Nurturing our environment

Protecting the environment is one of the greatest challenges of our generation and a core concern to my constituents. I will:

  • Continue to work closely with Thames Water on their 80% sewage reduction plan for chalk streams;
  • Support local environmental projects and ensure those that are needed are delivered. I have already secured permanent flood reduction measures in Lambourn and the surrounding villages;
  • Work to increase greener travel opportunities. I will work with West Berkshire Council to increase electric vehicle charging points and cycle routes;
  • Support local projects to secure Government funding for environmental protection, such as “Action on the River Kennet”, whom I successfully supported to secure over a quarter of a million pounds from the Green Recovery Fund.

I also join regular litter picks, have campaigned on animal welfare in Parliament and I work regularly with farmers from across West Berkshire on environmental matters and food production.

News

Newbury Weekly News: Thames Water

Sometimes a corporate scandal is too complicated to capture public attention. The Post Office being an obvious example.

Laura joins water testing on the River Pang

Laura joined Michael Wilson, a retired Professor of Microbiology, who is doing weekly water testing up and down the Pang with Action for the River Kennet (ARK).

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Laura writes to Thames Water on the River Pang and sewage

This week Laura has written to Richard Aylard, External Affairs and Sustainability Director at Thames Water, to demand answers following the River Pang's ecological status being downgraded to "poor" by the Environment Agency.

Newbury Weekly News: Campaigns & Priorities

The final debate of the parliamentary year - now called The Sir David Amess Debate after its most loyal attendee - is an opportunity for MPs to set out their aspirations for their constituencies over the year ahead.