Liberal Democrats call on Wokingham Tories not to repeat their mistake of last year when they turned down a grant from the government to fund free swimming for the over 60’s and under 16’s.
Lib Dems understand that the Tory controlled council have been offered a second chance to obtain funding for free swimming, but have yet to make up their mind.
Cllr Phil Challis (Lib Dem councillor for Loddon ward in Woodley) said, “The Tories need to show some leadership and grab this second chance for Wokingham Borough residents to get the same opportunity to save money and keep fit as residents of Reading and Bracknell. I understand that residents have been travelling to Reading and Bracknell to get their free swim, so free swimming in Wokingham would also be a boost to the local economy.”
Lib Dems are demanding fair funding for council housing. Cllr Prue Bray, Leader of the Lib Dem Group on Wokingham Borough Council says, “We believe very strongly that council tenants should be treated fairly. It is not right that nearly half the rent paid by council tenants in Wokingham Borough is siphoned off by the government. That money should be used to help provide decent accommodation for local people who cannot afford to buy a home of their own.”
The government is currently consulting on possible changes to the funding of council housing. The consultation closes on 27th October.
The Reading Credit Union opens for business at the Oakwood Centre in Woodley on September 22nd September.
Last year, in response to the recession, the Lib Dem leadership on Woodley Town Council agreed to fund the Wokingham Job Support Centre to allow them to operate out of the Oakwood Centre and Lib Dems are now really pleased to welcome the Reading Credit Union to the services available at the Oakwood Centre. The credit union will operate between 1:30 to 4pm on a Tuesday.
Beth Rowland Lib Dem leader of Woodley Town Council said, “The credit union is a community co-operative bank run by the members for the members and will be available for secure savings and low-cost loans. It will provide a valuable alternative to banks and loan sharks for local residents in these difficult times”. She went on to say, “Being able to run these community services in the heart of Woodley really does show the value of having a high quality facility such as the Oakwood Centre in the town”.
Gareth Epps, the Lib Dem Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Reading East said, “The Lib Dem controlled council have shown great leadership in bringing these services to the town, without the town council’s drive to provide services in Woodley people would have had to go to Wokingham or Reading. The Oakwood Centre is a great facility for the town.”