Yesterday evening as Parliament is in recess I was able to go to the public meeting at Emmbrook School to discuss the Wokingham Northern Relief Road. The Chairman of the meeting was keen I should attend and listen, so I did.
The meeting was well attended. We heard a presentation from a Borough officer on the public response to the original consultation, which favoured Route B by a large margin, and on the subsequent changes the Borough has made to the route. Most of the questions and points made by audience members were critical of the changes to the preferred route, or were concerns about the route chosen for construction traffic.
The Leader of the Council, the Councillor responsible for the scheme, and local ward Councillors from Emmbrook were all present, so they all heard the range of points and criticisms made. The issues that came up all related to the planning powers and highways choices of the Borough, so it is good Councillors were there to hear objections or wishes for improvements. They can take this into account as they develop the scheme further and move towards seeking planning permission.
As MP I am ready to help the Council with applications for government funding once there is an agreed scheme with planning permission, where government money or assistance is needed.