Saturday, 22 July 2017

Planning application 17/00743/FUL

The planning application to provide a new playing field on the agricultural field near #Theale Golf Club will be decided by the West Berks Council Eastern Area Planning Committee meeting on Wednesday 26th July. The officer's recommendation is for approval.

If approved, the new field will partly compensate for pitches lost as a result of the new primary school being built (assuming the land is released by the parish council).

The meeting will be held at The Calcot Centre in Highview, Calcot, and will start at 6:30pm.


The officer's report can be read at http://decisionmaking.westberks.gov.uk/documents/s59052/17.00743%20Land%20north%20of%20Englefield%20Road.pdf

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Number plates stolen from BMW in Station Rd Theale

Number plates stolen from BMW in Station Rd #Theale. Police Alert: On 17th July between 8am & 9pm offender(s) stole the number plates belonging to a grey BMW in Station Rd, Theale. If anyone has info, please call the Police on 101 (Ref 43170211384)

Monday, 17 July 2017

UPDATED: Site visit for Planning application 17/00743/FUL for change of use to playing field for land north of Englefield Road, #Theale, will be held on Wednesday morning 9:30am

Site visit for Planning application 17/00743/FUL for change of use to playing field for land north of Englefield Road, #Theale, will be held on Wednesday morning 9:30am.

Please note that revised plans have been uploaded to the planning portal. Parking spaces have been increased and the public footpath is no longer obstructed.

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Planning application to allow the Padworth recycling centre to accept non-recyclable waste submitted

A planning application to allow the Padworth recycling centre to accept non-recyclable waste has been submitted at last!


It's a shame that West Berks Council didn't arrange this when they decided to stop paying for its residents to use the Smallmead site in Reading!

Friday, 7 July 2017

Theale Library Needs You!

Theale Library is open! 

West Berks Council has decided to keep all its libraries open, except one branch on the outskirts of Newbury. This means that Theale Library is still open! Unfortunately, the threats of closure that were made by the Council mean that some people don't realise that the library is still open and usage has dropped off. If you are a registered user, then please continue to use the library. If you are not, why not pop along and see the wide range of books, DVDs, etc., that you can borrow? You can also use the computers in the library to access the Internet for free! The new opening hours can be found at http://info.westberks.gov.uk/article/29655/Theale-Library

If people don't use the library then it may be threatened with closure again. Use it or lose it!


Do you like helping people? Do you have a couple of hours spare each week? Why not volunteer to help at Theale Library? Although there is a librarian at each branch library, the library service now relies on volunteers to make up the staff. If you want to know more, please contact me (alan@macro.org.uk) and I'll put you in touch with one of the existing volunteers so that you can have a chat. If you want to go straight ahead and apply, please use the form on www.westberks.gov.uk/volunteer




Thursday, 6 July 2017

Council Ward Boundary Review - New Proposals for Theale

Last year West Berkshire Council decided to reduce its number of councillors from 52 to 42. The reduction will come into effect at the next council elections in May 2019. The reduction means that each councillor will represent about 25% more electors and this, in turn, means that the wards they represent will have to be bigger.

The Council proposed new boundaries for Theale ward in April that would have extended it to include Englefield, Tidmarsh and Sulham. Its proposals did not account for the extra housing that had been given planning permission or the housing sites that the council itself had allocated! In Theale, this would be an extra 450 homes! Both Theale Parish Council and I complained about this in our responses to the Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBCE).

Our complaints bore fruit and the LGBCE are now consulting on revised electorate numbers for the whole district. West Berkshire Council are responding to this consultation with new boundary proposals. In the case of Theale the proposal is for the boundaries to be the same as now, i.e. just the parish of Theale. This is the area within the grey dotted lines on this map.

You can have your say on the consultation by clicking "Further consultation on warding arrangements" on www.lgbce.org.uk/current-reviews/south-east/berkshire/west-berkshire. The deadline for responses to the consultation is Monday 10th July.