Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Two new modular classrooms being installed at Theale Primary School today

Two new modular classrooms are being installed at Theale Primary School. Installation was scheduled to be completed today but is running late (one classroom had not even been delivered when I checked at 5 p.m.)

The classrooms are to enable the school's intake to be increased from 30 to 45 pupils per year. This will ensure that all Theale children who are starting school can attend the school.

The project has been started rather late by West Berkshire Council so the classrooms will not be usable at the start of term. Children will have to be accommodated in non-teaching rooms for a few weeks.

Alan Macro
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West Berkshire Council

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Roadworks in Church St, Theale, are to connect two gas mains

The roadworks outside the entrance to Theale Green School, in Church Street Theale, are to connect two gas mains. The pressure in one of the mains is too low and the connection is to correct this.

Alan Macro
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West Berkshire Council

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Friday, 24 August 2012

Gas mains in Theale High Street to be replaced this autumn

A gas main runs down each side of the High Street. Southern Gas Networks are planning to replace these mains this autumn. They have told West Berkshire Council that they are planning to start on September 3rd and finish on 3rd December. The start date is now looking rather optimistic!

They may be able to insert the new pipes through the old. If so, this will significantly reduce the amount of digging they have to do. They would still need to excavate a hole outside each building with gas supplies to re-connect it, though.

I am very concerned about the disruption caused to the shops and businesses. I have asked West Berkshire Council to look at various options for temporary car parking.

I will post news on this here as soon as I receive it.

Alan Macro
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West Berkshire Council

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End of Blossom Lane to be closed for one day on 5th September

The part of Blossom Lane between numbers 39 and 41 will be closed for one day for resurfacing on 5th September. This is the country lane beyond the entrance to the old sewage works. The main part of the lane, between the sewage works and Crown Lane, will remain open.

Please note that the road sign advising of the closure has the wrong date. I have informed the relevant officer at west Berkshire Council of this.

Alan Macro
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West Berkshire Council

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Tuesday, 21 August 2012

A340 to be closed at M4 overbridge between Theale and Tidmarsh 9pm-6am 28-30 Aug

The A340 is to be closed at the M4 overbridge between Theale and Tidmarsh between 9pm and 6am from 28th to 30th August. This for repairs to be made to the bridge.

The suggested alternative route is via Bradfield and involves minor country lanes. This route is not suitable for heavy goods vehicles. The other alternative route is through Tilehurst, but this has a 7.5 tonne weight limit.

There will be a further closure, for resurfacing the bridge, later this year.

Alan Macro
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West Berkshire Council

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Thursday, 16 August 2012

Parking in Crown Lane to be suspended from 22nd to 24th August

I have just been informed that parking in Crown Lane is to be suspended from 22nd to 24th August, inclusive.

This is to allow the drainage system to be jetted and for investigation of the drainage system by CCTV cameras to be carried out.

The purpose is to investigate the reasons for the recent flooding of the road.

Alan Macro
Councillor for Theale
West Berkshire Council

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Thursday, 9 August 2012

Please watch out for travellers trying to enter land in Theale

It was noticed today that the security gates protecting Theale Parish Council's playing fields in North Street had been interfered with, making them insecure. It is suspected that travellers had done this to allow them entry onto the fields. Travellers moved onto a site in Newbury in the last couple of days.

One of the parish councillors has arranged for a skip to be put into the entrance to try to prevent unauthorised entry. He also warned Great Western Trains, as the height restrictors at the station were not in place.

If you see anyone suspicious trying to drive a vehicle onto any of the playing fields, or other open land in Theale, then please call the police on 101 and quote incident number FP4098805-12.

Alan Macro
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West Berkshire Council

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Monday, 6 August 2012

Audi stolen from Meadow Way

I received the following message from Thames valley police this morning:

Sometime between the 4th and 5th August a silver Audi was stolen from outside a property in Meadow Way, Theale.  It was later found in Theale High Street on the 5th August (URN 1165 of 05.08.12).  If you have any information about this incident please contact the Police on 101 and quote the URN number and date.

Please contact the police on the non-emergency number (101) if you have any information.

Please also ensure that your car is locked when left outside your house and that your car keys are not left near your front door (where they could be fished for by a thief).

Alan Macro
Councillor for Theale
West Berkshire Council

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West Berkshire Council did not need to close its youth clubs

West Berkshire Council's Overview and Scrutiny Committee was told last week that it could not keep its youth clubs open because there was no money. However, the council took £1.5M more from the taxpayer last year than they needed to cover their spending on services. The Conservatives would have needed to spend only a small part of this to keep the youth clubs open.

The committee was also told that the council is not monitoring youth clubs run by volunteers. How can parents be confident that clubs are being run by suitable people?

Councillor Alan Macro

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