The Elms Field campaign petition asking the Council not to build on the open space at Elms Field has today been presented to Andy Couldrick the Chief Executive of Wokingham Borough Council. The petition with 1,777 signatories comfortabley exceeds the 1,500 number required to trigger a full Council debate on the petition.
Lib Dem opposition leader Cllr Prue Bray said “We have been overwhelmed by the strength of opposition to the Conservative’s plans and look forward to an open public debate on this issue. I just hope the Conservatives will finally listen to their residents and stop kidding themselves that people support this. We expect that this debate will be held separately to the November council meeting and that the Council will announce the date and location imminently. I would urge all concerned residents to attend the debate meeting.”
The Campaign group set up to stop Wokingham’s Conservatives building on the green space at Elms Field will formally present their petition to Wokingham Borough Council’s Chief Executive Andy Couldrick this Friday 25th October at 4pm.
Cllr Prue Bray Leader of the Liberal Democrat opposition said “The petition has more than 2000 signatures and we have been overwhelmed by the support of local people who are hostile to the Conservatives’ plans. We invite residents to join us at the Council offices when the petition is formally presented and will be meeting at 3.45pm in the Shute End car park.”
Woodley & Whitegates’ youth service has been axed as a result of Wokingham Tories cutting the youth budget by £680,000.
Earley and Twyford will also lose their youth services in September, with staff being made redundant.
Lib Dem Borough Councillor Sam Rahmouni says, “This is another blow being dealt to Woodley & Whitegates. Our youth provision is vital to the well-being of our community. Young people will have nowhere to meet, except on street corners. The Lib Dems are putting pressure on the Tories to think of the well-being and safety of our young people. Only Wokingham town has been spared this cut, and once again it’s Woodley & Whitegates that has to suffer.”
All Lib Dem councillors voted against the cuts.
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