Bracknell Forest Borough Council

Election results for 2019

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Bracknell General Election Debate 2019

Andrew puts your questions to Bracknell candidates standing in the 2019 General Election.
Andrew Peach speaks to 2019 Bracknell parliamentary candidates James Sunderland for the Conservatives, Paul Bidwell for Labour and Kaweh Beheshtizadeh for the Liberal Democrats. The debate included audio from Independent candidate Olivio Barreto. Green Party candidate, Derek Florey decided not to take part. A full list of candidates can be found at bbc.co.uk/election.

Council spent £1.4m on recruitment of agency workers

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Social care
BBC

Hiring social care workers on temporary contracts cost Bracknell Forest Council more than £1.4m last year.

An investigation found the local authority had 24 social workers working in children’s services and adults’ services as of May 2019.

The authority paid £1.44m to hire agency workers in the 2018-2019 financial year.

Nikki Edwards, executive director at the council, said the figure reflects the "duty of care" the authority has towards its residents.

She said the council would recruit agency workers to guarantee a continuity of service when vacancies opened or more help was needed.

But Ms Edwards added: “Our aim is to reduce any unnecessary spend and work is already under way to recruit permanent staff to vacancies, as well as to improve the way we attract applicants, in particular, for hard-to-fill and critical posts.”

Hundreds of homes planned for town centre

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Market Street in Bracknell
Google

More than 700 homes could be built in Bracknell town centre as part of a new £300m regeneration.

Bracknell Forest Council wants to regenerate Market Street, Coopers Hill and Jubilee Gardens and has invited bids from investment partners, the Local Democracy Reporting Service said.

The 5.8-acre development sites could also include offices, hotels and community facilities.

Plans for homes near golf club refused

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Mill Ride Golf Club
Google

Plans to build a number of homes near Mill Ride Golf Club in Ascot have been thrown out after the council rejected two separate planning applications.

Proposals would have seen a current home in Locks Ride, Winkfield demolished to make way for 13 homes, with an earlier application from 2017 for five homes also refused.

Both plans were last week refused by Bracknell Forest Council on the grounds they fell outside of the designated settlement boundaries and breached council planning policies.

Had the applications been approved, four of the 13 new homes would have been three-bedroom properties.

Nine four-bedroom homes would have been of “traditional design and appearance”, developers said.

Wokingham pay gap narrows slightly

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Wokingham Borough Council's gender pay gap has gone down by nearly 1% in the last year, but there is still a 13.88% difference between men's and women's average earnings, a report has found.

The council employs 707 full-time staff, with another 451 hired on a part-time basis, and "a significantly higher proportion of females work part-time compared to males".

The report published by acting chief executive Heather Thwaites said the authority regularly evaluated roles and pay grades "to ensure a fair structure".

The Local Democracy Reporting Service said the pay gap at neighbouring Bracknell Forest was 16.2%.