2021 Peppard

Peppard Ward - Hilary Smart & Pieter De Boiserie

A by-election will take place in Peppard this year, so two seats are up for election.
Hilary Smart is a mum and an enthusiastic user of, and advocate for, bus, library and children's services.  She is a finance analyst and works on infrastructure projects.  She lives in Caversham and her children attend nursery in Peppard.  She cycles whenever she can, including on the nursery run; if elected, she will be a passionate advocate for Peppard ward.

Pieter De Boiserie and family live in Emmer Green where his children attend the local nursery and primary school. He is a keen runner and enjoys walking around the local copse with his kids and dog. Pieter also enjoys cycling, and is an advocate for safer roads for all users.  He wants to protect green spaces in the local area.

In Hilary's own words:

I live in Caversham with my family, which includes two (occasionally delightful) preschool children. I am, when there isn't a pandemic, an enthusiastic user of and advocate for bus, library and children's services.

I have a technical background, having studied mathematics at Cambridge University. I am now a financial modeller working on the financing of biomass power plants.

During lockdown I have at times (when legal) volunteered leading walk and talk groups for new parents. Support for parents and carers is needed now more than ever, and I would like to see more support for volunteer groups trying to meet these needs, as well as clear signposting for council run services.

I believe enabling active transport is a key part of fighting the climate crisis, and improving pedestrian and cycling facilities is high on my agenda. I would like to see the station underpass opened up for cyclist use, to create a safe cycling link between Caversham and Reading center. I have written articles for the Reading Cycling Campaign's newsletter and our family is currently running an experiment in being car free, aided by an ebike which lets me get the kids up the hill to the nursery in Peppard ward.

If elected I would look to use a mixture of regular virtual and physical councillor surgeries to chat with residents. I want to ensure that all interested residents would be able to contribute to the conversation about what can be done to improve and protect our wonderful area.

In Pieter's own words:

I live in Emmer Green with my wife and two children and work in Green Park. My daughter goes to school here and my son attends a local nursery and I want them to grow up in an area they love and want to care for.

As a keen runner I enjoy being able to explore our area this way and when I am not running, you can probably find me out on Clayfield Copse with my dog. I am also a big board game fan, which is a great way to relax and to connect with people.

For my work I am lucky enough to only have to commute to Green Park where I work in Supply Chain, an area I have now worked in for over a decade in a variety of roles.

Our green space has been under threat due to the ongoing development concerns on what was Reading Golf Course. During the last year many of you and myself have been able to enjoy this space and truly appreciate our natural surroundings.

There is a requirement for more housing, but we need to make sure we balance this demand with the correct infrastructure, services and without destroying the nature we have on our doorstep.

Building a third bridge from Caversham to Reading would require an orbital road to go right through our countryside. I will object to this as there are many better initiatives to help with the traffic congestion for a fraction of the cost.

Read the Reading Lib Dems' Manifesto here.

Hilary Smart and Pieter De Boiserie smiling

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