Mapledurham - Chris Burden
Chris Burden has lived in the Thames Valley all his life, and in Caversham for the last 20: he is a local. Originally from a science/technology background, he now works in project management. Chris believes in the importance of openness, tolerance, and individual liberty. Fairness and open communication would be at the heart of all he would do, if elected. But, he would focus particularly on social justice, confronted by deep unfairness, inequalities and divisions in society. As an elected member/councillor on Reading Borough Council he would hold the (likely) Labour administration to account.
In Chris' own words:
I have lived in the Thames Valley all my life, and in Caversham for the last 20: I am a local. Originally from a science and technology background, I now work in project management.
I believe in the importance of openness, tolerance, and social justice – this above all is why I am a Liberal Democrat rather than a member of another party. Fairness and open communication would be at the heart of all I would do, if elected. This is something that has for the most part been sorely lacking North of the River in Reading, with communities such as Mapledurham being largely ignored outside election time. Residents in Mapledurham have been telling me of their frustration with their local representation over the last few years and its lack of engagement over controversial issues – this needs to change.
Combating injustice will be central to my approach – whether it’s ensuring that our green spaces and environment are safeguarded so future generations can live safely, to better enforcement against fly-tipping and speeding on our roads, to ensuring that high-quality services and genuinely-affordable housing are available to all, not just a privileged few.
If elected to the Council, I would hold the governing administration to account. I would also ensure that Mapledurham residents were kept informed, updated, and consulted about what is happening in and around our community. The Mapledurham Playing Fields fiasco led many in Mapledurham to feel ignored by their representatives, and this cannot stand.
Read the Reading Lib Dems' Manifesto here.