Rubbish at Southlake shops collected

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I was told that fly-tipped rubbish had been left in the car park of the shops near St James’ Church. Apparently it had been there for some time. As soon as I was informed I told the Council and they collected it within a few days. If you see any fly-tipped rubbish please get in contact with me or let the Council know yourself by following the steps here.

Campaigning in Emmbrook

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It was snowing yesterday when I was campaigning for Conservative candidate Cllr Kevin Morgan in the Emmbrook by-election. Voting is on 17th February and I truly hope Kevin gets elected. He’s such a warm chap who genuinely wants the best for Emmbrook and has served the area as a town councillor since 2015. I think the result may be tight. Good luck Kevin!

Cala Homes get connected

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After many months of efforts from residents of the Cala Homes site as well as local MP Rob Wilson and myself, letters from Cala to the residents have confirmed they have reached a deal with BT OpenReach. For a long time residents didn’t know if they were going to be able to access fibre optic broadband on the site. For a number of them who work from home this was a serious concern as they were verbally told by Cala before moving into their properties fibre optic broadband would be installed. At times it seemed a deal would never be reached and it was confusing where the obstacles lay. Huge thanks must go to the persistent hard work of residents who have championed a fair deal for the area. Rob Wilson MP’s correspondence with the Managing Director of Cala greatly helped push through action. Brilliant teamwork led to success!

Have you thought about fostering?

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I sit on the Corporate Parenting Board at Wokingham Borough Council and we oversee that children in care in the borough are being championed and supported as much as possible. Children of all ages are looking for a foster home. You’re supported through the whole fostering process and you’d be making a real difference to a young person’s life. If you have an inkling of interest click here for straightforward info.

Antrim Road Success

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Weeds growing at the sides of Antrim Road were removed days after a resident got in contact with me as she had concerns the sweeper machine wasn’t able to clear the leaves and drains would be blocked. It may sound small but the resident was right that it could have caused flooding on the road or downstream.

What can we learn from the Trump win?

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There was no landslide, at least not in the popular vote, which is where public mood is to be identified. In fact, more people voted for Clinton. Therefore, more people wanted much of the same, the status quo was working for them or they felt safer away from Trump’s racist misogynist speech. Black people and the young voted in droves for Hillary.

Those who felt they didn’t want more of the same or felt what they had been entitled to had been taken away from them voted in numbers for Trump, mostly older voters and white people.

What has been shown is there is a huge number of people who feel they have nothing to lose and will vote for change in whatever form that takes.

Trump supporters say they voted for a strong President, someone they felt wouldn’t compromise the nation’s position, someone who would put them first. In a more globalised yet very unequal world where nations have closer relationships and people move around more than ever before I understand people’s unease about this. In reality this sometimes fails people and whole nations badly while there are successes. Like most things nothing is wholly bad or good and people can feel they get a raw deal. This can’t be swept under the carpet as this election shows too well. Those who feel left behind are angry at feeling others have been put ahead of them in whatever undeserving way is specific to their situation. This feeling can be very dangerous and yet completely understandable. Trump has a chance to get the economy going again (plan as yet not known) and unite his people. He won the election by dividing them, although I feel they were probably already divided, and by the people who feel left behind getting their leader elected hopefully he can give them, and the whole nation, what they need in a positive way. Here’s hoping.

Success on Campbell Road!

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I am ever so happy that the bay lines and hatching have been painted outside South Lake school. This will hopefully maximise parking for parents and keep the entrance to the school free to help the parking and traffic situation. I worked with Campbell Road residents and the traffic department at Wokingham Borough Council to make this a reality and I’m pleased it was completed during half term. Fantastic!