Category Archives: Wokingham and West Berkshire Issues

Political lunch in Wokingham

On Friday I was the guest of the Wokingham Conservative Lunch Club. I gave them a talk about the prospects for the new government of Theresa May, discussing the potential for the economy, industry and home ownership. I also talked about how Brexit should be handled to avoid economic damage. We are leaving the EU, […]

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Unemployment stays very low in Wokingham

The latest figures for the number of people out of work and claiming benefits shows 377 in Wokingham , or 0.7% of the potential workforce. This remains well below the country as a whole. It is good news that generally the UK economy continues to create more jobs for those needing them, and that businesses […]

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Visit to local Judo club

On Thursday afternoon I visited Pinewood Judo Club, at the invitation of Wokingham constituents who go there. We were primarily there to celebrate the success of the UK Judo team, which includes local  Ben Fletcher, who started at the Pinewood Club. I was given some insight into how top Judo fighters go about their task, […]

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Visit to see National Citizen Service group at Earley

I became a trainee dragon yesterday afternoon,  hearing the NCS Group draft presentations of money for charity to allow them to help people with dementia. The Group did a good job explaining what they wished to do to help elderly people in a local Home. They were also full of what they had learned from […]

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Ofcom’s Announcement on BT Openreach and Superfast Broadband

I have received this news release from Sharon White, Chief Executive of Ofcom.  I am aware that some of my constituents are experiencing great difficulty in accessing superfast broadband from BT Openreach as well as complaints of poor customer service.  There have been numerous calls for its break-up and in light of this Ofcom announced plans which will ensure […]

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A 329 M

I held a meeting today at Wokingham Council offices with representatives of Highways England and the Borough. I asked them to find a solution quickly to the problems created on the A 329 M by HE’s recent project to restrict through capacity on the motorway. After long exchanges, Highways England’s consultants agreed that traffic had not […]

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Noise barriers on the M4 junctions 3 to 12 smart motorway

I have recently received a paper from Highways England which details the work they intend to undertake to improve noise barriers on the M4 junctions 3 to 12 smart motorway. I am pleased to see that Highways England intends to extend the length of noise barriers in Winnersh, Lower Earley, Sindlesham and Emmbrook. The document […]

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New Bohunt School in Wokingham Celebrates Topping Out Ceremony

I have received the press release below from Wokingham Borough Council on the progress of the construction of the new Bohunt School.  The new school building is due to be finished September 2017.  While the construction is ongoing, the 100 plus students who will join the school this September will use the present buildings on the former Arborfield Garrison […]

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Unemployment falls again in UK and stays low in Wokingham

363 people are out of work in Wokingham, or 0.7%. That includes 60 people under the age of 24. I wish them success in finding work , at a time of continuing jobs growth generally. Nationwide unemployment fell last month to 4.9%, down from 7.9% in 2010. Employment hit a new high of 31.7 million […]

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National Citizens Service

Zoe Clark, the local organiser of the National Citizen Service for 16-17 year olds came to see me to tell me how well it is doing. Apparently 220 young people have enrolled for this summer to gain experience of independent living, networking and presenting. The aim is to do enjoyable things and to gain new […]

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