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  • MP meets with broadband provider offering Gigabit connection in Reading
    for faster broadband speeds across Reading and earlier this month at the request of one of his constituents wrote to all homes in Tidmarsh urging them to register their interest in faster internet speeds on the Superfast Berkshire website http www superfastberkshire org uk Alok also raised the issue of broadband speeds with the former Secretary of State for Culture Media and Sport during a visit to Reading in April last year Superfast Berkshire is a campaign being supported by Thames Valley Berkshire Local Enterprise Partnership and all of Berkshire s unitary authorities to improve broadband speed and coverage across Berkshire in the areas that are not commercially viable to the private sector Alok Sharma said Securing faster broadband for residents and businesses across Reading is one of my top priorities as an MP and will be key to unlocking future local economic growth The fact that Hyperoptic Broadband has selected Reading as one of the first hypercities in which to roll out its Gigabit broadband service is a mark of confidence in the town and I hope that this kind of service will start to become the norm in the near future Dana Tobak Managing Director and co founder of Hyperoptic commented I was delighted to meet with Alok Sharma to discuss the requirement for hyper fast broadband in his West Reading constituency We recently announced that Reading would be one of the first towns in the UK to benefit from our gigabit broadband rollout We are currently encouraging residents and businesses to register interest as we prioritise installations in buildings where there is high demand Dana continued Reading is very important to Hyperoptic West Reading is also home to our customer services team where we employ over 20 people It is also a strategic location for the UK

    Original URL path: http://www.aloksharma.co.uk/print/700 (2016-02-14)
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  • Reading West business discusses broadband in meeting with Secretary of State
    from BT since that date passed The Secretary of State promised to write to BT to ask about their plans for the rollout of superfast broadband and to ask how they planned to update customers that had registered an interest in receiving superfast broadband The Coalition Government has pledged to secure superfast broadband in 90 per cent of premises and to provide universal access to standard broadband with a speed of at least 2Mbps by 2015 Alok Sharma said I was very pleased that the Secretary of State was able to take the time to visit Reading and to hear about the challenges that some businesses are facing in respect of broadband speeds and I am very pleased that the Department has agreed to follow this up with BT Maria Miller Secretary of State for Culture Media and Sport said We know how important access to broadband is to local communities so we are investing 1 2 billion over the course of this parliament to deliver a transformation in broadband by 2015 but there is always more we can do Given how important connectivity is to businesses and enterprise it was extremely helpful to hear more about Andrew s experiences at Abbey Windows and I look forward to hearing from BT about how they might be able to help Andrew Young Managing Director of Abbey Windows said Running a business can be very frustrating at times Having the support of your MP is great but for a senior Government Minister to express an interest and offer their support is fantastic The meeting gave a real insight into how large the investment in superfast broadband is nationally We are now looking forward to seeing the results of the Minister s efforts Steve Lamb Thames Valley Berkshire LEP Chairman added Thames Valley

    Original URL path: http://www.aloksharma.co.uk/print/468 (2016-02-14)
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  • Sharma supports calls for better coverage of fast broadband
    here using it we need to ration its access to avoid reducing the speed further This has slowed our plans of expansion and further job creation The Coalition Government has pledged to secure superfast broadband in 90 per cent of premises and to provide universal access to standard broadband with a speed of at least 2Mbps by 2015 The Government has also committed 530m in funding to stimulate commercial investment to roll out high speed broadband in rural communities and to deliver a high speed service to areas which are not covered by a commercial roll out Alok Sharma has written to BT and to Government Ministers and had meetings on the issue of securing consistent coverage of superfast broadband in Berkshire Businesses and residents can register an interest in receiving superfast broadband online at www superfastberkshire org uk This is a website set up in conjunction with all of the unitary authorities in Berkshire as well as the TVB LEP which can be used by broadband providers to gauge the level of interest in an area and encourage them to invest Alok Sharma said Securing faster broadband in Reading is absolutely essential for business and for future growth and so I am delighted to support the campaign being spearheaded by the Thames Valley Berkshire Local Enterprise Partnership to secure super fast and ultra fast broadband speeds in Berkshire and I will continue to support those efforts with other Berkshire MPs in any way I can Alok continued It is concerning to hear that businesses are being prevented from expanding as fast as they would like due to the patchy nature of access to fast broadband Securing superfast broadband with universal coverage is an absolute priority for businesses like Abbey Windows and I want to hear from other businesses in

    Original URL path: http://www.aloksharma.co.uk/print/446 (2016-02-14)
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  • Sharma calls on Council to change controversial bus lane warning signs
    cases stating that the advance warning signs do not give adequate information of this bus lane and its time of operation Alok previously wrote to Reading Borough Council to request that the font size for the operating times of the bus lane is increased on the advance directional signs The Council responded by stating The advance directional signs ADS are information signs and fully comply with the Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions 2002 TSRGD Following the Council s response Alok wrote to the Secretary of State for Transport to request clarification with regards to whether these bus lane advance warning signs meet statutory requirements The response from Norman Baker Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Transport stated My officials have looked at the working drawing of the advance direction signs which you included in your letter and although the size of the font used on the sub plate is not shown suggest that it does not appear to meet statutory requirements Alok said I continue to have concerns that the Council has not heeded previous requests to increase the font size for the operating times of the bus lane on the advance directional signs which by any reasonable person s judgement is too small to be read even by a careful motorist Alok continued Whilst the Council maintains that the signs are fully compliant with the Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions 2002 the response I have received from the Department for Transport seriously calls this into question I therefore again appeal to the Council to listen to its local residents and the Department for Transport and take a pragmatic approach by improve the signposting Lieutenant Kenneth Guest who successfully appealed against eleven PCNs for this bus lane said I have been convinced from the start

    Original URL path: http://www.aloksharma.co.uk/print/376 (2016-02-14)
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  • Partial success in MP’s unfair bus lane camera campaign
    made to the Council requesting data on how much money the bus lane had raised and the dimensions of the advance warning signs in question In the Council s response measurements were provided for every part of the sign except the times the bus lane was in operation Alok said I was very surprised to read in the local media the suggestion by the lead Councillor for Transport Mr Page that I had been misled about the signage issue by my constituents If that was indeed the case why has the Council now changed some of the signs Given the Council s decision to alter the signs it would appear that the person who has actually been misled is Councillor Page himself Alok continued I do continue to have concerns about the advance warning signs which have not yet been changed The Council has informed me in writing that these advanced directional signs fully comply with the Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions 2002 Having consulted with the House of Commons Library Transport specialist it would appear that the minimum font size for the bus lane operation times should be between 48 60mm However the actual height of the font varies between 25 30mm on this part of the signs I have therefore written to the Secretary of State to provide some clarification on this matter Alok concluded Even if the signs are within the statutory minimum requirements if the Council are serious about enforcing the bus lane and not just nurturing a cash cow why not listen to local residents take a pragmatic approach and improve the signposting The FoI request made by Alok shows that since the installation of a camera at the bus lane in July 2009 to date more than 9 570 PCNs have been issued

    Original URL path: http://www.aloksharma.co.uk/print/349 (2016-02-14)
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  • Sharma votes to support EU Referendum Bill
    will lead to the first public vote on Europe for 40 years after a renegotiation for a new deal in the EU Alok Sharma said Only the Conservatives are voting to give the British people a say on Europe Labour does not trust the British people to give their verdict on our relationship with Europe Labour denied the British people a vote on the Lisbon Treaty in 2007 and now they want to refuse them a say again Alok continued It has been nearly 40 years since the British people last had their say on Europe and most of us have never had a say on Europe at all I was only seven years old at the last referendum This question about our membership of the EU is already there and ignoring it will not make it go away These concerns deserve to be heard and acted upon and I support the Prime Minister in his attempts to secure a renegotiation before holding an in our vote on our membership of the EU Campaign Giving people a say on Europe Friday July 5 2013 Alok Sharma MP Reading West The Reading West constituency embraces parts of two local unitary authorities

    Original URL path: http://www.aloksharma.co.uk/print/530 (2016-02-14)
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  • Sharma invited the people of Reading to co-sponsor EU Referendum Bill
    renegotiation for a new deal in the EU Co sponsors will be able to back the Bill using a new innovative online co sponsoring form by visiting the www LetBritainDecide com campaign website Alok Sharma said Before I became a Member of Parliament I ran a local campaign in 2007 calling on the then Labour government to give the British people a referendum on the Lisbon Treaty before it was ratified Sadly Labour refused to trust the British people and signed up to the treaty without a referendum However we now have an opportunity to get behind this Conservative Private Member s Bill and demonstrate the real appetite within the great British public for a referendum on Europe Alok continued Labour did not trust the British people in 2007 and they do not trust the British people now to give their verdict on our relationship with Europe By co sponsoring this Bill at the www LetBritainDecide com campaign website local people will be sending a clear message to everyone who wants to refuse a public vote on Britain s future in Europe Photo Alok Sharma and supporters of a referendum on an EU treaty in 2007 Campaign Giving people a

    Original URL path: http://www.aloksharma.co.uk/print/506 (2016-02-14)
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  • Alok Sharma and Local Conservatives call for referendum on European Treaty
    transfers significant powers to Brussels from the Westminster Parliament is over 90 similar to the discredited and rejected EU Constitution proposed earlier Gordon Brown needs to hold immediately the promised referendum to let the British people decide if they want to sign away a significant amount of UK powers to the EU in Brussels Campaign Giving people a say on Europe Saturday June 30 2007 Alok Sharma MP Reading West

    Original URL path: http://www.aloksharma.co.uk/print/62 (2016-02-14)
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