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(header photos courtesy of Stuart Scott)
For the centre of Waltham St Lawrence, put RG10 0JJ into your satnav, and for Shurlock Row, use RG10 0PS or use this map...
Important - Parish Council Wants Your Opinion
John Halsall, Borough Councillor for Wokingham and Chairman of the Campaign to Protect Rural Wokingham (the Campaign) spoke at the last PC meeting. He said there are still about 8,700 homes to be planned for Wokingham. The call for sites provided 273 potential sites, Wokingham is investing £1/2m to research three areas including Ruscombe. The Ruscombe site would take advantage of the Crossrail transport link, there was some talk of building a new station on the borders of Waltham St Lawrence although that may well cost £150m and has not been budgeted.
The Campaign has engaged a top planning agent, the top planning barrister and a communication company. They are looking to raise funds to support their fight. John Halsall suggested that the PC may like to contribute to the fighting fund to the tune of £10 per household which would be about £5,000.
My Dear Friends
A survey carried out some time ago on British attitudes to Christmas revealed that the ‘vast majority’ of consumers believe Christmas is overwhelmed by commercial hype and resent the fact that this hype starts as early as October (I reckon it’s earlier still).
But what a strangely contradictory attitude this is! I mean here we are, the ‘vast majority’ of us, doing our Christmas shopping, spending far more than at any other time of year, fighting our way into the car parks in Maidenhead or Reading, or even braving the shopping jungle of London’s West End.
Here's the full December 2017 Council News article in PDF form for download.
The electrification of The Great Western seems to be going on forever. I heard on the news that the Japanese built trains are the most expensive ever. It seems a shame that as the country that invented railway systems seem unable to modernise in a sensible time scale. I trust that if HS2 (London to Birmingham) goes ahead it is much better planned. That famous railway builder Isambard Kingdom Brunel must be turning in his grave.