Thursday, 18 December 2014

Presented the petition to make it safer for children crossing roads to get to #Theale Primary School to the #WestBerks Council's Executive meeting this evening

I presented the petition to make it safer for children crossing roads to get to Theale Primary School to the WestBerks Council's Executive meeting this evening. It had 138 signatures. Thank you to everyone for signing it!

Alan Macro
Councillor for Theale









Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Please sign petition to Improve Safety for ‪#‎Theale‬ Primary Schoolchildren Crossing Roads to get to School

Please sign my petiton to Improve Safety for ‪#‎Theale‬ Primary Schoolchildren Crossing Roads to get to School:

We, the undersigned, petition the Council to Improve Safety for Theale Primary Schoolchildren Crossing Roads to get to School

We call upon West Berkshire Council to improve road safety for schoolchildren crossing Church Street and Englefield Road to get to and from Theale C of E Primary School by imposing 20MPH limits past the school accesses and:
  • Install speed tables on the crossings, and
  • Employ school crossing patrols (lollipop persons) or
  • Install traffic-light controlled crossings
//decisionmaking.westberks.gov.uk/mgEPetitionDisplay.aspx?id=50

Alan Macro
Councillor for Theale
www.theale.org.uk

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Petition raised for improving safety for children crossing roads to get to #Theale Primary School

Collected almost 60 signatures asking for improved safety for children crossing roads to get to #Theale Primary School today. I will be collecting more signatures at the Englefield Road entrance tomorrow at around 3pm

Alan Macro
Councillor for Theale
www.theale.org.uk

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Motorbike stolen from garden shed in Meadow Way

Meadow Way, Theale,  9th December 01:30-07:30 – Overnight on Tuesday a garage at the end of the garden has been broken into and a motor bike stolen.

www.neighbourhoodalert.co.uk/da/95672

Sunday, 7 December 2014

Planning committee to decide proposal for 27 retirement flats behind #Theale High Street Wednesday evening

Planning application 14/02110/FULEXT to build 27 retirement flats on the land behind 40-58 High Street will be heard by the Eastern Area Planning Committee on Wednesday evening (10th December)..

People who object to the plan will be able to speak at the committee meeting for a total of five minutes. Anyone who wants to speak needs to inform the Council's planning department on 01635 519111 before 4pm on Tuesday 9th December.

The meeting will start at 6:30pm and will be held at:

The Calcot Centre
Highview (off Royal Avenue)
Calcot
RG31 4XD

This application is the first one on the agenda.

The plans for the application can be viewed by clicking here.

Alan Macro
Councillor for Theale
West Berkshire Council
www.theale.org.uk

New plan for IKEA Calcot store received

West Berkshire Council has now received the new plan for the proposed IKEA store in Pincents Lane, Calcot. The proposal is now for a two-storey store, rather than the original three-storey one.

This is how they think that the store will appear from Theale after planned trees have been growing for 15 years:


The application number is 14/03032/COMIND.

The full set of plans can be viewed here.

Alan Macro
Councillor for Theale
West Berkshire Council


Thursday, 4 December 2014

No buses through #Theale after 3pm Sat - use temp bus stop at station

No buses through #Theale after 3pm Sat - use temp bus stop at station instead

Theale High Street will be closed 3pm to 11pm on Saturday 6th December for the Christmas Lights Event. Buses will divert via Brunel Road and call at a temporary bus stop opposite Theale station. Bus stops in the High Street, Church Street and The Green will not be served by buses after 3pm


Alan Macro
Councillor for Theale
West Berkshire Council

Saturday, 29 November 2014

Marked dog fouling in Blossom Avenue and Crown Lane today after residents' complaints.

Marked dog fouling in Blossom Avenue and Crown Lane, #Theale, today after residents' complaints. The blue marking will help people avoid the fouling and may shame the dog's owners.

Friday, 28 November 2014

Site visit for planning application for 27 retirement homes behind Theale High Street Wed 3rd December

The Eastern Area Planning Committee will be making a site visit to the site behind 40 to 58 High Street at about 10:10 am on Wednesday 3rd December (the time is not exact because the committee will be visiting another site before this one).

The visit is for committee members to see the site, its location and its relationships to other buildings. There will be an opportunity for residents to point issues out.

The application will almost certainly be decided by the Committee at its meeting on 10th December. This will be held at the Calcot Centre in Highview (off Royal Avenue). The meeting will start at 6:30 p.m.

The application number is 14/02110/FULEXT and plans for the application can be viewed at http://publicaccess.westberks.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=externalDocuments&keyVal=NAWRUARD04Z00 (click on the Documents tab).

Alan Macro
Councillor for Theale
West Berkshire Council
www.theale.org.uk







Thursday, 27 November 2014

Theale Primary PTA Xmas Fayre Friday 5th December, 3:30pm




My letter about changed IKEA plans published in today's Reading Chronicle

Dear Editor,

I was interested in your story that IKEA will soon be submitting a planning application for a smaller, two-story, store in Calcot (Chronicle, 20th November). The previous plan was for a three-story store that was 60 feet high. This would have been clearly visible to many homes in Theale. I therefore hope that the latest plan will be for a store that is less visually intrusive.

There is much concern in Theale and Calcot over the traffic that will be attracted to an IKEA store and the congestion this may cause. I therefore hope that a smaller store will not be used as an excuse by IKEA for reducing their contribution towards road improvements.

--
Kind Regards,

Alan Macro
Councillor for Theale
West Berkshire Council

Saturday, 22 November 2014

#Theale Co-op closed from Monday for 9 days for refurbishment

Please remember that the Co-op in Theale will be closed from Monday (24th November) for refurbishment.

It is due to re-open on 4th December.

Alan Macro
Councillor for Theale
www.theale.org.uk

Friday, 21 November 2014

M4 J3-12 "Smart Motorway" project exhibition in Theale Village Hall

Visited the M4 J3-12 "Smart Motorway" project exhibition in Theale Village Hall.

A few of the interesting things I found out:
  • Lanes one (currently the hard shoulder) and four will be surfaced in noise-reducing asphalt throughout from J3 to west of J12. All lanes on the eastbound carriageway will be surfaced in this material from west of J12 through the junction. This will result in a small reduction in traffic noise affecting the Woodfield Way area. There are to be NO noise reduction fences near Theale, though.
  • No increase in air pollution caused by traffic is expected in Theale
  • There will still be three lanes through J12. There will be four lanes all the way from J12 to J10 and from J10 to J4B, making use of the current hard shoulder.
  • It is proposed to have just two Emergency Refuge Areas (laybys for emergency use) eastbound between J12 and J11 and three westbound.
  • Broken-down vehicles will be detected by a mixture of wire loops in the road and radar, triggering an automatic 40MPH speed limit and alerting monitoring officers in the control centre.
  • Work is expected to start from the Theale (J12) end in 2016 and then work eastwards.
Alan Macro
Councillor for Theale

Story published in Newbury Weekly News with my concerns about effect on Theale of nuclear submarine dismantling project

A story has been published in this week's Newbury Weekly News with a quote from me on the possible effects on Theale if AWE Aldermaston is selected for this project. You can read the story here.

The project is to dismantle unused British nuclear submarines (17 at the moment) and to store the resulting intermediate nuclear waste until at least the 2040s. The waste would have to be transported from the place where the submarines are dismantled to the site selected for storage. If AWE Aldermaston is selected, the waste may be transported along the Theale bypass.

Alan Macro
Councillor for Theale
www.theale.org.uk

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Consultation on proposals for use of AWE sites for nuclear submarine dismantling project

The Atomic Weapons Establishment sites at Aldermaston and Burghfield are two of the sites being considered for the Submarine Dismantling Project (SDP). This project is to dismantle de-commissioned nuclear submarines. This may be for the long-term storage of the intermediate radioactive waste comprising the  components from reactors dismantled elsewhere. It may also include the dismantling itself. The waste would have to be stored until at least the 2040s.

There are currently 19 disused British nuclear submarines awaiting dismantling. 

More information on the SDP can be found at www.gov.uk/government/news/sites-for-submarine-dismantling-consultations-confirmed.

Consultations events are being held in our area as follows:

Dates scheduled for public events near Aldermaston are:
  • Monday 17th November 2014                                    AWE Sports and Social Club
  • Saturday 22nd November                                           Community Centre Tadley
  • Friday 23rd January                                                    Community Centre Tadley

Dates scheduled for public events near Burghfield are:
  • Tuesday 18th November                                             Common Village Hall
  • Thursday 20th November                                            Community Sports Association
  • Thursday 22nd January                                               Community Sports Association


The Community Sports Association is what was previously known as the Civil Service Association and is near AWE Burghfield.

There are also a series of workshops where you can discuss the proposals. You will need to book a place using this booking form if you want to attend a workshop. You don't need to register for the exhibitions.

Alan Macro
Councillor for Theale
West Berkshire Council
www.theale.org.uk

Monday, 17 November 2014

Updated: Consultation exhibition at #Theale Village Hall for M4 J3-J12 Smart Motorway Project

An exhibition of the proposals for the son-called M4 Smart Motorway Project will be held in Theale Village hall on Friday 21st November between 2pm and 8pm. The exhibition is part of the consultation that the Highways Agency are carrying out on the scheme.





The proposed scheme will convert approximately 32 miles of the existing M4 from junction 3 (Hayes) to junction 12 (Theale) to a smart motorway.

The key changes that you will see on the M4 are:
• Hard shoulder will be permanently converted to a running lane
• Provision of emergency refuge areas
• Signs and signals providing information about speed limits, travel conditions and any lane closures
• The replacement and widening of some bridges

I you cannot attend the exhibition, you can see details of the scheme at https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/372310/S140566_M4_junction3_to_12_consultation_brochure__for_web_-_final_.pdf

You can take part in the consultation by taking part in the on-line survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/M2RQKTZ


Alan Macro
Councillor for Theale
West Berkshire Council
www.theale.org.uk


Thursday, 13 November 2014

IKEA about to submit new planning application for a smaller store at Calcot, near Theale

I received a letter this morning saying that IKEA are about to put in a new planning application for their site in Pincents Lane, Calcot:



IKEA announced in August that they were now intending to build a smaller, two-storey, store rather than the three-storey store that they got planning permission for in 2012.

On the face of it, reducing the height should reduce its visual impact on Theale. What is not clear however, is whether IKEA expect fewer customer visits to the store. If there will be fewer customers, it should mean less traffic of course.

Alan Macro
Councillor for Theale
West Berkshire Council

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Evening bus service between Reading and Theale

As an experiment, there is an evening bus service between Theale and Reading on weekdays and Saturdays. They terminate at the stop in The Green

Buses leave Reading Station at 21:00, 22:00 and 23:00 and return from The Green at 21:30, 22:30 and 23:30, calling at The Crown two minutes later. 

This service is an experiment and we will lose it if we don't use ir.

Alan Macro
Councillor for Theale

Sunday, 2 November 2014

Decision by #WestBerks Council on which sites to be allocated for housing delayed

West Berkshire Council consulted on almost 40 sites as its"preferred options" for housing over the summer. The sites consulted included four sites in Theale:


Potential housing sites consulted on for Theale

It was scheduled to make the final decision on the sites to be allocated, after taking account of the consultation, at a Council meeting in December.

However, there were so many responses to the consultation that the decision has now been delayed.

There were some 8,500 individual comments from about 4,500 people. About 18,500 separate "points" were made in those comments. Only about half of the comments have been initially processed so far and work on investigating the individual points has not yet started.

Therefore  residents will not know for some time which sites around Theale will be allocated for housing.

Alan Macro
Councillor for Theale

Disappointed that #WestBerks Council decisions on housing sites will be held behind closed doors

I am disappointed that decisions on which of the "preferred option" housing sites will be approved for allocation, including the four in Theale, will be made behind closed doors.

The decision on which sites should go to consultation was formally made by a meeting of West Berkshire Council in the early summer. However, this "rubber stamped" recommendations made by the Planning Policy Task Group, which meets in private and whose minutes are confidential. This meant that residents were not aware of the reasons why particular sites were selected.

I was not happy with this and proposed that the decision on which of the sites consulted on should be approved for allocation should be made by a Council committee in public. However, this proposal was voted down by Conservative councillors at a special meeting last Thursday.

This means that the discussions and decisions on the sites to be allocated will continue to be made behind closed doors.

Alan Macro
Councillor for Theale

Monday, 27 October 2014

Work about to begin on pedestrian refuge on the A4 near Wigmore Lane, #Theale

I am pleased to see that work is about to begin on the pedestrian refuge on the A4 near the end of Wigmore Lane, Theale.



The refuge will make it much easier for Wigmore Lane residents to cross the A4 to get to Theale village or the bus stop. The work is being done as a result of the petition I raised a few months ago.

Alan Macro
Councillor for Theale


Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Graffiti cleaned off #Theale Church, then it was graffitied again

The graffiti in the archway under the tower of Holy Trinity Church was cleaned off, and the walls painted, on Friday. More graffiti was then written on the newly painted walls on Friday afternoon:


If you saw anyone acting suspiciously around the church at that time, please inform the police on 101.

Alan Macro
Councillor for Theale

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Building of 30 flats on Trafalgar Court site in Play Platt, #Theale, starts in earnest

A tower crane has now been erected on the old Trafalgar Court site in Play Platt, Theale:


This should mean that building work is now starting in earnest. Many residents in Englefield Road thought that the foundations were being put in in the wrong place as they were much closer to their back garden fences that the plans suggested. The West Berkshire Council Planning Enforcement Officer investigated at my request and found that they were in the correct position in relation to the houses. He said that the plans did not show the correct position of the fences.

Alan Macro
Councillor for Theale

Start made on improving disabled access to Holy Trinity Church, #Theale

The handrails on the first slight of steps have now been extended:


They used to stop before the top step was reached.

The top flight does not have any handrails at all. Handrails will soon be installed, however, thanks to a grant I got from West Berkshire Council.

Alan Macro
Councillor For Theale


Sorry, no #Theale High Street walk-about today. Alan Macro will be on a training course

Sorry, but I will not be doing my regular Theale High Street walk-about today. I will be on a training course in Reading.

Alan Macro
Councillor for Theale

Friday, 17 October 2014

What has happened to the planning application for 6 flats in St Ives Close, #Theale

I hadn't heard anything for a while about planning application 14/00549/FULD to build a block of six flats on the old Le Claire Precision/Not Just Cleaning site in St Ives Close. A resident said that he had not been able to find it on the West Berkshire Council. I couldn't find it, either. I therefore asked the Eastern Team Leader in the Council's Planning Department about the application. He has replied that the application was ruled invalid and there is no current application for the site.

Alan Macro
Councillor for Theale

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Six new apprenticeship posts announced by #WestBerks Council

Date: 14 October 2014


Six new apprenticeship posts announced


The autumn round of apprentice recruitment has been launched by West Berkshire Council. The council works in partnership with West Berkshire Training Consortium (WBTC) to help apprentices achieve an Intermediate Apprenticeship award during their year in employment.

Alan Law, West Berkshire's Executive Councillor for Human Resources,  said: "I'm delighted by the continued success of West Berkshire's apprenticeship scheme. Our scheme is a great way to earn while learning and get young people on the ladder to real career opportunities."

The apprenticeships on offer are for the roles of:

Parking officer;
Activity worker;
Trading Standards Administrator;
Library Assistant;
Waste Management;
Licensing Administrator.

Visit www.westberks.gov.uk/apprenticeships for further information and details on how to apply.
Applicants are advised to search using the term ‘Apprentice’ in the keyword section on the West Berkshire Council vacancy home page.

From October 1 2014, apprentices will receive the National Minimum Wage; £3.79 per hour if under 18, increasing to £5.13 per hour if aged 18 to 20 years old.

Please note due to government funding restrictions, West Berkshire Council will only accept applications from those aged 16 - 19 years old on the start date of apprenticeship.
WBTC can provide applicants with advice and guidance on:
1.     How to apply on line
2.     The best way to present your skills and experience
3.     What is involved in a West Berkshire Council Apprenticeship
4.     How to prepare if you get an interview with West Berkshire Council
 Contact Jaskiran at WBTC on 01635 35975 or email her on Jaskiran@wbtc-uk.com to arrange.

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Expressed concern to Lloyds about #Theale Pharmacy

There were long queues in Theale Pharmacy again yesterday.




The queue got up to nine people while I was there and three people turned away. One lady had been waiting half an hour.

Things work well when the regular pharmacist and staff are present but do not work well when temporary staff are on duty. This was the situation yesterday.

I am concerned about the effect that the poor service is having on Theale residents. I am also very concerned that customers who have transport may instead choose to go to the pharmacy at Sainsburys to avoid the queues. This could put the future of Theale Pharmacy at risk. If it closed then people who do not have transport would be put in difficulties.

I therefore called Customer Services at Lloyds to express these concerns.

Alan Macro
Councillor for Theale

Saturday, 11 October 2014

A #Theale resident asked why one pothole in his road was filled, but not the one next to it!

I did a resident's survey in The Crescent in Theale this evening. One resident replied to the question on potholes as following:

"why did they fill one hole outside our house and left the one next to it"

I expect that we have all wondered that!

The following is a set of potholes in The Crescent that I reported this evening:


Alan Macro
Councillor for Theale

#Theale police station to be sold

Thames Valley Police have announced that the closed Theale Police Station is to be sold. A story in the Reading Chronicle says that the closure will save £24,000 per year, which seems unlikely given the size of this modest building. 


The station was closed several years ago and has been used since by the TVP property department.The building is sandwiched between Theale Library and the main entrance to Theale Green School, so the possible future uses for the building must be limited.


What is annoying is that there have been several community uses proposed for the building over the years:
  • new office for Theale Parish Council 
  • more room for the extension to Theale Library and car park
  • base for the neighbourhood police team and neighbourhood wardens
However, the police refused to release the building.

Alan Macro
Councillor for Theale




New bin in green area at end of Mulberry Way, #Theale

A new litter bin has been installed by the Council on the green area at the end of Mulberry Way.

I have had several complaints about the dog waste bins alongside the footpath that leads from Station Road to the end of Mulberry Way being full. I have often encountered this problem with these bins myself, also the one at the end of Volunteer Road. I therefore asked for an additional bin to be be provided in this area. West Berks Council have therefore installed this bin near the end of Mulberry Way:


Litter bins, including this one, can be used for disposing of bagged dog waste as well as litter.

Alan Macro
Councillor for Theale

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Consultation event NOW for new rail unloading and concrete plants in Wigmore Lane, #Theale

A consultation event is currently taking place describing Hope Cement's proposals for new facilities to import aggregate by train, and for making concrete, at its depot in Wigmore Lane, Theale.

Some of the information dispalyed at the event can be viewed at:

http://www.fairhurst.co.uk/public_consultation/Theale_.shtml

The unloading of trains and movement of aggregate around the depot will be done by tractor shovel. I have therefor asked them to provide dust supresion equipment.

The event will be open until 7pm this evening (8th October)

Alan Macro
Councillor for Theale 

Saturday, 4 October 2014

Planning application for 27 retirement homes behind #Theale High Street to be decided by planning committee

I have "called in" planning application 14/02110/FULEXT to be decided by West Berkshire Council's Eastern Area Planning Committee, rather than by planning officers. The application is to build 27 retirement homes behind 40 to 58 High Street, Theale. This is the land behind Kaya's (the old Cumbers butcher's shop), Lloyds Bank, Courts Newsagent, etc.


I have done this because of concerns raised by residents and parish councillors at the recent special meeting of Theale Parish Council. This meeting was called to discuss this application.

You can view plans and documents about this application here.

Alan Macro
Councillor for Theale
West Berkshire Council

Planning application for 7 houses at end of St Ives Close, #Theale, to be withdrawn?

The West Berkshire Council planning officer dealing with planning application 14/02195/OUTD to build 7 houses on land at the end of St Ives Close has advised the applicants to withdraw it.

He told them that the application is contrary to policy because it it is outside the current settlement boundary. He is also concerned about the effect on the "amenity space" (garden) of an existing house at the end of the close




The officer advised the applicant to withdraw the application and that his recommendation was likely to be that the application be refused.

The email to the applicant can be viewed here.

It often advantageous for an applicant to with draw an application rather than have it refused.

Alan Macro
Councillor for Theale


Friday, 3 October 2014

Delighted that my bid for a grant to improve disabled access to Holy Trinity Church, #Theale, was granted

Access to Holy Trinity Church for those have difficulty climbing steps is difficult as they have to climb two flights of worn stone steps. There are handrails for the bottom set, but these stop short of the top step:


There are no handrails at all for the top step:


The Church has a project to extend the handrails for the bottom steps and to provide handrails for the top steps. The new handrails will be in the same style as the existing ones. A grant to help pay for them was agreed by the Dr Ellerton Trust. However, this still left about £1,500 to find. I therefore made a "member's bid" to West Berkshire Council to make up the difference. I am delighted to tell you that this has been agreed.

Alan Macro
Councillor for Theale


Position of new flats being built at end of Play Platt, Theale

I had a complaint about a month ago that these flats were being built much closer to the back gardens of properties in Englefield Road than suggested on the plans.

The 30 flats are being built for Sovereign Housing Association and will accommodate people over 55 years old. They are being built on the site of the old Trafalgar Court care home, which has been demolished.

I asked the West Berkshire Council Planning Enforcement Officer to investigate. He made several visits to the site and discussed the situation with the developers and with the Planning Officer who dealt with the planning application. After taking several measurements he came to the conclusion that the flats were being built in the correct location. His main concern was their location in relation to the surrounding houses. It appears that either the plans submitted with the planning application were not correct regarding the rear boundaries of the gardens or that the gardens had been "extended". The latter seems unlikely!

Alan Macro
Councillor for Theale
West Berkshire Council
www.theale.org.uk

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Thursday, 2 October 2014

Just took part in  the Ice Bucket Challenge to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Relief


I am going to nominate Julian Swift Hook, Lib Dem Councillor for Greenham, to take part.

Alan Macro
Councillor for Theale
West Berkshire Council
www.theale.org.uk

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Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Proposed development of Theale Cement Depot - consultation event

Hope Construction Materials are holding a consultation event for residents to find out about their plans for their site. The event will be held at their depot in Wigmore Lane, Theale, between 4pm and 7pm on 8th October. They are proposing:
  • a concrete batching plant
  • importation of aggregates by rail
  • storage space
  • research laboratory
  • staff and vehicle parking
This is their letter to residents:



Tuesday, 30 September 2014

New Theale station building and lifts delayed



Although the new station building is almost complete (it just needs services connected) it won't be opened until the new footbridge and lifts are in use. Work on the these has been delayed by unexpected work required to diver a major surface water sewer.Look at the size of the pipes they had to put in:

 
Work on the new bridge and lifts is now scheduled to start in October and be completed in July 2015.

The new building has been built close to where the lifts will be and is some distance from the existing footbridge. The existing booking office will therefore continue to be used until the lifts are ready for use.
Alan Macro
Councillor for Theale
West Berkshire Council
www.theale.org.uk

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Monday, 22 September 2014

Please be considerate of residents when parking near Theale schools

Theale Church of England School has sent the following email to parents and carers of their pupils today:

Dear Parent/Carer

We have had further complaints today from residents in other roads in the village about parents parking across driveways, preventing people from leaving their properties.

Please ensure that when parking you are considerate and do not block driveways and garages.

Thank you



Theale CE Primary School
Church Street
Theale
Reading
RG7 5BZ
Tel: 0118 9302239


I have had many similar complaints in the past from residents who live near Theale Green School. 

If you are a parent or a carer of a child at one of our schools, please be considerate of residents when parking.

Alan Macro
Councillor for Theale
West Berkshire Council
http://www.theale.org.uk/

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Thursday, 18 September 2014

Theale bus fares petition submitted to West Berks Council

I submitted my petition asking West Berkshire Council to urge Reading Buses to reverse their change to the simplyReading flat fare zone boundary to the Council meeting this evening. The boundary change caused bus fares between some stops in Theale and Reading to increase by 60%.

The petition had been signed by a total of 216 people.

Thank you to all of you that signed!

Alan Macro
Councillor for Theale
West Berkshire Council
www.theale.org.uk

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Monday, 15 September 2014

Planning application to convert Red Lion into a house and build 8 flats refused

The planning application to convert the Red Lion into a house and build eight flats has been refused permission for the following reasons:

  • harmful impact on the character of the area, conservation area and the adjoining listed building
  • degree of actual, and also perceived, overlooking which would be detrimental to the amenity of the occupiers of houses in Meadow Way
  • overlooking of front garden of 7 Church Street
  • insufficient number of car parking spaces
The applicant approached me last Saturday on my High Street walk-about and told me that he had been advised by the West Berks planning department to withdraw the application. The fact that he hasn't suggests that he will appeal against the refusal.

Alan Macro
Councillor for Theale
West Berkshire Council
www.theale.org.uk

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Sunday, 14 September 2014

Panorama of Theale High Street displayed at WW1 Celebration Fete

If you, like me, were really impressed with the panorama of the north side of Theale High Street as it was then you may be interested to know that it was drawn by Roy Townsend, who lives in Church Street. The drawing is annotated with who used to live in the houses and ran the shops, pubs (a lot of those!) and businesses, and what they are today.

Roy had to "burn the midnight oil" to get the panorama finished in time to be exhibited at the WW1 Fete.

Theale Parish Council hopes that the panorama can be put on permanent display soon.

Alan Macro
Councillor for Theale
West Berkshire Council
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Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Get your comments in on 4 proposed sites for 313 houses sites in Theale now!

If you, like many Theale residents, feel strongly about any of the four Theale sites being allocated for housing and you haven't put in your objection, then please do it now.


If you are going to post in a form or a letter, you must get it in the post before the last post collection tomorrow (Thursday 11th September)! If you cannot do that for some reason, please pop it through my door at 17 The Green and I'll make sure it gets to the Council in time.

If you are going to use the Council's Consulatation Portal or email a response form, then it MUST arrive before midnight on Friday 12th September. However, please don't leave it to the last minute!

Please see www.theale.org.uk/housing-sites.html for more information on the proposals and the sites.

Please see www.theale.org.uk/consultation.html for more information on how to have your say.

You can download a comment form from here.

Please make sure that you put the site references (THE003, etc.) in your response. If you object to all of them, then please put them all in.

Alan Macro
Councillor for Theale
West Berkshire Council
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Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Special Theale Parish Council meeting to discuss planning application for "27 Retirement Properties" behind 40-58 High Street

A special meeting of Theale Parish Council will be held on 22nd September to discuss the planning application for "27 Retirement Properties" behind 40-58 High Street, Theale.


The council will decide whether it will object to the application and, if so, the reasons for the objection.

The meeting will start at 7:30pm and Theale residents will be able to speak at the start of the meeting.
This planning application is for two blocks on the site behind Kaya's, Lloyds Bank and Courts newsagent in the High Street. It is similar to the one that the developers exhibited in John Cumber Hall a couple of months ago. The access would be from the alleyway between Cropper's and Kaya's.

The following shows the location and the site plans:


The following shows an impression of what the buildings would look like:



The plans and other documents can be viewed by clicking here or by going to www.westberks.gov.uk and searching on the application number, 14/02110/FULEXT. 


Alan Macro
Councillor for Theale
West Berkshire Council
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