Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Issued media release re West Berks proposed cutback in litter picking and street cleaning:

I have issued the following media release regarding West Berks Council's proposed cutback in litter picking and street cleaning:

West Berkshire Council are consulting on proposals to change litter picking and street cleansing services to save money. However, Lib Dem environment spokesman Councillor Alan Macro branded the consultation “meaningless”. He said “roads in towns and villages outside town centres are currently litter picked every two weeks. The proposal is to replace that schedule with ‘routine work, supplemented by reactive work where land falls below an acceptable standard’. That phrase is meaningless to most people and that therefore makes the consultation itself meaningless. The council needs to withdraw this consultation and replace it with one worded in plain English”.

Friday, 8 September 2017

Petition against new DIY waste charges handed into West Berks Council Executive

I handed my petition against the new charges for taking DIY waste and tyres to West Berks recycling centres to the council's Executive meeting last night. It had 295 names. More people signed overnight so I sent a revised version with 311 names this morning.

Friday, 1 September 2017

West Berks Council will start charging for disposing of DIY waste and tyres on Mon 4th Sept

West Berks Council will start charging for taking DIY waste and tyres to recycling centres on Mon 4th Sept. The charges will be for things like rubble, plasterboard, soil and tyres. Please see attached images for details. I've started an online petition asking the council to reverse these charges - please add your name here.

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Theale not affected by LGBCE's proposals for new West Berks Council ward boundaries

Theale is not affected by the Local Government Boundary Commission's proposals for new ward boundaried for West Berks Council. Summary of proposals affecting Reading West constituency:

Pangbourne: now includes Tidmarsh and Sulham from Purley ward – one member. Tilehurst and Purley: a 3-member ward including Westwood and northern part of existing Birch Copse. Birch Copse: a 2-member ward, losing its northern bit to Purley but taking in Royal Avenue part of Calcot. Tilehurst South & Holybrook is similar to Calcot but only a 2-member ward, with a chunk taken away to Birch Copse. Theale: one member ward on existing boundaries. The proposals are now out for consultation (10 weeks). Full details and a map.

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Another IKEA planning application for a "navigation tower" visible from Theale

IKEA have submitted another planning application for a "navigation tower" that would be visible from Theale High Street. This one would be 57 meters (187 feet high)!. The previous application (withdrawn) was for one 42m meters high. The application numbers are 17/02237/FUL and 17/02238/ADV. The plans, etc, can be viewed by clicking here

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Planning application to build 130 homes on Whitehart Meadow has been refused

Good news for Theale! The planning application to build 130 homes on Whitehart Meadow has been refused permission by #WestBerks Council. The reasons for refusal were:

  1. The site is outside the settlement boundary
  2. The site is in Flood Zone 2
  3. Insufficient consideration has been given to the management of surface water for the development
  4. No adequate justification for the absence of affordable housing in the proposal

I will not be surprised if the developer appeals, though.

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Petition asking West Berks Council to reverse its decision to charge for disposal of oil, DIY waste and tyres

Please sign my petition asking for West Berks Council to reverse its decision to charge its residents to dispose of Soil, Rubble, Ceramics, Plasterboard and Tyres at their Recycling Centres: please click here