Wokingham is a growing, ambitious and transforming market town in Berkshire that attracts families seeking outstanding education opportunities for their children as well as possessing one the highest rates of business growth for the UK, with easy access to major airports and motorways.
Wokingham Borough Council is a large unitary authority and employ just over 1200 staff, with 54 Councillors, 10 of whom sit on the Executive. We are one of 6 Unitary Authorities in Berkshire and work in a complex multi-agency context, in close partnership with the other Unitaries.
We serve a population of 171,000 people, 37,500 of these are 0 - 18 and with 13,500 new homes planned to be built by 2026; we are in a period of significant growth. With the housing growth we are also regenerating Wokingham town centre to make sure it has the facilities needed to meet the needs of the increased population.
Wokingham is rated as one of the most affluent areas in England but because of this we also receive the lowest level of funding from Government. The drive for sustainability and a commercial outlook is a key factor in the borough’s future.
The challenge facing the borough is to balance the need for housing development against the protection and enhancement of the pleasant semi-rural environment. The borough is vulnerable because it lacks brownfield sites and protected areas when compared with other parts of Berkshire.
Health and social integration is also core focus for us and we are working with the NHS to deliver better connected care at home, promoting independence and avoiding unnecessary hospital admissions. We are also reshaping Children’s and Adult’s Services to reflect the changing nature of requirements and increasing pressures placed upon them.