Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Please remember the station improvements consultation event this Thursday (26th)

Please remember the station improvements consultation event at Theale Station between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. this Thursday (26th).

The following poster will be displayed at the station and on the parish notice board:

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Roadworks in Theale High Street about to start

I received the following alert from roadworks.org today:

18 September — 16 October
Delays possible Traffic control (multi-way signals)
Works location: Junction High Street/Hoad Way To Outside 59 High Street
Works description: Construct Approx 30m, 2way Pvc Duct From Existing F5 Chamber Ref:B1 Proposed F4 Chamber Ref:B2
Responsibility for works: Vodafone Group
Current status: Planned work about to start

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Oil thefts from Theale Village Hall - question to Chief Constable

The Chief Constable of Thames Valley will be making a presentation and answering questions before the meeting of West Berkshire Council on 19th September. I have submitted the following question to her:

The village hall in Theale has recently suffered from a series of heating oil thefts. This is the second time in two years that such a series of oil thefts has occurred and this is threatening the financial viability of the hall. The initial theft in the recent series was witnessed. A description of suspects, and the description and registration number of suspect vehicle of an unusual colour, was given to the police over the phone. Police investigation of this second series of thefts has been hampered by:
  • The police officer who responded to the first theft being reluctant to take away evidence in his police vehicle. He also disputed the value of some of the evidence, contradicting advice from scene of crime officers given after last year’s thefts
  • A problem with crime reporting that led to a lack of continuity in investigating the thefts, despite the same modus operandi being used at the same premises within a few days. Each instance was investigated by a separate officer and  initially regarded as a separate crime
  • One of the instances being investigated by a recently recruited PCSO
  • No statement being taken
Could the chief constable please tell me what action has been taken to address the deficiencies in dealing with this crime, which was being investigated under the PCC’s rural crime initiative?

Saturday, 7 September 2013

Updated: Consultation event for Theale Station improvements

An event to consult on the plans for improving Theale Station will be held in the station car park on 26th September. The event will start at 4 pm and go on until 8 pm.

Plans for the proposed improvements will be on display in a large vehicle parked in the car park. The proposed improvements include:

  • A new footbridge server by lifts to make the station accessible to all
  • A new booking office
  • A retail/food unit

The timing of the event is to allow users of the station to view the proposals on their way home, when they will have more time.

Update 10th September: Finishing time corrected to be 8pm