Conservative secrecy over town centre investment

Liberal Democrats are appalled by the lack of openness shown by the Conservative Executive regarding Wokingham Borough Council’s £10 million investment in the regeneration of Wokingham town centre.

Prue Bray (leader of the Liberal Democrats on Wokingham Borough Council) said: ‘Residents need to know that their money is safe, especially at a time when important services are under threat. It was clear from Cllr Matt Deegan’s recent pleas to members of the Planning Committee to refuse the plans for Lidl that he thought that approval would lead to ‘great dangers’ and significant risks to the town centre regeneration project.’

Councillor Phil Challis (Liberal Democrat Councillor for Loddon ward) said: ‘Residents need to know what financial risks the Council is taking with their money, but the wholly-Conservative council committee formed to oversee the Council’s £10 million investment has not met since November, and even then all the papers and discussion were held in secret.

‘Perhaps this lack of openness was partially responsible for members ignoring Matt Deegan’s pleas to refuse the Lidl application.’

Councillor  Bray added: ‘I am shocked that the Leader of the Council was reported in the Wokingham Times as saying that financial openness was not a priority. In these difficult financial times, residents deserve to know the risks that the Council is taking with their money.’

Published by Woodley & Whitegates Liberal Democrats, 26 Farriers Close Woodley, Reading RG5 3DD.

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