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SOLVE Hall Farm are starting a petition to present to Wokingham Borough Council.

NOTES ON PETITIONS FOR WOKINGHAM BOROUGH COUNCIL:
  • An e-Petition is a petition which collects signatures online. This allows petitions and supporting information to be made available to a potentially much wider audience than a paper based petition.

  • Anyone who lives, works or studies in the area can submit or sign an e-Petition.

  • E-Petitions are part of the Council’s ongoing commitment to listening to and acting on the views of the public. Further information on the Council’s Petition scheme can be found in the Council’s constitution.

  • An e-Petition can relate to any issue on which the Council has powers or duties or on which it has shared delivery responsibilities through a partnership arrangement.

  • In order for an e-petition to be accepted it will require a minimum number of signatories, 10 for matters relating to one ward, or 50 for matters relating to more than one ward.

  • If the number of signatories reaches more than 1,500 this will trigger a debate at the next available Council meeting.

  • An e-petition can be run at the same time as a paper petition, by combining the two before submitting them to the Council. However once a person has been a signatory in one format they cannot sign it in another.

  • When an e-petition has closed for signature it will then normally be sent to the relevant Director unless the petition organiser has requested, within ten working days of receipt of the acknowledgement that they wish to present the petition to a meeting of the Council.

THE PETITION:

“We the undersigned petition Wokingham Borough Council to not include any significant housing development at Hall Farm as part of its Local Plan Update”.

 

NOTES ON THIS PETITION:

  • We are now seeking support from local Parish Councils for our petition. Ideally we would like to have paper copies of the petition in Parish Council offices where people can physically sign, alongside the e-petition. 

  • The petition will be open for signing until 22nd December 2022

  • The petition seeks a debate on the following key issues:

YES PLEASE:
  • Infrastructure keeps up with housing

  • Flood plain used for water not houses

  • Farmland used for growing food

  • Green space for biodiversity and leisure

  • Quality homes locals can afford

  • Properly resourced neighbourhoods

  • Good access to medical and dental care

  • Equity of housing distribution across the whole of the Borough

  • Safe, easy access to public transport, cycleways, greenways and footpaths

  • Net Carbon Zero by 2050

  • Highspeed broadband across all areas

  • Local community, history & heritage valued

NO THANK YOU:
  • Sewage system unable to cope 

  • Flooding (as at Winnersh)

  • Imported (high carbon footprint) food

  • Urban sprawl from Reading to Wokingham

  • Expensive houses for newcomers

  • Anti-social behaviour

  • Long waits, difficult journeys, poor service

  • Green Belt North Wokingham  v Housing Estate South Wokingham

  • Grid locked roads full of polluting cars

  • Cutting down trees, pulling up hedgerows and building on fields

  • Postcode lottery of internet access

  • Unrestricted development that ignores the wishes of local people

The petition is already supported by Arborfield & Newland Parish Council. It is broadly in line with the majority view of local residents as expressed in the Arborfield and Barkham Neighbourhood Plan, which had the support of 94% of those who voted. We need as many people as possible (who live, work or study in Wokingham) to sign before the Christmas holidays. We are looking to have it debated by Full Council in January 2023. Wokingham Borough Council. In reply to a question by SOLVE Hall Farm member Andy Bailey regarding the Local Plan Update schedule it is now likely to be published "Early next year". The petition closes on 22nd December 2022.

THE PETITION HAS BEEN SUBMITTED TO WBC BUT IS NOT YET LIVE. WHEN IT IS IT WILL BE LINKED TO BELOW.

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