Friday, 29 June 2012

Survey to see what activities for young people are wanted in Theale to close on Sunday 1st July


Theale Parish Council is working with the Neighbourhood Wardens to try to provide activities for young people in Theale. This is to help fill the gap left by West Berkshire Council's closure of the youth clubs it used to run.

I have been carrying out an on-line survey for the parish council to see what kind of activities are wanted.  We want to hear what all residents want, but particularly want to hear from young people themselves.

To take part in the survey, please go to http://kwiksurveys.com/?u=ThealeYouthSurvey

I am going to close the survey this Sunday, 1st July

Alan Macro
Councillor for Theale

West Berkshire Council

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Three roads in Theale to be repaired in July

The following stretches of roads are due to be "machine patched" in July:

Church Street, between the Red Lion and the Co-Op, on Sunday 8th July

Blossom Lane, between Chestnut Close and the old sewage works, on 5th and 6th July

Blossom Avenue, between the Play Platt side of The Crescent and the The Orchard, on Thursday 5th and Friday 6th July.

Alan Macro
Councillor for Theale
West Berkshire Council

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Monday, 18 June 2012

Survey to see what activities for young people are wanted in Theale to close soon


Theale Parish Council is working with the Neighbourhood Wardens to try to provide activities for young people in Theale. This is to help fill the gap left by West Berkshire Council's closure of the youth clubs it used to run.

I have been carrying out an on-line survey for the parish council to see what kind of activities are wanted.  We want to hear what all residents want, but particularly want to hear from young people themselves.

To take part in the survey, please go to http://kwiksurveys.com/?u=ThealeYouthSurvey

I am going to close the survey at the end of June.

Alan MacroCouncillor for Theale
West Berkshire Council

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Sunday, 17 June 2012

Planning Application for 12 Houses and Flats on Old Theale Motor Works Site


A planning application has been submitted to West Berkshire Council for 12 houses and flats on the land behind 22-24 High Street, Theale. The plans can be viewed, and comments made, by searching www.westberks.gov.uk for application number 12/00985/FULMAJ.

There is already permission for 14 flats on the site. The last application for a mixture of houses and flats was withdrawn.

The plans can also be viewed at Theale Parish Council offices in the Recreation Ground, Englefield Road between 10 am and 2 pm Monday to Friday.

Comments can also be sent by post to the Chief Planning Officer, West Berkshire Council, Market Street, Newbury, RG14 5LD, or by email to planapps@westberks.gov.uk, quoting application number  12/00985/FULMAJ.

Theale Parish Council will be deciding on its comments on the proposal at its meeting at 7:30 pm on Monday 18th June. The meeting will be held in:

Peter Gooch Room
The Pavilion
Recreation Ground
Englefield Road
Theale

Alan Macro
Councillor for Theale
West Berkshire Council

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Thursday, 14 June 2012

IKEA and coach stop at Savacenter

One of the big concerns that local west Berkshire Council councillors had when considering the IKEA planning application was that the extra traffic caused by IKEA would get tangled up with coaches serving the Calcot coachway (as the coach stop at Savacenter is officially called). The coaches stop in the same lay-by as Reading buses. Quite often, the lay-by is full of buses and coaches, and arriving coaches block the junction. Councillors were assured that the coach stop would move to a site near M4 Junction 11 by next year, probably before IKEA was built.


However, I have just had the following information from the West Berkshire Council public transport officer:

- There is no definitive date as to when National Express may decide to move its coaches from Calcot to any transport interchange that may be provided at Mereoak, south of M4 Junction 11;

- The reason for this is that Wokingham Borough Council has not committed to the construction of the long-proposed Park-and-Ride site at Mereoak, which would incorporate a National Express stop;  

- My understanding from brief discussion with Wokingham Borough colleagues is that while Wokingham Borough owns the land in question - and notwithstanding Reading Borough Council's desire to see the Park &
Ride site provided - there are financial and other considerations which mean it is unlikely to be constructed in the short-term;   

- I note from recent media reports (see www.getreading.co.uk/news/s/2106952_first_safety_training_centre_plan_for_mereoak_lane_compound -) that a 4-year lease on the site, known as Mereoak Lane Compound, was granted in January to a training company, although this does not preclude future construction of the Park & Ride and National Express coach stop.

This means that local councillors fears will probably come true.

I feel that councillors, including myself, were misled.

Alan Macro
Councillor for Theale
West Berkshire Council

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Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Pleased to see that the grass has been cut on the Theale Bypass central reservation.

I was very pleased to see that the grass on the Theale bypass central reservation has been cut. I asked for this to be done nearly two months ago as I was concerned that it was causing a road safety danger. The tall grass was obscuring drivers' view of vehicles on the bypass/Hoad Way/Waterside Drive roundabout.

West Berkshire Council highways department do not appear to appreciate the danger.

Alan Macro
Councillor for Theale
West Berkshire Council

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Monday, 11 June 2012

No parking in Theale High St or Church St on the morning of July 11th

Advance Notice:

There will be no parking in the main part of the Theale High Street or Church  Street on the morning of July 11th. This is to clear the way for the Olympic Torch relay and spectators. There will be alternative parking provision in the part of the High Street between Woodfield Way and the M4.

Alan Macro
Councillor for Theale
West Berkshire Council

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Reported 2 blocked drains threatening flooding at Trinity Court, Theale, to West Berks Council

I noticed that Trinity Court was awash with rainwater while walking my dog this evening. This was caused by two completely blocked drains.

I have reported the blocked drains to West Berkshire Council at high priority. There is a danger that further heavy rain, as forecast, could flood the flats.

Alan Macro
Councillor for Theale
West Berkshire Council

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Saturday, 2 June 2012

Don't forget the Jubilee Big Lunch on Theale Rec Tomorrow

The Big Lunch and Jubilee Garden Party will take place on the Recreation Ground in Englefield Road tomorrow afternoon.

It will start at 12:30, following the Jubilee Service at Holy Trinity Church (which starts at 11:00 a.m.)

There will be a marquee, so don't worry about rain!

Please bring your own picnic, though there will be a barbecue.

The programme of events will be:

1:00 - 1:30 p.m. Fancy Dress Competition
1:30 - 3:30 p.m. Children's Country games
2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Pub Tug of War

There will also be:
  • Bouncy Castle
  • Strawberry Cream Teas
  • Rifle Range
  • Face Painting
  • Bookstall
Entry is free!