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Response on behalf of Labour Party Candidates [OFFICIAL]

Dear Tamzin Morphy,

Further to your recent e-mail to Labour candidates standing in the Reading Borough wards, we are replying on behalf of Reading Labour Party and the 18 candidates who are standing in the local elections.

We do not accept your simplistic ‘yes/no’ approach to the three questions. We would, therefore, request that the full answers set out below (all of which are within your arbitrary limit of 75 words) are published in full as the response of the 18 Labour candidates.

Yours sincerely,
Mo McSevney, Chair, Reading Labour Party
Cllr Jo Lovelock, Leader, Reading Borough Council
Cllr Tony Page, Lead Member for Strategic Environment, Planning & Transport and Deputy Leader, RBC

QUESTION FROM RCC:
Would you support the creation of a network of cycle routes segregated from both pedestrians and vehicles?

ANSWER FROM READING LABOUR PARTY:
Wherever possible Reading Council supports the creation of cycle routes segregated from pedestrians and vehicles. The proposed East Reading Mass Rapid Transit scheme, which is a public transport scheme, includes fully segregated pedestrian and cycleways. Due to Reading’s very narrow and constrained road network, it is only possible to promote cycling through the use of space shared with pedestrians as is the case with sections of the new National Cycle Route 422 through Reading. (74 words)

QUESTION FROM RFOE:
Will you vote for a Low Emission Zone to improve air quality by charging the dirtiest vehicles to use the IDR?

ANSWER FROM READING LABOUR PARTY:
Reading Council has endorsed the need for a Low Emission Zone since 2008 (which would have initially targeted the dirtiest HGV’s) but opposition from central government, coupled with grant cuts, has prevented progress. We welcome the results of recent court cases which have forced the Government to take air quality issues more seriously. We are investigating how best to promote an LEZ and air quality initiatives in the context of reviewing our Local Transport Plan.  (75 words)

QUESTION FROM SOARC:
Are you against the construction of the East Reading Mass Rapid Transit, described in planning application 171108?

ANSWER FROM READING LABOUR PARTY:
Tens of thousands of new homes and jobs are planned in the Wokingham and Bracknell area and we must ensure that good public transport options are in place to prevent increased congestion and pollution. The East MRT is an essential public transport link that will deliver major improvements to bus services (and would allow for future light rail schemes) and will save 10-15 minutes in peak hour journey times into and out of central Reading.  (75 words)

THEIR RESPONSE

Hi,
Thank you for your email we do appreciate you taking the time to respond.

That said, we are sorry but we aren’t accepting block replies from parties. The letters were addressed to the candidates rather than the parties, because we want to understand the views of the individual candidates. This is helpful for local people who feel strongly about the issues raised. We have responded to a similar requests from other parties with the same message.

Regarding the 75 words, we needed to set a limit for practical purposes. Voters will only read so many words.


Kind Regards,

Tamzin

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