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  • Sharma welcomes Government announcement on flood insurance | Alok Sharma MP - Member of Parliament for Reading West
    was attended by Amanda Davies Operations Coordinator from the National Flood Forum Matt Cullen Policy Adviser on Flooding and Climate Change for the Association of British Insurers ABI Andy Theaker and Dave Ludford from the Environment Agency and Stuart Clark Highways Engineer at West Berkshire Council During the meeting residents were given demonstrations on the use of flood mitigation devices and guidance on how to go about getting insurance and reduce annual premiums and excess payments Alok Sharma said One of the key areas of concern for residents living in flood affected areas in Pangbourne is obtaining affordable home insurance which is why I organised this meeting for residents to receive expert advice Alok also welcomed an announcement last week by Owen Paterson the Secretary of State for Environment Food and Rural Affairs that the government is close to agreement with the Association of British Insurers which will deliver a lasting agreement to ensure that households can continue to access affordable flood insurance The Secretary of State also made clear during the announcement that the government was working towards an agreement that would address affordability for householders which is not currently a requirement under the Statement of Principles agreed by the last government Speaking in Parliament on Thursday 16th May during departmental questions Owen Paterson said We are at an advanced stage in negotiations with insurers towards producing a successor to the statement of principles Today the Association of British Insurers has written to say that insurers will continue to abide by the current agreement for a month beyond the end of June to allow further time for the outstanding issues to be concluded We are aiming to conclude negotiations as soon as possible to ensure that households can continue to access affordable flood insurance Owen Paterson continued The current

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  • Sharma to hold flood insurance advice meeting | Alok Sharma MP - Member of Parliament for Reading West
    potholes 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 Sharma to hold flood insurance advice meeting 8th May 2013 Alok Sharma the Member of Parliament for Reading West together with West Berkshire district councillor Pamela Bale will be holding a public meeting for residents in Pangbourne to receive advice on flood insurance The meeting will be held at Pangbourne Village Hall from 11 30am to 1pm on Saturday 11th May The meeting is being held as a follow up to a public meeting on flooding held on Tuesday 2nd April 2013 together with West Berkshire Council and the Environment Agency after residents expressed specific concerns about obtaining affordable home insurance and protection Attending the meeting along with Alok will be Heather Shepherd Community and Recovery Support Manager at the National Flood Forum Matt Cullen Policy Adviser Flooding and Climate Change for the Association of British Insurers ABI and representatives from the Environment Agency and West Berkshire Council Alok Sharma said Feedback from the last meeting held in Pangbourne highlighted home insurance and protection as one of the key area of concern for local people therefore Councillor Pamela Bale and I have organised a follow up meeting for local residents Alok continued All residents of Pangbourne are welcome to attend the meeting on the 11th May but it would be really helpful if anyone hoping to attend could get

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  • Sharma holds Pangbourne public meeting on flooding | Alok Sharma MP - Member of Parliament for Reading West
    Pangbourne Village Hall and was attended by over 100 people The Environment Agency and West Berkshire Council both provided residents with updates on the work that had been done in Pangbourne and in the surrounding areas to help prevent flooding Some of the work that has been done by the Environment Agency and West Berkshire Council on the River Pang included lowering the river bed under the main bridge at Reading Road and by the sewage plant clearing out adjoining ditches re profiling the river to prevent it from silting up and the removal of redundant concrete weirs The Environment Agency and West Berkshire Council have also completed work to improve flow on the Sulham Brook and drainage channels Works also now protect Pangbourne Primary School and adjacent housing estate on Briars Close and the Environment Agency is consulting with land owners to identify improvements that can be made in the Tidmarsh area During the meeting residents also had an opportunity to ask questions about any concerns they had relating to flooding Some of the issues that were raised included questions about insurance how often the rivers were maintained how the responsibilities for flooding were divided between West Berkshire Council and the Environment Agency and concerns about the consistently high level of the River Pang Following the meeting the Environment Agency agreed to write to Alok on a number of points raised by residents including whether Sulham Brook is classified as a main river whether improvements at Pangbourne are included on the flood map referred to by insurers information about obtaining insurance the Environment Agency s maintenance schedule what maintenance can be carried out by property owners an explanation of why the Environment Agency does not dredge the river data on river levels and flows and contact details for the External Relations team at the Environment Agency Alok Sharma has agreed to write to residents with this information Alok Sharma said The meeting was extremely well attended and I have received a lot of positive feedback from residents about how useful this meeting was to get answers to their concerns from the Environment Agency Alok continued One of the biggest concerns for residents is about getting affordable insurance so I have agreed to help organise a follow up meeting for residents to hear from specialist insurance providers My grateful thanks to everyone who attended the meeting and a really big thank you to the Parish Council and the local flood warden who do such a great job when the local area does suffer from flooding District Councillor Pamela Bale said I would like to thank Alok for organising the meeting and the Environment Agency for their contribution The mitigation measures carried out by the Environment Agency and West Berkshire Council have proved effective in preventing flooding in the last few months The vigilance of the Parish Council flood warden and residents has helped to ensure that any issues which could cause flooding such as blockages in the watercourse have been

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  • Helping during the floods | Alok Sharma MP - Member of Parliament for Reading West
    Airport Tackling overcrowding on trains Tackling potholes 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 Helping during the floods 23rd July 2007 Alok Sharma the Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Reading West having waded across to Pangbourne from Purley helped out with civic minded local residents Parish and District councillors and staff from West Berkshire Council to assist those stranded in their homes providing practical support at the Pangbourne Control and Rest Centre in the Dolphin Centre Other parts of the constituency also saw much disruption with flash flooding causing problems on the Oxford Road and Armour Hill There was serious flooding on Norcot Road and this problem is receiving your Councillors attention This was a stark reminder that it is not only low lying areas that are threatened but that even moderate rainfall can cause problems if drainage systems are not properly maintained to allow water drain away efficiently The residents of Riverside Park welcomed the regular visits from Councillors Steele and Rynn during the period that the Thames threatened to flood the Park Attention was focused on other parts of Reading and they felt isolated The residents kept watch day and night fearing the worst as information on the timing of the flood peak kept changing After the floods Alok called on the Government to reverse cuts made in the flood protection budget and provide funding to

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  • Wren School | Alok Sharma MP - Member of Parliament for Reading West
    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 Wren School 14th January 2016 Alok Sharma the Member of Parliament for Reading West has expressed his elation that The Wren School has now received outline planning permission to stay on the former Elvian School site The Wren School a new secondary Free School in west Reading which opened its doors for the first time in September can now make the former Elvian School site its permanent home Reading Borough Council approved outline planning permission yesterday evening concluding a land swap deal first proposed by Alok back in 2013 involving the Department for Education the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs The Wren School and developers Alok Sharma who is Patron of The Wren School said I am absolutely delighted that The Wren School has now received planning permission The land swap deal involving the Department for Education the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs The Wren School and developers which I first proposed back in 2013 has taken a huge amount of incredibly hard work from everyone to achieve My particular admiration and thanks go to the Wren Team who have worked so hard and with such conviction to achieve this successful outcome Huge thanks also to Schools Minister Lord Nash a brilliant Minister with huge commercial experience who had the imagination to let us pursue what at times looked like a very difficult project to bring to fruition Alok continued It is extremely fitting that a site which was for many years home to a school will now revert to its original use and I wish The Wren

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  • Sharma applauds common sense judgement on Elvian School site | Alok Sharma MP - Member of Parliament for Reading West
    Parking Permits Letters Gallery Contact Links Sharma applauds common sense judgement on Elvian School site 30th June 2014 Alok Sharma the Member of Parliament for Reading West has applauded the decision by a High Court judge to throw out developer Taylor Wimpey s appeal against the Planning Inspectorate s recommendation that the former Elvian School Presentation College site on the Bath Road should be home to a school as well as houses The decision means that the site remains open for possible use by the West Reading Education Network WREN who are seeking to open a new secondary school in September 2015 Alok who has been supporting the WREN group since the start of their application to open a new Free School in west Reading will now continue to work with the parent led group to help secure the site for use by The Wren School In his final decision the judge Mr Justice Lewis said The inspector considered for rational reasons that it would be inappropriate at the present time to allow residential development on the whole site and that the appeal would have been dismissed on the sole ground that it was of poor quality design which did not constitute sustainable development and would detract from the character and appearance of the area Alok Sharma said This common sense decision has brought us a step closer to getting the Wren School on the right site and with WREN continuing good dialogue with the Department of Education I look forward to working further with the team to deliver a first rate Wren School for our local community Mischa Tytel WREN Director said Presentation College has been home to a school almost continually since 1931 and it s the perfect and only site for The Wren School Taylor Wimpey have

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  • Education Secretary praises parent group behind All Saints Junior and WREN | Alok Sharma MP - Member of Parliament for Reading West
    Southcote rat infestation The Reading Futures Fair Underwood Road Precinct Development Visitor Parking Permits Letters Gallery Contact Links Education Secretary praises parent group behind All Saints Junior and WREN 18th June 2014 Alok Sharma the Member of Parliament for Reading West on Monday backed West Reading Education Network s WREN bid to become a Single Academy Trust in Parliament Speaking in Parliament during the regular education departmental questions Alok Sharma said The West Reading Education Network parent group is seeking approval to open a Single Academy Trust secondary school next September The same parent group set up the outstanding All Saints Junior Free School Does the Secretary of State agree with me that this is exactly the type of excellent parent led initiative which everyone in this house should be backing it certainly enjoys cross party support in Reading Michael Gove the Secretary of State for Education said I absolutely do agree It is important to bear in mind that the All Saints School in Reading was outstanding in every category when it was inspected by Ofsted and I look forward to working with my honourable friend in order to ensure that the quality of education Reading parents enjoy continues to improve Following the Parliamentary session Alok Sharma said I am delighted that the Education Secretary recognises the achievements of All Saints Junior School which is backed by many of the same parents involved in the West Reading Education Network I look forward to continuing to work with WREN as they look to secure Single Academy Trust status as well as the preferred site for The WREN school Mischa Tytel Director of WREN said It s fantastic that Alok brought our campaign to the attention on the floor of the House of Commons of the Secretary of State for Education

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  • Sharma delighted by Elvian School site appeal decision | Alok Sharma MP - Member of Parliament for Reading West
    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 Sharma delighted by Elvian School site appeal decision 2nd December 2013 Alok Sharma the Member of Parliament for Reading West has expressed his delight that the Planning Inspectorate has rejected Taylor Wimpey s appeal to build 193 new homes on the former Elvian School site Alok who has backed the West Reading Education Network s plans to build a school on the site has supported community attempts to block the housing developer s proposals in favour of a new secondary school Earlier in the year the West Reading Education Network WREN was granted permission by the Department for Education to open a new Free School in central west Reading and the Elvian School site is the group s preferred site for the school In rejecting Taylor Wimpey s appeal the Inspectorate noted that the Taylor Wimpey scheme itself was of poor quality design that does not constitute sustainable development and would detract from the character and appearance of the locality The Inspectorate s appeal ruling also made clear that until there was greater clarity on the scale of secondary school provision required in the local area it would be inappropriate to allow residential development on the former Elvian School site that would prevent some form of secondary education provision there Alok Sharma said I am absolutely delighted to welcome this common sense decision and I congratulate WREN and everyone locally and nationally who has supported our efforts to see the former Elvian school site used for education Having now worked closely with the WREN team for many months I just want to reiterate how brilliant they all are and their enthusiasm

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