The Town Council has the opportunity to comment on all Planning applications within the Bracknell Town area prior to their being considered by the Bracknell Forest Borough Council Planning Committee, where the final decisions on permission are made. The Town Council Planning Committee has the delegated authority to:
- make responses on behalf of Bracknell Town Council to planning applications received from Bracknell Forest Borough Council.
- consider the sale of amenity land within the town
- respond to consultations regarding highways matters and deal with street naming.
The Town Council Planning Committee meets regularly throughout the year approximately every three weeks.
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Alvin FinchAlvin and Diane married 14 years ago. Diane has always been active in local politics, and soon got her then new husband involved. Alvin and Diane enjoy the use of the public open spaces provided by Town and Borough councils, and having a dog helps them meet a lot of people.
They are keen to ensure that there is “joined up” thinking between the Town and Borough councils.
Alvin works for himself providing individuals with computer support. Diane supports people with learning disabilities. Both are keen to see a high quality of life and environment.
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Paul BidwellI have lived in the Bracknell ward of Priestwood for eight years, moving to Berkshire from Essex in 1996. A lifelong Labour supporter, I am also a trustee of a local elderly day centre and am especially interested in ensuring that the elderly of Bracknell have access to quality services that allow those over 65 to enjoy a safe and full life.
I combine my support of Labour, Trusteeship with a full-time job delivering ICT services to Local Authorities across the UK and have worked in Europe and the USA. I am married with three children and combine my family with a passion for sport and the arts.
M: 07538 027873
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.
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!
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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.
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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.
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.