Liberal Democrats clash with Conservatives over their controversial plans to build on Elms Field

At last week’s Council Meeting, Wokingham’s Liberal Democrats clashed with Conservatives over their controversial plans to build on Elms Field.

Desperate to sell their scheme in the face of increasing opposition, the Conservatives wheeled out a Conservative Wokingham Town Councillor and sympathetic local trader to back up a presentation on their plans. Cllr Lindsay Ferris (Twyford Ward) said “we tried valiantly to get to the facts beyond the PR exercise and raised concerns about the loss of green space and the viability of the scheme but fifteen minutes for questions was never going to be enough time.”

The public gallery was overflowing with residents also desperate to find out what is planned but Leader of the Council David Lee absolutely refused to hold a local poll on the issue. Cllr Rachelle Shepherd-DuBey (Winnersh ward) said “perhaps he’s afraid that the result would show just how much opposition there is to the plans”.

Local Lib Dems are holding a Rally on Elms Field at 2pm on Sunday 29th┬áSeptember and urge local residents to come along and make their voices heard. Cllr Prue Bray said “We look forward to giving residents an opportunity to hear the facts, ask questions freely and most importantly we will listen to their views. I am really concerned that the message about these plans for Elms Field has failed to reach the majority of Wokingham’s residents.

“Elms Field is a valuable green space that once ‘regenerated’ will hold houses, shops and a hotel, and the green open space will be reduced by two thirds. Come along to the rally to listen to the facts and make your voice heard.”

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