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Wokingham Vision: You should have gone to Specsavers

February 24, 2012 12:00 PM

Liberal Democrats on Wokingham Borough Council have expressed their shock and disappointment after finding that the Conservatives have spent £90,000 producing a Vision for the Council that is very similar to the one they had before. And the Lib Dems don't think the changes that have been made are for the better.

The Lib Dems agree that there should be a Vision to show where the council is going but say the Vision presented at the meeting falls short of what is required.

Commenting on the Vision, Cllr Prue Bray (Leader of the Lib Dem Group) said "What was "Our Vision" has turned into a shorter strapline. Unfortunately the bit the Conservatives have cut is the bit that said they wanted residents to feel valued. Other things that have been downgraded are: the voluntary sector, partnership working, civic pride, work / life balance and opportunities for all. The emphasis now is all on business growth."

Cllr Dee Tomlin (Twyford) said "We think the Council's Vision should be based on protecting vulnerable people, offering value for money, being open, being fair, and working with - and providing leadership to - the community. Everything else should follow from those principles.

Cllr Dee Tomlin added "If the Conservatives paid the consultant £90,000 to write the Vision, as I read in the Wokingham Times, then I am afraid the bit about "value for money" has already fallen by the wayside."