Wokingham Council is annoying residents

I am getting complaints about the increases in parking charges, the extension of parking charge hours and the failure to mend potholes quickly. The Council seems to be out to fleece the motorists, make it more difficult to take a car into the town centre and make it  more difficult for all those who need their car to get to work, to take children to school, to get to the shops. I have put these points to our Conservative Councillors who are trying to get change of policy from the Council. Residents deserve better.


  1. agricola
    July 13, 2023

    Give or take a bit, 20% of all council spending is on Pensions for its employees. Private sector workers pay largely for their own pension. Why, as rate paying residents of an average local council, are they then asked to pay for public sector workers pensions.
    That 20% could be used to rectify all the deficiencies on parking , potholes, and regeneration that most of our living space requires. My view is that all public sector workers should fund their own retirement.

  2. Keith Collyer
    July 13, 2023

    Not half as much as the incompetent, mendacious, cruel, corrupt government of which party you are a member.

    1. paul cuthbertson
      July 13, 2023

      KC – Summed up PERFECTLY.

  3. Adrian Maddock
    July 13, 2023

    Good luck with that, John. It’s very hard dealing with loonies.

  4. Jude
    July 13, 2023

    Think, John you need to remind these councillors that those that elect them. Then pay their wages expect Councillors to serve them. Not mugg them for more money. It seems councillors are expert at wasting money or increasing their pensions. Where has all the money gone that Government gave councils to mend pot holes???? Full audits should take place & be published in the local papers & media. That might focus councillors minds!
    Shamefully this is happening in many counties & is unacceptable abuse of rate & taxpayers money. However, there are a few competent councils in UK. Their good practise should be implemented in bad councils.

  5. Pauline
    July 13, 2023

    They do – if anyone wants to sign our petition asking for a rethink on the reduction in litter bins and emptying please sign here.


  6. paul cuthbertson
    July 13, 2023

    The same with ALL Councils. They just sit in their cosy ivory towers and do absolutely nothing for the Residents. All part of the PLAN to piss people off.

  7. Bryan Harris
    July 14, 2023

    No doubt like so many, Wokingham council have even if they have not declared it, started to work towards hiving residents off into 15 minute cities.
    Not doing their day job and ripping off motorists is but the first stage.

    We each should demand to know what policies councils are pursuing that will work in favour of the great reset – Time for a voter revolution against those that no longer serve us

  8. Joan Sawyers
    July 14, 2023

    Like many of my fellow residents I am fuming over the cavalier way the council I’d treating it’s tax payers. They admit they are trying to get residents out of their cars and onto public transport, walking or bicycles. What sort of cloud cuckoo land do they inhabit. Could they do a weekly shop on a cycle or try to lug five bags of groceries home. I am worried each time my grandsons go out to play in case they get a tick bite in the long grass. Also it makes a very bad impression on visitors when they enter the town to untidy verges. I could go on all day but I’m sure you’ve heard it all before. Who elected these imbeciles into power I dread to think.

  9. Cliff..
    July 16, 2023

    Sir John,
    It was mentioned on Tice Talk on TalkTV this morning that Wokingham are planing a ULEZ is that true?

    Reply The Lib Dem Council have not consulted me about such a proposal.

    1. Pauline
      July 20, 2023

      As leader of the Conservative group and a councillor on the Borough Council I haven’t heard anything about ULEZ in Wokingham, however the current Lib Dem councillors seem to avoid consultation or even proper decision making – litter bin reduction and food recycling bag removal are the latest examples – so who knows what is actually happening!

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