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Liberal Democrats challenge voluntary grant cuts

At next Thursday’s council meeting, Councillor Prue Bray (leader of the Liberal Democrats on Wokingham Borough Council) will be proposing a motion deploring the cuts in Council grants to voluntary organisations.

Councillor Bray said: ‘The voluntary sector in Wokingham Borough plays an invaluable role in offering services to protect our vulnerable residents. If the council had to provide these services itself, there is no doubt that they would cost much more than they currently do. In the current economic climate, the priority has to be to look after the Borough’s vulnerable people in the most cost effective way available. It is ridiculous that the Conservative council sees cutting grants to the voluntary sector as the best way to achieve this.’

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Latest update on Lytham Road Crossing

wpeb36ce76_0fWoodley and Whitegates Lib Dems welcomes the news that the developer of the houses in Lytham Road has agreed to fund a pedestrian crossing and that after years of waiting a pedestrian crossing on Lytham Road has moved a step closer.
Jenny Lissaman Lib Dem councillor for Bulmershe and Whitegates said “When a planning inspector approved the development of houses on Lytham Road he imposed a condition that a pedestrian crossing would be required before the houses were occupied.  It is shameful that Lib Dem councillors and local residents have had to push so hard to get a crossing in place after the Tory controlled Wokingham Borough Council did not enforce this condition before the houses were sold as was demanded by the inspector” Sam Rahmouni Lib Dem Councillor for Bulmershe and Whitegates said “Now that the developers have finally agreed to pay up there is nothing to stop the work from proceeding.  Lib Dem councillors will continue to press Wokingham Borough Council to ensure that the crossing is installed as soon as possible – residents have waited long enough and there should be no excuses for further delays”

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Progress on a skate spot for Woodley

Woodley and Whitegates Lib Dems welcomes the cross party support at Woodley Town Council to proceed with the construction of a skate spot in Woodford Park.

Kay Gilder, chair of the Leisure Services Committee says “Lib Dems have been campaigning alongside our young people for years to get some kind of skate spot for Woodley and I am pleased that we are now in a position to go ahead at no cost to council tax payers, with funding from the Youth Opportunity Fund and local developers. The skate spot will allow our young people to use and develop their skate board skills.  Evidence shows that many young children can enjoy this sport with their parents as well as teenagers and older residents”

Beth Rowland Lib Dem leader of Woodley Town Council said “I would like to thank all those who participated in the successful consultation run by the Town Council on 4th December.  There was support from many residents, although some residents of one of the local roads expressed concerns that noise might be an issue for them. At a subsequent meeting of the cross party Strategy and Resources committee members considered the result of the consultation alongside advice from Wokingham Borough Council and the skate spot designers, Wheelskape and unanimously supported the view that the skate spot is far enough away from residential properties for noise not to be a significant issue. However to confirm this advice the Town Council will apply for a certificate of lawful development.”

Phil Challis Lib Dem Deputy Leader of the council said “Lib Dems have been instrumental in ensuring that Woodley Town Council has continued to invest in facilities for all ages in Woodley.  In the last two years we have agreed to take over the toddlers play area in Mollison Close that Wokingham Borough Council were going to grass over and have provided an adventure play area for 8-13 year olds and found space for an outdoor gym for adults of all ages in Woodford Park.  These developments alongside the existing facilities such as the well used Oakwood Centre, Coronation and Chapel Halls demonstrate the importance Lib Dems place on maintaining Woodley’s great sense of community in these difficult times”

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