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March 23, 2015 10:48 PM
By Wokingham Liberal Democrats

At last week's Wokingham Borough Council meeting, the Lib Dems proposed crucial amendments to a Wokingham town centre regeneration motion submitted by Philip Mirfin the

Wokingham Liberal Democrats at Elms Field

Libdems at Elms Field

Conservative lead on regeneration. The amendment was to prevent building on green space at Elms Field. The Conservatives voted against the Lib Dem amendments and are determined to continue with their controversial plans to build on Elms Field.

Cllr Prue Bray (Leader of the Lib Dems) said "We will fight on for all the local residents who do not support the Conservative's plans to build on the green space at Elms Field. Our amendment would have preserved the green space for future generations but the Conservatives voted against this. They are making a fundamental mistake in proposing to build on Elms Field. Once it is gone, it is gone forever. "

Prue added "We were aghast that financial and economic viability were missed out in the conservative's original 5 key principles for regeneration. So part of our amendment was to add these to any key measures of achievement and we proposed the idea of breaking up the town centre development into discrete phases. This would greatly reduce the risk of business being permanently lost as the whole town becomes a building site for the next 5 to 10 years. Also if one part of the regeneration doesn't have the impact expected, there would be a chance to adjust the rest of the scheme. We think it is important to reduce the risks. The Conservatives clearly don't agree with us."

Wokingham's Liberal Democrats are undaunted by the Conservatives refusal to accept their changes and will fight on against the Conservative's controversial plans for building on Elms Field.