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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...

23 May 2014


Firstly let me say a big thank you to the residents of Battle ward for electing me for a second term as councillor.  Another big thank you goes to all the volunteers who helped during the election.  Without our members and volunteers we could not have done all we did.

The last four years have been hard work but also so very rewarding.  I am privileged to get another four years to make a positive different to the place I love.

For all the results click on the picture (from www.reading.gov.uk)
We have lots planned already.  As well as our regular advice surgeries we will be at the Oxford Road Fun Day again.  We also plan more street surgeries and street stalls and you can, of course, get in touch if you need to speak to us.

Tonight I am putting my sore blistered feet up and having a take-away (of course from one on the Oxford Road), tomorrow the hard work begins again.

15 May 2014

Street stall: Come meet me - your candidate in Battle ward!

Battle councillors and I will be outside Jarvis Properties 419 Oxford Road this Saturday 11-2.  We will be there to listen to residents so come along and say hello.  If you have any concerns or questions it will be the ideal time to discuss them.

We will also be joined by our parliamentary candidate Victoria Groulef who is working hard in Reading West and Battle ward.

See you Saturday!

12 May 2014

Reading Labour's Manifesto Commitments

You already know what I promise to do if re-elected (see here).  Here's what the Reading Labour Group will to do:


Labour’s manifesto for the Reading Borough Council elections on 22 May includes promises to keep Reading clean, promote sustainable transport, pursue all ways to provide more housing, invest in more primary and secondary schools, extend 20mph zones, build extra care housing and nursing projects.
Leader of the ruling Labour group on the council Councillor Jo Lovelock said: “Labour’s ambition is for Reading to be a town where everyone has the chance to succeed, to get on with their neighbours and to grow old securely.
“Labour is committed to well-run public services. We’ve done our best to protect the services that Reading people expect while we also have to deal with growing demand. People are living longer, needing more care and the rise in the birth rate means we need more school places.
“The council faces all these challenges with less and less money from central government and fewer staff. 
“Labour councillors in Reading are used to change and challenge, but never before have we faced such massive cuts like those from this Conservative-led government, propped up by the Liberal Democrats.
Click here to be taken to a copy of the Reading Banner

The manifesto includes pledges to:
·         keep Reading clean – with continuing deep cleans across the town and regular street sweeping.
·         promote sustainable transport – with more investment in our award winning bus service and measures to make cycling easier
·         pursue all ways to provide more housing – new council housing and work with the private rented sector
·         invest in more primary and secondary schools – in all areas of Reading, including Caversham and east Reading.
·         extend 20mph zones – extending areas in consultation with local residents
·         build extra care housing and nursing projects – offering more options for older people
·         continue to regenerate central Reading, including pressing for an early start on Station Hill and redevelop the old Civic Offices site
·         seek ways to improve local shopping centres
·         press for  action on the much-needed third Thames Bridge
·         continue to support and work in partnership with Reading’s much-valued voluntary sector
It also includes commitments to work with schools, colleges and businesses to ensure that young people acquire the skills and qualifications they need and to lead the partnership to tackle poverty across the town and provide advice and support to help escape the poverty trap. Lobbying will also continue for Lottery and other funding to develop the historic Abbey Ruins and Gateway site, including the newly vacated Reading Prison.
The manifesto details the sixteen Labour candidates across Reading, who include five sitting councillors seeking re-election including Mayor Marian Livingston and Lead Members John Ennis and Rachel Eden, a former Reading councillor and Mayor Richard Stainthorp seeking a return, two black candidates and two Asian candidates, nine women and another husband and wife duo in Debs Absolom standing in Norcot and husband David in Redlands.

9 May 2014

Oxford Road Timebank Spring Event

I have blatently pinched this from the Oxford Road Timebank but it says all you need to know!  See you there.....

Spring Event
Battle Library - Saturday 17th May
Cakes and refreshments
Craft corner for our young Timebankers
Reading Bicycle Kitchen
Bring along your bikes if they need fixing or servicing!!

There will also be a craft corner for adults; knitting, crochet and other crafts. Please bring your projects along and join us.
If you would like to learn something new there will be people on hand to help and offer advice on how to get started.

If you would like to be involved or need help with anything at all,
please come along to our event; we would love to see you there.

For more information please email: admin@oxfordroadtimebank.org.uk

Timebanking is a way to build a community that helps one another. For every hour you give, you earn a time credit which you can spend when you need help yourself. It’s free to join; please come along, we’d love to meet you!

7 May 2014

Into Battle: sneak peak

Here is our Into Battle Election Special 2014.

Click here for the full edition!
It includes:
  • Councillor Hacker Demands Action on the Cost of Water
  • Parfks Upgrade - update on the Battle Hospital developer contribution
  • Tories are Failing Local Children
  • Improving the Oxford Road
  • Campigning for Families
  • Fly-tipping and Litter Patrol
  • To Stop or Not To Stop
  • Well done RBC
  • Sherwood Street Parking Request
  • Well Done Wilson School
  • Stand up to Loan Sharks
We have a long history of keeping residents informed throughout the year and it's not something we are going to be stopping.  We believe it is important.  You elected us and you deserve to know we are working hard for you, all year round.

As well as our newsletter, which we deliver throughout Battle ward, you can also keep up to date with what I am up to these ways:

On this blog: www.cllrsarahhacker.blogspot.com
On Facebook: www.facebook.com/CllrSarahHacker
On Twitter: www.twitter.com/CllrSarahHacker

Please feel free to get in touch on Twitter and Facebook as well as the more traditional methods found in the tab at the top of the blog.