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Senior Tory rejects Lib Dem’s call to reconsider WEST Berkshire Council has rejected calls to scrap a scheme which will see residents charged £50 to have their green bins collected. Newly-elected Liberal Democrat £50 green bin charge Report by DAN COOPER email dan.cooper@newburynews.co.uk twitter @danc_nwn Council: We won’t scrap ‘Sizeisnotimportant,it’sabout whatitdoesandhowitdoesit’ Parkwaybosstalksaboutnewbesteventcategoryat NWNBestinBusinessAwards NewburyBusinesToday

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HUGE crowds gathered in Newbury to greet the competitors in this year’s Craft Craft race on bank holiday Monday. The popular Newbury Round Table five hours en route to completing the five-mile race downstream from Kint- bury. Turn to pages 6, 7 and 8 for all the pictures from the day. New course record set for scorching Crafty Craft fundraiser saw a new course record set despite the scorching weather. But it wasn’t all plain sailing – some determined teams were out on the Kennet and Avon Canal for more than

administration now consider scrapping this policy?” However, the council’s executive member for waste, Dominic Boeck (Con, Aldermaston), not only rubbished that idea, but also used it as a platform to mock his political rival. Mr Boeck said: “I presume you are talking about the recent by-election in Thatcham West, unless there has been some kind of a referendum I haven't heard about? “You will find that some 78 per cent of people who voted in the Thatcham West by-election voted for parties who supported the principlel of charging at our March budget meeting. “This should come as no surprise to you, but in case your friends haven’t told you what they have been up to, your group leader, who is still councillor [Lee] Dillon by the way, tabled an amendment to our motion to introduce the garden waste charge, but not to abol- ish the charge. n Continued on page 5

district councillor Jeff Brooks asked his Conservative counterparts whether they would reconsider the decision, which was made at a full budget meet- ing on March 1. Mr Brooks won a seat from the Tories by claiming victory in the recent Thatcham West by-election, and his defeated rival Ellen Crumly admitted the £50 charge was one of the reasons she lost. The council defended the decision, saying it would generate £900,000 addi- tional income at a time when the cash- strapped authority needed it most to combat a reduction in government funding. It argued that the scheme was optional and that residents could opt not to have their bins collected. However, the charge has caused public outrage. At an executive meeting last Thurs- day, Mr Brooks said: “Given the most recent rejection by voters on charging for green waste collection, will the

Four-day rail closure next week ANOTHER rail ‘blockade’ will hit West Berkshire from Monday morn- ing to Thursday night as work to upgrade the line continues. Saturday, June 2, to Thursday, June 7. Further closures are planned for June 9 to 10; July 9 to 12; July 16 to August 5; August 28 to 30; October 8 to 11; and November 19 to 22.

Body at golf club A BODY was found at a Newbury golf course last week. Thames Valley Police confirmed the discovery and said the body was that of a man in his 40s. Force spokesman Kieren Bushnell said: “At 8.30am on Tuesday, May 1, officers discovered the body of a man in his 40s at Newbury and Crookham Golf Club. “The death is being treated as unex- plained but not suspicious and a file is being prepared for the coroner.” The man’s next of kin has been informed.

Network Rail is electrifying the route between Reading and Newbury, which will allow Great Western Railways to run new Electrostar trains direct between Newbury and London. In order to do this, buses will replace train services between Pewsey and Theale next week. Trains will still operate from Theale to Reading. The next closure scheduled is for

Long-distance services from London Paddington to Devon and Cornwall will continue to operate, but will be diverted, adding up to 50 minutes to journey times. Some train departure times will also be changed, and passengers are advised to check beforehand. For further information, visit www.GWR.com/Newbury2018

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