Hustings update

LOCAL NEWS: Last week saw parliamentary candidates in our constituency taking part in the Hungerford Question Time, always an important staging post in election campaigning. The usual suspects were on the panel, with Paul from the Green Party replacing UKIP Katherine who was indisposed. Proceedings were well chaired by Greg Furr. Questions ranged from rail electrification (supported … Continue reading Hustings update

Dan Rogerson, DEFRA Minister, visits West Berks

Dan Rogerson being interviewed by Judith Bunting, Parliamentary Candidate, Newbury and West Berks Lib Dems. DEFRA Minister, Dan Rogerson, came to Hamstead Marshall, recently, to meet West Berkshire residents at the Elm Farm Organic Research Centre. Judith taxed the Minister on rural broadband, Thames Water, council housing and her campaign to get proper funding to maintain lively, … Continue reading Dan Rogerson, DEFRA Minister, visits West Berks

Rural Broadband: Am I missing something?

Because of an enquiry from a constituent, I have gone back, this morning, to coverage maps for the Superfast Berkshire project, which detail which areas will receive fibre optic services by the end of the project in 2016. They are truly extraordinary - and not in a good way. I showed them to our MP … Continue reading Rural Broadband: Am I missing something?

Decent Homes for All

A major concern of Lib Dems here in West Berkshire and nationally is that too often, planners, developers and architects concentrate on the physical fabric of what is built rather than the social context in which housing needs to be placed. This can create ghettoised areas in our towns, where young are separated from old; rich are separated … Continue reading Decent Homes for All

West Berkshire Broadband

At a recent event in the centre of Newbury, I heard yet more stories from people living and working outside of Newbury and Thatcham about the poor broadband speeds. Two rural business leaders reported broadband speeds below 2Mb. Particularly worrying, as they are based in Elcot and Winterbourne, villages that are not included in the … Continue reading West Berkshire Broadband

Revitalising the Rural Economy

  Judith Bunting was part of the team proposing the motion Revitalising the Rural Economy at the Liberal Democrat Spring Conference, Brighton 2013. Summating for the motion, Judith said: 20% of the UK population lives in 80% of the country - what does that tell me? It tells me that those people have a long … Continue reading Revitalising the Rural Economy