Wokingham’s Liberal Democrat councillors are urging the Conservative Council to improve its partnership with local Town and Parish Councils to give residents more efficient and effective services.
At last night’s Council meeting, the Lib Dems were disappointed that despite picking up Lib Dem Cllr Tom McCann’s suggestion for improved collaborative working with Towns and Parishes, the Conservatives really missed the point of his idea.
Tom (Loddon ward) said “We wanted to prevent the sort of situation that arose last year when the Conservatives cut the Youth service without talking to towns and parishes first, which left them scrambling to try to keep local youth clubs open. At the council meeting the Conservatives kept saying they wanted to consult with towns and parishes but refused to commit themselves to actually doing it. ”
Cllr Dee Tomlin (Twyford ward) said “I support working together to improve the life of our residents, but I am concerned the Conservatives will use this as an excuse to push the finance burden onto Town and Parish Councils some of which are very small. We think they should at least begin by having budget consultations with our Town and Parishes and of course a wider consultation with residents of our borough that pay for these services. Something we have been asking for, for a long time.”
At last night’s council meeting, Liberal Democrat councillors expressed grave concerns that the Conservative Council has been too slow in coming up with measures to alleviate flooding in the Borough and said this lack of action has let local residents down.
Cllr Tom McCann said “By not fixing the roof while the sun was shining the Conservatives have failed us all. They have failed to implement any real flood prevention and mitigation measures although they have known about key at flood risk areas like the showcase cinema roundabout and surrounding area. The Budget for this coming financial year was set after this winters flooding but did not include any extra funding for flood prevention -yet another missed opportunity.”
Cllr Prue Bray leader of the Lib Dems added “The Conservative motion, whilst welcome, is too little too late. The Council commissioned a report on flooding as long ago as 2001. A new flood risk management strategy was finally due to go the Executive in January this year but still hasn’t appeared. If the Conservatives hadn’t been so slow to make decisions and take action, the impact of this winter’s flooding would not have been as bad. We urge the Conservatives to stop talking and do something to end this predictable misery for local residents.”
In February Wokingham’s Liberal Democrat councillors announced alternative plans for the regeneration of Wokingham town centre and the Elms Field area.
On Wednesday 2nd April, 7-9pm, Wokingham Lib Dems are holding a public meeting at the Bradbury Centre in Rose Street. Cllr Prue Bray Leader of the Wokingham Lib Dem group will present the alternative plans, and Clive Jones the Lib Dem prospective parliamentary candidate for Wokingham will be supporting the Borough Councillors. Everyone is welcome, and the Lib Dem team will be available to explain and discuss their proposals which include:
NO LOSS OF GREEN SPACE ON ELMS FIELD and the development of a ‘click and brick’ virtual town centre that complements the Town Centre, helps regeneration and encourages visitors and shoppers into the town.
The Lib Dem group have listened to local residents, and what they want is reflected in their radical alternatives to the Conservatives’ unpopular plans. The group are keen to discuss these ideas and alternatives with local residents and get their feedback.
There is a lot being proposed, so please come along and be part of this exciting opportunity.