Office® 427 Reading Road, Winnersh, Wokingham, RG41 5HU Proposed move to new premises & branch modernisation I’m writing […]

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Water supply

Yesterday I met senior managers from Thames Water to discuss the quality of service, bills and flooding matters. Thames are keen for more people to convert voluntarily to water meters, Many users would benefit from lower bills, depending on their usage and house size.New smart meters also allow the water company to receive regular electronic […]

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Affordable homes

In recent years the proportion of people owning their own home has fallen in the UK. This concerns me, especially as many people would like to own their own home but find at current house prices that is either difficult or impossible. Present mortgage rates are helping. The typical interest rate at the start of […]

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Consultation on new leisure plans for Wokingham

The Council and regeneration company has written to me to set out their preliminary ideas for the Carnival Pool area of south Wokingham. They are planning a modernised and expanded leisure area. They wish to renovate Carnival Pool, resite the bowling alley, provide a larger gym facilities and indoor sports facilities. There will also be […]

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GP hours and services

I am pleased to say I receive very few complaints about our local GP service. Many constituents are pleased with the service available to them. Nationally there are issues with access to good GP services. Some people find it difficult to book an appointment. Some GP surgeries are overloaded, creating delays and difficulties for patients. […]

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Affordable housing

I attended a meeting with representatives of the Housing Association movement in the South east on Tuesday. I urged them to offer more affordable homes for sale, and more shared equity properties, as many people seeking a home would like to be owners or part owners if at all possible. Ownership is the preferred tenure […]

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M4 Motorway noise

I have lobbied in writing, by attending the consultation with officials, and by talking to Ministers and officials to get better abatement of M4 noise as we move to a smart motorway. I am pleased to report that following further conversations the Highway Agency says it is now planning to provide noise reducing surface materials […]

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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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