School cuts – West Berkshire Council proposes charging schools who need help

Judith Bunting at Park House School, Newbury, during the recent election campaign. With Ian Millar, Head of Physics. This week West Berkshire Council announced plans for financial "task forces" to be sent into the district's struggling schools to help heads manage their budgets. They are also threatening to charge any school that requires 'the task … Continue reading School cuts – West Berkshire Council proposes charging schools who need help

Newbury Football Fun Day and update

It was lovely to meet everyone and see the action at Newbury Football Club today. The annual Fun Day and Penalty Shoot out at the ground in Faraday Road drew a huge crowd. Lovely sunshine, good turnout and an impressive amount of activity on the pitch - what's not to like? At the moment though the club … Continue reading Newbury Football Fun Day and update

Councils should invest in the local economy

West Berkshire Council should invest in our local economy. This week, at the Liberal Democrat party conference, I made a speech about the need for more ambitious local authority funding, with reference to the horrendous cuts to services we are seeing in West Berkshire. West Berks District Council is the epitome of un-ambitious when it comes … Continue reading Councils should invest in the local economy

Save our Libraries. Save our Theatres.

“I call on the council to show some ambition, to take positive action and find a new way totackle these cuts.” On Monday night, at a public meeting in Wash Common organised by the campaigning group West Berkshire SOS, Judith Bunting lambasted West Berkshire’s Conservative Council for the unimaginative way they are tackling the current … Continue reading Save our Libraries. Save our Theatres.

Picking up litter while West Berkshire burns

Please find below, for your reference a letter published in the Newbury Weekly News, Thursday, February 18, 2016 by Cllr Crumly, the Conservative Member for Thatcham Central. In this letter, Councillor Crumly claims that West Berkshire Council has four options only to solve the current problems: a) to increase charges for services, b) to increase council tax, … Continue reading Picking up litter while West Berkshire burns

What Other Councils Do …

  If anyone tries to tell you that it's unrealistic to fight the cuts being imposed by the conservatives on West Berkshire Council, here's a little ammunition: Eastleigh Borough Council has a £150m asset management plan which has enabled 13 years of real term cuts in council tax and NO CUTS TO FRONT LINE SERVICES. Eastleigh Borough … Continue reading What Other Councils Do …

Letter to the Editor – More ambition from our MP please!

To the Editor,  In just one week we have had reports of the imminent loss of three important community facilities across West Berkshire: the Jubilee Sports Centre in Kintbury, the Youth Centre in Hungerford and Thatcham Priory which was, until recently, being developed as a Town Centre hub for the community. I understand West Berks … Continue reading Letter to the Editor – More ambition from our MP please!

Education – Open letter to Michael Gove

Dear Mr Gove, I am writing from West Berkshire, where we have a problem in our education system which I am hoping you, as Secretary of State for Education, can help explain. West Berkshire recently ranked one of the best places to live in the UK (top 20% places to live). It is the kind of … Continue reading Education – Open letter to Michael Gove