Looking for something to do and would like to help clean up your Parish?
You can help by;
‘Adopting a Street’ usually your street to keep tidy on a regular basis
or take part by doing a ‘one off’ litter pick with the kids
For more information or to sign up, please email email@example.com
(Litter picks and high-vis jackets provided, along with waste bags and H&S instructions)
TACKLING RACISM MATTERS IN WOKINGHAM BOROUGH
There is no place for racism in our society, and Wokingham Borough Council has a long-standing
commitment to tackling the problem and will be increasing its efforts in response to recent global
The borough has an active BME Forum that is supported to be a critical friend and advisor to the council
and a strong voice for the black, Asian and minority ethnic community. This forum has been in place for
about 18 years and is regularly consulted by the authority.
But in the light of the international outcry over the killing of George Floyd and the protests in the UK,
the council is strengthening its commitment to tackle racism. The council will be wanting to hear from
residents across the community about experiences of race and racism and also asking if there are any
monuments, places or road names which cause offence.
Council leader John Halsall said: “We have a proud record of tackling racism through our work with the
BME Forum and of celebrating the BAME community’s contribution to our society and history during the
annual Black History Month events.
“But we recognise that, like others across the world, we can do even better and we are committed to
doing so. We will do this with our established BME Forum and by listening to everybody in our
Ramnik Saund, chair of the BME Forum, said: “The tragic slaying of the unarmed black American George
Floyd by police in Minneapolis has once again raised the inequality and injustice that exists in society.
This has provoked anger around the world. Wokingham BME Forum has worked in partnership with the
Council to encourage the adoption of policies that treat everyone equitably, fairly and without
“This sad event has created an urgency to act and the Forum is encouraged by the Council’s
commitment to removing racism. It welcomes the initiative to remove such relics in public, which may
cause offence to the heritage of BME communities. The Forum supports the Council in its endeavours to
promote equality and remove racism. It is committed to working with the Council to achieve this.”
The council will work with the BME Forum to make sure it hears all voices and engages with the
community and have created an online portal for people to give their experiences.
The comprehensive survey of black and minority ethnic people’s experiences of life in the borough will
be used as a starting point to tackling the blight of racism head on.
The survey invites all people to share their experiences of race and community cohesion in the borough
and detail any specific racist incidents.
We will use the information collected, with representatives of the BAME community and the
Wokingham Black and Minority Ethnic Forum, to create a comprehensive action plan that will provide
real change where necessary.
Cllr Parry Batth, vice-chair of the BME Forum, said: “The BME Forum has been a strong champion for the
community for more than a decade and I know we will be able to work with it and other groups in the
community to gather a wide range of experiences and views. We are particularly interested to know if
there are any monuments, places or road names that cause offence so we can open up a proper debate
on this issue.”
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New mayor elected AT borough’s first virtual Annual Council meeting
At last night’s annual meeting of council, held virtually for the first time, Cllr Malcolm Richards was elected as Wokingham Borough Mayor for the coming year (2020-21). He takes over the chain of office from Cllr Bill Soane.
The Mayor is officially the ‘first citizen’ of the borough with a civic role, representing the council and the people of the borough as well as presiding over borough council meetings. Unless Her Majesty the Queen or her representative is in attendance, the Mayor takes precedence over any other dignitaries at events.
“It’s a great honour to serve the borough where I have lived for many years,” said Cllr Richards. “These are difficult times and many of our residents are facing significant challenges. I’m truly grateful to the many of them who’ve helped others in our community and made such a positive impact on their neighbours’ lives. It just reinforces what a fantastic borough we live in. Once restrictions are further eased, I look forward to continue representing the borough and meeting as many of you as I can.”
The Mayor traditionally chooses a local charity to benefit from fundraising during their year in office. This year, Cllr Richards has chosen to support both Homestart Wokingham and First Days Wokingham. Homestart Wokingham gives a range of emotional guidance, practical advice and support, to families with at least one child under five. First Days works to reduce the effects of child poverty by equipping them with essential items they need for their early years and at school, also combined with guidance. Their services are each directed at a family with children in urgent need, but the type of provision varies.
“With so much understandable and much-needed support for the NHS in recent months, I don’t want families with children to be left out when it comes to funding,” said Cllr Richards. “That’s why I’ve chosen these two fantastic local charities because they support children from birth all the way through to school and beyond.”
Cllr Richards has lived in Wokingham since the late 1970s when his family moved into the Bean Oak area of Norreys. He has two children and four grandchildren. Both his children went to local schools and they retain strong Wokingham connections.
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Now retired, Cllr Richards’ career was spent almost entirely in IT and corporate systems, working for major technology and business providers across commerce and industry, both public and private sectors, at home and abroad. He has worked in the UK, Europe, USA, Australia and Indonesia. He also has extensive teaching experience in schools and colleges in computing, business and academic subjects. He has a keen interest in many of the council’s areas of responsibility, but especially in planning, roads and transport systems, and the environment – holding executive member positions in these. On a personal level he enjoys watching a range of sports including football, rugby, athletics and motor racing.
Cllr Richards’ deputy for the year is Cllr Keith Baker who has represented Coronation ward in Woodley since 2006. He has been leader of Woodley Town Council since 2011 and has held a variety of senior roles in the borough council including leader, executive member for both highways and planning and chairman of the Overview and Scrutiny Management Committee. For more than a decade has been a school governor at Addington School, one of the best special needs schools in the country. In June 2019, he was awarded an MBE for his contribution to public and political services.
Cllr Baker is a well-known figure within Woodley after living there for nearly three decades together with his wife of 21 years. Now retired, he worked as a marketing manager for a computer networking company having spent more than 30 years in the IT industry in a variety of roles covering the UK, Europe and worldwide. He has six grandchildren with two families living locally and one in New York, USA.
His interests are wide and varied – he says he follows most sports from the comfort of his armchair, with rugby his favourite. His other love is the theatre. A previous chairman of Woodley Light Operatic Society, he spent 20 years helping local youth theatre group Starmaker as assistant stage manager.
“I’m very much looking forward to supporting Cllr Malcolm Richards in his mayoral duties,” said Cllr Baker. “It’s a privilege to be asked to perform this role, particularly at a time when so many people need our services and support.”
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The main shopping areas in Wokingham town centre, Woodley and Twyford will look a little different when they start to reopen from Monday.
The key changes are:
These changes are temporary and we’ll monitor them during the coming months, and adapt as needed. We’re offering support packs (posters, signs and floor stickers) to retailers across the rest of the borough who can email us at: email@example.com
Shopping local helps our businesses and economy survive and recover. But it’s crucial we follow the advice on shopping safely to limit the spread of Covid-19 and avoid a localised lockdown.
Notification of Temporary Closure – School Green, Shinfield
TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURE
LOCATION: School Green, Shinfield
DESCRIPTION: Antiskid Works
CLOSURE DATES: 4/6/20 (20:00-05:00)
Please be aware that Wokingham Borough Council as Traffic Authority gives notice under Section 14 (2) (a) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 that no vehicle shall proceed along:
B3349 School Green, Shinfield between its junctions with A327 Arborfield Road and Chestnut Crescent.
The alternative route for all traffic affected by the restriction shall be by proceeding via B3349 Hyde End Road, Basingstoke Road, A33 Basingstoke Road, B3270 Lower Earley Way, A327 Shinfield Road and Hollow Lane or by this route in reverse
Works requiring this restriction will take place between 4th June and 5th June 2020 between 20:00 and 05:00.
The reason for these prohibitions is to allow Wokingham Borough Council contractors to undertake anti-skid work in safety.
Access for residents and businesses within the boundaries of these restrictions will be maintained at all times.
The restriction imposed by the Order shall only apply during those periods when traffic signs complying with the Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions 2016 are lawfully displayed.
The dates of these restrictions may be subject to change.
We apologise for any inconvenience that these restrictions may cause.
Street Works Team
Highways and Transport Team
Wokingham Borough Council
Tel: 0118 974 6000
Sign up for text and email alerts for emergency and planned highway works at http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/community-and-safety/emergencies/borough-alert/
The Loddon Reach magazine is not being printed and put through your letterbox during lockdown. The April/May version was on-line and the Bumper Summer Issue (June/July/August) is being made possible by a generous grant from the Shinfield Parish Council. You can see the latest edition at www.loddonreach.org.uk . The magazine is on the homepage – just tap or hover over it and select ‘full screen’ to view it, then you can click the arrow on the right of each page to turn the pages. The Bumper Edition will be available from Monday 1st June.
re3 recycling centres to re-open next week on restricted basis with a booking system in place
To gain access to sites, residents will have to book a time slot using a ‘Click & Tip’ service
The re3 recycling centres on Longshot Lane, Bracknell and Smallmead Island Road, Reading will reopen on 18th May, Monday with a booking system in place. The sites have been temporarily closed due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
An online booking system, ‘Click and Tip’ will open at 10AM, 15th May, Friday and residents of Bracknell Forest, Reading and Wokingham Boroughs will be able to book a time slot via the webform provided on the local councils and re3 websites. Bookings will be available for slots from 8am – 6pm, Monday to Sunday, and residents can book up to 7 days in advance. Due to the limited number of booking slots available, with the sites only operating at 50% of usual capacity, residents are urged to continue to safely store waste at home and only make a booking if the trip to the recycling centres is essential.
More information can be found on the re3 website.
Bookings will go live on 10AM, Friday and residents can make a booking via the webform: Click&Tip service.
The health of residents and staff is always the highest priority, so everyone visiting the reopened sites must follow traffic signs, staff advice and adhere to the social distancing measures that have been put in place.
To ensure that social distancing guidelines are adhered, the following safety measures will be introduced on both sites:
– Limiting the number of vehicles allowed at the site at any one time.
– All visitors are required to keep the appropriate distance from each other, at least 2m apart.
– To minimise unnecessary contact with staff, residents should display their proof of address through closed windows and use contactless payments for transactions if possible.
– No assistance for unloading can be provided by site staff who will be available to direct the public and manage residents parking.
– In line with Public Health England guidance, residents who are vulnerable, or who are showing symptoms which may indicate coronavirus, must not visit the recycling centres.
Things to remember when visiting the re3 sites at Longshot Lane, Bracknell and Smallmead, Reading:
– You must make a booking before you visit the site. If you do not having a booking you will be refused entry.
– Please bring proof of address that shows you are a resident of Bracknell Forest, Wokingham or Reading such as driving licence, a council tax bill or a utility bill and place it on your dashboard for staff to see.
– You must arrive at the time of your booked slot.
– You must come in the car for which you made your booking (identified by the number plate).
– Visitors who come without a booking, outside of their booked slot, without a proof of residency or in a different car from the booking will be turned away.
– We will accept all usual items, including chargeable waste, so plan your visit when loading your car as it will help minimise the amount of time on site.
– There may be delays accessing the site and possibly queues of waiting vehicles, so please have all your documents available.
– Please be patient and follow the instructions of staff onsite at all times.