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  • Welcome to the site

    Welcome to my website

    It contains information about the Wash Common Ward and why I'm now running as an Independent MP

    It contains news, a manifesto and other things that I hope are relevant for your support

  • Which party

    I initially stood as a Liberal Democrat Councillor

    Because the party was the best fit for my beliefs. Lib Dem HQ have proven to me that what they say and what they do are not the same

    So to ensure people have a viable choice I offer myself for selection as the 1st MP for Reading West and Mid Berkshire

  • 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!

Latest News

Meeting with Police

Falkland Cricket Club


January 2024
Meeting with Police

Public meeting with police at Falklands Cricket Club on 11th Jan for up to 50 people. Start approx 18:30.
The agenda will be confirmed later, but having listened to concerns from residents I asked for details of what has been happening crime-wise in our area.
Given the result, I have agreed with Angela Money (A local champion on this in our area) that it could be beneficial to arrange for the Police to bring along a team and talk through directly with the public what we think is happening and to describe what can be done.
The reason for choosing mid-Jan is the time it will take to arrange various diaries, and so we can have a look at a full calendar year

Parking charges as a force for good.

West Berkshire


December 2023
Parking charges as a force for good.

According to a quick web search, There are 27 council-operated car parks in West Berkshire and 469 designated parking spaces available on-street in Hungerford, Newbury and Thatcham.

The Kennet Centre Newbury car park has 415 spaces all by itself. With just £1 per night, as a permit charge, that’s £151,475 of revenue possible from 1 car park.

At a recent exec council meeting the age-old issue of revenue from parking charges came up. Comments were made about the inevitable rise to help fill the funding gap created by Westminster’s current way of funding councils. I believe there is an alternative that could lead to greater revenue for the council. It also helps stimulate activity in our towns and villages while helping solve off-street parking for people who live near them.

1st Off street parking. With more and more flats, especially from converted offices, finding a parking space is a problem. Simultaneously we have council car parks that are pretty much empty overnight. Why not create resident permits that allow residents to reserve an overnight space?

2nd Time of use. The charge per hour rate can change for parking. Some simple analytics of car space utilisation combined with information from people like “the bid” Newbury, means we can encourage behaviour change. i.e. Making it cheaper when its quiet, most likely leads to more shoppers on quiet days. This should lead to higher overall revenue.

3rd Increasing footfall. The above should help keep our high streets as vibrant and viable places to be.

Overall, I certainly see ways to use parking as a force for good. to contact me.

Adrian Abbs

Independent prospective candidate for Reading West and Mid Berkshire constituency

Change can only come by doing something different. It’s time for change.

What to expect from me as your independent West Berkshire Councillor

  • I mean to continue 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 continue to care about local issues) 
  • My career has covered from shovelling peas to running international companies in Europe and the USA so I bring real-world experience to the role and have delivered solutions the council has adopted. 
  • My opinions are fact-driven - Which means what I believe sometimes changes based on new evidence - This is valuable given what I see from some political people i.e. Being locked into never saying they got something wrong
  • 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 have brought and will continue to bring motions to the council to help all residents of the ward
  • 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 want to tackle the move to Multi Trusts that is being imposed on the UK by innovating in West Berkshire
  • I'll be continuing to try and get better than 99% coverage for people in terms of having a de-fib nearby.

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