Map of Wokingham Borough with Finchampstead highlighted

Finchampstead Ward

The electoral commission has redrawn the boundaries for local elections in Wokingham. The old wards of Finchamstead North and most of Finchampstead South have been combined into one 3-councillor ward of Finchampstead. The rest of Finchampstead south has moved into the new Barkham and Arborfield ward.

This year, all three candidates are up for election, and following that it will return to elections 3 years out of 4, electing one at a time.  You can vote for up to 3 candidates in this election.

Your Liberal Democrat Candidates for Finchampstead

Use your 3 votes for your 3 Liberal Democrat Candidates for Finchampstead (pictured left to right):

  • David Cornish
  • Fiona Dignan
  • Becky Eytle

Click here for more information and their biographies.

Liberal Democrats working for you in Finchampstead:

February:

California Crossroads

Work on the improvements to California Crossroads is about to start and, whatever our views on it may be, we now need to come together and support the local businesses whilst work is underway. The shops will all be open, the garage will still be selling fuel and fixing cars, the restaurants will still be welcoming you – and don’t forget that the Queens Oak serves a great pint! Now’s the time to show how much we care about our village by making that extra effort to spend our money locally!

Development issues on Barkham Ride

With proposals announced for the new schools, the Solar Farm and a couple of housing sites, Councillor David Cornish is working hard with Planning and Highways teams at Wokingham Borough Council (and with other local councillors) to ensure that disruption will be minimised and that a proper plan is in place for how Barkham Ride will cope with
increases in traffic.

Bohunt expansion

After years of gridlocked discussions, the Lib Dems have finally brought about an agreement between Wokingham Borough Council and the Bohunt Trust to expand the school,
delivering both extra year 7 places and the long-awaited sixth-form facility. In these tough financial times, contributing over £5m was a big challenge for Wokingham Borough Council but the Lib Dems have insisted that commitments made to parents are honoured.

January:

Gorse Ride Regeneration

The Gorse Ride Regeneration scheme is a project that all of Finchampstead can be proud of. In December, there was a ‘topping out’ ceremony to mark the latest stage in the redevelopment and the hard work of the local Tenants & Landlord Improvement Panel has won a national award. This is our community at its best and a big ‘Well Done’ to all of the residents involved.

Rooks Nest Saved

Our key commitment in 2022 was to prevent 270 houses from being built on Rooks Nest Farm. We’re delighted to say that instead of houses, the planting of the new Covid  Memorial Wood will start next Spring.

War Memorial junction

Local Lib Dem councillors have given full support to the parish council in their project to reconfigure the old war memorial junction. This has been a potential accident blackspot for
years and the Lib Dems controlled Wokingham Borough Council give the parish council their full support.

November

Finchampstead is moving to Wokingham!

At the next general election, people in Finchampstead will be voting as part of the Wokingham constituency, not Bracknell Forest. This national realignment of parliamentary constituencies is good news for all of us who had never felt part of Bracknell. It means that we will have the chance to vote for Clive Jones as the Lib Dem candidate for Wokingham and to remove John Redwood, the current Wokingham MP, who has taken the area for granted for far too long.

Bohunt gets the go ahead!

After many years of false starts, agreement has finally been reached on expansion plans for Bohunt school. The council and the trust have agreed on funding a new extension which will provide new sixth-form accommodation, more places for Years 7-11 and better facilities for children with special educational needs. Councillor David Cornish says, “I’m delighted that Wokingham Borough Council and the Trust have now found the money to deliver this great outcome, for which parents and children have waited so long”.

A Plan for Finchampstead

After an 89% ‘Yes’ vote in the recent referendum, the Finchampstead Neighbourhood Plan has been formally adopted by Wokingham Borough Council. Planning Applications in the parish will now be assessed against Finchampstead’s policies, as well as those of the Borough council. The Plan will also provide significant extra protection for Finchampstead at a time when borough housing targets are under question. A big ‘Thank you’ to the non-political community team who worked so hard to pull the Plan together on behalf of us all.

September:

Good outcome for rook's nest

The location plan for the new schools at Rook’s Nest Farm has another unexpected upside in that even more of this valuable site will be made available for community use,
in addition to the Covid Memorial Wood planned for the area of the farm adjacent to California Country Park. Ideas for this extra space include a further extension to the memorial wood, space for allotments, a community orchard, or possibly some community sports space. A decision on these alternatives will be made once the layout for the school site has been finalised. Local councillor David Cornish says, “Two years ago, we were aghast at plans for 270 houses on the site. This is a much better outcome.”

Getting Bohund done

The cause of the delay to the Bohunt Sixth Form has been the way rampant inflation has almost doubled the cost of the project. The previous administration had agreed a budget of £5,700,000 but the latest estimates are for a real total of £10,500,000! The Lib Dems have promised to deliver the Sixth Form but finding that extra money isn’t easy. Bohunt and Wokingham Borough Council have now both committed extra funding and are working together to find the best way forward, with a number of options being assessed. The complex work on evaluating these should be completed this Autumn and a sixth form option in place for September 2024.

California Crossroads update

Wokingham Borough Council have now agreed a contract for the refurbishment of California Crossroads, due to start in the Summer of 2024. Lib Dem councillors have been working with the Highways team to make sure that residents’ concerns have been heard. As a result, the parking bays in front of the shops are back in their current position,  lthough with a new entrance. The project is being funded by developers, not by money from Wokingham Borough Council. Councillor David Cornish says, “I was never the greatest fan of this scheme, but it’s developers’ money, we’ve all had our say, and now it’s time to end the months of debate and delay and just get the job done.
“Of course, there will be disruption while the work is being done but I’m confident that the plan will revitalise a key part of Finchampstead.”

The video below shows a similar scheme in Poynton.

 

Finchampstead News

New outlets for recycling bag collections

Green recycling bags can now be picked up from 12 additional hubs across Wokingham Borough, bringing the total up to 17, as the council prepares to change its household waste collections.

28 Feb 2024
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A shopping trolley with the lib dem logo and the words "Plans to build Arborfield Green’s first new supermarket have been approved!"
Barkham and Arborfield

‘CHECKOUT’ THE GOOD NEWS AS SUPERMARKET SCHEME AGREED

Plans to build Arborfield Green’s first new supermarket have been given the all-clear. The council has approved Sainsbury’s proposal for a 2,349 sq m store off Nine Mile Ride Extension and Sheerlands Road, which will be part of a larger district centre.

26 Feb 2024
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David Cornish
Finchampstead

From the chamber - supporting our town

On Sunday 18th Feb, I spent most of the day in Wokingham Town Centre with a lot of other residents to enjoy the celebrations of the Lunar New Year. The town was absolutely buzzing and places selling food and drink were packed.

24 Feb 2024
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a pot hole
Finchampstead

Additional resurfacing funds completely inadequate

The government has announced that it will provide £418,000 of “resurfacing funds” to Wokingham to be spent on road maintenance. This fund is no where near enough to make up for their past underfunding.

14 Feb 2024
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