Abdul Loyes

Loddon Ward Borough Councillor for WBC

Abdul Loyes was first elected in May 2006 as a Councillor in Loddon Ward on Wokingham Borough Council and was elected again in 2011, 2015 and 2019. He has lived in the Borough since 1976 and is married to Nina. They have three children. Abdul runs his own catering business and believes his experience of running a small business is very useful and his knowledge of the local area enables him to recognize the changes needed to improve life in Woodley.

Criminal justice and youth offending have been of concern to Abdul for many years. He has worked with Thames Valley Police in a variety of volunteer capacities; from being a member of the Independent Police Advisory Group, an Independent Custody Visitor, a police volunteer, and a police interpreter. Abdul has been a trustee of Reading Citizen’s Advice Bureau and a panel member of the Reading and Wokingham Youth Offending Team. He is currently serving as a panel member of Thames Valley Hate Crime Scrutiny Panel, based at Reading CPS and is a member of Wokingham’s Independent Police Advisory Group (IAG)

Abdul has worked hard to help hundreds of local people concerned about issues ranging from planning to bus services to anti social behaviour. He is pleased that following his 2010 campaign with local residents to combat speeding on Hurricane Way, a chicane was installed to slow the traffic.

Abdul is currently President of the Shahjalal Bangladeshi Community Centre and has worked closely with the British Red Cross on international relief projects (particularly on tsunami relief efforts) and with the Bangladesh High Commission in London, on a number of issues relating to Bangladesh and to assist the UK’s Bangladeshi community.

Abdul thoroughly enjoys serving as Loddon Ward Councillor and was re-elected in 2015 to continue to campaign on the issues that matter to local residents.  He has worked with Rob Wilson MP and the Council to achieve a lot of progress for Woodley. He believes more work can be achieved working with the Police, the CCG, schools, Reading Buses and local GP’s to ensure that Loddon residents have safe and easy access to all their local services.


Campaign to save The Good Companion

Conservative Councillors and campaigners have been hard at work collecting signatures for a petition to save The Good Companion Pub and Salt & Vinegar Fish and Chip Shop in Woodley.

See Also

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Conservative Group Leader RBC and Thames Ward Councillor

Cllr Jeanette Skeats was re-elected in May 2019 to represent Thames Ward. 

David Stevens

Thames Ward Councillor

David was first elected in 2004 and was subsequently re-elected in 2006, 2010, 2014 and again in 2018. :

Paul Carnell

Thames Ward Councillor

Paul was elected to represent Thames Ward in May 2019.

He sits on the following:

Strategic Planning, Environment, Planning & Transport, Planning, Licensing and Housing Neighbourhood and Leisure

Clare Grashoff

Peppard Ward Councillor

Clare was first elected to represent Peppard Ward in 2015 and was recently re-elected in May 2019

Jane Stanford-Beale

Deputy Group Leader and Peppard Ward Councillor

Jane was re-elected in May 2016 to represent Peppard Ward having first stood for election in 2012.

Simon Robinson

Peppard Ward Councillor

Simon Robinsonwas first elected in 2014 and relected in May 2018 with an increased majority. He has lived in Reading for over 20 years and in Caversham Park Village with his wife and family for the last 8 years.He works as a home based IT Consultant in corporate education and training whilst his wife also works locally for the BBC at the Caversham Monitoring Centre.

Isobel Ballsdon

Mapledurham Councillor

Isobel was re-elected to represent Mapledurham Ward in May 2016, before which she had represented Thames Ward from 2006 to 2012. 

Laura Blumenthal

Southlake Ward Councillor WBC

Laura was first elected to represent Southlake ward in May 2015 and was re-elected in 2019.

Jenny Cheng

South Lake Ward Borough Councillor for WBC

Jenny Cheng was elected to represent Southlake in the 2018 local elections for Wokingham Borough Council. Currently Mayor of Woodley Town she is a hardworking woman who has been on the Town Council for 7 years and has helped many residents.

Bill Soane

Loddon Ward Borough Councillor

Bill has lived in Woodley for 30 years and raised his family here. He runs his own business and brings this experience of working with people to get things done to the Council if elected. As Woodley’s Carnival Committee Chairman he raised funds for local & national charities whilst providing a great day out for Woodley residents.