"Labour in Tilehurst Birch Copse will fight to protect the green space that surrounds much of this ward and which we know is much loved by the local population" Clive Taylor for Tilehurst Birch Copse
Clive first moved to Tilehurst in 1978 from West Reading. Since 1983 he has, apart from one year away, lived in Tilehurst Birch Copse in West Berkshire. He joined the Labour Party in 1975 and has been a member of the UNITE trade union or its predecessors since 1973 when he established a trade union group which, under his leadership, gained huge improvements for staff working at ICL in Reading.
For many years he chaired the Management/Advisory Committee at the Tilehurst Youth and Community Centre and for over 30 years was actively involved in managing the Tilehurst Junior Youth Club based at the Triangle in Reading
In Birch Copse, Clive has worked with members of the Save Calcot/Pincents Hill Group opposing several attempts to build on this beautiful land at the very edge of Tilehurst. He made a personal submission to the Public Enquiry opposing an earlier development proposal for Pincents Hill and continues to oppose current development proposals on numerous grounds. Clive is now a member of the Tilehurst Parish Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group. This group is working on a plan to define future housing needs for the residents of Tilehurst Parish but which finds a balance between providing future housing against the need to protect green spaces and Areas of Outstanding Nature Beauty(AONB) at the western edge of Tilehurst.
Apart from housing development concerns I know that Birch Copse residents are concerned at recent increases in anti-social behaviour, road condition/traffic/parking/road safety issues, concerns about school places and school resources, the difficulty in getting doctors appointments, not being able to take waste to the Reading Recycling Centre, the lack of provision of youth facilities in West Berks, to name just some of the issues that come up on the doorstep.
We need to build a real Labour opposition on West Berks Council that can start to address these concerns more effectively. The Tories have let us all down particularly with their austerity cuts which affect all local authorities. Birch Copse and the other wards at the western edge of Reading (Purley, Holybrook, Pangbourne and Theale) will be our starting point and we will question, oppose and put forward our own proposals that reverse the effects of the Tory cuts. Clive looks forward to some startling results on May 2nd.
Promoted by Tony Skuse on behalf of Clive Taylor all at address of Office 34, 62 Portman Road, Reading RG30 1EA