Four more candidates have had their say ahead of next month’s elections.
This week it’s the turn of those who are up for election in the West Berkshire Council by-election, hoping to represent Thatcham South and Crookham.
The election was called following the death of Roger Croft earlier this year, with polling taking place on the same day as the general election – June 8.
Once again we have asked each candidate to tell us what they would offer the area should they be elected.
The town council candidates’ responses were published last week and are available on this website. Click here to see what they had to say.
Next week we will showcase the responses from the general election candidates.
Jason Collis, Conservative
His energy in representing the people of his ward and the rest of Thatcham will be a hard act to follow. I hope that the commitment I have shown as leader of Thatcham Town Council will demonstrate my strong desire to serve the people of our community.
With my work with various local community groups including Thatcham Vision, we are working on the long-term future of Moorside Community Centre.
I do not want to make grand promises without thinking about the consequences but I do want to work with the community so we can have a stronger say in our future.
If the people of Thatcham South and Crookham do me the honour of electing me they will know that I will work tirelessly on their behalf.
Working with and within the ruling Conservative group at West Berkshire Council will give me far more influence to use on behalf of our community.
Nick East, Labour
I am providing the people of Thatcham South and Crookham with more choice when they look at the ballot paper.
I am giving them an alternative to years of Conservative and Liberal Democrat domination of the council that has overseen the decline of our public services.
The two biggest issues facing us locally are the cuts to services for our children and the lack of care for the vulnerable in our community. In particular the cuts to funding for our schools is simply unacceptable.
As a parent myself I am incredibly concerned that my children will be educated in a system that will see four teachers cut from primary schools and 26 teachers from secondary schools by 2019.
These are our children and our future, we should be protecting and improving the education we give to them.
Owen Jeffery, Liberal Democrat
As councillor for Thatcham South and Crookham I worked with distressed residents during the 2007 floods, achieved the weight limit on Crookham Hill and built the footbridge over the railway to the canal.
Our Conservative controlled council is a byword for cuts, increased council tax and poor delivery across many services. They are low achieving and complacent and desperately need holding to account.
I will focus on improving our schools, recycling rates and greener transport and providing affordable housing to rent and buy.
Our three children went to our local primary and Kennet School.
I ran my own business from 1994 to 2009; was chairman of the Cot Death Society; sailed for 10 years in the Royal Naval Reserve; and served as councillor for 30 years, rising to deputy leader of both Thatcham and West Berkshire Councils.
Steve Masters, Green
Of the 52 councillors, 47 are from one party. They all vote the same way.
Within days of the last election in 2015 they awarded themselves a 16.5 per cent pay rise, then cut services – and put up your council tax.
Would a Green councillor be different? You bet.
Councillors’ allowances should be frozen at the pre-2015 rate and I will not take any increase.
For too long, Thatcham has been the poor relation of West Berkshire. Newbury gets two new railway bridges – we have to make do with an old level crossing. I won’t stop fighting until we get a bridge.
I’m a real person, not a professional politician. I’m a care worker, and I really do care.
I served my country with the RAF, and I really am ready to serve the people of Thatcham.