Every Saturday a Conservative team goes door to door asking voters for their thoughts on local and national matters. In recent weeks the emphasis has shifted back from the referendum and the EU issue, to being predominantly local matters. Last Saturday when I joined local Councillors in Earley who are most assiduous in keeping in touch with their supporters, the main issues that came up were traffic and grass cutting.
Councillors assured me and voters that the new grass cutting contract is a good one with five different levels of service, depending on whether regular short cuts are needed or not. Where grass is still not getting the attention residents think it needs, please get in touch with your local Councillor as they are still tweaking the appropriate service level for each verge and green space.
Some raised the matter of Europe with me. Four expressed happiness with the result and wanted a faster timetable for exit. One said they were pleasantly surprised that the economy had held up in the weeks after June 23rd, despite the worrying forecasts. One raised concerns about relatives living abroad in another European country and wanted reassurance that the plan it to agree that no-one has to leave against their will when the UK leaves the EU.