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  • Boosting primary school places in Reading | Alok Sharma MP - Member of Parliament for Reading West
    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 Boosting primary school places in Reading The issue Due to a historic lack of planning Reading currently has a large shortage of primary school places Achievements to date As a Parliamentary Candidate Alok supported the bid by All Saints Infants School to expand its pupil numbers from 60 to 120 pupils and become a full primary school Following the General Election Alok supported the successful application to set up All Saints Junior School as one of the first Free Schools in the country Alok supported Wilson Primary School s bid for planning permission to enable the school to expand and to take on an additional 210 pupils Next Steps Alok will continue to work with schools and local education groups to increase the number of primary school places that can offer children an excellent education Alok says I was honoured to campaign alongside All Saints Action Group in its extremely successful campaign to open a new primary school which was an excellent example of the great community spirit and can do attitude in our town Press Releases Sharma opens Wilson Primary School Summer Fayre 10th July 2013 Sharma officially opens All Saints Junior Free School new building 6th November 2012 Sharma attends official opening by Lord Hill of All Saints Junior Free School 21st October 2011 All Saints Junior Free School opens 6th September 2011 All Saints Free School Business Plan gets green light from Gove 31st March 2011 All Saints School expansion campaign gets under way 15th February 2010 In the

    Original URL path: http://www.aloksharma.co.uk/campaigns/primary_schools (2016-02-14)
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  • Delivery of Purley Bund - SUCCESS | Alok Sharma MP - Member of Parliament for Reading West
    Fair Underwood Road Precinct Development Visitor Parking Permits Letters Gallery Contact Links Delivery of Purley Bund SUCCESS The issue Purley on Thames has experienced severe flooding in the past A report carried out in 2004 by the Purley Flooding Review Team made a number of proposals to protect people and property from future flooding but a lack of funding meant little action was taken Achievements to date 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 Alok says Many of my constituents in Purley have been waiting for over a decade for some form of flood alleviation scheme and now we finally have the bund We all understand that during particularly bad weather events there will continue to be a risk from flooding but talking to my constituents I know they are delighted that this scheme has finally been delivered and hopefully it will make a difference EA Response dated 28th May 2015 Enclosure 1 EA leaflet Living on the edge Enclosure 2 EA leaflet What to do before during and after a flood Enclosure 3 DEFRA leaflet Obtaining flood insurance in high risk areas Thames Water Response dated 5th June 2015 DEFRA Response dated 10th June 2015 Press Releases MP delighted by

    Original URL path: http://www.aloksharma.co.uk/campaigns/purleybund (2016-02-14)
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  • Flood alleviation for Keswick Close and Ogmore Close | Alok Sharma MP - Member of Parliament for Reading West
    in Reading West Past Campaigns Exporting for Growth Seminar Battle Health Petition Boosting primary school places 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 Flood alleviation for Keswick Close and Ogmore Close The issue Having suffered from flooding during heavy rainfall for many years residents of Keswick Close and Ogmore Close in Tilehurst contacted Alok in 2010 to express concerns that not enough is being done to prevent flooding in their area Achievements to date In response to the residents concerns Alok raised the issue with Thames Water and subsequently organised a number of meetings for residents with Thames Water to discuss solutions and agree a way forward Following these meetings and modelling work undertaken by Thames Water it was ascertained that 20 properties in Keswick Close and Ogmore Close are at risk of flooding Thames Water commenced flow monitoring of the relevant sewers to verify maximum flows during storm events This data will ensure the scheme implemented is appropriate to the flood risk Thames Water undertook a commitment to provide residents with fortnightly updates on the flow monitoring Conclusion Thames Water began work on a 730 000 scheme in October 2014 and the project was completed in time for Christmas Alok Sharma said I am delighted that after years of anticipation this scheme is now completed I want to thank Thames Water and all the brilliant local residents who worked patiently with me to make this project a reality and it is an

    Original URL path: http://www.aloksharma.co.uk/campaigns/keswickogmore (2016-02-14)
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  • Flood alleviation for Kingsley Close in Whitley | Alok Sharma MP - Member of Parliament for Reading West
    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 Flood alleviation for Kingsley Close in Whitley The issue Having experienced severe flooding in both July 2007 and August 2011 Kingsley Close residents contacted Alok in August 2011 to express their concerns that not enough was being done to prevent further instances of flooding in the future Achievements in the campaign As a result of a meeting for local residents with Reading Borough Council Thames Water and the Environment Agency which Alok hosted a meeting in October 2011 the Council agreed to clear the drainage ditch alongside the A33 on the former Courage Brewery site The works involved re profiling the ditch to adjust its gradient and remove silt Reading Borough Council has indicated that this should significantly reduce the risk of flooding in the future Following feedback from local residents the Council also agreed to put in place an annual maintenance programme for the ditch to ensure that its capacity is maintained in the future Alok says To reassure residents Reading Borough Council has confirmed that it will undertake a regular maintenance programme to ensure that the ditch does not get blocked up again I understand that surveyors from Peter Brett Associates have also been commissioned by the Council to look to see if additional work can be undertaken downstream to improve the situation further I am pleased that residents have now had their concerns acted upon and I will continue to monitor the situation to ensure that the Council keeps to its pledge of a regular maintenance programme Press Releases Sharma organises meeting to update Kingsley Close residents on

    Original URL path: http://www.aloksharma.co.uk/campaigns/kingsleyclose (2016-02-14)
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  • NatWest Branch Closure in Pangbourne | Alok Sharma MP - Member of Parliament for Reading West
    the Bath Road Reservoir Campaign Southcote rat infestation The Reading Futures Fair Underwood Road Precinct Development Visitor Parking Permits Letters Gallery Contact Links NatWest Branch Closure in Pangbourne The issue NatWest s announcement in August 2011 of its intention to close its Pangbourne branch raised a variety of concerns including that of the future prosperity of Pangbourne following the implied reduction in services which would potentially damage the local economy Another major concern was the potential impact upon vulnerable members of the community for whom trips to the branch represented an important fixture in their daily lives NatWest s Pangbourne customers were also unhappy that some Pangbourne branch bank accounts might be automatically transferred to alternative NatWest branches leaving customers with a considerably longer journey to their home branch Action taken by Alok On hearing the news of the closure Alok and Pangbourne Councillor Pamela Bale together hosted a meeting for local residents and business leaders to express their concerns to representatives of NatWest and RBS regarding the closure The meeting focused on the short notice given of the intended closure the manner in which this was communicated and the lack of a rational explanation for the closure Following the meeting NatWest and RBS representatives were still unable to give any detailed rationale for the closure and nor were they prepared to reverse the decision to close the Pangbourne branch Alok wrote to a number of senior executives at NatWest and RBS including Stephen Hester Chief Executive of the Royal Bank of Scotland Group Unfortunately none were able to clarify whether the Pangbourne branch was indeed profitable or why it was decided it should close Conclusion NatWest s Pangbourne branch subsequently closed in November 2011 with the bank insisting that the branch was no longer financially viable Alok expressed his

    Original URL path: http://www.aloksharma.co.uk/campaigns/natwestpangbourne (2016-02-14)
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  • No to Pincents Hill Development | Alok Sharma MP - Member of Parliament for Reading West
    In 2009 developer Blue Living submitted a formal planning application to build 750 new homes and increase commercial capacity on the Pincents Hill site in Calcot The vast majority of local residents opposed the proposed development arguing that the estimated extra 1 000 1 500 cars that this would bring to the local area would cause misery on already congested roads It was also argued that the development would put huge pressure on already squeezed local services and the resulting loss of green space would seriously impinge on the quality of life of local residents Achievements in the campaign In response to the proposed development Alok along with local Councillors took part in several public meetings and organised a survey in an attempt to gauge local opinion The survey had an overwhelming 896 responses many submitting detailed comments and concerns These included the likely negative impact on traffic flows the impact on local public services such as schools and doctors surgeries and the impact on the environment and wildlife and the potential loss of a valuable green space Presented with such a clear demonstration of public opinion West Berkshire Council took the decision to exclude Pincents Hill as a strategic site from its local development plan at a meeting held in January 2010 Blue Living s application was heard and rejected by West Berkshire Council s Eastern Area Planning Committee during a public planning meeting in February 2010 Blue Living launched an appeal against the Council s decision Alok spoke out against the development at a Public Inquiry and in June 2011 Blue Living s appeal was rejected by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government and by the Planning Inspector Alok says This is absolutely the right decision and a clear victory for localism I want to pay tribute to all the local residents especially the Chairman of SCAG Joan Lawrie who have worked so hard and with such great determination to fight off Blue Living s unwelcome development plans Quite simply this was the wrong development in the wrong place and I hope this puts an end to any plans by anyone to build on Pincents Hill Click here to view Pincents Hill Survey Results Press Releases Sharma applauds dismissal of Blue Living s Pincents Hill appeal 30th June 2011 Sharma blasts Blue Living s plans for Pincents Hill at Public Inquiry 3rd March 2011 Success for Pincents Hill Campaign 24th February 2010 Pincents Hill Call to local residents to attend public meeting to show opposition to Blue Living s plans 19th February 2010 Sharma applauds West Berkshire LDF recommendation on Pincents Hill 18th December 2009 Object now to Blue Living s Pincents Planning Application 15th August 2009 Sharma opposes Blue Living s Pincents Hill application 28th July 2009 Local residents urged to respond to West Berkshire s Development Consultation by 3 July deadline 30th June 2009 Local MEP lends support to Pincents Hill campaign 13th February 2009 Local residents overwhelmingly reject plans to develop Pincents

    Original URL path: http://www.aloksharma.co.uk/campaigns/pincentshill (2016-02-14)
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  • Number 33 Bus Route | Alok Sharma MP - Member of Parliament for Reading West
    of the 33 bus in Tilehurst to no longer include the Westwood Glen Chapel Hill loop In response a number of local residents contacted Alok unhappy that the changes were decided and implemented without consultation of the travelling public and with little publicity The residents explained that many people from the local area covered by this loop rely on this service especially elderly people who are not able to walk up and down the hills which form part of the route Achievements in the campaign Alok and Tilehurst Councillor Sandra Vickers arranged a meeting for residents with Reading Borough Council and the Chief Executive of Reading Transport to allow residents to express their concerns The residents used the opportunity to put forward an alternative proposal for the route of the 33 The residents suggestion was that all outbound buses travelling towards Turnhams Farm serve the loop whilst inbound buses travelling towards the town centre continue to take the current route along Lower Elmstone Drive Reading Transport welcomed this proposal during the meeting and subsequently implemented it following the completion of Thames Water sewer works which were taking place in the area In September 2012 Reading Transport introduced a new route number 16a which provides a half hourly service in both directions through Westwood Glen and Chapel Hill As the new 16a bus now serves Westwood Glen and Chapel Hill Reading Transport reverted to the simplified route for the 33 bus which does not operate via Westwood Glen and Chapel Hill in either direction Alok says I am delighted that we have been able to achieve this result I would like to thank all the residents who attended the meetings and proposed a solution to the issue I would also like to thank James Freeman of Reading Transport for meeting with

    Original URL path: http://www.aloksharma.co.uk/campaigns/33bus (2016-02-14)
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  • Number 33 Bus Route Survey | Alok Sharma MP - Member of Parliament for Reading West
    Save the Bath Road Reservoir Campaign Southcote rat infestation The Reading Futures Fair Underwood Road Precinct Development Visitor Parking Permits Letters Gallery Contact Links Number 33 Bus Route Survey The issue Residents living on the Birds Estate in Tilehurst expressed concerns about the impact that passing buses on local roads along the number 33 Bus route were having with their vibrations potentially impacting on the foundations of local homes Some residents reported cracks developing along the internal walls in their houses which they believe may have been impacted by vibrations from passing buses Achievements in the campaign Alok met with some of the residents who had raised concerns with representatives from Reading Buses and West Berkshire Council where Reading Buses agreed to further discussions about potentially amending the 33 bus route Residents living on the Birds Estate were delivered a survey by post on the 33 bus route during March 2013 to help understand the possible impact that amending the route would have on residents in the Birds Estate area A majority of respondents to the survey said that a revised route which followed an anti clockwise loop via Little Heath Road City Road and Hildens Drive would not cause them difficulties Next Steps Alok agreed to pass on the results of the survey to Reading Buses and West Berkshire Council who have subsequently decided to amend the bus route Some residents particularly those living on Garston Park expressed concerns about the removal of the bus service from the Birds Estate so the bus will continue to serve City Road and a bus stop will remain located within a few yards of the entrance of Bitterne Avenue The changes being made mean that the 33 bus will no longer drive down Bitterne Avenue Partridge Drive and Curlew Drive Instead Reading

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