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How many times in recent days, months or even years have you sighed in despair at the parlous state of politics in this country? Would you like to see a less divisive system than the existing, highly adversarial party political system? Is there a solution?


The clue to the solution may well be in the name: PARTY politics. How many times have we seen people with good intentions forced to compromise their ideals in order to toe the party line? Here is an example:

How much did Clive Jones (Lib Dem, 2nd from right) or Anthony Pollock (Conservative, 2nd from left) really believe in our campaign against the imposition of 4,500 houses at Hall Farm? The fact remains that the real support for our campaign has consistently come from Cllrs Jim Frewin (Independent, Left of photo) and Gary Cowan (Independent, present at the demo but not present for this photo).


When we recently delivered our petition to Shute End, signed by over 1,800 people, calling for a debate on the building of houses at Hall Farm the now Leader of Wokingham Executive; Clive Jones was happy to receive it. However, we are now told we are not going to be allowed to debate it. We have made clear our dissatisfaction with this decision and an excellent letter has now been published in Wokingham Today, summing up our feelings about this very eloquently.

It has consistently been the case that the two Independent Councillors in Wokingham are the only ones publicly supporting our campaign to say NO to 4,500 houses at Hall Farm. Warm words and platitudes just won't cut it any more, say no means SAY NO!


Yes, the current administration are talking to the UK Government about reducing housing numbers, but the threat to our precious green spaces remains and is getting worse, with new proposals for more houses springing up in every ward across the Borough.


There are currently 18 Borough Councillors up for re-election in May 2023. We have taken a very close look at them and we think there are at least 8 wards that are potentially winnable by an independent candidate:


· Barkham

· Loddon

· Maiden Erleigh

· Norreys

· Shinfield North

· South Lake

· Wescott

· Wokingham Without.


Your thoughts and comments are invited.



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garycowan75
garycowan75
11 בפבר׳ 2023

What I cannot understand is the stance of UNKNOWN MEMBER. Its not about getting either main political party in and the other one out but offering residents an alternative that is not driven my Party Political ideology and not residents wishes. Just two individual Independent Councillors representing residents have been able to dampen the excessive influences of the two in council the newest being a Lib Dem minority. Should more residents have an opportunity to vote for others like Independents, Labour or the Greens. Alan Sugar's comment in the apprentice when he said to the candidates he would rather be doing something else is not how independent councillors see it. Doing what is right for our residents is what i…

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So, before I wet myself laughing, explain your strategy a bit more fully. Is it the Conservative vote you aim to split, or the anti-Conservative vote?

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At the election, you Lib Dems will be asked what you're doing about the Local Plan for housing development. I looked at your website under "Our campaigns - Fair targets for new housing", to find out. All I see is this:


"Developers have completed approximately 11,000 new houses in the last 15 years within Wokingham borough. Yet this Conservative government is insisting we build another almost 16,000 in the next 20 years.

Councils such as Wokingham Borough, who have worked with developers to build a significant number of houses in the last 15 years, should not be asked to build the same or more in the next 20 years.

What we need in Wokingham is more affordable homes and 1,2…


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garycowan75
garycowan75
10 בפבר׳ 2023

This article shows how my fellow independent Councillor Jim Frewin in Shinfield and myself in Arborfield are only interested in fighting for our residents are are not driven by political opportunism and party political dogma. If you are lucky and an independent appears on your ballot paper next May do the right thing and get rid of these political opportunists who do not care what they say as long as it gives them power. It certainly is not what you my want but then Leopards do not change their spots. Cllr Gary Cowan Arborfiled.

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paulstevens24
paulstevens24
10 בפבר׳ 2023
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And an excellent job you are both doing for our communities. Your record on representing the concerns of your constituents stands for itself. Thank you, and keep up the good work.

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