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Check out the Spring 2012 edition of the Wokingham Borough News to find out about the new waste collection service, businesses blooming this spring, information on 2012/2013 council tax, what's events are coming up and much, much more!

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  • Wokingham Borough

    NEWSYour magazine from Wokingham Borough Council

    www.wokingham.gov.uk

    In this issue...

    New wastecollection service

    page 4

    Jubileeceleberations

    page 10

    Learning togetherachieving success

    page 24

    Spring 2012

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    council ta

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    page 15

  • Keeping in touch with usPhone: (0118) 974 6000

    Fax: (0118) 978 9078

    Email: wokinghamdirect@wokingham.gov.uk

    Text/SMS message: 07786 200 974

    Website including webchat:www.wokingham.gov.uk

    Visit us Monday to Friday between 8.30am and 5pm at the Civic Offices, Shute End,Wokingham RG40 1BN.

    Social networking sites:

    www.facebook.com/wokinghamboroughcouncil

    www.twitter.com/wokinghambc

    Looking Local iPhone and Android app Report abandoned vehicles, fly-tipping andvandalism, or check out events, job vacanciesand the latest travel information. Go to appstore and search for the free Looking Local app.

    Email and text updates Register at:www.wokingham.gov.uk/online

    Information kiosks Available at Woodleyand Lower Earley libraries and the Civic Offices.

    Looking Local Access local information and services using your digital televisionremote control. www.wokingham.gov.uk/looking-local

    2 www.wokingham.gov.uk

    Wed like to hear what you think of Wokingham Borough News, and in particular if you would like tocontribute to future editions. Please also give your views on our socialnetworking sites and what else youwould like to use them for send us amessage on Facebook or an email to:communications@wokingham.gov.uk

    Editorial: Communications Team atWokingham Borough Council.

    Print: Herald GraphicsPrinted on Ability Offset 80gsm FSC.

    Cost:7p per person/19p per copy.

    Welcome

    Over the past few months we have come a long

    way in developing a new vision and a set of

    principles and priorities that will determine and

    shape our work as we move into 2012 and beyond.

    You can read more about this on page 19.

    As well as this work, we have beenstriving to set a sound budget achallenge in the current climate as weare required to find savings whichequate to 4.5million for 2012/13(see pages 15 to 18).

    Despite this, we have much to beoptimistic about. We have invested inour schools over the past year withfour primary schools seeingimprovement and expansion (seepage 9). With the rebuild of WaingelsCollege now complete, weve alsocommitted millions of pounds to TheBulmershe and St Crispins schools.

    And its not just young people whoare benefitting. With an ever ageingpopulation, weve now completed anolder people housing scheme atAlexandra Place. And Beeches Manorwill shortly be completed too.

    This year, the regeneration ofWokingham town centre will gather

    pace (see page 13) and the firstdevelopment by our housingcompany will start work in Shinfield(see page 5).

    Dont forget next months changes toour weekly waste collection service make sure you are up to speed withhow these will affect you (see page 4).

    Were also hoping to build on lastyears community spirit of the RoyalWedding as we look forward to thisyears Diamond Jubilee and Olympiccelebrations. Keep an eye out forevents in your local area.

    Im always happy to hear from youabout how we can improve things forour residents. Please email me at:david.lee@wokingham.gov.uk

    Cllr David LeeLeader

  • Being Mayor of Wokingham Borough is aprivilege and, in my second term of office,Im frequently reminded why our Boroughis officially one of the best places in thecountry to live.

    Ive been lucky enough to visit manyschools and have met good teachers andhappy, motivated pupils. I chaired a QuestionTime event for our primary and secondaryschools during Local Democracy Week where it was a pleasure to hear pupils askingintelligent and probing questions of businesses,MPs and local politicians. I also attended theBorough Youth MP election where two of ourvery own aspiring young politicians were votedin by our secondary schools.

    Christmas celebrations started with the annualprimary schools carol concert at Loddon Valley Leisure Centre where the roofwas raised by 400 children accompanied by gifted young musicians from thefirst-class Maestros Corelli orchestra.

    I met many of you over the Christmas period at events organised by and forthe community; highlights included serving lunch at the WADE day centre forthe elderly and attending the launch of the wonderful Giving Tree appeal thatsaw many of you buying gifts for children in need around the Borough.

    I continue to be cheered and amazed by the wonderful people of the Boroughand I look forward to meeting many more of you in the coming months.

    Cllr Dianne King e: annmarie.bonwick@wokingham.gov.ukBorough Mayor t: (0118) 974 6004

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    Mayors view

    Whos your local councillor?

    Check out our website for details about yourlocal councillor. If you dont have access tothe internet, please call us.

    t. (0118) 974 6053www.wokingham.gov.uk/cllr-database

    Helping to lower blood pressureFollowing the festive seasons indulgences, our residents took the chance to havetheir blood pressure checked for free. The special event organised by the Counciland The Stroke Association also provided stroke prevention advice.

    The Stroke Associations Peggy Johns said: We had a really positive day and took64 peoples blood pressures. It was a great opportunity to kick-start the year.

    A stroke is a brain attack which happens to around 1,600 people in the Berkshirearea each year. Regular exercise, healthy eating, giving up smoking and avoiding

    excessive drinking all helpto control blood pressureand many other healthconditions. Too much saltin your diet can also leadto high blood pressure six grammes of salt a dayis the maximumrecommended intake,which is around one levelteaspoon.

    www.stroke.org.uk

    In this edition

    New waste collection service . . . . . . . . . 4

    Hillside Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5

    Business is blooming . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 & 7

    Inspire Wokingham Living the Legacy. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8

    Parish profiles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 & 11

    Focus on fostering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14

    Council tax info. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15-18

    Transforming our services. . . . . . . . . . . 19

    Learning togetherachieving success . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24

    Elections . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26

    Protecting your money from fraud . . . 28

    Diamond Jubilee celebrations. . . . . . . . 30

    Whats on . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31

    Cllr Dianne King with Yout

    h MP Sumaiya Karim (left)

    and Deputy Charlotte Pugs

    ley

  • 4 www.wokingham.gov.uk

    Next month (April 2), VeoliaEnvironmental Services will be takingover our new waste collection service.

    RecyclingWeekly kerbside recycling collectionswill help you recycle more and divertwaste away from landfill.

    Recycle in existing black boxes.

    Executive viewCllr Gary Cowan, ExecutiveMember for Environment

    By extending our kerbside recyclingscheme and introducing the bluesacks for household waste, we aimto increase our recycling rates across

    the Borough and turn more of our waste into aresource. It will also save us nearly a million poundsto invest in front line services.

    Household wasteYou will receive 80 official blue sacks and aninformation leaflet including your collection dayby the end of March. These sacks are to be usedfor waste (except green waste) that cannot berecycled, no other bags will be collected

    Garden wasteThe opt-in garden waste scheme will berolled out to the whole Borough. Theres anannual charge of 60 covering thefortnightly collections from a wheeled bin.Alternatively, you can buy 75-litrecompostable sacks for 1 each from yourlocal library or Civic Offices from March 26.Green bags will no longer be collected.

    Wheeled bins will only be available to those residents who can storethem within their property boundary.

    Reg ister for a wheeled bin by calling Veolia Environmental Services:t. (0118) 909 9360

    Yes please:

    All food and drink cans

    Paper/card

    Plastic bottles (no lids)

    Aerosols

    Collection:Black recycling boxes and blue sacks will be collected at the sametime using a special vehicle that keeps waste separate fromrecycling . You must place your blue sacks and black boxes at theedge of your property by 6.30am on your collection day. Please referto the instructions on your blue sacks.

    No thanks:

    Glass

    Tetrapak (waxed paper containers)

    Carrier bags

    Plastic tubs, pots and trays

    Newwaste collectionservice iscoming

    Recycling will be even more rewardingAn exciting change is coming to all residents in WokinghamBorough. Youll soon be able to earn Recyclebank pointsevery week you recycle. Look out for your registrationpack in the post towards the end of March. Theres 300Recyclebank points up for grabs, just for registering.

    How do I take part?Carry on recycling each week as normal, then tell us thatyouve recycled. We dont need to know what youverecycled. By doing this each week you will earn 10 points.Each month, residents who report will earn a bonus basedon the amount of recycling collected in the Borough.

    There are three easy ways to tell us youve recycled:online, by phone or smartphone app (both iPhone orAndroid). Very quickly youll soon earn enough pointswhich can be exchanged for rewards online or by phone.

    Points can be redeemed against special offers and discountsin loca