Wednesday, 4 March 2015

£7.4M allocated for replacement primary school for Theale

West Berkshire Council agreed their capital investment programme last night that includes investing £7,373,740 in a new school to replace Theale Church of England Primary School.

This is good news for Theale as the current school is full. However, it will not be finished until at least the summer of 2017. There have been long unnecessary delays in the project and a site for the new school has still not yet been finalised.

Alan Macro
Councillor for Theale
West Berkshire Council
www.theale.org.uk

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Lane closures on Theale Bypass Thursday 5th March

There will be lane closures on the Theale Bypass during the day on Thursday 5th March. This is for gully (drain) cleansing.

Alan Macro
Councillor for Theale
West Berkshire Council
www.theale.org.uk

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Sunday, 1 March 2015

Demolition work behind 40-58 Theale High Street due to start 2nd March

Demolition work behind 40-58 Theale High Street is scheduled to start Monday 2nd March. Thi is in preparation for the development of 27 homes for the over-55s.

The work may affect the access between Kaya's and Cropper's that leads to Cumber Hall and Leonard court.

Alan Macro
Councillor for Theale
West Berkshire Council
www.theale.org.uk

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Bridge taking A340 Theale to Pangbourne road over the M4 will be closed from 2nd to 13th March, traffic will be diverted

The bridge taking the A340 Theale to Pangbourne road over the M4 near Tidmarsh will be closed for repairs maintenance from Monday 2nd March to 13th March.

Traffic will be diverted.

Alan Macro
Councillor for Theale
West Berkshire Council
www.theale.org.uk

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I asked neighbourhood wardens to clear away fly-tipping and rubbish near North Walk & Cavalier Close

I had a complaint from a resident about fly-tipping alongside the footpath that leads from North walk to North Street. I investigated and found broken furniture and a tyre had been dumped. I have asked the neighbourhood wardens to clear this. They may not be able to access the broken furniture, however, as this is behind a security fence.

I also asked them to clear a small accumulation of rubbish from the footpath leading from Cavalier Close to Volunteer Meadow (the green area between the allotments and the bypass).

Alan Macro
Councillor for Theale
West Berkshire Council
www.theale.org.uk

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Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Asked West Berks Council officers to solve the problem of HGVs obstructing Theale High Street

Last November I asked officers to look into the problems caused by delivery vehicles obstructing Theale High Street by double parking. In particular, the problems caused by the large lorry that delivers flowers to the flower shop on Tuesday evenings. I asked them to look into the possibility of introducing time limited loading bays. Officers agreed to investigate.

I received complaints last night about the flower lorry blocking the access to Cumber Hall, which was being used at the time by cub scouts. I have therefore chased the officers to do the investigation and give me an update.

Alan Macro
Councillor for Theale
West Berkshire Council
www.theale.org.uk

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Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Dismay That West BerkshireHomeless Families Sent To Bed And Breakfast In Slough

I have just issued the following news release in my capacity as Opposition Housing and Planning Spokesman:

Liberal Democrats Dismayed That Homeless Families In West Berkshire Are Being Sent To Bed And Breakfast Accommodation In Slough

Alan Macro, Liberal Democrat spokesman for Housing and Planning on West Berkshire Council, is dismayed that homeless families from West Berkshire are being put up in bed and breakfast accommodation in Slough. He said "putting up homeless families so far away is very distressing for the families. This is especially so for the children as their schooling is extremely disrupted. The families are also a long way from their families and friends".

He added "I understand that the immediate cause of the problem is that owners of bed and breakfast accommodation in West Berkshire and nearby are reluctant to take in homeless families. However, the real cause of the problem is that there is not enough affordable housing or homeless accommodation in the district. This problem has been made much worse by the scandal of  buildings and flats standing empty for years:
  • Taceham House in Thatcham used to be used to house homeless families. However, Conservative-controlled West Berkshire Council allowed it to stand empty for over six years before putting it up for sale. Planning permission was granted months ago to replace it with affordable flats. However, protracted negotiations between the Council and a housing association means that the block has been neither re-developed nor available for homeless families.

  • The 37 empty affordable flats at the Parkway shopping centre were completed over 18 months ago but are unlikely to be available for occupation until the autumn. Tory West Berkshire Council has allowed this awful situation to develop by drawing up poor legal agreements with the developer and taking an extremely long time to take action, ineffective so far, to try to get the flats occupied."
Judith Bunting, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate for Newbury, will be asking a question about the Parkway affordable housing scandal at the meeting of West Berkshire Council on March 3rd. Judith commented that "You have to question why this Council is sending people in need away from West Berkshire. Relocating individuals and, especially, families so far from their established support networks is unreasonable and counter productive."