Some residents are asking if the Council can put in the facilities needed before allowing more new homes to be built.
They are right to expect that school places will be available when new children need them. That is why three new primaries were placed in Wokingham for this academic year, in advance of many of the new homes. It is also why the Council is pressing on with plans for additional secondary school provision. That of course needs to go through a proper independent process of assessment for planning and building consent purposes, which might lead to altered plans. The Council intends to provide all the places children need when they need them.
It is also crucial that more transport capacity is put in, as we do not have sufficient for current users. The government has with Network Rail just completed a major capacity expansion on the railway at Reading to help constituents get to and from London and elsewhere. We do now have a better and larger Wokingham station. The Station link road is the first part of ambitious schemes for Wokingham’s roads and will open shortly. The Council is making progress with its plans for the Arborfield and Shinfield by passes.
I understand people’s impatience to see these much need new facilities available and will do all I can to smooth their passage where they need government money and approvals.