Tuesday, 22 September 2015

IKEA Calcot store to open next summer

I attended a meeting of local councillors with the new store manager last week. She said that the store will open next summer. She said that they will recruit about 350 "co-workers" and that they will be attending the Reading Jobs Fair at The Hexagon on Oct 1st to start recruiting. They pay the Living Wage (the one monitored by the Living Wage Foundation, not the imitation created by George Osborne).
She assured me that co-workers (staff) would be able to park in their car park - there is no separate staff parking.
She also told me that they would consider a park-and-ride scheme during the first few months to avoid the kind of traffic gridlock that we have seen elsewhere. They are putting much more emphasis on home delivery, so its not so important for customers to drive to their stores.

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Fallen tree obstructing footpath from ‪‎Theale‬ to M4 footbridge reported to ‎West Berks‬ Council

This tree was reported to me and to the Council by a concerned resident. I followed this up by calling the Council asking it to dealt with urgently as many people use the footbridge between Theale High Street and Pincents Lane to cross the M4.

Letter to local papers re West Berks Council responsibility for affordable housing scandals

Dear Editor,

It is indeed good news that progress is at last being made on provision of affordable housing at Parkway, Newbury, and Taceham House, Thatcham.

However, this should not deflect from the fact that Conservative-controlled West Berkshire Council must accept blame for the delays.

The Council has taken six years to sell Taceham House to a housing association
since it boarded it up.

A poor legal agreement drawn up when SLI was given planning permission for Parkway meant that SLI were able to sell its private apartments for over two years while the 37 affordable apartments on the site stood empty. It's only sanction was to stop those sales. When the Council belatedly did so, it badly affected innocent buyers of the private apartments.

Meanwhile, over one thousand families in real housing need have been waiting for a home.


Alan Macro
Liberal Democrat Spokesman for Housing and Planning
West Berkshire Council