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  • Article: Sep 26, 2014

    At last nights' Wokingham Borough Council Executive meeting, the Conservatives voted through pay of £6,095 a year for councillors who are Non-Executive Directors of the Council owned company WBC (Holdings) Ltd. This brings to 10 the number of Conservative councillors who are eligible to be paid as non-executive directors of council-owned companies, an increase of 5.

  • Article: Sep 22, 2014

    At a meeting of Wokingham Liberal Democrats on Monday 22nd September, Clive Jones expressed his views about the recent Scottish referendum. He welcomed the vote to stay in the United Kingdom and called for greater political reforms in the coming months. For example, 16 and 17 year olds were allowed to vote in the recent Scottish referendum. "They should be allowed to vote in the 2015 General Election as well," said Clive Jones.

    The assemblies in Northern Ireland and Wales and the Scottish Parliament are all elected by a system of proportional representation. Over the next few months there will be a discussion about a Parliament for England and enhanced powers for English voters. Clive said, "Any English Parliament must be elected by a system of proportional representation. It's worked well in the other three parts of the UK. There is no reason why it won't work in England as well. PR has produced majority governments in both Wales and Scotland. It could do the same in England and it could produce Coalitions.

  • Article: Sep 22, 2014

    Clive Jones, Liberal Democrat prospective parliamentary candidate for Wokingham says,

    "Charlotte Haitham-Taylor should resign her position as Executive member for Children's Services and Education immediately. There is no way she can concentrate properly on her very important role protecting children and developing education in Wokingham, whilst at the same time spending several days a week 240 miles away in north-west Durham.

    "She is not doing her job properly. Wokingham residents and particular Wokingham children deserve better from their Councillors. Mrs Haitham Taylor is treating her very important role with contempt. By becoming a Conservative PPC so far away she is concentrating on what she sees as her parliamentary career rather her responsibilities in Wokingham. She has to resign her executive role."

    Her new role will surely mean that her attention to her Executive member role in Wokingham will suffer. She is in charge of a particular sensitive area of the Councils work and we cant have her fitting in her work here around her visits to Durham which will involve being away from Wokingham for several days a week.

    Additionally, if she has moved to Shotley Bridge in the North-West Durham constituency, as the local papers there have reported, she should resign her seat on Wokingham Borough Council.

  • Article: Sep 19, 2014

    At last night's Wokingham Borough Council Meeting, Cllr Kay Gilder (South Lake ward) presented a petition from her local residents calling on Wokingham Borough Council to stop the years of neglect and restore the South Lake to its former beauty.

    Kay said "The debris in and around the lake is not being cleared and we have had enough. The Council must restore the environment and commit to maintaining the lake properly in future. I have told the Council again and again that the lake is being neglected and this is damaging wildlife and the lake gives off a terrible smell. The Conservative-led Council is not listening. Over 500 people have signed this petition and I demand that the Council get on and sort this out."

  • Article: Sep 19, 2014

    At last night's Council Meeting the Liberal Democrats were shocked when Conservatives voted down a proposal to bring in a fairer, more democratic and transparent process for appointments and payments to Councillors who sit on the boards of Council owned companies such as OPTALIS and Wokingham Housing Ltd.

  • Article: Sep 19, 2014

    Woodley residents sent a clear message to Wokingham Borough Council last night, as a Lib Dem petition called on the Conservatives to involve the local community when considering plans for Bulmershe Leisure Centre's future. Lib Dems and Woodley Town Council worked with residents to save Bulmershe Swimming Pool and Leisure Centre in 1995 when the Conservative controlled Wokingham District Council was prepared to see it closed.

  • Clive Jones with the new 'Nineteens' bus
    Article: Aug 14, 2014

    Lib Dem PPC for Wokingham Clive Jones met today with the MD of Reading Buses, James Freeman, to review the progress of the enhanced number 21 route and new numbers 19a, 19b and19c, which go from Earley to Reading via the Royal Berkshire Hospital. It seems that passenger numbers are better than expected in the first month of the new timetable and new routes.

  • Article: Aug 8, 2014

    Local Lib Dems are disappointed that Conservative councillors at Wokingham Borough Council have trumpeted a survey of business owners that shows support for town centre regeneration, when the survey says nothing new.

    Cllr Lindsay Ferris deputy leader of the Lib Dem group, said, "Well, I hope the Conservatives did not waste taxpayer's money to fund this survey, as it tells us nothing new. Since regeneration plans were first thought about, a majority of residents and businesses agree that regeneration is necessary. BUT what form will this Regeneration take? That is the key issue. At Lib Dem consultations and meetings with the public and businesses earlier this year on our Alternative Regeneration Proposals, this was what people were most concerned about and interested in.

  • Article: Jul 30, 2014

    The Liberal Democrats at Wokingham Borough Council have been pointing out problems with the grass-cutting service for over a year, and there have been a number of complaints about long grass, untidiness, and poor maintenance. The issue was discussed by the council's Overview & Scrutiny Management Committee on Monday 28th July, in response to a petition set up by resident Brian Clark, who was dismayed by the quality of the grass-cutting service run by the Borough. At the meeting it was announced that Executive member Cllr Angus Ross is conducting a review of the grass-cutting which will report in the Autumn.

  • Article: Jul 28, 2014

    At last week's Wokingham Borough Council meeting, Liberal Democrat councillors proposed that Wokingham Borough Council take control of enforcing parking restrictions and tackle the issue of inconsiderate parking in the Borough once and for all. Wokingham's council is one of very few that relies on the police to provide parking enforcement, but the police do not have the resources to deal with it.