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
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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
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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
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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
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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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Sunday, 7 September 2014

Planning Application for "27 Retirement Properties" behind 40-58 High Street, Theale

This proposal 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. The plans have not been received by Theale Parish Council yet. If they are received on Monday (8th Sept) then they will be discussed at its meeting that evening. Please check with the Parish Clerk on 0118 930 6592 if you are thinking of going along.


Alan Macro
Councillor for Theale
West Berkshire Council
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Planning Application for 7 houses at end of St Ives Close (off The Green) in Theale

Outline planning application 14/02195/OUTD

This is an outline application for seven houses on the same site that one for eight detached houses was recently refused. Interestingly, the site is part of the THE003 North Lakeside site (please see Housing Sites Consultation).


This is the proposed site layout:





and this is how the houses might look (appearance may change on a detailed planning application):




Plans, etc, can be viewed by clicking here or by going to www.westberks.gov.uk and searching on the application number, 14/02195/OUTD. It will be discussed at Theale Parish Council at its meeting on Monday evening (8th Sept). The meeting will start at 7:30pm and residents will be able to have their say at the start of the meeting. Meetings are held at:

The Pavilion
Recreation Ground
Englefield Road
Theale
RG7 5AS


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

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Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Interviewed about my campaign to reverse the Theale bus fare increase by BBC South Today

I was interviewed for BBC South Today about my campaign to reverse the 60% hike in bus fares for some Theale residents.

Joe Cambell then filmed as people signed my petition.

It was shown on the 6:30pm local news and I expect that it will be shown again on the bulletin at 10:30pm.

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

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Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Have your say on proposed sites for 313 houses sites in Theale now!

The response to the consultation on the proposal to allocate four sites for housing around Theale has been frankly, disappointing! The following site-specific responses have been received to date.



THE003
North Lakeside
10

THE009
Field between A340 and The Green
9

THE005
Land adjacent to Junction 12
11

THE001
Land at Theale Sewage Treatment Works
11

To put that in perspective, 149 responses have been received for a site off Sulham Hill in Tilehurst!

If you, like many Theale residents, feel strongly about any of the Theale sites being built on then please put in you objection now.

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
www.theale.org.uk

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