An embarrassed Tory councillor behind money saving plans to curb grass cutting across Wokingham borough has been forced to say sorry to the public.
It follows widespread local anger at how road signs have become obscured and paths made impassable by a decision to stop mowing grass verges. As a result many communal areas where local residents take their children or walk their dogs have become unusable and in some places even dangerous.
Local Liberal Democrats claimed the controversial verge-side policy was verging on madness and challenged the Conservative councillor responsible, Angus Ross, to apologise. Now those demands have finally been met with Cllr. Ross admitting at this month's (July) council meeting that his scheme had caused problems and he wanted to apologise to the public.
This was welcomed by Lib Dem group deputy leader Council. Lindsay Ferris who after the meeting said if the grass cutting contract had been properly planned, most of the problems could have been avoided.
"Responsibility lies with Cllr. Ross as it's his job to oversee the service" insisted Coun. Ferriis "However we're pleased he has recognised the need to apologise and now expect him to explain how he will ensure the contract is better managed in future. "Council officers who had to spend time and effort sorting out the grass-cutting problems deserve our thanks ... but they should not have had to do it."
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Thatcham Vision, which was put together by the community, said the town badly needed a central, public facility for a variety of uses.
In response, when West Berkshire Council decided it no longer needed The Priory, the Liberal Democrats who then were in control of Thatcham Town Council, fought hard to buy it as a resource for the community. They developed a business plan which showed how The Priory would house a range of community uses right in the heart of the town. They included:
The Liberal Democrat Group on West Berkshire Council have welcomed the fact that the decision on the future of libraries in the district will now be made at a meeting of the full council after public consultation.
Previously stakeholders had been told that the decision would be made by the Council's Executive Committee made up of ten Conservative councillors.
Judith Bunting has been unanimously selected as the Liberal Democrat candidate for Newbury constituency.
Following reports that the new Prime Minister might go to the country early, before a possible recession and to take advantage of Labour in-fighting, Liberal Democrat candidates are now in place in key seats all across the country. This means the party is ready to fight a general election whenever it comes.