A bit more information about my Tory council opponent taken from councillor Richard Willis's blog:
"Park – John Walker
John has lived in Reading since 1997. He is married and has two children, both of whom were born in Reading and attend local schools. Interested in community issues for many years, John’s first involvement in campaigning was with schools admissions policy issues in 2004 when he successfully fought to end first preference selection for entry to primary schools.
He is a long-time supporter of several charities including the RSPB, the Campaign for Real Ale, the local Wildlife Trust and he is also involved with Beavers and Cubs."
I am still none the wiser as to what he has been up to in the ward. But the least I know his name now.