Lib Dems are dismayed to learn that the compound for the “Decent Home” work in Woodley is to be located on the site of the recently created Community Garden in Drovers Way. This will destroy the wonderful efforts of our young citizens in creating this garden on a patch of land that had been poorly maintained by the council for years.
Sue Smith Lib Dem Candidate for Loddon says “This will destroy the hard work that local youngsters have put into creating this garden – just the sort of ‘pride in one’s community’ work that Councils are supposed to be encouraging. They have transformed it from a neglected patch of land, poorly maintained by the Council for years into a pleasant area for children to play or adults to sit and enjoy. To now destroy it sends a very poor message to the local youngsters, and conveys a total lack of respect for their efforts.” She added “It was the Council’s own Community Wardens who organised the creation of the garden, so I was amazed that the Housing Department appeared totally unaware of its existence – hardly a great example of joined up thinking by the Council.
Sue Smith Lib Dem Candidate for Loddon says “Lib Dems have been campaigning for Decent Homes and we are pleased that this work is finally due to start, but surely the council did not need to disappoint our children by ruining their hard work – there must be somewhere else the compound could go. If not, then I will insist that this garden is restored at the council’s cost, but with the children in charge”.
Gareth Epps, Lib Dem Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Reading East says “This is all too typical of Tory controlled Wokingham Borough Council, when they see our community doing something good they attack it.” He added “The question I have to ask is – why did residents have to wait so long for decent homes? Wokingham Borough Council should have bought all houses in the borough up to the Decent Homes Standard by the end of the 2010. Why are they only just starting now? They have said that they the whole borough will not be completed until 2013 at the earliest – the Tory leadership should be ashamed of their poor record”.