Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Complained to WestBerks about quality of resurfacing of Church Street service road in Theale

I  received complaints from several residents about the quality of the resurfacing of the service road in Church Street that was done late on Friday. I am not happy with its quality, either.

Problems include: 
  • ·         A noticeable dip in the finished surface
  • ·         Defects in the surface
  • ·         Surface not sealed in places
  • ·         Fouling of drain covers
  • ·         Spilled stones not cleared away
  • ·         Staining of kerbs

 The work was finished very quickly. They were still doing preparatory work when I drove past at 16:30. Residents told me that they finished at 18:30. It appears to have been a rushed job.

I therefore complained to West Berks Council yesterday.


The problems are illustrated by the following photos:










Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Limited new minibus services to serve ‪‎Theale‬, replacing 101, 104 & 105 buses, from 3rd September

West Berks Council are to run limited minibus services from 3rd September to replace the 101, 104 and 105 bus services:
Service 41 Timetable serving Thatcham, Cold Ash, Upper Bucklebury, Bradfield, Englefield and Theale.
Service 44 Timetable Service 44 serving Thatcham, Brimpton, Aldermaston, Beenham, Bradfield, Englefield, Theale and Calcot. Aldermaston to Calcot are served by one service each way Mondays and Wednesdays only.

Friday, 5 August 2016

Friday, 29 July 2016

Final decision on future of ‪‎West Berks‬ libraries to be taken by all 52 councillors of the full council

I received the following email from West Berks Council Executive Member for Culture today:
From: Hilary Cole 
Sent: 29 July 2016 12:15
To: All Members <MEMBERS@westberks.gov.uk>

Subject: Libraries Needs Assessment update
Following a question to Executive by Cllr Macro regarding the Library Needs Assessment drop-in sessions, I took the opportunity to outline the process now that these sessions have concluded, this is set out below.
1)The outcome of the assessment will be known shortly and will be made public.
2) A report will then be prepared for Executive recommending that a six week consultation period takes place to gather the views of residents of West Berkshire in accordance with our consultation arrangements.
3) At the conclusion of the consultation process and following a thorough assessment of the responses the matter will be reported to full Council for a final decision as it is considered that the outcomes may be significant in terms of effects on communities in the district as well as in terms of budgetary implications.
A press release to this effect is also being issued.
Regards – Hilary
Councillor Hilary Cole
Ward Member, Chieveley
Executive Member: Adults, Care & Culture

CQC rating for "are services safe" at Theale Medical Centre now "good"

Overall summary:

Letter from the Chief Inspector of General Practice:

Our previous inspection in November 2014 found breaches of regulations relating to the safe delivery of services. We found the practice required improvement for the provision of safe services, and was rated good for providing effective, caring, responsive and well-led services. The population groups were rated as good for the patients registered at the practice. This inspection was undertaken to check the practice was meeting regulations. For this reason we have only rated the location for the key questions to which these relate. This report should be read in conjunction with the full inspection report of 26 November 2014. We found the practice had made improvements since our last inspection. At our inspection on the 30 September 2015 we found the practice was meeting the regulations that had previously been breached. Specifically we found:


  • Improvements had been made to maintain the accurate records of patients information. For example home visits had been properly recorded to ensure other staff would be able to access an accurate record of patients most recent care and treatment.
  • The practice had instituted systems to manage medicines and nomad or blister packs were checked by a second member of staff.
  • Staff were complying with the practice control of infection policy.
  • The practice was actively identifying, assessing and managing risks to health and safety of patients, staff and visitors.


We have amended the rating for this practice to reflect these changes. The practice is now rated good for the provision of safe services.

Professor Steve Field (CBE FRCP FFPH FRCGP) Chief Inspector of General Practice

Full Report: http://www.cqc.org.uk/sites/default/files/new_reports/AAAE2009.pdf

Sunday, 24 July 2016

New planning application for 25 homes on North Lakeside site in ‎Theale‬

Outline planning application 16/01846/OUTMAJ has been submitted to build 25 homes on the North Lakeside site, off The Green, Theale. Permission for 7 houses on the adjacent site at the end of St Ives Close has already been given by a planning inspector.
These sites make up part of the Lakeside site for which a planning application for 325 homes was submitted late last year. This major application is still being considered by West Berkshire Council planning officers. A very complicated situation!

Thursday, 14 July 2016

People waiting for ‎Calcot‬ IKEA to open this morning

I was outside the new Calcot IKEA being interviewed by Meridien this morning. About 50 people were queuing for the opening. I was told that the first two in the queue had been there since 7am yesterday and had slept in a tent overnight!