Category Archives: Wokingham and West Berkshire Issues

New Planning Guidance

I have received the enclosed letter from the Planning Minister: DCLG has published the final version of our consolidated planning practice guidance and also our response to a consultation on making it easier to change the use of redundant and under-used buildings. The Coalition Government is committed to reforming the planning system to make it […]

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The Paul Burstow New Clause to the Care Bill

          Several constituents wrote to me in suport of Mr Burstow’s proposed amendment to the Care bill, backed by the Labour party and 38 Degrees.        Mr Burstow sought to amend the Trust Speclal Administration regime introduced by Labour to deal with extreme hospital failures. The Coalition planned to continue the Labour approach, but […]

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Visit to St Crispin’s School

  On Friday I visited St Crispin’s School. I was invited to tour the buildings, and to see the recently built  Science block. It provides excellent new accommodation for science, and is in an architectural style which blends well with the distinctive twentieth century concrete structures of the listed buildings of the main school. I stopped […]

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Wokingham Dementia Action

 Mrs Caroline Rathmell has asked me to highlight the work she is doing with charity to help dementia sufferers in our local area. I am happy to do so. The aim is to improve awareness of the needs of dementia sufferers in the wider community so businesses and public sector service providers can help them […]

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Meeting with the Police Commissioner

  I attended a meeting of some Thames Valley MPs with our Police Commissioner in the Commons this week. He reported on the falling volume of burglary, one of his targets for reduction. He also told us of progress with rural crime, where the police have mounted special operations following thefts of tractors and other […]

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Railway barriers

  I held a meeting this week with the Rail Minister. I stressed to him the need for better commuter services on both the Reading to Paddington and the Reading to Waterloo lines, where we need more capacity and greater frequency of service on the Waterloo line. He has promised to write to me with […]

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Opening the Holt’s new classrooms

             On Monday morning with sunshine and a blue sky I opened the new classroom block at the Holt School.            It was the first day for the new rooms to come into use. 8 new teaching rooms will now be available for History, Geography and Philosophy of Religion. There are also new work […]

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Government support for the recovery from the recent flooding

The Government are providing a range of funding packages to help the country recover from this severe weather, and over the last week, the full set of arrangements have been confirmed. Information can be found at: www. gov.uk/government/news/uk-floods-2014-government-response. The package of support includes: The £37 million severe weather recovery scheme to support communities and contribute […]

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West Berkshire announces Council tax relief for flooded homes

West Berkshire is allowing homes affected by floods to qualify for Council tax reductions. Those with affected homes should consult the Council to see if they qualify.

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The Prime Minister sets out the help available for people and Councils affected by floods

After a week of extreme weather and truly dreadful flooding, I wanted to update you on the help the Government is providing to those who have been affected. The Government will be announcing further detail on how to apply for the following schemes by the end of next week: • For those homeowners and businesses […]

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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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