Thursday, 29 November 2012

Q Tel have compostable liners for food waste caddies in stock

West Berkshire Council have stopped giving out free liners for the food waste caddies that they supplied to households

The Veolia website gives the names of shops where you can buy the liners. The only one mentioned in the Theale area is Sainsburys Calcot (Savacenter). However, I couldn't find any when I checked the other evening.

I checked with Q Tel in Theale High Street this morning. They have compostable liners in stock. They cost £1.49 for a roll of ten liners. This compares with £9-29 for three rolls of 25 liners from the online store that the Veolia page links to.


Alan Macro
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West Berkshire Council

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Monday, 26 November 2012

Sainsburys taking IKEA Calcot planning permission to judicial review

Sainsburys are taking the planning permission granted by West Berkshire Council for the proposed IKEA store at Calcot to judicial review.

Sainsburys had expressed concerns to the council about the extra traffic generated by IKEA causing traffic to back up into the Sainsburys car park. They had asked for detectors to be placed in their car park exit. If these detectors detected traffic backing up, Sainsburys wanted the detectors to change the traffic light phasing to clear their car park. Modelling by the council's highways department showed that this would cause unacceptable delays on the A4. The council therefore refused Sainsburys request and it was not included in the plans that were approved.

If Sainsburys wins the judicial review then it is likely to put the whole IKEA plan back in the melting pot.


Alan Macro
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West Berkshire Council

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Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Major improvements planned for Theale Station

A successful "Access for All" bid to provide disabled access to Theale Station was announced several months ago. Now, successful bids to the "Local Sustainable Transport Fund" and "National Station Improvement Programme" fund have meant that further improvements can be made. The plans are for:
  • A new footbridge, with new stairs from the car park and and Newbury-bound platform. Lack of space means that there will probably not be stairs from this bridge to the Reading-bound platform
  • Lifts from the car park and serving the two permanent platforms. It has not yet been decided whether the temporary platform on the freight loop line will become permanent
  • A new two-window booking office. This will probably be a "modular" building
  • Public toilets.
The new bridge and lifts will be at the Reading end of the station.

It is hoped that these improvements will be provided by next summer.

The "fly in the ointment" is that the lifts will probably only be operational while the station is manned and First Great Western have not committed to extend the time that that the booking office is open.

Alan Macro
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West Berkshire Council

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Sunday, 11 November 2012

A beautiful day for the Remembrance Day ceremony in Theale!

What a beautiful day for the Remembrance Day ceremony in Theale!

Parish councillors from Theale and Holybrook led the parade through the High Street to the church.

The church was absolutely packed. Every seat in the main body of the church and in the gallery were taken. Cubs, scouts, brownies army cadets and St John's cadets were sitting in the choir. The choir were sitting in the sanctuary.

The service moved outside for the final part of the service, as there was a surprise. The surprise was a fly-past by an RAF Chinook helicopter. One hymn and the national anthem were sung outside, accompanied by a trumpet played by a young lady.

The young lady also played the last post and reveille before and after the two minutes silence.

I always find the reading of the names of the Theale fallen very evocative, particularly the names of the three Herberts and two Davies who died in the First World War.

Wreaths were laid by the Church, the two parish councils, by me, the police, army cadets, scouts, cubs, brownies, St John's and by Maurice Smith. Maurice was a guardsman who served in the second world war and wore his guardsman's dress uniform and a chestful of medals

A Gurkha in uniform also attended the parade.

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West Berkshire Council

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Thursday, 8 November 2012

Ground surface at gateway into North St playing field repaired

The surface of the gateway into the North Street playing field in Englefield Road, Theale, has now been repaired. The ground in the gateway had subsided several inches and has now been made good.

I was told by a resident during my Saturday morning walk-about in Theale High Street that a lady had fallen in the gateway. I therefore asked Theale Parish Council to repair it as a matter of urgency.

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West Berkshire Council

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