The committee oversees the management of the Town Council’s recreation grounds, play areas and pavilions and is responsible for establishing future work plans for play area renewal and refurbishment. Environmental issues are also considered by the committee. The Town Council may also be consulted on proposals regarding environmental improvements in the local area and other matters of interest to the people of Bracknell Town.
This Committee has responsibility for:
- Public open spaces and recreation grounds
- Children play areas and teenage meeting places
- Sports pitches and facilities
- Bus shelters and street furniture
- Environment Wardens
- Litter collection, dog bins
- Larges Lane Cemetery
- Bracknell in Bloom
- Community projects
The Environmental Services Committee is also responsible for overseeing the Town Councils works programme. Due to the nature of its primary responsibilities recreation and leisure issues are of vital importance to the Council and the management of the recreation grounds and play areas and establishing future work plans for play area renewal and refurbishment are vital committee responsibilities. The Environmental Services Committee normally meets six times a year.
M: 07432 710180
Clive HarrisonI have been a Town Councillor since 2011 and lived in Bracknell for eight years. I enjoy representing and helping people and promoting the good work and services that Bracknell Town Council provides.
I very much appreciate my re-election by the good people of Crown Wood, and look forward to being of assistance to them in the years ahead.
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Paula-Elizabeth PoolerI have been a Bracknell Town Councillor for the last 4 years and have lived in the Old Bracknell Ward for 27 years. I am married with two adult children who were educated at Wildridings and then Easthampstead Park School. I was a parent governor at Easthampstead Park, sitting on the Special Educational Needs (SEN) Committee as I am myself Dyslexic.
In 1975 I qualified as a Nursery Nurse, working in boarding schools as a matron. In 1980 I qualified as a State Registered Nurse at Thomas Guys Hospital in London. Since then I have continued to work as a paediatric (children’s) nurse.
My particular interest is in public health, health education and safety. I was a committee member for Links moving on to the Berkshire East Health Panel. I am an active member and Champion at my GP surgery. I\'m also a member of NPC (National Pensioners Convention).
I always prefer to walk locally. This provides a great opportunity to keep in touch with the community. You can always find me chatting to residents I meet along the way - listening to their concerns or issues they raise. I am also a keen observer of our surroundings, and actively report any issues to the appropriate departments at BTC, BFC, BFH, the Police and so on. I always make a point of reporting back to the residents the outcome of our actions.
My hobbies, in addition to walking, are restoring and maintaining our fleet of fire appliances, and spending as much time as possible with our dog Storm!
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Diane FinchI have always been active in local politics, and was a member of the Town council previously. Soon after getting married I got my husband (Alvin) involved, and in 2013 I was delighted to accompany him in his position as Town Mayor to various functions. I and my then Mayor husband are still amazed at the selflessness of Bracknell people that give their time to so many voluntary organisations. This made me want to become a Town Councillor again; an unpaid job, but very rewarding.
Alvin and I enjoy the use of the green spaces, such as the Elms and Lilly Hill Park. A lot of the open space we enjoy is provided by the Town Council. Having a pair of dogs helps us meet a people in different parks and green areas.
In my day to day job I support people with physical learning disabilities. I am keen to see a high quality of life and environment that keeps both young and old people healthy.
T: 01344 420512
Sandra InghamAs the newly elected Bracknell Town Councillor for Hanworth, I believe I have the experience, commitment and communication skills needed to help residents and to make sure it stays \"great round here\".
I will work as Hanworth\'s Town Councillor to ensure we preserve our open spaces and maintain our sports and recreation facilities. With the town centre moving ahead positively I\'d like to make sure that we don\'t lose sight of our culture and heritage especially places like South Hill Park.
I am married and have two lovely children who go to local schools. Like a lot of people around here I run my own small business, working alongside my husband, who is a well known HR consultant, author and trainer. We have lived in the area for 20 years.
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Ash MerryI am very fortunate to have lived in Harmans Water ward for 21 years. I came here as a 30-something-year-old new mother in 1993. My daughter has been brought up here and schooled locally. I served as an Army Officer for 8 years and have always had a strong sense of duty and a willingness to play an active part in my community. I have had a successful career running my own business and working for others in the profit and non-profit sector. I have seen and experienced life from many perspectives, which I believe will enable me to support residents, and ‘do my bit’ to strengthen a very special community.
As a regular media commentator I recognise the importance of providing a balanced voice of opinion to protect the more vulnerable members of our community, and I am a strong supporter of finding best solutions through a common sense approach. I am currently the Constituency Manager for the Bracknell Conservative Association, which gives me the opportunity and pleasure to speak to residents and better understand local issues.
I will focus on ‘neighbourliness’ - keeping our ward safe, green and happy and supporting initiatives to combat isolation and loneliness.
M: 07472 255336
Michael GibsonLocal family man Mike is a public affairs consultant. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in politics and modern history specializing in local government at Brunel University. He also studied public administration at Warwick Business School. Mike was previously a councilor in Bedfordshire and has many years\' experience in Adult Social Services and Planning.
Mike moved to the Hanworth and Birch Hill area with his wife and young family a month after his youngest was born. His eldest son attends St Margaret Clitherow Primary School. Mike has also been a school governor and has been a Probation Board Trustee.
Away from work Mike is a folk singer and club organizer. He has sung around the world at festivals and clubs such as Oxford Folk Weekend and Sidmouth Folk Festival. When he has time to relax, he and his wife Lizzy are mostly chasing their children around Bracknell\'s fantastic parks.
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Mary TempertonI have now served on Bracknell Town Council for over 30 years. I am proud of our superb play areas and well maintained recreation grounds. I am also proud of the fact that we still employ our own workforce - who take pride in maintaining the highest standards.
Bracknell Town Council has taken over responsibility for Bracknell in Bloom, organising the Celebrating Woods day and the Teddy Bears\' Picnic.
I will continue to ensure everything the council does is of the highest standard and for the benefit of all.
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Jo WoodcockFirstly, I would like to thank everyone who voted for me as a Councillor representing Great Hollands South, for Bracknell Town Council. I will endeavour to represent everyone within the ward to the best of my ability.
Although I am a relative newcomer to Bracknell, I soon realised that has environmentally been missing from other towns in which I\'ve lived over many years. My timing into local politics seems to be perfect, now that Bracknell regeneration is visibly under way. I think we will all benefit from the new town and believe that Bracknell will be a great place to live, work and play!
I retired from HR Corporate life a few years ago, whilst retaining an avid interest in community affairs and local and national politics in general. In addition I continue with my other passion, albeit part-time now, of helping people with their health and well-being through nutrition and lifestyle choices.
I consider it a privilege to be part of Great Hollands South ward and welcome any suggestions as to how I may specifically help with any local issues you may have.
T: 01344 831080
Jennie McCrackenMarried with two daughters, I have lived in Bracknell Forest for over 35 years and served the community as a Councillor for 11 years.
First elected in 2000 I was elected Town Mayor and again in 2002. I have served on all the Council committees.
In 2007 I became a Borough councillor and am currently the Vice Chairman of Corporate Parenting. In 2008 I led a ground-breaking and highly commended Working Party on English as an Additional Language (EAL).
In 2010 I led the Safeguarding Children Working Party involving senior representatives of the Police, NHS, Local Safeguarding Children’s Board and Head teachers of our primary and secondary schools. The resulting report is considered an example of best practice for other Authorities.
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Tina McKenzie-BoyleAs your elected member for Garth, I am delighted to be able to work with you to address any issue as it arises. We are a team - and team work matters and gets things done!
Garth is special and I will do everything I can to ensure it stays a thriving community.
T: 01344 640035
Roger MeakesAs a Town Councillor for Great Hollands South ward, I have already made the pledge to serve the community to the best of his ability, without bias or prejudice. I welcome any enquiries from members of the community of my ward and indeed anywhere else within the town of Bracknell if they are so inclined. If any enquiry is made within my ward and remit, I will endeavour to resolve the issue. If the issue falls outside of my remit I will pass the details to a colleage who is better able to handle any such enquiry and will then follow the enquiry through to its\' conclusion.
I make no apologies - I am a no nonsense councillor, so what you see is what you get.
Living in Great Hollands myself, I have seen some disappointing declines in standards over the years by some of the residents. I hope to start to reverse the trend. I understand that it can be a little awkward and fractious living next to someone that considers it OK to throw rubbish out into a garden, front or rear. I may not be able to resolve all problems but it will not be for the lack of trying.
I am here to serve you so do not be afraid to seek my help. You voted for me, so please use me!