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Liberal Democrat candidate for the Wokingham constituency, Dr Phillip Lee, has today announced the five areas that will form the focus of his local plan if he is successful on 12 December.
The areas, which cover fair funding for schools, improvements to primary health care provision, a reduction in plastic pollution, investment in youth services and controls over 'guerrilla' property developers, have been developed after extensive discussions with residents.
Speaking at the launch of the plan, Phillip said:
"I have spoken to hundreds of residents, from Aldermaston to Wescott, over the last few weeks and there is a strong correlation about people's local concerns.
"These are the problems of uncontrolled development and the absence of proper infrastructure provision for new housing, lack of school funding and support for youth services, and, more widely, the high level of plastic pollution which too often finds itself on our streets and country lanes.”
"None of these problems are particularly insurmountable, but they have never been properly addressed by those in authority. They have always been treated as someone else's problem. Well that has to change.”
"Take, for example, the provision of primary health care. New developments are being built, but rarely do they contain a health centre, let alone plans for new GP practices to occupy them. This means that the new residents have to use surrounding surgeries, which puts pressure on their numbers, and increases the waiting time to get a GP appointment.”
"All of this is because no one has chosen to make healthcare provision a factor that needs to be taken into account when submitting a planning application. That means it is not the developers' concern and, once the houses are built, the local CCG is under no obligation to provide facilities.
"A simple change to the legislation would mean that new developments could not get the go-ahead unless somebody had taken responsibility for the problem."
Phillip already has a track record of addressing these types of issues. As Bracknell MP he campaigned vigorously for improved community health services, helping to secure the Brants Bridge Urgent Care Centre in 2014, a facility often used by Wokingham residents.
During his time as a Justice Minister, Dr Lee was also prominent in promoting the Power of Sport to help turn around the lives of young offenders. He believes that a similar approach can also help those who are at risk of falling into crime.
Furthermore, before the dissolution of Parliament his local team, in collaboration with a prominent local environmental group, began to challenge local supermarkets to reduce the level of plastic they use in transporting goods to their stores.
Notes to editors:
Phillip Lee's local plan for the Wokingham constituency is to campaign for:
- Fair funding for our schools
An end to the unfair national funding system that leaves our local schools struggling to make ends meet.
- Better health care provision
Reform of the planning system so that major new developments must include adequate healthcare provision.
- Reduce plastic pollution
Dr Phillip Lee will campaign so Wokingham constituency becomes a national leader in reducing excess plastic waste.
- Invest in youth services
Improved and innovative activity programmes to help stop young people falling into crime and anti-social behaviour.
- Stop aggressive developers
A change in the law to protect councils from unwarranted planning applications from ‘guerrilla’ developers.