South East Wokingham


Your Lib Dem representatives

Lib Dems represent this area on both Wokingham Borough Council and Wokingham Town Council. We are the largest group on Wokingham Town Council with 11 councillors. We have 8 borough councillors representing Emmbrook, Evendons, Wescott and Winnersh wards. Find out more about our councillors by clicking here.


Latest News from South East Wokingham


School Bus Service Success

The Liberal Democrat petition to improve school bus provision for Evendons East and Wescott West has been successful.  Wokingham Borough Council have confirmed that they have gone out to tender for a service that will travel along the Finchampstead Road corridor serving Emmbrook and Forest schools and another serving the Holt. 

Cllr Ian Shenton, Liberal Democrat councillor for Evendons ward said that “for children living in Evendons East and Wescott West who attend Emmbrook Senior school, they have had to get to a bus stop in Finchampstead on Barkham Ride to board.  This is nowhere near where they live and has resulted in many children being driven to school.” 

“We are delighted that following many hours of going door to door to get signatures, in addition to our online petition, the Council have agreed with us” added Cllr Maria Gee, Liberal Democrat Councillor for Wescott Ward.  “This bus service, operating in the area that these children live will make a big difference and we would like to thank everyone who took the time to sign the petition.” 

“Safe, green transport options need to be readily available for our children and the inclusion of these bus services is a vast improvement given the Council's declared climate emergency,” claimed Cllr Sarah Kerr, Liberal Democrat Councillor for Evendons Ward.  “We will continue calling on the council to improve walking and cycling facilities in the area.” 

 

Sarah and Ian


Please sign our bus petition

As we approach the change of school year, a significant number of children from the Finchampstead Road corridor will be making the journey to Emmbrook School. This includes the Russley Green area, Finchampstead Road itself, and Evendons Lane and surrounding area, from where there is no readily accessible, suitable bus service. Neither is there a safe walking or cycling option, and so our Evendons councillors are pressing for the provision of a bus. Hence we are raising a petition, accessible at https://bit.ly/3dhKRH1. We will also be circulating a paper version over the next few weeks. Please sign.


SWDR Planning meeting

On 18th May the planning committee met to discuss the South Wokingham Distributor Road. Our councillors raised their concerns about the project.

Watch their speeches here:

Peter Dennis (Wescott): https://youtu.be/g3Tp3hRpa2g?t=5083

Adrian Mather (Evendons): https://youtu.be/g3Tp3hRpa2g?t=5314

Maria Gee (Wescott): https://youtu.be/g3Tp3hRpa2g?t=7263

Sarah Kerr (Evendons) https://youtu.be/g3Tp3hRpa2g?t=7535

 

 


Lib Dems Winning in South East Wokingham

The Liberal Democrats have picked up 3 seats on Wokingham Borough Council in South East Wokingham, and held onto another. We also have won a further seat on Wokingham Town Council, leaving us just 1 short of a majority, with 12 out of 25 seats.

 

Emmbrook gain

 

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Lib Dems call for better cycling infrastructure

Well done to Robert Comber and Paul Fishwick for your continued campaigning on this issue.

 

https://www.wokingham.today/lib-dems-call-for-redesign-of-wokinghams-new-southern-distributor-road-for-cyclists/


Noise pollution solved

An open letter from Evendons Cllr Sarah Kerr:

 

I would like to thank all parties involved in tackling the noise pollution issue that was plaguing many of the residents in and around Woosehill. It has been nearly 2 years since I was first contacted by members of the community about a new piece of equipment that was being used by a local scrapyard, resulting in noise that for many was unbearable.


My thanks is extended to the Council and in particular the Environmental Health team, the scrapyard themselves, and the community who have been engaged on this matter.


Environmental Health have worked hard in the community, monitoring and assessing the problem. They determined that there was a statutory noise nuisance and have been working with the scrapyard to mitigate the problem.
The scrapyard employed a noise consultant to help work out a solution which was implemented in mid-April. I appreciate that this last year has been particularly challenging so am very grateful to them that we have this solution now in place.


The residents I have been engaging with on this over the past 2 years have been absolutely fantastic, assisting Environmental Health with reporting and being persistent in reaching this solution.
The peace that has descended on the area is most welcome - long may it continue!


Liberal Democrat candidate Peter Dennis in the news

Our Wescott candidate Peter Dennis in the news talking about how the Liberal Democrat council would protect our environment.

https://www.wokingham.today/from-the-stump-protecting-more-than-our-spiky-friends/

 

 


Winnersh Lib Dem, Prue Bray, wins national award

We're really proud of Prue who won the leader's award at the Spring Liberal Democrat conference this year. Prue works tirelessly at a local and national level and we think this award is very well deserved! 

 

https://www.wokingham.today/winnersh-councillor-wins-national-liberal-democrat-award/


Lib Dem petition mentioned in the local paper

Our candidate for Wokingham Without, Robert Comber, has handed in our petition to make the new distributor road safer for pedestrians and cyclists, and it has made the local paper.

 

https://www.wokingham.today/petition-presented-to-make-new-distributor-road-safer-for-pedestrians-and-cyclists/

 

We'd like to thank everyone who signed this petition.


Letter to Wokingham.Today We need men to take accountability

Letter signed by one of the Liberal Democrat Councillors for Evendons is published in Wokingham.Today

 

We need men to take accountability

Last week was a difficult week for women. We started by celebrating International Women’s Day on Monday.

The celebrations were cut swiftly short by a well-known, male TV presenter vilifying a young, prominent woman who was brave enough to share her truth regarding her mental health.

The next day a serving officer in the Metropolitan police was arrested on suspicion of the murder of Sarah Everard, a young woman who went missing in south London on her walk home from a friend’s house. Her remains were sadly identified on Friday.

Every woman has felt unsafe on a journey home. We’ve taken a longer route home that’s better lit, we’ve held keys between our fingers, we’ve crossed the road just to check if the person behind us is following, we’ve made a pretend phone call and we’ve arranged to call/text our friend when we get home.

Many people have responded to the outpouring of grief and stories being shared on social media to say, “Hey, wait! #Not all Men”. We understand that, but it is ALL women who do not feel safe, and we can’t tell which men it is.

We also learned, in a report that surprised not a single woman, that 97% of young women in the UK have been subjected to sexual harassment.

On Thursday, MP Jess Phillips read out the names of 118 women who have been killed in the UK over the last year where a man has been charged or convicted. We know these women’s names due to the work of Karen Ingala Smith who collects this data on an annual basis because there are no official statistics. Two women a week are killed in England and Wales by a current or ex-partner. This has increased to one every three days since the first lockdown.

Femicide is an epidemic yet we neither measure it nor seek to address it. It is something we have accepted as part of life.  Since Sarah Everard went missing last week, six women and a little girl have been killed in the UK.

We finished the week on Mother’s Day, a subdued bookend to a horrific week. We opened the papers and checked social media on Sunday morning to be confronted with images of police manhandling women to the ground.

Women who had brought flowers and gathered outside, peacefully, in remembrance of Sarah Everard and all women who have been the victims of male violence. To those who say the gathering should not have taken place due to the pandemic, I remind you that we are also in the midst of an epidemic; an epidemic of male violence.

The response to violence against women is that women should behave differently. Women should not walk home alone, not go out after dark, be mindful of what we are wearing, we should wear headphones, we should not wear headphones, we should leave…

There is no end to the advice given to women, yet despite decades of this advice nothing changes.

Women are not the problem. It’s time to stop victim blaming and hold men accountable. According to the Office of National Statistics 93% of convicted murderers are men.

What are we doing as a society to address the direct thread linking the acceptance of sexist jokes, cat-calling, street harassment, domestic violence, all the way through to the abduction and murder of women and the murder of 118 women a year by their partners? The tolerance of misogyny in all its forms leads to a society where we are not safe on the streets, nor in our own homes.

We need men to take accountability for the solutions. We need you to speak up and challenge the acceptance of these horrific statistics. Because they are not just statistics, each one is a person’s life. Male allies need to be as appalled as women and you need to be vocal in your outrage: Speak up and speak out when you encounter sexism in all its forms, including supposedly innocent sexist banter and lewd remarks.

Talk to your sons, don’t just focus on protecting your daughters. We all stand to gain from a society in which we are safe, and we all need to take responsibility to make it safe.

Louise Timlin – Branch Leader, Women’s Equality Party, Reading and Wokingham

Vickie Robertson – CEO Kaleidoscopic UK

Cllr Sarah Kerr –  Wokingham Liberal Democrats

 

See this and other letters here: https://www.wokingham.today/readers-letters-as-seen-in-the-print-edition-of-wokingham-today-of-march-18-2020/



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