Review of the Year: OctoberBy Hugh Fort
January 04, 2013
High salaries, good schools and low crime levels helped rank Wokingham as the best place in the country to raise a family.
The town topped a survey analysing 2,400 postcodes throughout England and Wales because of its excellent school results, childcare provision and high earning prospects.
Woodley was second in the Family Friendly Hotspot report, published by Family Investments, which looks at Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 4 results, school inspections, crime figures and house prices.
Twyford also fared well, ranking 17th.
olunteers received a heroes’ welcome when they joined the town’s Olympic gold medallist Anna Watkins and Paralympian Simon Goodall at a civic reception.
More than 100 Games Makers, torchbearers and young ambassadors from the borough were honoured alongside the town’s sporting heroes for their successes and contributions during this summer’s Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Rower Anna, who lives in the town centre, and goalball player Simon, of Norreys Avenue, chatted to the volunteers and thanked them for their support during the Games, at the reception hosted by Wokingham Borough Council and Wokingham Town Council at the town hall.
Traders and customers were devastated after Wokingham’s indoor market closed its doors for the final time.
The market, in the old Peacocks store in Denmark Street, started in August on a three-month trial to increase footfall in the town. But after Wokingham Town Council failed to reach an agreement with the landlord to extend the trial and Lloyds TSB submitted an application to move into the unit, the market was forced to close.
A taxpayer-owned firm set up to oversee the town’s regeneration was branded a waste of public money after it was put on hold without warning.
Wokingham Enterprises Limited (WEL), which Wokingham Borough Council launched two years ago, became dormant as bosses said “it has achieved everything it set out to achieve”.
WEL was set up to purchase land in Peach Street, Market Place and Rose Street from developer Rock Investment Group. It was one of three council-owned businesses, along with Optalis and Wokingham Housing Limited.