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  • Cllr Beth Rowland
    Article: Jul 26, 2015
    By Wokingham Liberal Democrats

    At last Thursday's Wokingham Borough Council meeting the Lib Dem councillors were delighted that their proposal to get the Council actively lobbying government for an improvement to the funding of the Borough's schools was unanimously agreed across the Council.

    Cllr Beth Rowland (South Lake ward) said "Our schools are the lowest funded in the country and it is not good enough. Our children deserve better and are being penalised. I put forward this motion because the Liberal Democrats are concerned that the low levels of funding will begin to impact on the high standards that local schools achieve."

  • Article: Jul 22, 2015
    By Wokingham Liberal Democrats

    At this Thursday's Full Council meeting, Cllr Tom McCann (Loddon ward) will be asking about road resurfacing work and is concerned about ensuring that resurfacing work is being prioritised and allocated fairly across the borough, particularly in his area of Woodley. The state of the borough's roads have a constant impact on our residents and the Council must be open, transparent and able to provide easily accessible information about this repair work and so demonstrate its road maintenance schedules are fair, efficient and effective.

  • Cllr Lindsay Ferris
    Article: Jul 21, 2015
    By Wokingham Liberal Democrats

    At this Tursday;'s Full Council meeting, Cllr Lindsay Ferris (Twyford ward) has submitted a question that reflects the Lib Dem group's concerns with why the Borough's recycling rates that have stalled at around 40% . This is really disappointing and has happened despite the Conservative's claims that the new waste service implemented in April 2012 would give a boost to the borough's recycling. This scheme has not made a difference and the Council needs to take some action, recycling rates need to be improved and the Council could achieve this by extending recycling to include more types of waste such as food waste. The low rates of recycling cost our residents money in landfill charges.

  • Cllr Beth Rowland
    Article: Jul 19, 2015
    By Wokingham Liberal Democrats

    Cllr Beth Rowland (South Lake ward) has submitted a motion to Wokingham Borough council's Full Council Meeting to be held, this Thursday. She is calling for the Council to take action to try and improve funding for our Borough's schools. Local Lib Dems do not think it is good enough to just accept the unfair funding for Wokingham's schools that the government provides. Our pupils deserve better, our schools are under great financial pressure and the Council needs to be taking a lead in improving this situation.

  • Cllr Lindsay Ferris
    Article: Mar 23, 2015
    By Wokingham Liberal Democrats

    Once again Wokingham's Conservatives showed they don't do local democracy by using their votes to stop last Thursday's Council meeting at 10.30pm, preventing any discussion at all of items raised by the Lib Dems.

    Cllr Lindsay Ferris (Twyford ward) said "I am appalled that the Conservatives think so little of local democracy and engagement with our residents that they continue to block opportunities for any debate or opposition in Wokingham. Over the last five months we have given them many chances to show that they are prepared to listen and seriously debate local issues but each time they have voted against this. At both the November and March council meetings the Conservatives were happy to debate Conservative motions but then stopped the meetings to prevent Lib Dem motions being heard.

  • Wokingham Borough Council
    Article: Mar 9, 2015
    By Wokingham Liberal Democrats

    Wokingham Borough Council's Lib Dem group has significant concerns about the possible implications for Wokingham Borough Council's Children's services following the serious case review in Oxfordshire.

    Cllr Lindsay Ferris (Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrat group) said "As councillors we have a duty of care to all the children in this borough, particularly the most vulnerable. We want to be sure that we are doing everything in our power to protect them.

  • Cllr Prue Bray
    Article: Feb 21, 2015
    By Wokingham Liberal Democrats

    At last Thursday's budget council meeting the Lib Dems expressed their horror at spiralling costs being agreed by the Conservatives for their controversial town centre regeneration project. The Lib Dems are appalled that plans to spend keep going up and up yet the rest of the borough will have to foot the bill.

  • Wokingham Borough Council
    Article: Feb 21, 2015
    By Wokingham Liberal Democrats

    At last Thursday night's Wokingham Borough Council meeting the Lib Dems attacked the Conservative's capital plans which contains a whopping £63 million black hole.

    Lindsay Ferris (Twyford ward) said "The Lib Dem Group says No, No, No to this Capital Programme and asks for Years 2 & 3 of the Capital Programme to be referred to Scrutiny with the aim of presenting a more viable scheme at the July Full Council Meeting. This capital programme needs a serious rethink.

  • Cllr Prue Bray & Cllr Lindsay Ferris with the postcards ()
    Article: Feb 13, 2015
    By Wokingham Liberal Democrats

    Local Lib Dems have reacted with fury to Philip Mirfin's claims in the press that all political parties will be distributing postcards about the Wokingham town centre regeneration in the run up to the local elections.

    Cllr Prue Bray leader of the Lib Dems said "Neither the Lib Dems nor the other political parties had agreed to give out postcards, so how could Philip Mirfin make a claim to the press that this was going to happen? The only way that this is cross party is that now all the parties are cross."

  • Winnersh Councillors Prue and Rachel at the flooded Showcase Roundabout earlier in 2014
    Article: Jan 31, 2015
    By Wokingham Liberal Democrats

    Local Liberal Democrats are appalled that Wokingham Borough Council's local flood risk management strategy report has been delayed yet again. The report was pulled from the Executive's January Agenda before their meeting took place this week.

    Cllr Tom McCann (Loddon ward) said" The Conservatives have deferred this report until February, but who knows if it will be delayed again. In July the Conservatives said they hoped that residents and businesses across the Borough would respond to the consultation. But we had to point out to them that the majority of the consultation responses have been missed and that is why at this late stage the report has been delayed yet again. This is not good enough, flooding in the borough is an extremely important issue and has a severe impact on local residents and businesses. This work cannot just be put off and strategic action to tackle flooding cannot be undertaken at such a leisurely pace.