Wokingham Liberal Democrats were outraged by the arrogant behaviour of the Conservatives at last Thursday’s council meeting. The Conservative Executive Member for Highways, Councillor Keith Baker, used an obscure council mechanism to prevent any debate on parking from occurring. The Liberal Democrats had proposed a motion calling for a coherent parking strategy, and planned to discuss what such a strategy should include.
Prue Bray (leader of the Liberal Democrats on Wokingham Borough Council) said: ‘It comes across that the Conservatives are so arrogant that they feel that it is a waste of time listening to any other people’s views. No wonder local residents think that the Conservatives are out of touch when they resort to such tactics to avoid hearing other views!’
Phil Challis (Liberal Democrat Councillor for Loddon Ward) added: ‘This arrogance has come unstuck in the past. The Conservatives had to withdraw their ill-