Tories broke Twyford library election promise, claim Lib DemsBy Jon Nurse
March 04, 2013
Ruling Tories were accused of failing to deliver their election promises after offering no replacement for Twyford’s ‘grotty, dilapidated portacabin library’.
Twyford Liberal Democrat Councillor Dee Tomlin called Conservatives ‘obsessively secretive’ at the borough’s executive meeting on Thursday, February 21, as no money was set aside in the budget for a new community hub.
Cllr Tomlin said: “For years we have campaigned to replace Twyford’s grotty, dilapidated Portakabin library with a decent community facility.
“For years we have had Tory half-promises. We have even had to put up with Conservatives knocking on doors telling people to vote Conservative to get a library. But year after year it doesn’t happen.”
Cllr David Lee, leader of the council, replied: “We have had ongoing meetings with two groups and we are doing our best to bring for the people of Twyford what they desire. Either work with us or go into a corner and complain constantly.”
Cllr Lee explained former Lib Dem councillor Stephen Conway misquoted a few years ago the a supermarket chain was set to put £500,000 towards the project, but the funding only totalled £50,000, halting the scheme.
Cllr Tomlin added: “I have been over the budget papers from top to bottom and have found no money for Twyford library.
“It is just possible there could be some non-specific funding but that would mean you are deliberately hiding it. That would be taking your obsessively secrecy over the budget to new heights. And let’s face it, you are obsessively secretive.”
Cllr Keith Baker took offence at the Liberal Democrat’s attack and accused the group of double standards.
He said Conservative councillors had just as little time to react to Woodley Town Council’s budget, put together by the Liberal Democrat majority.
Two plans for a new hub have been put to Wokingham Borough Council by Twyford Village Partnership and The Polehampton Charity.