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  • Helping residents with flooding issues | Alok Sharma MP - Member of Parliament for Reading West
    Control and Rest Centre Alok has held multiple public meetings on flooding in both Pangbourne and Purley to help local residents get answers to questions on issues such as flood insurance river maintenance and flood protection Alok wrote to every household in Purley ward with a flood survey and to distribute information from the Environment Agency detailing all of the action points being taken in relation to the area After speaking to government ministers on the issue of flooding and the price of flood insurance Alok welcomed the announcement that the government has reached an agreement with the insurance industry which will guarantee affordable flood insurance to flood prone areas in Reading Alok held successive meetings with the Environment Agency West Berkshire Council Purley Parish Council and the Mapledurham Estate to secure funding and planning permission for a flood alleviation scheme in Purley Work has now been completed on a pumping platform by River Gardens which will help prevent erosion of the riverbank and allows pipes to be secured firmly in place when flooding does occur to stop the pipes from moving during pumping and will help to keep the roads open Work has been completed on a new five metre wide bund to the north of Wintringham Way to help alleviate the impact of flooding in Purley Next steps Alok will continue to work with the Environment Agency and government ministers to address flooding issues and make further improvements aided by the data collected from the survey Alok says I will continue to work with the Environment Agency and West Berkshire Council to ensure that residents concerns are listened to and to lobby where necessary for funding Many of my constituents in Purley have been waiting for over a decade for some form of flood alleviation scheme and now

    Original URL path: http://www.aloksharma.co.uk/campaigns/floodingcampaign (2016-02-14)
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  • Justice for John Morland and Kris Jarvis | Alok Sharma MP - Member of Parliament for Reading West
    whilst being pursued by police John and Kris s killer received just 10 years in prison for his crimes Alok is now working with Kris and Jon s fiancée s Tracey Fidler and Hayley Lindsay to toughen up sentencing for those convicted of death by dangerous driving Achievements to date Alok welcomed an announcement made in May 2014 that the Government would hold a review of all driving related offences and sentences Alok held a Parliamentary debate on dangerous driving in November 2014 and secured a commitment from the responding Minister that the Government would hold an extensive public consultation on the issue of sentencing Alok organised a meeting between Tracey and Hayley and the Minister for Criminal Justice During the meeting Mike Penning agreed to ensure that the views expressed by Tracey and Hayley were fed into the Review of driving offences and penalties Alok organised a meeting for Tracey and Hayley with Prime Minister David Cameron The Prime Minister agreed to write to the Justice Secretary asking him to consider ways that prison sentences for causing multiple road deaths could be extended A petition set up by Tracey and Hayley which called on the Government to introduce consecutive sentencing for each person killed by a dangerous driver received more than 100 000 signatures Next steps Alok will continue to help Tracey and Hayley in their campaign to toughen sentences for those who are convicted of death by dangerous driving Alok says I am pleased that the government are listening carefully to the argument for needing tougher sentences for those who kill through dangerous driving and I will continue to work with Tracey and Hayley to change the law so that sentences properly reflect the crime committed Press Releases Dangerous Driving Debate 18th September 2015 Alok Sharma leads debate

    Original URL path: http://www.aloksharma.co.uk/campaigns/justice (2016-02-14)
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  • New secondary school in west Reading - Success | Alok Sharma MP - Member of Parliament for Reading West
    school places which will soon feed in to a shortage in secondary school places Local parents many of whom were part of the campaign to open All Saints Junior School came together to form the West Reading Education Network WREN to open a new secondary Free School in west Reading which will eventually provide around 1 200 school places Achievements to date Alok extensively lobbied Ministers and Officials at the Department for Education for permission to open a new secondary Free School in west Reading Alok contacted local primary schools and helped organise public meetings to help boost parent support for WREN s application After WREN received permission from the Department for Education to establish a new secondary school Alok worked extensively with WREN to help secure the former Elvian School site for the school Alok spoke at a Public Inquiry about the use of the Elvian School site which was eventually won by the WREN team Alok has been appointed as a Patron of The Wren School The Wren School is due to open in September 2015 Alok says The opening of a new secondary school is fantastic news for the children and parents in my constituency and it has been an absolute joy to work with my friends at WREN in helping deliver this new school for our community My sincere thanks and congratulations to everyone involved with the WREN project but especially to Mischa Tytel and Nik Rusic for leading from the front Press Releases Wren School 14th January 2016 Sharma applauds common sense judgement on Elvian School site 30th June 2014 Education Secretary praises parent group behind All Saints Junior and WREN 18th June 2014 Sharma delighted by Elvian School site appeal decision 2nd December 2013 Sharma speaks at Elvian School Inquiry 13th September 2013 Sharma

    Original URL path: http://www.aloksharma.co.uk/campaigns/secondaryschool (2016-02-14)
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  • Oak Processionary Moth Outbreak in Pangbourne | Alok Sharma MP - Member of Parliament for Reading West
    Letters Gallery Contact Links Oak Processionary Moth Outbreak in Pangbourne The issue The Oak Processionary Moth OPM was first found in London in 2006 Despite considerable attempts to control it the OPM spread in London In late 2010 an outbreak of the OPM was found in Pangbourne The OPM which can cause skin irritation and respiratory problems if people come into contact with OPM caterpillars was discovered in and around the village by the Forestry Commission The cost of treating infected trees is significant and as such there is a considerable desire to control the outbreak and eventually eradicate the OPM from Pangbourne altogether Achievements to date Alok was initially informed of the outbreak by Pangbourne Councillor Pamela Bale in June 2011 and together they initiated a meeting with West Berkshire Council The Forestry Commission and Agriculture and Food Minister Jim Paice to establish how best to tackle the issue The outbreak was consequently found to have spread over a kilometre since its discovery and as a result representatives from the offices of Henley MP John Howell and Newbury MP Richard Benyon were also invited to attend as trees in their constituencies might also be at risk The meeting discussed the plans for treatment of infected trees which then took place in the spring of 2012 and the Forestry Commission also agreed to continue to survey the area of 1 kilometre from the importation site The potential financial impact on property owners was also discussed at the meeting and West Berkshire Council officers have since successfully negotiated a bulk contract for treatment of the infected trees and this will result in a considerably reduced cost to residents Next steps Alok and Councillor Pamela Bale along with the other agencies involved will monitor the situation as the treatment of infected trees

    Original URL path: http://www.aloksharma.co.uk/campaigns/opm (2016-02-14)
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  • Pangbourne Business Rates - SUCCESS | Alok Sharma MP - Member of Parliament for Reading West
    in Reading Delivery of Purley Bund Flood alleviation for Keswick Close and Ogmore Close Flood alleviation for Kingsley Close in Whitley NatWest Branch Closure in Pangbourne No to Pincents Hill Development Number 33 Bus Route Number 33 Bus Route Survey Save the Bath Road Reservoir Campaign Southcote rat infestation The Reading Futures Fair Underwood Road Precinct Development Visitor Parking Permits Letters Gallery Contact Links Pangbourne Business Rates SUCCESS The issue Local businesses in Pangbourne faced a fall in trade as a result of reduced footfall during the closure of the Whitchurch Bridge for maintenance Achievements to date Alok made contact with Pangbourne businesses that were being affected by a fall in trade as a result of the bridge closure Alok wrote to the Valuation Office Agency VOA to ask for a reduction in business rates The VOA confirmed to Alok that they would consider the request but required further evidence so Alok wrote to all of the affected businesses to ask them to submit evidence of the fall in trade The VOA agreed to a temporary reduction in the business rates paid by 16 affected businesses during the time that the Whitchurch Bridge was closed Alok also held two meetings with the Whitchurch Bridge Company to put pressure on the company to complete works quickly and provide local residents and businesses with regular updates Alok says Many of the businesses in Pangbourne rely on passing trade and are facing a downturn as a consequence of the Whitchurch Bridge closure I am therefore delighted that the VOA has permitted a reduction in business rates which will provide some much needed relief to these small local businesses Press Releases Sharma Wilson slam Government s hikes to business rates during recession 30th March 2009 Wilson and Sharma back Bill to support small businesses

    Original URL path: http://www.aloksharma.co.uk/campaigns/pangbourne_business (2016-02-14)
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  • Public meetings held with Thames Valley Police | Alok Sharma MP - Member of Parliament for Reading West
    date Thursday 29th November at Tilehurst Methodist Church around 80 people were present Questions included the priorities of the new Police and Crime Commissioner traffic management and road speeding knife crime anti social behaviour harassment Police visibility litter and fly tipping Police morale cycling on pavements and the Police complaints procedure Thursday 31st January at the Curzon Club in Battle over 50 people attended Alok chaired the discussions which included questions on drug dealing street prostitution licensing issues police patrols the application for an adult gaming centre on Oxford Road Sexual Assault Referral Centres and the number of frontline police officers in the Thames Valley Thursday 21st March at Southcote Primary School in excess of 35 people attended The meeting gave local residents from Southcote and Norcot wards the opportunity to raise local policing issues with the Reading Policing Area commander Superintendent Stuart Greenfield and the head of the local Neighbourhood Policing Team Inspector PJ Binns Thursday 2nd May 2013 at The Well Church in Whitley Superintendent Stuart Greenfield was able to open the meeting with good news that there had been a 17 decrease in crime in Whitley Issues raised at the meeting included dog fouling Police engagement with young people the visibility of Police officers in the community noise complaints and speeding on Buckland Road Thursday 30th May at The Cornwell Centre in Theale Alok Sharma chaired the discussions which included questions on flytipping drug related crime the logistics of 999 calls police response times dangerous cycling engagement with young people burglary from sheds and garages speeding and the definition of reasonable force for defending properties Thursday 20th June 2013 at Kennet Valley Free Church in Calcot attended by over 50 people The panel were questioned on a number issues including the need for security lights on garages anti social driving issues what the public can do to help the police the priorities of the Police enforcement of bus lanes speeding and incidents of anti social behaviour Thursday 17th October 2013 at Purley Barn West Berkshire Policing Area Commander Superintendent Robin Rickard provided residents with an update on the work police have been doing to combat local crime in Purley including anti social behaviour and burglary from garages Friday 7th March 2014 at Pangbourne Village Hall Police updated residents on the work they have been doing to combat local crime in Pangbourne including anti social behaviour fly tipping and traffic offences including speeding and parking Next steps Alok will be holding future meetings with a purpose of reviewing crime and policing in other wards of the constituency Alok says These meetings are an excellent opportunity to hear residents concerns about local policing issues and to enhance the dialogue between the police and the wider community and I will continue to follow up the issues raised at the meetings by local residents Press Releases Sharma chairs sixth public meeting with Thames Valley Police in Calcot 25th June 2013 Sharma holds fifth public meeting for residents in Birch Copse and

    Original URL path: http://www.aloksharma.co.uk/campaigns/policing (2016-02-14)
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  • Safe road crossing on Dee Road - Success | Alok Sharma MP - Member of Parliament for Reading West
    Reading Futures Fair Underwood Road Precinct Development Visitor Parking Permits Letters Gallery Contact Links Safe road crossing on Dee Road Success The issue Parents of children at English Martyrs Catholic Primary School and St Michael s Primary School expressed concern about speeding traffic on Dee Road and want a pedestrian crossing installed outside the schools Achievements to date Alok supported a petition launched by local parent Emma Simpson Holland calling on the council to install a pedestrian crossing Alok helped to publicise a public meeting held on Thursday 8 January 2015 The Leader of Reading Borough Council was invited to the meeting to provide an opportunity for parents and local residents the opportunity to try to persuade Reading Borough Council to install a crossing Alok organised a further meeting with Reading Borough Council and representatives from both schools to discuss proposals to help improve road safety including getting flashing warning lights working and recruiting a lollypop person Reading Borough Council agreed to install two zebra crossings on Dee Road Work began to install two zebra crossings on Dee Road on 10 August 2015 ahead of the new school year starting in September Next steps Alok will continue to assist local parents who want to keep their children safe Alok says I am delighted that after campaigning on this issue with local parents for many months that we have secured such a great result A big thank you and congratulations to local parent Emma Simpson Holland who did a superb job leading this campaign There do however continue to be similar concerns at a number of other schools across the town and I will continue to work will local parents to help make their journeys to school safer Press Releases Road Safety Award 13th October 2015 Dee Road zebra crossing 7th

    Original URL path: http://www.aloksharma.co.uk/campaigns/deeroadcrossing (2016-02-14)
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  • Securing future for Circuit Lane Surgery | Alok Sharma MP - Member of Parliament for Reading West
    Circuit Lane Surgery The issue In September 2014 five GPs running Circuit Lane Surgery in Southcote tendered their resignation and gave notice that they would end their contract for providing services in January 2015 Achievements to date Alok organised a public meeting with NHS England to answer questions from concerned patients about the future of the surgery and the commissioning process to find a new provider Alok formed a Working Group to provide regular feedback to NHS England on local patients views and priorities throughout the commissioning process The Working Group included representatives from NHS England the local Clinical Commissioning Group the Circuit Lane Patient Participation Group the local Health and Well Being Board Healthwatch Reading and Alok Alok welcomed the news that local health provider Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust have been selected as an interim provider of services and will keep the surgery open on Circuit Lane Alok chaired a further update meeting in December for patients to hear about the new provider s plans for the surgery During the meeting it was announced that four of the existing five GPs would continue working at the surgery Next steps Alok will monitor the situation at Circuit Lane Surgery to ensure patients continue to receive excellent treatment and continuity of care Alok says I know from speaking to patients at Circuit Lane Surgery that the most pressing issue is that they continue to receive an excellent service and that the care that they receive is not disrupted in any way I am therefore absolutely delighted that Dr Horne Dr Jarman Dr Garside and Dr Adams will all be continuing their work at the surgery and that we have a new provider with an excellent track record providing other local services and one committed to taking on additional doctors to

    Original URL path: http://www.aloksharma.co.uk/campaigns/circuitlane (2016-02-14)
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