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:

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. 

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

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
If you wish to make comments, or modify/withdraw a previous representation, you can do so online at, or by emailing, 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


6pm to 8:30pm
Questions commonly asked about the project and their answers can be found at

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.