Maiden Erlegh Catchment Area: A victory for parents

 Michael Gove, Secretary of State for Education, has announced that Wokingham Borough Council’s controversial plans to alter the admissions criteria for Maiden Erlegh School are to be thrown out. This is good news for local parents who have campaigned hard over the past year

Congratulations to Bulmershe School

Rob Wilson MP and Bulmershe & Whitegates Borough Cllr Shahid Younis recently congratulated the pupils at The Bulmershe School who have recently received their GCSE exam results.  The secondary school in Woodley had some positive results to celebrate with a substantial increase in the number of top grades achieved.

Conservatives demonstrate their support for Reading's LGBT community

Reading Conservatives were delighted to take part in the well attended Reading Pride festival in Kings Meadow on Saturday.  Hundreds of local people signed a petition at the Conservative stall calling on the Council to support local group SupportU in their goal to create a Reading LGBT drop in centre.

Rob's Job Fair

Rob hopes to repeat the success of his April fair on Thursday 15th September, when Rob's Reading Job Fair opens at the Penta Hotel on Oxford Road. The larger venue will play host to employers including the National Grid, AWE and The Oracle, just some of the almost thirty companies which have confirmed attendance already. While most exhibitors will be trying to fill full-time positions, training, internships and work experience will also be on offer.Rob said: "The fair is a great opportunity for those wanting work to meet with companies wanting to employ people. There are national companies, local businesses and training services attending, offering something for everyone."

Rob's XI Narrowly Defeated by Redwood’s XI

The MPs' Cricket Challenge Match  between Reading East Conservative Association and Wokingham Association was held on August 7th at Farley Hill Cricket Club.

Where did the money go?

At the first meeting of the new Audit and Governance Committee on 30th June, Conservative Councillor Isobel Ballsdon asked for the District Auditor to be called in to investigate the growing controversy over the use of developer contributions, Section 106 monies (S106’s) by the Labour administration pre-May 2010.

Conservatives Welcome Extra £4.9m Awarded for Reading Transport Improvements

Reading Conservatives are celebrating the award by the Conservative-led government, of £4.9m from the Local Strategic Transport Fund. The decision, which was announced on Tuesday 5 July, was submitted by the Council’s previous Conservative / Lib Dem coalition. It is the only award from the fund to a Berkshire authority.

Conservatives welcome review of Shinfield Road traffic lights

The Conservative Group on Reading Borough Council welcomed the outcome of a motion moved by Conservative Councillor Tim Harris at the full meeting of Reading Borough Council on 28th June.With the sole objective of improving the road layout on Shinfield Road, Cllr Harris moved a motion calling on the minority Labour administration to take specific actions to alleviate the problems caused by the new road layout and traffic signals at the ‘Merry Maidens’ on Shinfield Road.