On 25 June, the Wokingham Borough flag will be flown at half-mast at the borough council’s civic offices in memory of George Floyd. It is one month since his tragic death in America.
Inclusivity and equality are at the heart of everything Wokingham Borough Council does and, through the services it provides, it always aim to treat everyone fairly and without discrimination.
The Borough Flag will be flown at half-mast at the Shute End civic offices from 7.30am to 6pm to illustrate the council’s clear support for, and commitment to, ensuring equal opportunities for all and the ending of racism and discrimination. The council’s commitment goes beyond flying a flag and has, in liaison with the borough’s Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) Forum, launched a comprehensive survey to give an opportunity for all the community to share experiences and views on racism in the borough. This survey will inform an action plan to tackle the issue that will be put together with the BME Forum and wider BAME community.
Pay our respects
Borough Mayor Cllr Malcolm Richards said: “Here at Wokingham Borough Council we are joining Wokingham Town Council and Earley Town Council to pay our respects to George Floyd. There is no place for racism in our community and we are committed to tackling it. We still want to hear from residents across the borough about their experiences of race and racism and would encourage them to take part in our survey.”
The Tackling Racism Matters survey invites all people to share their experiences of race and community cohesion in the borough and detail any specific racist incidents. Anyone interested in taking part in the survey should visit the council’s website search ‘current consultations’
- On Saturday (27 June) the Armed Forces flag will be raised at Shute End to mark Armed Forces Day, which is an annual event held across the nation
- On Saturday 11 July The Pride Flag will be raised at Shute End to mark the first-ever Wokingham Pride, which will be held virtually due to the coronavirus pandemic
- The borough council will also lower its flag to half-mast on the day of the funeral of James Furlong, the Holt School teacher killed during the terror incident in Forbury Gardens, Reading, in honour of Mr Furlong and the other victims