New Wokingham regeneration guru says he wants people to be "proud"of town
Published: 30 Oct 2013 14:300 comments
Cllr Philip Mirfin, who has lived in the town since 1980, will shadow Cllr Alistair Corrie before taking over as executive member for regeneration before May.
Cllr Mirfin, who represents Emmbrook on Wokingham Borough Council, said it was an “exciting time” for the town – and promised the controversial plans to build a superstore on parts of Elms Field would be beneficial.
Cllr Mirfin, who is also the town council leader, said: “We particularly want to keep footfall in the town but also want to keep the traditions. We are going to have three hubs – the town centre, Peach Street and Elms Field.”
A petition with more than 1,700 signatures asking for a vote on the future of Elms Field has been handed to Wokingham Borough Council, but Cllr Mirfin said the regeneration would smarten the area.
He said: “Elms Field is going to reduce in size but we are going to leave a quality park.
“At the moment it’s all bits and pieces and apart from people in the playground, few people use it. We will try and do the best we can with green space.
“I’d like to think that what I’m seeing on the plans comes to fruition and people will say 'you were right about Elms Field’ – it might be a bit smaller but look how nice it is.”
He added people can still have their say when the planning application is submitted next month.
Cllr David Lee, leader of the council, said the exact date when Cllr Mirfin would take over was undecided but he said he had “the abilities to do the job”.
Cllr Corrie – who is stepping down to spend more time with his family and on his business – will not seek re-election to the council next May.