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  • Welcome to the site

    Welcome to the site

    It contains information about the Wash Common Ward

    It also sets out why I stood as a Councillor

  • Which party

    I stood as a Liberal Democrat Councillor

    Because the party was the best fit for my beliefs

    My task is to hold the administration to account and to represent the ward

  • Also Greenham

    I'm also a Greenham Parish Councillor (next door to Wash Common)

    It overlaps on a key devlopment (Sandleford)

    I'm here to help!

What to expect from me as your West Berkshire Councillor


  • I mean to represent the ward by offering real scrutiny of the decision making being done.
  • I have lived in and run my business from Newbury for over 20 years. (Expect me to care about local issues) 
  • My career has covered from shoveling peas to running international companies in Europe and the USA so I bring real-world experience to the role. 
  • My opinions are fact-driven - That means what I believe sometimes changes based on new evidence
  • Having come from a working-class background I believe in a fair start for all and will look to fight for that in Wash Common.
  • I believe education is the fundamental building block of life, it is something needed throughout your career and I want to see what we can do at West Berkshire to help.
  • I'll be trying to get better than 99% coverage for people in terms of having a de-fib nearby.
05 December 2021

Ward Surgery

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Latest News

1/2 Term report since the declaration of a climate emergency

West Berkshire

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October 2021
1/2 Term report since the declaration of a climate emergency

Half-Term Report since the Climate Emergency. ‘A’ for the Officers, ‘D’ for the Conservative Administration

Highwood Copse Set to Open September

Wash Common

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August 2021
Highwood Copse Set to Open September

Highwood Copse schools Opens September


Whilst I'm happy to say the school will finally open I can't say I've been impressed by the delivery. This all started way before I became a Councillor so I've not been able to change the result even though I've been asking from the leader of council to the officers I could find and the project team to do better.

They have a website which is here https://www.highwoodcopse.co.uk/

Please let the Council and Government know that it's just not right.

You decide, but here are some facts

First Environmental: -

Highwood Copse School in Wash Common was meant to have high environmental standards, a connected travel plan and solar energy (or panels) as it's a new school for the future.

What's delivered?

A drop from ‘excellent’ to ‘very good’ as its core environmental standard (BREEAM standard), removal of solar energy and a travel plan that's just not connected.

Why, given the decision to remove the solar panels was made after declaring a climate emergency, does this administration not admit the mistake and fund installation (the building was built with it in mind – it just need funding and fitting). You will likely hear that it's because it's an academy and they would all have to be treated the same. This is a brand-new school! Built with public money! Project managed by West Berkshire council!

Second the competence of the Conservative administration: -

This came to Western Area planning for final approval, so the school can open this September. Why did it come to planning as it's already built you might ask?

Because this council not only chose a builder that went bust, but approved and carried out a huge number of changes to the approved plans without getting permission and so had to submit for retrospective planning permission!

How is that any different than travellers buying a field and just starting to build and then also doing a retrospective planning application?

Also, how on earth do you contract with someone and then not bother to keep copies of the paperwork? This is the main reason why they asked to drop the requirement from ‘excellent’, to ‘very good’ as a standard.

I could go on, but urge the public to take note as a pattern has emerged.

With respect

Cllr Adrian Abbs (Lib Dem)

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