20mph zones
Liberal Democrats in Reading have confirmed their candidates for the Reading Borough Council elections.
Jon Fanti is standing in Tilehurst. He works in IT for the private sector, having previously been in the civil service. Jon said, “I have lived in Reading since 2008 and got involved in local politics, as I wanted to make real improvements to the town I now call home. As a keen cyclist I would love to see improved cycle routes and facilities around Reading, and especially in Tilehurst, which seems to be lagging behind the rest of town.”
Francis Jakeman is standing in Redlands, where he lives. Francis moved into the area after retiring from the Church of England in 2013 and currently serves as the Chair of the Reading True Food co op. He is also active in his local parish church of St Lukes. He brings nearly forty years of experience working in different areas as a clergyman, which he hopes to use to benefit his neighbours by serving as their councillor.
Former councillors Kirsten Bayes, Glenn Goodall and Rebecca Rye will also be standing, in Church, Battle and Park Wards respectively.
The full listing is:
Abbey: James Moore
Battle: Glenn Goodall
Caversham: Chris Burden
Church: Kirsten Bayes
Katesgrove: Janel Blattler
Kentwood: Jonathan Walls
Norcot: Annette Hendry
Park: Rebecca Rye
Peppard: Maddy Adams
Redlands: Francis Jakeman
Southcote: Rodney Pinchen
Thames: Guy Penman
Tilehurst: Jon Fanti
Whitley: Margaret McNeill
Margaret McNeill, the Chair of Greater Reading Lib Dems said, “The Lib Dems are fielding a strong team of candidates, with lots of experience of campaigning for and helping local people.”
Cllr Ricky Duveen said, “Locally we are concentrating on two key issues; the need to build many more affordable houses in Reading and the implementation of 20 mph limits on all residential roads in Reading. Labour’s record on both is patchy and the Tories do not support either policy.”