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.

Thursday, 29 June 2017

Theale Medical Centre "requires improvement" - CQC

Result of the inspection by the Care Quality Commission in March 2017:

Letter from the Chief Inspector of General Practice

We carried out a short notice announced comprehensive inspection at Theale Medical Centre on 15 and 24 March 2017. We rated the practice as good for providing Effective, Caring and Responsive services and requires improvement for Safe and Well Led. Overall the practice is rated as requires improvement.
Our key findings across all the areas we inspected were as follows:
  • Risks to patients were assessed and well managed, with the exception of those relating to recruitment checks and dispensary processes.
  • There was a leadership structure but not all staff felt supported by management. The practice sought feedback from patients, which it acted on.
  • Governance arrangements in respect to documentation and record keeping for organisational management were not always effective.
  • Staff were aware of current evidence based guidance. Most staff had been trained to provide them with the skills and knowledge to deliver effective care and treatment. However, mental capacity act training was not offered to staff.
  • Information about services and how to complain was available. Improvements were made to the quality of care as a result of complaints and concerns. However, governance arrangements had not included logging all verbal complaints and staff told us many of these had been dealt with ineffectively or not responded to in a timely way.
  • Feedback from patients reported that access to a named GP and continuity of care was not always available quickly, although urgent appointments were usually available the same day.
  • Results from the national GP patient survey showed most patients were treated with compassion, dignity and respect and were involved in their care and decisions about their treatment.
  • The practice had good facilities and was well equipped to treat patients and meet their needs.
  • There was an open and transparent approach to safety and a system in place for reporting and recording significant events.
  • The provider was aware of the requirements of the duty of candour. Examples we reviewed showed the practice complied with these requirements.
The areas where the provider must make improvement are:
  • The provider must ensure governance processes and systems are consistently applied in a timely manner to assess, monitor and improve the quality and safety of the services provided and in the management of risk. This includes ensuring that:
  • All staff are aware of policies and procedures and are effectively embedded in practice. For example, not all staff were aware of the whistleblowing policy and how to access it.
  • Governance arrangements include all necessary employment checks; training needs are met for all staff; dispensary governance processes identify risks and keep patients safe.
  • The complaints management processes include documenting and responding to all verbal complaints in a timely way. Learning and trends from complaints must be shared with all staff.
The areas where the provider should make improvements are:
  • Ensure all actions from the infection control audit have been documented.
  • Continue to review the learning disability register and offer health checks to improve outcomes for this patient group.

Professor Steve Field (CBE FRCP FFPH FRCGP) 

Chief Inspector of General Practice