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:
➡️➡️      Letter 26 June:
➡️ Our proposal:"

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
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 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

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.