Wednesday, 25 June 2014

"Beat the Street" comes to Theale

"Beat the Street" is a programme to get people to exercise more by encouraging walking and cycling.

Participants have a card that they touch on "beat boxes", like this one in Meadow Way, as they walk around the village:


The Beat the Street system calculates the amount that the participant has walked or cycled and awards points. People can join teams and their points area awarded to their team.

The target is for all the people taking part in Theale, Pangbourne and Mortimer, together with those who have already taken part in Reading, to collectively walk the equivalent distance from the Earth to the Moon - 239,000 miles - by July 22nd.

More information can be found on the Reading Beat the Street website

Please see the Theale Beat the Street map to see where the Beat Boxes in Theale are.

You can get Beat the Street cards from either Theale Library or Theale Medical Centre.

Alan Macro
Councillor for Theale
West Berkshire Council

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Thursday, 19 June 2014

More details re development proposal for land south of Theale High St & how to comment

I obtained the following information about the proposal at the exhibition last Tuesday:

The proposal consists of two buildings. One would provide 17 homes for retired people. The other would provide 9 affordable homes. There would be 12 flats and 5 houses.

The John Cumber Hall would remain, with five dedicated parking spaces.

Access to the proposal would be through the opening between Croppers and Kaya's. Pedestrian access through this opening to Elizabeth Court and Leonard Court would be kept.

There would also be parking spaces for High Street businesses to replace the ones already on the site.

The exhibition boards displayed at the exhibition (there were only two) can be downloaded from here. Please view these to get more details and to see what the proposal looks like.

Comment forms can be downloaded from here. Please email any comments to info@hunterpage.net

Alan Macro
Councillor for Theale
West Berkshire Council

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Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Updated: Development proposal for land south of Theale High St - consultation event

Agents for the owners of the plot of land lying behind the High Street, between Croppers and Elizabeth Court, are planning to develop the land. They are going to hold a public consultation event in the Cumber Hall on Tuesday 17th June between 4:30pm and 8pm.

I believe that the proposal is for a retirement development.

UPDATE 13th June

The agents say that they are distributing 300 copies of this leaflet:

Alan Macro
Councillor for Theale
West Berkshire Council

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Monday, 2 June 2014

Latest News on Theale Station Improvements

I attended a meeting last week with West Berks Council officers, First Great Western, Network Rail and Theale's Future to get an update on the improvements at Theale Station.

The new footbridge with lifts has been given the go-ahead and is expected to be completed in the autumn.

The new station building is substantially complete and just needs to be connected to the electricity mains. However, it was agreed that it should not be opened until the new footbridge and lifts are open. The existing booking office at the foot of the existing stairs will be kept in use to avoid passengers having to double-back to the existing footbridge after buying their tickets. It is planned to keep the ticket machine at this location when the new booking office is open.

It may no longer be necessary to increase the height of Theale railway bridge. The electrification wires may be lowered under the bridge instead. This, however, needs approval from the Office for Rail Regulation!

Alan Macro
Councillor for Theale
West Berkshire Council 

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