Category Archives: Wokingham and West Berkshire Issues

Thames Water meeting and a new reservoir

I met Thames Water at Conference to review progress with handling surface water, waste water and future drinking water supply. Thames said they were making good progress with reducing leaks and  installing meters which cut demand. They expected to need a new large reservoir at Abingdon in due course, as a  rising population will need […]

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Controlling noise at Heathrow

At Party Conference in Manchester I had a meeting with the Chief Executive of Heathrow to get up to date on tackling noise nuisance from the airport. They have now launched their Fly quieter, Fly cleaner programme and publish how different airlines are doing. This is a way to spread better practice and to get […]

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Wokingham schools funding

Last week I received from Ministers the government figures for Wokingham schools money once the fairer funding scheme is fully brought in. According to these central figures the Holt will gain 4.8%, Bohunt 6.7%, St Crispins 5.8%, Emmbrook 6% and Forest 5.8%. That is more than £200,000 a year extra  in each case. I am […]

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Meeting the CAB

I went to see the CAB today after their AGM in Wokingham Town Hall. I thanked the volunteers there for the work they do to provide advice and support for people with problems in our local area. They bring dedication and skill to their tasks and make a very important voluntary contribution to our community. […]

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Visit to Arborfield Mill Weir by pass project

I went to see the  works that have been carried out by the Loddon adjacent to the A 327 on the edge of Arborfield to the west. I was told that the idea of the scheme is to assist fish and wildlife and to reduce the risk of flooding to the A 327. I welcome […]

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After the hurricane

I have followed up the problems facing people in the Caribbean by talking to Ministers and attending briefings. More importantly, the Foreign Secretary has arrived in the area with many more UK people and equipment to support the recovery operations. The UK sent the 16,000 tonnes Mount Bay auxiliary ship to the region with a […]

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Constituents stuck in the hurricane zone

I have only heard of two constituents who are said to be alive and unharmed but stuck on a holiday island that has been wrecked by the hurricane. When I got the message yesterday I contacted the Foreign Office website and hotline. They told me of the immediate plans to send in supplies and personnel […]

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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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