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Councillor Tony Jones

 
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IT'S OUR OXFORD ROAD

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Our Local Priorities

HERE are the priority issues that Tony Jones is currently working on - because you told him they matter to you.

If you have an opinion about any of these matters, or have another issue you would like them to raise, then get in touch

It's important that you keep telling Tony what you think.

RESIDENTS' CAR PARKING

Discussions are continuing about including a number of specific streets in resident parking schemes.

Public consultation will be undertaken in a couple of streets.

TRAFFIC CONGESTION

The plans for new railway station and the Cow Lane Bridges will have a major positive benefit to the area.

RUBBISH COLLECTION

The reintroduction of weekly black sack collections instead of fortnightly wheelie bin collections to some properties has been achieved.

Further review and a more flexible approach, with some recognition that no "one size fits all" is very welcome.

GLASS RECYCLING

Continue to press for a kerbside glass recycling scheme to piloted in Battle Ward.

SCHOOL IMPROVEMENTS

Support bids to improve our local schools - and am pleased to see that extra money was found to refurbish the front windows at Oxford Road Community School.

CCTV & STREET CRIME

Working with Police, the recent expansion of the CCTV in the Oxford Road area is supported.

STREET CLEANING

The current programme of deep cleaning our streets must continue this year.

PUBLIC TRANSPORT

Plans are being developed for enhanced bus services and discounted ticket arrangements in west Reading.

March 2008 saw new buses in west Reading, April the world's first fleet of ethanol powered buses on the popular 17 route and May a 24/7 service on the same route.

 

 

 

 

 

IF I WAS AN MP ...

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If I was the MP for Reading West I would:

  • be a full time MP with no jobs outside politics
  • publish in detail all expenses reclaimed in the pursuit of my parliamentary duties on line
  • always put the interests of Reading West first - free of any Party political interest
  • continue to only live in Reading
  • serve all my constituents, regardless of their politics
  • never promise what I know I cannot deliver
  • never knowingly claim credit for something when the credit is not mine
  • act with honesty, integrity, openness and candour at all times
  • tell people my real views, even when I know they will disagree with me
  • never vote for Britain to join the euro or sign up to the European constitution - and campaign for a referendum
  • press for four year fixed Parliaments
  • ensure that the MP's constituency office be run by independently appointed staff - not family or friends
  • support the reduction in the number of MPs - one for the whole of Reading

 

A series of personal opinions on local and national issues.

On LOCAL GOVERNMENT

  • Yes to directly elected accountable Mayors
  • Yes to smaller government: Fewer Councillors - one per ward

On NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

  • Yes to fixed term parliaments of 4 years
  • Yes to smaller government: Fewer MPs - one for Reading
  • MP's local offices to be run by civil servants - not family or friends

On EUROPE

  • No to UK membership of Euro currency
  • Yes to a referendum on Constitutional Treaty

On TAX

  • No tax for incomes below £25K per annum
  • Abandon confusion of National Insurance and Income tax and fold into one charge
  • Medium income tax to start at £100k
  • Higher tax above £1million personal income
  • Reverse proposed tax changes on tapering to existing Capital Gains Tax
  • Road and fuel taxes to be dedicated to improvements in public transport and road improvements.

On TRANSPORT

  • Support the new Reading Station to be Western Terminus for Crossrail
  • Government tax relief for cleaner fuels for public transport

 

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