Executive - Thursday, 29th July, 2021 7.00 pm

Venue: Council Chamber - Civic Offices, Shute End, Wokingham RG40 1BN. View directions

Contact: Anne Hunter  Democratic and Electoral Services Lead Specialist


No. Item



To receive any apologies for absence


Minutes of Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 456 KB

To confirm the Minutes of the Executive Meeting held on 24 June 2021.



Statement by the Leader of Council


Declaration of Interest

To receive any declarations of interest


Public Question Time

To answer any public questions


A period of 30 minutes will be allowed for members of the public to ask questions submitted under notice.


The Council welcomes questions from members of the public about the work of the Executive


Subject to meeting certain timescales, questions can relate to general issues concerned with the work of the Council or an item which is on the Agenda for this meeting.  For full details of the procedure for submitting questions please contact the Democratic Services Section on the numbers given below or go to



Pamela Jenkinson asked the Executive Member for Neighbourhoods and Communities the following question:



Would you please confirm that Cranstoun, who are to replace Berkshire Women's Aid's refuges for abused women, actually have refuges available in Wokingham, ready for the changeover of funding and services, in order to ensure the safeguarding of the vulnerable women, concerned?


Liz Mayers asked the Leader of the Council the following question:



This time last year I was party to a group complaint, submitted by 76 Wokingham residents, about your conduct with regards your statement, comments and posts about Black Lives Matter and the tragic murders in Reading.  The complaint was first mislaid, then mixed up with other similar individual complaints and generally mis-handled.  Finally, part of the resolution was you would under-go training about the key messages of your equality policy.  When did that happen, and what did you learn?


Kiran Nar asked the Leader of the Council the following question:



The Sewell report claims that there is no racism in the UK and last week we saw this was a lie following the appalling response from racists towards black footballers.  We know racism exists and continues to exist in all walks of life including in Wokingham Borough.  It has been over a year since I made a formal complaint relating to WBC’s response to BLM and your response was that Equality is hardwired in WBC's DNA and you were committed to equality.  I note today that there is a no team leading equality initiatives anymore, the BME Forum has been disbanded and there has been no real commitment to understand the lives and experience of 155,000 of the non- white population in WBC.  What are you really doing to foster good community relationships and eliminate racism in the Borough?


Keith Kerr asked the Leader of the Council the following question:



The Black residents of Wokingham are suffering from the weight of discrimination they endure in their daily lives, going about their business of living and working in Wokingham.  What contact have you had with representatives from the Black community of WBC and what tangible or practical action have you taken to assuage these discriminations?


Member Question Time

To answer any member questions


A period of 20 minutes will be allowed for Members to ask questions submitted under Notice


Any questions not dealt with within the allotted time will be dealt with in a written reply



Jackie Rance asked the Executive Member for Planning and Enforcement the following question:



Could the Executive Member for Planning, please tell me how many houses have been granted planning permission in the past 10 years for the Wards of Hurst, Shinfield, Arborfield and Winnersh?


Rachel Bishop-Firth asked the Executive Member for Health, Wellbeing and Adult Services the following question:



How many public health funerals has Wokingham Borough arranged during the last two years, ensuring that all residents are treated with dignity in death even if they or their relatives cannot afford a funeral?

Matters for Consideration


Revenue Budget Monitoring report FY2021/22 - Quarter One pdf icon PDF 480 KB

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Capital Monitoring 2021/22 - Quarter 1 pdf icon PDF 437 KB

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Local Development Scheme 2021 pdf icon PDF 430 KB

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Commercialisation Strategy pdf icon PDF 490 KB

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Procurement Strategy pdf icon PDF 420 KB

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Investing in our Community pdf icon PDF 674 KB


New Contract for Heating Services pdf icon PDF 427 KB

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Home to School Transport Policy (inc. SEND) pdf icon PDF 526 KB

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School Meals Managed Catering Service pdf icon PDF 441 KB

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Climate Emergency Community Deliberative Processes pdf icon PDF 461 KB

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Proposed Solar Farm - Barkham pdf icon PDF 491 KB

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Carbon Capture via the Planting of 250,000 New Trees pdf icon PDF 718 KB