Friday, 28 September 2012

Church Street resurfacing postponed yet again!

The much needed "machine patching" of Church Street between its junctions with Englefield Road and Crown Lane has been postponed yet again! It has already been postponed twice: once because of works by the gas company in Station Road, then because of the bad weather last weekend. Now, West Berkshire Council has belatedly realised the road at the corner of Station road will be dug up as part of the work to replace the gas mains in the High Street.

This also means that this section of Church Street will therefore not be closed to traffic this Sunday (30th September).

The council has asked Southern Gas Networks to change their schedule so that the work at the High Street/Station Road junction is done before the main part of the High Street. Once this is done, the council will then be able to get on with the resurfacing.

The resurfacing needs to be done urgently as the potholes in this stretch are a danger to cyclists.

Alan Macro
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West Berkshire Council

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Friday, 21 September 2012

Updated: Church Street resurfacing postponed again!

The re-surfacing of the stretch of Church Street between the junctions with Englefield Road and Crown Lane has been postponed again. It was scheduled for this Sunday, 23rd September. There is a bad weather forecast for that day, so the work has been postponed until 30th September/7th October.

Let's hope that's the last postponement!

This stretch of Church Street will therefore not be temporarily closed this Sunday.

I am checking whether the re-routing of the buses (to avoid the road closure) has been changed.

Update: Jetblack 1 bus will run normally through Theale on Sunday 23rd September:

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Thursday, 20 September 2012

Heating oil stolen from Theale Village Hall


Theale's Parish Clerk has discovered that what she thought was fly tipping of large plastic containers in the recreation ground was actually a case of thieves bringing their equipment to the site in order to return later and steal heating oil from the Village Hall tank.

When she spotted the first containers to be ‘fly tipped’ she had them removed almost immediately by the Neighbourhood Wardens. However, the thieves have still managed to steal almost £2,000 worth of oil. The theft has been reported to the police. 

Security of the area will be discussed at the Village Hall meeting on Monday evening.

If you see containers anywhere that look like they could be used for such a theft, then please alert the police by phoning 101.

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West Berkshire Council

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Updated: Container in Theale High Street to be moved today

After pressure from me, Southern Gas Networks have promised to move the container that has been parked outside 85-89 High Street today. The container is used to securely store equipment used in the gas main replacement project. It was originally intended to be put in the gated-off section but there was a problem unlocking the gate. The container is scheduled to be craned into that section today.

Update: The container had been moved by the afternoon (20th September)

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Monday, 17 September 2012

Postponed Church Street road repairs to go ahead on 23rd September

The works to "machine patch" the stretch of Church Street between Englefield Road and Station Road will go ahead this Sunday, 23rd September.

There repairs are much needed as they will repair potholes that are dangerous for cyclists and could cause damage to vehicles.

The works were postponed in July because the gas company were carrying out investigation work in station Road around the same date.

Church Street will need to be closed while this work is carried out.

Update 21st September: the resurfacing/temporary closure has been postponed until 30th September/7th October because of a bad weather forecast.

Alan Macro
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West Berkshire Council

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Saturday, 15 September 2012

Reported 5 road and footway defects to West Berks Council today

I often find things to report to the council while walking around Theale. These can be anything from potholes to overflowing litter or dog bins.

On my regular Theale High Street walk-about today I surpassed myself! I reported five problems with the road or footway. The latter included defects outside the dentist and King Wok that cause trip hazards to pedestrians.

Alan Macro
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West Berkshire Council

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Sunday, 2 September 2012

Latest on Theale High Street gas main replacement project

I met the Southern Gas Network manager responsible for the replacement of gas mains in Theale High Street yesterday (Saturday 1st September). The project is part of a programme to replace all steel gas mains with plastic ones.

No labour is available to start work tomorrow (3rd September), the original start date, so the start is likely to be postponed until 10th September. However, if labour becomes available work could start earlier.

The first section to be worked on is that between the M4 and Woodfield Way. This will require excavation across the road and footpath to connect to the gas pressure station just beyond the last house. The gated off area will be used for compounds to store equipment and materials.

A public meeting to inform affected residents and businesses will be held before work starts in the main part of the High Street.

The work is to replace two steel gas mains on the south side of the street with plastic ones. There is also a gas main on the north side of the street, but this is not being replaced in this project. The new plastic mains will be pushed through the old ones. This is to minimise disruption.

The main nearest the footway will require a hole to be dug about every 40-50 metres to access the old pipe. An area in the parking bays of about this length will also be required to store and weld the new pipes. Holes will also have to be dug to re-connect each property that has a gas supply. Steel gas pipes to properties will also be replaced. Properties should not have their gas cut off for more than 8 or 9 hours.

SGN are planning to insert the new pipe in the other main, for the complete length of the main part of the High Street, in one operation. Pushing such a length involving this diameter pipe (250mm) has not been done before.

Inter-connections at the Hoad Way and Station Road junctions will required holes to be dug. It may be necessary to control traffic with temporary traffic lights while this is going on.

The project schedule extends to 3rd December, but this includes contingency. It is hoped that it will be finished before the Christmas Lights event on the evening of 1st December.

Alan Macro
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West Berkshire Council

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