Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Asked West Berks Council officers to solve the problem of HGVs obstructing Theale High Street

Last November I asked officers to look into the problems caused by delivery vehicles obstructing Theale High Street by double parking. In particular, the problems caused by the large lorry that delivers flowers to the flower shop on Tuesday evenings. I asked them to look into the possibility of introducing time limited loading bays. Officers agreed to investigate.

I received complaints last night about the flower lorry blocking the access to Cumber Hall, which was being used at the time by cub scouts. I have therefore chased the officers to do the investigation and give me an update.

Alan Macro
Councillor for Theale
West Berkshire Council
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Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Dismay That West BerkshireHomeless Families Sent To Bed And Breakfast In Slough

I have just issued the following news release in my capacity as Opposition Housing and Planning Spokesman:

Liberal Democrats Dismayed That Homeless Families In West Berkshire Are Being Sent To Bed And Breakfast Accommodation In Slough

Alan Macro, Liberal Democrat spokesman for Housing and Planning on West Berkshire Council, is dismayed that homeless families from West Berkshire are being put up in bed and breakfast accommodation in Slough. He said "putting up homeless families so far away is very distressing for the families. This is especially so for the children as their schooling is extremely disrupted. The families are also a long way from their families and friends".

He added "I understand that the immediate cause of the problem is that owners of bed and breakfast accommodation in West Berkshire and nearby are reluctant to take in homeless families. However, the real cause of the problem is that there is not enough affordable housing or homeless accommodation in the district. This problem has been made much worse by the scandal of  buildings and flats standing empty for years:
  • Taceham House in Thatcham used to be used to house homeless families. However, Conservative-controlled West Berkshire Council allowed it to stand empty for over six years before putting it up for sale. Planning permission was granted months ago to replace it with affordable flats. However, protracted negotiations between the Council and a housing association means that the block has been neither re-developed nor available for homeless families.

  • The 37 empty affordable flats at the Parkway shopping centre were completed over 18 months ago but are unlikely to be available for occupation until the autumn. Tory West Berkshire Council has allowed this awful situation to develop by drawing up poor legal agreements with the developer and taking an extremely long time to take action, ineffective so far, to try to get the flats occupied."
Judith Bunting, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate for Newbury, will be asking a question about the Parkway affordable housing scandal at the meeting of West Berkshire Council on March 3rd. Judith commented that "You have to question why this Council is sending people in need away from West Berkshire. Relocating individuals and, especially, families so far from their established support networks is unreasonable and counter productive."


Monday, 23 February 2015

Outline planning application to build a house behind Greystoke, St Ives Close, Theale

Outline planning application 15/00304/OUTD to build a house behind Greystoke in St Ives Close, Theale, has been submitted to West Berkshire Council.

"Greystoke" is the last bungalow on the right as you go down St Ives Close.

Access would be from the lane that leads off The Green between number 19 and Horsemans Coaches.

The application is outline with "all matters reserved". This means that the application is only for the principle of building a house on the site. The design and details of the access would be decide dby another planning application if this one is approved.

You can see the application form, etc.,  and plans showing details of the site by clicking here.

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

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Friday, 20 February 2015

Two sets of temporary traffic lights in Station Road, #Theale, today (20th Feb)

One set is outside the Co-op, where BT are laying cable ducts in the footway and in the road.

The other set is between the railway bridge and Arrowhead Road and is to allow streetlights to be replaced.

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

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Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Network Rail carrying out piling work along the railway near #Theale over next 3 months

Network Rail will carrying out piling work along the railway past Theale over the next three months. This is part of the work to install overhead cables for the electrification of the railway between Reading and Newbury.

The work will be carried out during the following times:

23:30 Saturday evenings to 10:30 Sunday mornings
21:30 Sunday evenings to 04:30 Monday mornings
Weekday nightime work will be undertaken between 21:30 to 05:30 Mondays to Fridays

Work will not affect Theale every night.

The work may extend beyond three months

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

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Wednesday, 4 February 2015

New Planning Application for the Red Lion in Theale


The application is for the change of use from public house to residential use and the demolition of the former skittle alley and outbuildings, these to be replaced with a new two storey side extension comprising an additional 8 dwellings.

Please take a look at the plans and have your say on them. Y
ou can view them by clicking on this link. You can also use that site to object to the application, comment on it or support it. You can also email objections, comments and supporting statements to planapps@westberks.gov.uk

I have "called in" the application to be decided by West Berkshire Council's Eastern Area Planning Committee if planning officers recommend it for approval.

Theale Parish Council will be deciding on what comments it wishes to make on the application at its meeting this Monday, 9th February , starting at 7:30 pm. The meeting will be held in:


The Peter Gooch Room
The Pavilion
Recreation Ground
Englefield Road
Theale

Alan Macro
Councillor for Theale
West Berkshire Council 

Media Release: Lib Dem Councillor Slams #WestBerks Council for Spin in Housing Sites Media Release

I issued the following media release today:

Lib Dem Councillor Slams West Berkshire Council for Spin in Housing Sites Media Release


Alan Macro, Liberal Democrat Spokesman for Housing and Planning on West Berkshire Council, has slammed the Council for "spin" in a Council media release about the timetable for the allocation of housing sites. He said "from their self-congratulatory media release, you would never guess that the date for submission of the housing sites has been delayed by at least nine months. They originally aimed for the Council to agree on which of the sites should be
selected
at its meeting last December. Now they are aiming for this autumn. What is worse, they refused our request to allow a couple of extra weeks for people to respond to last summer's consultation because a decision was "urgent". We wanted that extra time because the consultation period was over the school holiday period and we wanted everybody to have the opportunity to fully look at the proposals and comment on them. We now know that claim of urgency was hypocritical".

He added that "the affected communities will now be in limbo for months because they will not know if sites near them will be selected for housing. The Council really ought to have put more resources into processing the consultation responses to avoid this long delay".   

Alan Macro
Councillor for Theale
West Berkshire Council

Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Decision on sites to be allocated for housing in ‪‎Theale‬, ‎Calcot‬, ‎Tilehurst‬, ‎Purley‬ and ‪‎Pangbourne‬ delayed until autumn

West Berkshire Council today issued a press release about the allocation of housing sites that included the claim "West Berkshire Council is now able to set the timetable, as the process of analysing more than 8400 responses from members of the public on the first draft of the ‘Housing Site Allocation Development Plan Document’ is progressing well."
The reality is that the approval of which sites are to be selected for housing and submitted to a planning inspector has been delayed by at least nine months to the autumn.
The delay means that the affected communities will now be in limbo for months because they will not know if sites near them will be selected for housing.


Alan Macro
Councillor for Theale
West Berkshire Council