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  • 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.

  • Article: Jul 26, 2014

    Liberal Democrats have helped to restore the UK economy to pre-crash levels, figures released today show.

    The UK economy has grown by 0.8% over the last quarter, ensuring that the UK economy has now returned to the same level it had before the banking crisis in 2008.

    Commenting Clive Jones, Lib Dem PPC for Wokingham said:

  • Clive Jones at the Maiden Over
    Article: Jul 26, 2014

    Clive Jones, Liberal Democrat prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Wokingham, has worked with Local Camra members to stop the Maiden Over public house becoming a Tesco.

    "I have been aware of the possible closure of the Maiden Over for a few days and have worked with two Liberal Democrat members of Camra to nominate the Maiden Over as a community asset." says Clive.

    "I had considered making the application in the name of the Liberal Democrats, but was advised that this would not have been correct."

    Clive said, "Hopefully this will stop any development of the Maiden Over site by Tesco. My feeling is that we don't need another local store in the area. We already have several Tesco's, Sainsbury's, Co-ops and of course McColl's. we don't need more. If anything we have a lack of local pubs.

    "The Maiden Over has been an important part of the community in Earley for many years. Certainly for all of the 40 years that I have lived in the area".

    Clive Jones has written to the Chief Executive of Wokingham Borough Council asking them to issue an Article 4 Direction which will mean that planning permission has to be granted for the change of use from a public house to a convenience store. Wokingham Borough Council have now confirmed the receipt of the nomination.

  • Article: Jul 17, 2014

    The number of people in work in the UK has equalled a record high showing we are on the road to recovery,Clive Jones said today. The employment rate has never been higher as the number of people in work reached a record high of 73.1 per cent only hit once before in 2005. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said that between March and May, 30.64m people were in work, 254,000 more than between December and February, and 929,000 more than a year earlier.