Town centres ignored in Wokingham regenerationBy Victoria Smith
March 06, 2012
The £100 million regeneration scheme for Wokingham means other centres such as Earley and Woodley are being ignored, according to Liberal Democrats in the borough.
Councillor Phil Challis, Lib Dem member for Loddon, accused the Conservatives in Wokingham of not investing enough in neighbouring Woodley and Earley while pouring millions of pounds in Wokingham town centre.
During a meeting of the council on Thursday, February 23, he said: “Woodley and Earley are roughly the same size as Wokingham.
“There is absolutely nothing in the capital vision to suggest that any money will be spent on them for at least the next 10 years.
“So Woodley and Earley – and the other smaller towns and villages – will continue to suffer from lack of investment for the foreseeable future.”
The council has earmarked £37 million to spend on the town centre regeneration project over the next three years.
The council plans to take on all the costs of the scheme, believed to be £100 million, while it will employ Wilson Bowden to act as development manager for the project.£87m U-turn to fund regeneration
There are plans to use money made from the Wokingham town centre scheme to regenerate other areas of the borough once this project is finished.