Wokingham Liberal Democrats were pleased that at last Thursday’s council meeting, councillors unanimously backed their motion, proposed by Cllr Phil Challis (Liberal Democrat councillor for Loddon), calling for the council to improve its record in planning enforcement.
Councillor Jenny Lissaman (Liberal Democrat councillor for Bulmershe and Whitegates) said: ‘Time and time again, Wokingham Borough Council has allowed developers to walk away before meeting their planning conditions.’
Councillor Sam Rahmouni (Liberal Democrat councillor for Bulmershe and Whitegates) added, ‘A pedestrian crossing in Lytham Road in Woodley should have been installed, under a planning condition, before the houses were occupied. The council failed to enforce this condition at the time and is now trying to play catch up. However, the developer has already sold the houses and got his profit, so 18 months later the crossing is still not there. This just isn’t good enough.’
Cllr Phil Challis said: ‘This was a deadly important motion. The development of a toxic landfill site at Sandford Farm was recently approved by the inspector, with 47 conditions attached to it. Some of these relate to the safe removal of the toxic waste.
‘Residents in Loddon, Hurst, Coronation and Twyford wards that are the closest to this site will be relying on the council to enforce planning conditions. For their sakes, the council must improve its record on enforcement before this development commences.’