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 FinchI enjoy the use of the open spaces provided by the Town and Borough councils. Having a pair of dogs has also helped myself and my wife meet a lot of people while exercising them. I am pleased that the Town Council introduced Environment Wardens. The wardens keep control of litter and dogs among other functions. I am keen to ensure that there is “joined up” thinking between the Town and Borough councils on environmental and other concerns. Our green spaces can do much to keep us all healthy.
I have lived in Bracknell for over 40 years. Amongst other interests I am a regular supporter of Bracknell Rugby Club.
As Town Mayor in 2013/14 I was amazed at the contributions to Bracknell in Bloom from residents of all ages. It was good to see how much effort went into the competition. During my year as Mayor It was also a pleasure and a privilege to meet people from all parts of the community/voluntary sector who put so much effort, and enthusiasm into keeping our town vibrant.
I have served on different committees of the Town Council and I am presently the Chairman of Planning. I work for myself, providing individuals with computer support.
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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.
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Roger MeakesI am honoured to be returned as town councillor for another term. I believe I had a productive 4 years as a councillor for Great Hollands South and wish to continue for the next 4 years. I have met a lot of people from all walks of life, some of which I have been able to help or assist, most, I have been there for them in the form of an advisory.
Bracknell has been my home for the major part of my life and I have seen how it has flourished under the stewardship of the Conservatives, which is still ongoing. I am proud to be part of a team that cares for its residents and the locality in which they live. I hope the next four years will be as exciting as the last four.
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Ash MerryI am very fortunate to have lived in Harmans Water ward for 25 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 has enabled me to support residents, and ‘do my bit’ to strengthen a very special community. I am delighted to be closely involved in initiatives to support military personnel, veterans and their families.
I was privileged to be the Deputy Bracknell Town Mayor and Bracknell Town Mayor in 2015 and 2016. In this capacity and with my Consort and fellow councillor, Isabel Mattick, we were able to recognise and thank many of the fabulous volunteers who make a daily difference to so many lives.
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Michael GibsonI have been a Town Councillor in Bracknell since 2017.
Originally I was born in Hayes in West London. I moved to Birch Hill 4 years ago with my family. Bracknell is a great place for all our children. I use the local facilities such as the parks, Birch Hill recreation ground with my wife and two boys aged 4 and 6. When time allows we go to South Hill Park. As an occasional performer I feel very lucky to have such a prestigious art centre with a vibrant music record so close to where we live.
Previously a legal executive for the Crown Prosecution Service, my current day job is in London in public relations. I have been interested in local government for over 30 years and I have a degree in Politics and Modern History. My hobbies include singing and playing Pokémon go with my children.
I hope you will support me in my aim to work with, and for the residents of Birch Hill on Bracknell Town Council, and to help look after all those things that make Bracknell a great place to live for all of us.
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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.