I was out and about in Earley again on Saturday morning. The two local preoccupations were the refuse system and school catchments.
Some commented favourably on the new refuse collection service now they have seen it in operation. One person disliked the new bags and said they broke too easily, one liked the idea of composting green waste, and one lobbied against the charges on Green waste collection. I have raised these matters again with Councillors.
Several people asked about the catchment for the Holt School. I have asked Councillors to look into the concerns, and reminded constituents that now the Holt is an Academy they will have the right to make their own proposals for any further catchment change. I know of no such planned further change.
The main national issue raised was our continuing membership of the EU, where several people want a vote on whether we should stay in on current terms. I explained I fully support a referendum, and voted for one in the Commons last year when we forced the matter. I will continue to press the government for one, and will vote again for one if and when the issue returns to the Commons agenda.