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Question to council: William Marshal

Richard Stainthorp to ask the Lead Councillor for Culture Heritage and Recreation: William Marshal As I am sure the Lead Councillor is awar...

28 Apr 2014

Local election candidates announced!

The candidates for the 2014 local election on 22 May were announced today.

No surprises in Battle ward.  As you know I have been selected to stand for Labour again, something I feel is a privilege.  I have throughly enjoyed the past 4 years representing residents of Battle ward and I hope to be re-elected.  Battle Labour councillors are a great team and we work well together and I believe we have brought about many positive things including:
  • Secured the £1.6 million developer contribution from the Battle Hospital site.
  • Improvements to the Oxford Road through the Oxford Road corridor study with phase 1 starting in the summer.  Phase 2 will go ahead after the Cow Lane bridges are open.
  • Listened to residents and helped them with changes to residents parking and parking restrictions.
  • Helped secure a new school on the Oxford Road.
  • Supported parents with the school places squeeze and we will not rest until the pressures have eased in Battle ward.
  • Ensured that the pedestrian and cycle path under Cow Lane bridges is a continuous path, not one that requires crossing half way.
  • Had potholes filled and, with Labour led Reading Boruogh Council, implemented a major pothole filling programme.
I also make sure I am involved in the ward outside of the council.  I am:
  • A governor at Oxford Road Community School.
  • On the Battle Ward Community First panel.
  • Regularly attend the Oxford Road Neighbourhood Action Group and support it's work.
  • Work closely with the West Village Residents Association most recently attending the AGM and updating residents on work in the ward.
  • and finally I am a resident of Battle ward!
I promise to continue working hard to get the best for residents of Battle ward.  I will keep you informed about what I am doing and ensure you are consulted on the issues that effect you.  If you need to get in touch with me my contact details are in the tab above.
For the full candidate list and all the legal bits follow this link:  http://www.reading.gov.uk/council/elections-and-voting/voting/

9 Apr 2014

Road resurfacing for Battle!

Reading Borough Council have done an excellent job filling the hundreds of potholes all over Reading - at the last Traffic Management Sub-committee they reported having filled over 1200!

Sometimes this is not enough though and a whole road would benefit from resurfacing.  I know residents of Kensington Road and I have been asking for it to be resurfaced for a couple of year now and we have good news!!!

Below is a list of the roads in Battle due to be resurfaced this year - including Kensington Road!

Edinburgh Road
Kensington Road (from Oxford Road to Prince of Wales Avenue)
Wilton Road
Mason Street

We will also see phase one of the Oxford Road Corridor Study implemented in the summer which will include improved cycle facilitites, extended bus lanes and a rationalisation of the current road markings.