Today I attended the West Berkshire Councillor policy and training day and spoke to them about what a Conservative Council can achieve, working with a Conservative government.
I set out the aims of the affordable homes for sale policy and urged West Berkshire to be an early adopter. I explained the outlines of the Housing and Planning Bill and asked for their advice on how that Bill can be improved to achieve what we want.
I reminded Councillors of the pinch points and other schemes to help pay for necessary road improvements. Busting traffic jams, improving flows and road safety are essential priorities for a government and a Council determined to promote prosperity and growth.
I offered to take up issues for the Council with Ministers where there are problems. Immediate tasks are to work on a fair financial settlement, and to make sure Planning Inspectors reflect Ministerial and Council planning policies in their decisions.