Police and Crime Commissioner Elections 2012

The first ever elections for Police and Crime Commissioners will be held on 15 November 2012. Thames Valley will directly-elect a Commissioner. Commissioners are at the heart of the Government's programme of decentralisation, where power is returned to people and communities. Instead of bureaucratic, Whitehall-led control of the police we will see democratic accountability with the public having a real say over how their area is policed.

Conservatives Pay Tribute to Long-Serving Reading Councillor

Reading Borough Conservatives have paid tribute to long-serving Councillor Fred Pugh who has announced his decision to retire from the Council at this year’s local elections.Fred, who is now in his seventies, is a former railwayman with more than 30 years experience on Reading Borough Council. During his time he represented Caversham, Thames and most recently Mapledurham wards. In 2009-10 Fred achieved the ultimate accolade as a Councillor when he was elected as Reading’s first citizen. He was a popular and effective Mayor, accompanied throughout by his loyal wife Jean.

Conservative Campaigner seeks assurances for Woodley residents

At the recent Wokingham Borough Council meeting on 24th February Conservative campaigner Bill Soane stood up for local residents to ask that all S 106 (developers contributions) relating to the Sandford Farm development be used in Woodley. Bill also asked that local residents and local organisations be consulted before any decision is made, and that there should be no influence from any political group be it Town or Borough.

Conservative led Wokingham Borough Council freezes Council Tax for Second year with no cuts

Last night the budget was agreed for Conservative controlled Wokingham Borough Council. This year’s budget focused on our priorities and underlying principles and how our scarce resources are to be allocated. It is a budget that is prudent set against a backdrop of National austerity.In this borough we are well used to being at the end of the funding queue. WBC has for many years been the worst funded authority in England. However with a Conservative Administration and excellent staff we have risen to the challenge of a 14% cut in funding in this current year and a further 10% next year.  We will not be cutting services. Under this Conservative Administration and our Transformation Programme we have saved some £16 million over the last four years and, have set a budget to save a further £4.5 next year.

Reading Conservatives Welcome Council Tax Freeze

Reading Borough Conservatives have welcomed the agreement of a Council budget which freezes the Council Tax for a second year. At the Reading Borough Council meeting on 21 February Conservative Councillors pointed out that a Council Tax freeze was Conservative Party policy and was delivered thanks to a grant of £1.7m from the Conservative-led coalition government.

Vision for fair university access set out

Rob Wilson MP, a former Shadow Higher Education Minister, has published a report entitled ‘Achieving Fair Access: Removing Barriers, Realising Potential’, as part of the Fair Access To University Group (FAUG) of Conservative MPs. The report makes a series of bold recommendations to enhance social mobility by increasing accessibility for disadvantaged students to the best universities, based on merit.

Reading East Conservative to take on Top Conservative Role

Paul Swaddle, 44, will be the next President of the Conservative Party National Convention and will chair Conservative Conference to be held in Birmingham in October. Paul is a local councillor representing Maiden Erlegh ward on Wokingham Borough Council and is a Vice Chairman of Reading East Conservatives. 

Weekly recycling collections are only 7 weeks away for Conservative run Wokingham Council residents

Your Conservative Councillors in Loddon and Bulmershe Whitegates wards want to ensure all residents in Woodley and Earley know that there are just over seven weeks until Wokingham Borough Council’s new waste collection service starts.The new service starts on April 2 and weekly household waste collections will continue, kerbside black box recycling will become weekly with the garden waste scheme extended to cover the whole borough, meaning a further 10,000 homes will be able to opt into this chargeable service.