Tuesday, 9 April 2019

Standing for election to represent Theale ward on West Berks Council


There will be an election to elect councillors to all wards in West Berkshire District on May 2nd.

I am delighted to say that I have been nominated by the Liberal Democrats to stand in the election for Theale ward.

I first got involved in local politics because I really care about Theale and its residents and I want to continue to do the best for the village.

If elected, I will continue to keep in touch with residents on my regular Saturday morning walk-abouts in the High Street, with my regular email newsletters and on my Facebook page.

I have lived in Theale with my wife Sheila for over 33 years and we brought up our three daughters here. I therefore know the village well and believe that I understand villagers' concerns.

Over the past four years I have been leader and deputy leader of the Liberal Democrat Group on the West Berks Council and have been opposition spokesman for the Environment, Planning and Housing, and Highways and Transport.

A Labour and a Conservative candidate are also standing.



Sunday, 10 February 2019

Way cleared for new Theale primary school

An extraordinary Theale Parish Council Meeting on 6th February approved various legal documents concerned with releasing the land required for the new primary school and agreed for two members of the council to sign them.

This should mean that work  that work will be able to start on site within weeks.

Tuesday, 5 February 2019

Plan for new driving range at Theale Golf Club refused


Planning application 18/02203/COMIND to replace the 6 bay driving range with an 18 bay one and install new ballstop netting, floodlighting, video room, etc. has been refused for the following reasons:

1 Visual impact on the AoNB

2 Impact of the floodlighting on nearby properties

3 Effect of increased levels noise on nearby properties

4 Effect on wildlife

Full details of the reasons can be obtained from the Notice of Refusal and Delegated Report at http://planning.westberks.gov.uk/rpp/index.asp?caseref=18/02203/COMIND

Thursday, 31 January 2019

Extraordinary meeting of Theale Parish Council 6th February

Extraordinary meeting of Theale Parish Council to be held on Monday Wed 6th Feb.

Items on the agenda (Part II) suggest that the council is being asked to make a decision about releasing the lease on the land required for the new primary school.

Please click here for the agenda.

Wednesday, 30 January 2019

Planning application for up to 265 homes on Pincents Hill

A planning application has been submitted to build up to 265 homes and "community healthcare hub" on Pincents Hill.

Access would be off Pincents Lane, just above the bollards near Pincents Manor. The lane would still be a no-through road, though there would be an access to the site for emergency vehicles further up the hill.

This site was NOT allocated for housing in the local plan because of concern whether Pincents Lane could cope with housing in addition to IKEA.

Full details on the West Berks Council planning website

Thursday, 13 December 2018

New planning application has been submitted for 19 and 19a Theale High Street


A new planning application has been submitted for 19 and 19a Theale High Street. This was previously the offices for the Horticultural Trades Association.

The application number is 18/03209/FULEXT and is for:

Demolition of existing building and construction of 15 no.dwellings, 2no. retail units (use Class A1/A2/A3), associated access, parking and landscaping.

You can access the plans, etc., by clicking here.

Wednesday, 31 October 2018

Planning application for 9 flats in Theale High Street

A planning application has been submitted to demolish the warehouse between Kremer's car body workshop and the H Foster (Previously Eggar's) office and build nine flats on the site. The site is in Theale High Street, opposite the end of Woodfield Way.

The office will is proposed to be retained.

The planning application number is 18/02791/FULD

The plans, etc, can be accessed at http://planning.westberks.gov.uk/rpp/index.asp?caseref=18/02791/FULD