Monday, 16 July 2018

Meadow Way Closed 17th to 20th July

Meadow Way will be closed for resurfacing between Church Street and half way between Roundhead Road and Mulberry Way from tomorrow (17th July) to 20th July.

The closure will be between 8am and 5pm, NOT as in this letter that is being delivered to residents today.

Friday, 13 July 2018

Friday, 6 July 2018

Cancelled: meeting of Theale Parish Council due to be held on Monday 9th July

The meeting of Theale Parish Council due to be held on Monday 9th July has been CANCELLED because "a group of residents and non-residents are intending to disrupt Monday's parish council meeting and not abide by the rule of the Chairman". It will be held at a later date.

Please see the news item on the parish council website: http://www.thealeparishcouncil.gov.uk/Theale-PC/news-20549.aspx 

Monday, 2 July 2018

Green Bin Tax Delayed

The introduction of the £50 "Green Bin Tax" has been delayed from July until "later in the summer". However, West Berks Council didn't announce the delay, it was revealed in the answer to a question I asked at a meeting of the council's Executive Committee.
The delay is good news to gardeners as they will able to use their green bins for free for longer, but it is bad for the council because they will get less income from the tax this year. The later that it is introduced, the more likely it is that residents will put off paying the charge until the spring.

I oppose this tax because it:
  • is unfair on those on low incomes, such as pensioners and the disabled
  • punishes those who try to do their best for the environment
  • will lead to yet more fly-tipping
  • will make life difficult for those who don't have the use of a car.

Friday, 29 June 2018

Plans for a new primary school in Theale look increasingly uncertain

From West Berkshire Council's Facebook page:

Plans for a new school in Theale look increasingly uncertain with one month to go before a decision on the project is made. Despite a parish poll in favour of the school in March, Theale Parish Council have still not committed to releasing its lease of land needed for the school.
A decision on the new school needs to be made by the end of July so that parents applying for school places know what provision there will be in the area. To read our latest letter and some more about this issue:
➡️➡️    Letter 6 June: https://bit.ly/2HnMLmm
➡️➡️      Letter 26 June: https://bit.ly/2KvI2EQ
➡️ Our proposal: https://bit.ly/2IDiZL5"

Wednesday, 27 June 2018

Padworth Recycling Centre will accept general waste from Monday.

From Monday 2 July 2018, Theale residents will be able to take general rubbish to the Padworth Recycling Centre, in addition to the recycling facilities already available.
Theale residents have had to take non-recyclable rubbish all the way to the site in Newbury - a round trip of 25 miles - since West Berks Council stopped paying towards the tip in Reading.
Please remember to display your permit on your windscreen to help minimise queuing.
Opening times and list of materials accepted at the site can be found at www.westberks.gov.uk/recyclingcentres
The site is on Padworth Lane, which is off the A4 just the Thatcham side of the dual carriageway
Opening hours are:
Monday – Friday: 12:30pm – 6:00pm
Saturday and Sunday: 8:00am – 6:00pm
NOTE: the site is NOT open on weekday mornings.

Roadworks to take place in Meadow Way next week.

Roadworks are to take place in Meadow Way, Theale,  next week.
The following letter has been delivered to residents of Meadow Way:
Meadow Way, Theale - KERBING & FOOTWAY WORKS
I am writing to inform you that West Berkshire Council’s contractor Volker Highways Ltd., will shortly be raising several short sections of sunken kerbs in Meadow Way (from Church Street to Roundhead Road), Theale, before the road is resurfaced later this year.

The work is scheduled to start on Monday 02 July 2018 and take five (5) working days to complete between the hours of 07:00 am and 07:00 pm.
Works will be undertaken using standard road works signing and a suspension of on highway parking on Meadow Way.
I would like to respectfully request that you make alternative arrangements to park your vehicles off the public road during working hours to provide the safe working zone for the workforce and vehicles.
Advanced information boards will be erected on site and whilst these works are subject to weather conditions, every effort will be made to complete these works as programmed.
It would be very helpful if you could also arrange for any deliveries to be made before or after the stated working times.
Should it be necessary to revise these timings, the information boards will be updated accordingly. Alternatively, you can view the current status of the scheme by
visiting https://roadworks.org/?105658709 where any updates will be posted.
Every effort wiN be made to maintain access to private properties and businesses directly adjacent to the repairs; although, due to the nature of the works some inconvenience will be inevitable, but we will endeavour to keep this to an absolute minimum.
Waste and recycling collections will go ahead on the usual days; however, if the resurfacing works coincide with a collection day it is important that your bins and recycling boxes are put out by 7.00 am as collection times may change to suit the resurfacing works.
Please accept our apologies in advance for any inconvenience that may be caused by this essential maintenance work.
Should you have any queries regarding the work, please do not hesitate to contact West Berkshire Council’s Customer Services Team on 01635 519 080.

Monday, 25 June 2018

The planning application to re-develop 19 and 19a High Street has been withdrawn

The planning application (18/00823/FULEXT) to re-develop 19 and 19a High Street, Theale, has been withdrawn.

This is the former Horticultural Trades Association office site. The proposal was to demolish numbers 19 and 19a and the building behind. Two new retail units would have replaced 19 and 19a and a new apartment block would have been built behind. The apartment block would have been accessed from the lane that leads off Crown Lane.

Developers often withdraw planning applications when they think that permission will be refused. It is likely that another application for the site will be submitted.

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Monday, 18 June 2018

Work has started on building the mound to protect the field in Woodfield Way from travellers

Work started on building the mound to protect the field in Woodfield Way from travellers this morning. The core of the mound is being built with clay subsoil. This will be topped with topsoil


Sunday, 17 June 2018

Traffic arrangements for Englefield concerts on 6th/7th/8th July

The traffic regulation order for the concerts has now been published. The following restrictions will be in force between 12 midday and midnight on the above dates:
  • Common Hill between the A340 and Bostock Lane will be one way westbound (towards Bradfield)
  • Bostock Lane will be one way southbound (towards the A4)
  • Traffic will be unable to turn from the A340 into Englefield Road or the road leading to The Green (this restriction will only be brought in if necessary to prevent rat-running through Theale).
Common Hill is the road to Bradfield. Bostock Lane is the road that runs from this road from Parkers Corner (opposite the entrance to the Deer Park) to the A4.

Woodfield Way Field in Theale

Soil will be delivered tomorrow morning (Monday) to the field in Woodfield Way to start the work to protect it from travellers.

Tuesday, 5 June 2018

Order granted for travellers behind Mulberry Way and Cavalier Close in to move off

The magistrates court granted the West Berkshire Council order for travellers behind Mulberry Way and Cavalier close in Theale to move off within 24 hours. That gives them until 12:30 pm tomorrow (6th June)

Saturday, 2 June 2018

Public Meeting to Discuss Travellers in Theale

I have arranged a public meeting to discuss the problems raised by the several recent unauthorised encampments by travellers in Theale.

Senior officers from West Berkshire Council and Thames Valley Police will take part,

The meeting will be held at 7:30pm on Thursday 7th June at:

Theale Village Hall
Englefield Road
Theale
RG7 5AS

Friday, 1 June 2018

Summonses to be served on travellers

Summonses will be served by West Berks Council on both groups of travellers (Woodfield Way and behind Mulberry Way/Cavalier Close) today for a court hearing on Tuesday. This followed directions to move served by the council earlier this week, which were ignored by the travellers.

Travellers normally move off site before court hearings.

I have asked for temporary security measures, such as crane weights or skips, to be put in place quickly after they leave until permanent security measures can be put in place.

Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Complained to the Chief Constable about lack of police action on traveller sites in Theale


I was frustrated that the police did not use their powers to move travellers on from sites in Theale so I complained to the local Chief Inspector. She was away, as was her Chief Inspector colleague and her Superintendent. I therefore complained to the Chief Constable. After an interim holding reply from a Chief Superintendent, I got the following from Inspector Ward (based in Pangbourne):

Dear Mr Macro,

I am aware that Chief Superintendent Wong contacted you yesterday regarding your email about the current encampments in Theale.

Prior to the current incursion, there was a similar incident earlier in May and those involved finally moved on the 21st May after the Local Authority had given a direction to leave. They are barred from returning to the land for three months by S77 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994. A new group moved on to the same land on the 28th May whom it was suspected had come from the Reading area. The Local Authority again gave a direction to leave the land by tomorrow morning at which point they would then apply to the court for a summons. Clearly the local residents are very frustrated that after the previous group left it has been possible for other people to come on to the same land. However, the process has to start again as regards their removal.

The lead agency for unauthorised encampments is the Local Authority. The role of the police is to support the Local Authority in a proportionate manner. Whilst we have powers under S61 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 to direct immediate removal, we must take note of guidance from the National Police Chief’s Council and Authorised Professional Practice in determining when to exercise these powers. Up to this point, it has been decided that the exercise of those powers is not necessary or proportionate in Woodfield Way. We do work closely with the Local Authority in relation to these incidents and there is a shared understanding of our respective roles and responsibilities. This morning officers have attended the location again with Jean Pimley. I am aware that staff from the Local Authority have also been liaising with local residents to keep them informed.

There has been a large number of unauthorised encampments in Berkshire recently involving different groups moving around. We are doing our best to manage these within the legislation available to us.

Yours sincerely,
Chris Ward

Thursday, 24 May 2018

Planning application submitted to extend second floor of TA Fisher offices

Planning application 18/01126/FUL has been submitted to extend the second floor of the TA Fisher offices behind 11- 13 Theale High Street. The extension would be visible from Crown Lane.

Proposed elevations:




Full plans: http://planning.westberks.gov.uk/rpp/index.asp?caseref=18/01126/FUL




Monday, 21 May 2018

Travellers in Theale Ordered to Move

An order has been granted by magistrates instructing the travellers in Woodfield Way to move by midday tomorrow. They are expected to move before then. If they don't then the order will be enforced by the council, supported by the police.

I have asked for the security of the site to be improved and officers will be meeting on site this week to discuss how this can be done.

In the meantime, the bollard that protected the entrance to the site will be repaired.

The travellers that were on the Theale Technology site in Station Road moved off over the weekend.

Thursday, 17 May 2018

Travellers in Woodfield Way

The travellers on the green area in Woodfield Way were given a direction to move by West Berkshire Council on Monday. The direction required them to move by 10am yesterday (Wednesday). They ignored the direction, so the Council are laying a complaint in the magistrates court.

Monday, 7 May 2018

Clint "Shugs" Rolfe elected to Theale Parish Council

The results of the parish council by-election, held on 3rd May, have been announced:

Clint Rolfe            524 votes (Elected)
Cleone Wright      411 votes

The turnout was 40.2%, very high for a parish council election.

Published Result

Roadworks on A340 Pangbourne Road 8th to 10th May

From roadworks.org:

A340 Unnamed Road Known As Pangbourne Road, Englefield, West Berkshire
08 May — 10 May
Delays likely Traffic control (two-way signals)
Works location: From the main roundabout to the overbridge of the M4.
Works description: Drainage Investigation
Responsibility for works: West Berkshire
Current status: Planned work about to start
Works reference: JV00500008760

Wednesday, 2 May 2018

Theale Parish Council given deadline by West Berks Council for new primary school

West Berkshire Council has given Theale Parish Council a deadline of end of July to complete legal work to allow the new primary school to be built on the North Street Playing Field.

Letter on the subject from West Berks Council Chief Executive: http://info.westberks.gov.uk/CHttpHandler.ashx?id=45488

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Buses replace trains west of Theale Mon to Thurs next week

Buses replace trains between Theale and Pewsey from Mon 23rd to Thur 26th April. Trains will still run between Theale and Reading.
 
 
 

Planning application submitted to re-develop 19 and 19a High Street

A planning application has been submitted to re-develop 19 and 19a High Street, Theale.


This is the former Horticultural Trades Association site. The proposal is to demolish numbers 19 and 19a and the building behind. Two new retail units would replace 19 and 19a and a new apartment block would be built behind. The apartment block would be accessed from the lane that leads off Crown Lane.

The 3-storey apartment block would be visible from houses in this lane, from parts of Crown Lane and from the end of Woodfield Way.

The application number is 18/00823/FULEXT

 Plans, etc.: http://planning.westberks.gov.uk/rpp/index.asp?caseref=18/00823/FULEXT

Saturday, 14 April 2018

Work on building a new pavement along part of Station Road, Theale, suspended

I have received the following from a West Berks Council officer:

I am writing to inform you that the works within Station Road have unfortunately been temporarily suspended by the contractor, Volker Highways, due to issues with sub-contractor availability.

The area will be made safe and works will resume as soon as Volker Highways resolve their workforce issues. A further letter will be sent once a return to work date is agreed.

I must apologise for any inconvenience caused and rest assured West Berkshire Council are doing everything we can to get this matter resolved urgently.

This morning I will be hand delivering a letter to the local residents and businesses to inform them of the situation.


 

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Theale Parish Council agreed in principle to release land required for new primary school

Theale Parish Council agreed "in principle to agree terms of sale" to release land on the North Street Playing Field to allow the new primary school to be built at its meeting last night: http://www.thealeparishcouncil.gov.uk/Theale-PC/news-20549.aspx

Friday, 6 April 2018

Theale Parish Council to make decison about release the land for the new school

A regular meeting of the parish council will be held on Monday 9th April. The following item will be discussed under Part 2 of the agenda:
1. Proposed Primary School on NSPF
Members to discuss information received. In accordance with legal advice provided to the parish council, Members to RESOLVE on a course of action:
a. Refusal to Sell
or
b. Agreement in Principle to Discuss Terms of Sale


Because the item will be in Part 2 it will be discussed without the public or the press being present

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Nominations for the vacant parish councillor seat on Theale Parish Council now open

Applications for the vacant parish councillor position can now be submitted. 

Nomination papers can be obtained from the Theale parish council office or West Berkshire Council offices. Completed papers must be delivered to the Returning Officer at West Berkshire Council offices in Market Street, Newbury no later than 4pm on Friday 6th April 2018.

If more than one nomination is received by West Berkshire Council the election is considered contested and a formal by-election will then be held on Thursday 3rd May 2018.

Saturday, 31 March 2018

Station Road to be closed northbound between 9th and 20th April

Station Road, Theale, is to be closed northbound between the mini roundabout at the junction with the bypass slip road from 9th to 20th April. This is to allow a new footway to be constructed between the flyover and the mini roundabout. A new pedestrian refuge will also be constructed.

Sunday, 25 March 2018

West Berks Council’s plans for charging for collecting garden waste for green bins



In summary, it is proposed that the new chargeable garden waste collection service is operated as follows:

  • To continue to receive a fortnightly garden waste collection households should subscribe online, paying £50 per year.
  • Subscribers would receive an information pack.
  • The subscription period would run for 12 months (from July to June).
  • Non-subscribers will continue to be able to recycle food in their green bin.
  • Non-subscribers’ green bins will be removed on request.
  • Non-subscribers’ bins containing garden waste will not be collected.

In basic terms the subscription pack would have a sticker for the bin and the crew will only collect bins with stickers that are on their list. 

You could still put garden waste in the black bin, but obviously that would go to an energy from waste facility and not for composting. 

At this time WBC are finalising the details of the service and will publish information about how residents can subscribe in due course.  In the meantime households can continue using the service as normal.

Sunday, 11 March 2018

Railway closed west of Theale Mon 12th Mar to Thurs 15th Mar

The railway will be closed between Theale and Pewsey from Mon 12th March to Thurs 15th March. Buses will replace trains west of Theale. Trains between Theale and Reading or Paddington will run to an amended timetable: https://www.gwr.com/travel-updates/planned-engineering/newbury2018

Overnight piling work at Theale Station

There will be over-night piling work at Theale Station from tonight to Thursday night.

Piling work in connection with electrification of the railway is scheduled for the following dates/times:

Sunday 11 March – Monday 12 March 2018
22:00 – 08:00

Monday 12 March – Thursday 15 March 2018
20:00 – 07:00

Thursday 15 March – Friday 16 March
20:00 – 05:00


Contingency piling may also take place during the day.

https://www.networkrail.co.uk/running-the-railway/our-routes/western/great-western-mainline/west-berkshire/ 

New primary school and housing in Theale

A lot has been posted elsewhere about what effect, if any, the proposed new primary school would have on plans for housing in Theale. There is already planning permission for 350 homes on the Lakeside site (at the end of, and behind, The Green). The field between The Green and the road to Pangbourne (A340) was allocated for up to 100 homes in the last District Plan. These homes can be built whether or not the new school is built.

Thursday, 8 March 2018

You will be paying West Berks Council more from April to get less



Last week the council decided to increase council tax by a total of 5.99%, to charge £50 per year to empty green bins, reduce street cleaning and litter picking, and stop informing neighbouring properties about planning applications.

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

Voting in the Parish Poll re New Primary School

You can only vote in person in the parish poll. If you are registered to vote by post or proxy then you can still vote in person in the parish poll at your normal polling station. If you don't know which is your polling station then either phone West Berks electoral services on (01635) 55111 or email me on councillor.macro@theale.org.uk.

Sunday, 4 March 2018

Kremer's Car Bodywork Site Planning Appeal

An appeal has been made against refusal of planning permission to build two blocks of flats (2x2-bed and 4x2-bed flats) on the Kremer's car bodywork site (74-76 High Street) in Theale.

Details of the proposal can be viewed at http://planning.westberks.gov.uk/rpp/index.asp?caseref=16/01953/FULD.
If you wish to make comments, or modify/withdraw a previous representation, you can do so online at www.gov.uk/appeal-planning-inspectorate, or by emailing West1@pins.gsi.gov.uk, by 4th April 2018. Specify appeal reference APP/W0340/W/18/3193092

Drop-in Sessions About the Proposed New Primary School.



Drop-in sessions are being held to give Theale residents a chance to find out more about proposals to build a new primary school in Theale. Go along to chat to senior councillors and project officers and ask any questions you have about the school and the work being done to build a new school for the village.

The sessions will be held at Theale Library, in Church Street, on Wednesday 7th March at the following times:

2pm to 4:30pm

and

6pm to 8:30pm
Questions commonly asked about the project and their answers can be found at www.westberks.gov.uk/NewThealeSchoolFAQ

Parish Poll re Land for New C of E Primary School

A parish poll (referendum) will take place in Theale on Thursday 15th March. Theale electors will be asked to vote "yes" or "no" to the question: "Should Theale Parish Council relinquish the lease on the land at North Street Playing Fields to allow a new primary school to be built on that site as per planning consent?"
More information about the poll can be accessed by clicking here. The poll will take place between 4pm and 9pm and you should vote at your normal polling station. You can only vote in person - postal and proxy votes are not allowed. Only people who live in Theale parish and registered to vote will be able to vote.

Sunday, 25 February 2018

UPDATED: Theale High St Closed for 10 days from 27th Feb

Theale High Street will be closed for 10 days from 27th February between Station Road and Hoad Way. This is to allow repairs to the road paving.

Update: Just received the following from roadworks.org:

High Street, Theale, West Berkshire
27 February — 09 March
Delays possible Some carriageway incursion
Works location: Start Location - Outside the Co-Op / End Location - The mini roundabout on Hoad Way.
Works description: Block Paving Repairs - Theale High Street
Responsibility for works: West Berkshire
Current status: Planned work about to start
Works reference: JV00500008622

So it looks like the High Street won't be completely closed


Friday, 23 February 2018

Parish Poll re Releasing Land for New Primary School

A parish poll is to be held between 4pm and 9pm on Thursday March 15th.

Theale electors will be asked to answer "yes" or "no" to the question: "Should Theale Parish Council relinquish the lease on the land at North Street Playing Fields to allow a new primary school to be built on that site as per planning consent?"

More information can be found at: http://info.westberks.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=35090




Please note that you need to be registered on the electoral roll at an address in Theale parish to be able to vote. You have to vote at your normal polling station in person - you won't be able to vote by post or by proxy (parish poll regulations).

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Sunday, 28 January 2018

Theale Parish Council to hold an extraordinary meeting re holding a poll on whether to release land for the new primary school

Theale Parish Council is to hold an extraordinary meeting to decide on whether to hold a parish poll (referendum) on whether it should release the lease on part of the North Street Playing Field for the purpose of building the new primary school.

This extraordinary meeting will be held in the Peter Gooch room at 7.30pm on Tuesday 30th January 2018, the agenda is available on the parish council website: http://www.thealeparishcouncil.gov.uk/Theale-PC/news-20549.aspx