What Does Bracknell Think: Hopes for the new yearBy Becky Barnes
January 09, 2013
This week we asked our panel what their New Year’s resolutions were for 2013 and what they hoped for Bracknell in the coming year.
Winkfield author and artist Jonathan Greenyer: “My New Year’s resolutions are to exercise more and to be even more constructive in my comments.
“My hope for Bracknell in 2013 is that local politicians will get their act together and agree the development plan for Bracknell town centre that reflects the population of Bracknell, the town’s status and our future needs.”
Hazel Kent, of Bracknell Market café: “I never make New Year’s resolutions. I fail enough in different aspects of my life without adding to the list each year!
“What would I like for Bracknell in the forthcoming year? A nice new indoor heated market would be nice.
“It would be nice to see things moving forward rather than stagnating as they have done over the last few years.”
Peter Smith, of The Better Business Alliance: “My resolution for 2013 is to get fully engaged with Corporate Social Responsibility managers to ensure that the launch of Experience Exchange in March gets off to a good start.
“Experience Exchange connects business with the third sector and enables all employees to volunteer to help with local charities as well as helping each other.
“What I hope for Bracknell is that the town centre regeneration gets under way as effectively as possible and that the displaced business owners can somehow turn the problems they will be facing into new opportunities.
“We cannot do anything about what the world throws at us, but it is amazing how people often find extra energy from adversity and manage to turn things round.
“This is tall order for many of them and I wish them well.
“Bracknell is a great place to live and work, with high-quality employment opportunities.
“It has an excellent college, providing first-class training, is set in a beautiful part of the country and with the centre rejuvenated it will be the envy of the entire region.”
Binfield parish councillor Nigel Rennie: “What I hope in 2013 is at least some of the top 10 of worst elements of Bracknell Forest can be ticked off and not roll on for years with promises and no action:
1. How about some regeneration of the town to start in 2013?
2. How about charging rates that would allow at least some of the shops to reopen now that nearly half of them are closed?
3. How about granting planning permission to knock down Winchester House and allow it to be rebuilt?
4. How about changing the use of at least some of the 1.5m sq ft of empty office space to allow houses to be built?
5. How about abiding with legal agreements signed by the previous council and give up the plan to build on Blue Mountain golf course?
6. How about forcing unwelcome landlords such as those of Enid Wood House to renovate and occupy the residential premises that the council sold so cheaply to?
7. How about building more homes in and around the centre to revitalise the town?
8. How about offering free parking around the town centre to encourage shoppers?
9. How about using some of the surplus funds to help South Hill Park afloat as the only arts and culture centre we have?
10. How about the executive resigning and reverting back to full council voting?
I would wish everyone a prosperous 2013.”