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Tories target pensioners for price hikes

gardeningAt last week’s (26/11/13) Strategy and Resources Committee meeting the Lib Dem group voted down Tory proposals for an inflation busting increase of up to 50% on the cost of allotments for Woodley pensioners.

Beth Rowland, Lib Dem Group Leader at Woodley Town Council said “Lib Dems have always warned that charges to residents would be increased beyond the rate of inflation if the Tories took control of the town council and their first attempt was targeted on pensioners – how mean!” Beth added “I am pleased that Lib Dems were able to defeat this first attempt to increase the charges to residents by the Tory group that gained control of Woodley Town Council less than a year ago, but I fear that it will be the first of many such increases that the Tories will try to impose on residents”.

Coling Lawley, Lib Dem town councillor said “Allotments are environmentally friendly and provide the opportunity for exercise and also helps pensioners on fixed incomes and families to reduce their living costs by growing their own vegetables” Coling added “It is important that Woodley Town Council retain the concept of reduced charges for pensioners, who are often on fixed incomes and the committee papers presented at the meeting suggested that the pensioner discount could be removed altogether by 2019 for existing tenants and immediately for new tenants. I could not support these proposed increases, especially in these difficult economic times”.

Amanda Downes, Lib Dem town councillor said “Lib Dems are proud of the way the allotments developed under our control and so I am delighted that we were able to defeat the massive increases being proposed by the Tories”

Phil Challis, Deputy Lib Dem Group Leader at Woodley Town Council said “Under the last four years of prudent Lib Dem financial management the town council precept was not increased and we believe that there is no need for the council to inflict such a massive increase on pensioners with such urgency”. Phil added “At the same meeting Lib Dems also won a review of the Tory proposal to impose levy of 50p on all credit card transactions”.

Beth Rowland added “At the same meeting we learnt that the Allotments Tenants Association has broken off relations with the council since the Tories took over. I believe that the council must work with tenants to ensure the best possible future for the allotments. Therefore at the meeting Lib Dems proposed that the council should consult allotment holders on the structure of charges, pensioner reductions, and the ever increasing cost of water before any proposals are brought back to the committee”.

Lib-Dems voice residents’ anger and concern with Wokingham Borough traffic chaos

Liberal Democrat councillors last night voiced residents’ anger and concern with the high number of road works that have been poorly planned and which are causing unnecessary traffic chaos throughout the Borough. The Lib Dems called on the Conservative Council to commit to do better managing future road works: to plan better and to communicate better.

Discussions centred around the recent works on the A329(M) which led to long queues of frustrated motorists thanks to poor planning and a lack of advance warning. These works were to prepare for a bigger piece of work on the A329(M) next year.

But Cllr Tom McCann (Loddon ward) noted with disgust that “The Conservatives simply refused to listen. They even laughed at the examples of dreadful journeys and the frustration and impact on individuals and businesses. The Conservatives refused to accept they had anything to learn and were so arrogant they voted against trying to improve management of borough road works. ”

Leader of the Lib Dems, Cllr Prue Bray pointed out that road-works problems are a continuing Borough-wide issue. She said “There are lots of examples such as Winnersh crossroads, temporary traffic lights at Loddon Bridge Road and Sonning Bridge works. I am furious that the Conservatives have refused to accept they need to improve.”

Cllr McCann has vowed to scrutinise the plans for the A329(M) viaduct repairs that are due to take place next year. He said “The Conservatives have let people down. Residents deserve so much better than this. Lib Dems will continue to listen to residents’ concerns and suggestions on this issue of managing road works. The Lib Dems will find out what is being planned for the A329(M) next year and will make sure residents across the Borough know.”

In more detail:

1/ At the Wokingham Borough Council Meeting 21st November, Liberal Democrat Cllr Tom McCann proposed the motion: This council resolves to learn from the fiasco in October when contraflow works on the A329(M) resulted in severe traffic chaos across the Borough. The Council resolves to put in place excellent communication and effective planning of the Highways work on the viaduct area on the A329(M) scheduled to take place in Jan-March 2014. The Council resolves to ensure that excellent communication and effective planning will always be a part of the process for all future major highways work.

2/There was a named vote on the motion and details of this will be published in the minutes of the 21st November Council Meeting on the Wokingham Borough Council website.

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Lib Dems voice residents’ anger and concern with Borough traffic chaos

Traffic shotLiberal Democrat councillors last night voiced resident’s anger and concern with the high number of road works that have been poorly planned and which are causing unnecessary traffic chaos throughout the Borough. The Lib Dems called on the Conservative Council to commit to do better managing future road works: to plan better and to communicate better.

Discussions centred around the recent works on the A329(M) which led to long queues of frustrated motorists thanks to poor planning and a lack of advance warning. These works were to prepare for a bigger piece of work on the A329(M) next year.

But Cllr Tom McCann (Loddon ward) noted with disgust that “The Conservatives simply refused to listen. They even laughed at the examples of dreadful journeys and the frustration and impact on individuals and businesses. The Conservatives refused to accept they had anything to learn and were so arrogant they voted against trying to improve management of borough road works. ”

Leader of the Lib Dems, Cllr Prue Bray pointed out road works problems are a Borough wide and on-going issue. She said “There are lots of examples Winnersh crossroads, temporary traffic lights at Loddon Bridge Road and Sonning Bridge works. I am furious the Conservatives have refused to accept they need to improve.”

Cllr McCann has vowed to scrutinise the plans for the A329(M) viaduct repairs that are due to take place next year. He said “The Conservatives have let people down. Residents deserve so much better than this. Lib Dems will continue to listen to residents’ concerns and suggestions on this issue of managing road works. The Lib Dems will find out what is being planned for the A329(M) next year and will make sure residents across the Borough know.”

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