Category Archives: Wokingham and West Berkshire Issues

Boost for local businesses from the Autumn Statement

The Autumn Statement gave some useful additional help to many small  businesses. It helps shops, pubs, cafes and small firms with small premises by offering cuts in business rates, provides more credit for business, and helps with the cost of taking on apprentices. I quote from the Chancellor’s letter about this topic:   “More Help […]

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Wokingham Borough Council funding and budgets

  I was surprised to be asked by the media recently about an Observer article suggesting local Council money had been cut by 40% under the Coalition government. I want to reassure all my local readers that nothing like this has happened to Wokingham, and I would be surprised to see any Council in England […]

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Money for Church buildings

The Second Church Estates Commissioner Sir Tony Baldry has written to me to tell me of a fund that can provide grants to Churches in need of repair, especially where they need roof and gutter work. If any local Church needs financial help with building repair they can apply by 30 January 2015 to the […]

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Pingewood Substation

I was pleased to receive a letter from the Environment Agency today telling me that Scottish and Southern Electricity (SSE), acting on advice from the Agency and West Berkshire Council, have carried out work to make Pingewood substation more resilient. This includes raising all the equipment above the 1 in 100 flood level, installing flood […]

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Improved roads in the Thames Valley

I attended yesterday’s Roads Statement by the Transport Secretary. The major improvements closest to Wokingham are: M4 Junction 3 to Junction 12   upgrading to a smart motorway M3  Junctions 2  to 4A upgrading to smart motorway including hard shoulder running M25 Junctions 10-16 (A3 to M40) upgrading smart motorway and substantial widening of junction 11, […]

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Wokingham’s Winter Carnival

I enjoyed yesterday’s Carnival. The streets were crowded as people came to see the procession of attractive floats, performers and special vehicles. After the walks or drive around the Carnival route, we assembled in the Marketplace for carols as the Mayor switched on the lights. I would like to say a big “thank you” to […]

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Consultation on the proposed M4 Junctions 3 to 12 Smart Motorway scheme

I have received representations from constituents about this matter. I have therefore written today to Graham Dalton, Chief Executive of the Highways Agency to highlight the concerns raised: Mr Graham Dalton Chief Executive Highways Agency Federated House London Road Dorking RH4 1SZ 26 November 2014 Dear Mr Dalton I am writing with regard to the […]

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Reply to Heathrow noise complaints

I have had the following reply to the complaint I placed on the Heathrow site. I still recommend constituents register their own complaints on the Heathrow noise site as well:   ” I am sorry you have been disturbed by aircraft using Heathrow. Your complaint has been registered. The airspace trials ended on the 12 November […]

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The view of a local GP on the petition about private contractors in the NHS

A  local doctor sent me the following important observations and said I could make it more widely known. This complements my general blog today about the national NHS:   “The emotive “save our NHS”  petition below is doing the rounds.  I don’t agree with it.   I don’t think the problems of the NHS are […]

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NHS is not about to be privatised

  I have taken up the issue of NHS privatisation and today’s private members bill with Ministers, as some constituents have sent me copies of an  email expressing worries on the topic. The Minister tells me:   “This Bill seeks to prevent ‘privatisation’ that simply isn’t happening.   There are no new competition provisions in the […]

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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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