Monday, 16 July 2018

Meadow Way Closed 17th to 20th July

Meadow Way will be closed for resurfacing between Church Street and half way between Roundhead Road and Mulberry Way from tomorrow (17th July) to 20th July.

The closure will be between 8am and 5pm, NOT as in this letter that is being delivered to residents today.

Friday, 13 July 2018

Friday, 6 July 2018

Cancelled: meeting of Theale Parish Council due to be held on Monday 9th July

The meeting of Theale Parish Council due to be held on Monday 9th July has been CANCELLED because "a group of residents and non-residents are intending to disrupt Monday's parish council meeting and not abide by the rule of the Chairman". It will be held at a later date.

Please see the news item on the parish council website: 

Monday, 2 July 2018

Green Bin Tax Delayed

The introduction of the £50 "Green Bin Tax" has been delayed from July until "later in the summer". However, West Berks Council didn't announce the delay, it was revealed in the answer to a question I asked at a meeting of the council's Executive Committee.
The delay is good news to gardeners as they will able to use their green bins for free for longer, but it is bad for the council because they will get less income from the tax this year. The later that it is introduced, the more likely it is that residents will put off paying the charge until the spring.

I oppose this tax because it:
  • is unfair on those on low incomes, such as pensioners and the disabled
  • punishes those who try to do their best for the environment
  • will lead to yet more fly-tipping
  • will make life difficult for those who don't have the use of a car.

Friday, 29 June 2018

Plans for a new primary school in Theale look increasingly uncertain

From West Berkshire Council's Facebook page:

Plans for a new school in Theale look increasingly uncertain with one month to go before a decision on the project is made. Despite a parish poll in favour of the school in March, Theale Parish Council have still not committed to releasing its lease of land needed for the school.
A decision on the new school needs to be made by the end of July so that parents applying for school places know what provision there will be in the area. To read our latest letter and some more about this issue:
➡️➡️    Letter 6 June:
➡️➡️      Letter 26 June:
➡️ Our proposal:"

Wednesday, 27 June 2018

Padworth Recycling Centre will accept general waste from Monday.

From Monday 2 July 2018, Theale residents will be able to take general rubbish to the Padworth Recycling Centre, in addition to the recycling facilities already available.
Theale residents have had to take non-recyclable rubbish all the way to the site in Newbury - a round trip of 25 miles - since West Berks Council stopped paying towards the tip in Reading.
Please remember to display your permit on your windscreen to help minimise queuing.
Opening times and list of materials accepted at the site can be found at
The site is on Padworth Lane, which is off the A4 just the Thatcham side of the dual carriageway
Opening hours are:
Monday – Friday: 12:30pm – 6:00pm
Saturday and Sunday: 8:00am – 6:00pm
NOTE: the site is NOT open on weekday mornings.

Roadworks to take place in Meadow Way next week.

Roadworks are to take place in Meadow Way, Theale,  next week.
The following letter has been delivered to residents of Meadow Way:
Meadow Way, Theale - KERBING & FOOTWAY WORKS
I am writing to inform you that West Berkshire Council’s contractor Volker Highways Ltd., will shortly be raising several short sections of sunken kerbs in Meadow Way (from Church Street to Roundhead Road), Theale, before the road is resurfaced later this year.

The work is scheduled to start on Monday 02 July 2018 and take five (5) working days to complete between the hours of 07:00 am and 07:00 pm.
Works will be undertaken using standard road works signing and a suspension of on highway parking on Meadow Way.
I would like to respectfully request that you make alternative arrangements to park your vehicles off the public road during working hours to provide the safe working zone for the workforce and vehicles.
Advanced information boards will be erected on site and whilst these works are subject to weather conditions, every effort will be made to complete these works as programmed.
It would be very helpful if you could also arrange for any deliveries to be made before or after the stated working times.
Should it be necessary to revise these timings, the information boards will be updated accordingly. Alternatively, you can view the current status of the scheme by
visiting where any updates will be posted.
Every effort wiN be made to maintain access to private properties and businesses directly adjacent to the repairs; although, due to the nature of the works some inconvenience will be inevitable, but we will endeavour to keep this to an absolute minimum.
Waste and recycling collections will go ahead on the usual days; however, if the resurfacing works coincide with a collection day it is important that your bins and recycling boxes are put out by 7.00 am as collection times may change to suit the resurfacing works.
Please accept our apologies in advance for any inconvenience that may be caused by this essential maintenance work.
Should you have any queries regarding the work, please do not hesitate to contact West Berkshire Council’s Customer Services Team on 01635 519 080.