I should like to thank all those local residents who supported the Liberal Democrats in Thursdays Local Election. It is much appreciated. We are elected to help and support all residents in our areas, irrespective of how you voted, or not.
Bearing in mind what has been happening across the Country we can be proud of the three gains that were made at these elections.
A tremendous amount of work was put in by the Lib Dem team and I should like to send my thanks to everyone who helped during this campaign.
With an increased team of 18 Borough Councillors, we will be pressing even harder for a better run council than we have had over the past few years.
I should like to welcome our new members to you.
Cllr Morag Malvern - Emmbrook Ward
Cllr Ian Shenton - Evendons Ward
Cllr Peter Dennis - Wescott Ward
Cllr Lindsay Ferris
Leader of the Liberal Democrats on Wokingham Borough Council
As the results for the 2021 elections come in, we were pleased to hold on to all of our seats (the only party in Wokingham to do so) and to pick up 3 more, each from the Conservatives, giving us more opportunity to hold the council to account.
Letter to the Wokingham.Today paper 23rd March 2021
I was exceptionally disappointed to see Councillor Pauline Jorgensen’s statement in the latest Wokingham Borough News. She says that “Car ownership in Wokingham Borough is the highest in the country - we can’t change that but we are doing all we can to make our road network as efficient as possible.” Councillor Jorgensen is the executive member for Highways and Transport, responsible for delivering the Council’s Climate Emergency Plan commitment to a net shift of 20% of car traffic to walking and cycling by 2030. Presumably, she also takes responsibility for delivering the Conservative government’s commitment to 50% of local trips to be made by walking and cycling by 2030.
Owning a car is a personal choice that no politician would contemplate interfering with. But it is clear that given safe and attractive alternatives, people will use their car less and many will happily make fewer car journeys. Continuing to invest huge amounts of council resources in attracting more cars to our roads is the politics of the past. Wokingham needs a better future.
Cllr Paul Fishwick (Winnersh), Lib Dem lead on Highways and Transport