September has been busy (and so has October, which is why this report is so late). I have managed to get some good news for some residents but overall things are not looking so positive.
I attended environment scrutiny panel at which we examined some important items and agreed the future work program. I also attended the Cycling Liaison Group. I am continuing to get contacted by local residents with concerns, please do feel free to contact me.
We held our regular surgery in the South of the Ward, Swallowfield Drive this month. A particularly important piece of casework came up there.
I also visited all the residents in the ward on Hartland Road and Corrine Close to survey their reaction to some new road markings (if they were out I left the survey – thanks for the many responses that have come in! Watch this space).
October will be a key month for both national and local politics. I hope that the spending review on 20th doesn’t hit Reading too badly and that the local council administration shows some common sense with dealing with it, although since they chose to take £1.5million of in year savings straight into children’s services hitting both our successful school improvement program and children’s centres really hard rather than spreading it across the council budgets I’m not hopeful.