Saturday, 16 August 2014

Skatepark in Theale will be ready for use next Saturday

Construction of the skatepark was completed this week, as these photos show:



However, it will take some time for the turf to get established. The security fencing will therefore be taken down in time for the skatepark to first be used next Saturday (23rd August).

The parish council asks that everyone respects this.

The skatepark will be officially opened by a "celebrity" at a later date.

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

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Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Amended: Height of planned IKEA Calcot store reduced

I have been hearing rumours for a while that the IKEA were planning to reduce the height of their planned store in Pincents Lane, Calcot, by one floor.

This has been confirmed this week by this article in Retail Week.

It will involve a 13% reduction in floor area from 38,000 square metres to 33,000 square metres.

IKEA expect to submit a new planning application to West Berkshire Council in the autumn.

The reduction in height should reduce the impact of the store as seen from Theale, though we will have to wait to see the new plans to be sure. IKEA have not said whether they are expecting fewer customers, though the article says "The move reflects the growth of online shopping and also consumers’ desire to shop more conveniently." Fewer customers would, of course, mean less traffic.

I am worried, though, that IKEA may want to reduce the amount that they pay towards road improvements as a result of the reduced size.

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

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Monday, 11 August 2014

Comments submitted on the 4 housing sites that West Berks Council is proposing to allocate around Theale

I have submitted the following comments on the four "preferred option" sites for housing that West Berkshire Council is proposing to allocate around Theale.

General Comments on all Theale sites

Comments on North Lakeside site

Comments on Land between A340 and The Green site

Comments on Land at Junction 12 site

Comments on Former Sewage Works site

I have also written these comments supporting West Berkshire Council's rejection of the White Hart Meadow site. I suspect that the owners of this site will try to get the site back in.

More information on the sites and concerns about them can be viewed at www.theale.org.uk/housing-sites.html

Have you submitted your comments yet? Information on how to do that is at www.theale.org.uk/consultation.html

Please remember that the closing date is 12th September 2014

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

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Saturday, 9 August 2014

How to Have Your Say on WestBerks Council's proposals to allocate four sites for housing around Theale

I've updated the theale.org.uk website to include more information on how to have your say on West Berkshire Council's proposals to allocate four sites for housing around Theale. I've created a new page: www.theale.org.uk/consultation.html.

As a reminder, the following summarises the proposals:


Site Ref:
Site Description
Number of Homes (up to)
Former Sewage Works
88
Land at Junction 12
50
North Lakeside
50
Land Between A340 and The Green
125

Total
313

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

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Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Concerned about grass obscuring traffic on Theale bypass roundabout


I am very concerned about road safety at the roundabout on the Theale bypass at its junction with Hoad Way and Waterside Drive. The grass is so high on the central reservation that it obscures traffic on the roundabout from eastbound traffic:


I have written to the head of Highways on West Berkshire Council asking him to either have the grass mown more frequently or have the problem section paved so that grass does not grow there.

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

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Sunday, 3 August 2014

Asked MP to discuss housing sites proposed for Theale with West Berks Council Leader & Chief Exec

Dear Alok,

I see from an article in the Newbury Weekly News that you are to have a meeting with the Leader and the Chief Executive of West Berkshire Council to discuss the Pincents Hill site.

I would be grateful if you could also discuss the four "preferred option" sites around Theale. These would total up to 313 homes. These, together with the 350 homes given permission on the Lakeside site, the 44 already under construction, the 20 that are the subject of planning applications and the 26 proposed behind the High Street, would increase the size of the village by almost 64%.

The allocation of these four sites is contrary to Section 4.35 of West Berkshire’s Core Strategy, which says:

Theale will remain a vibrant village which maintains a distinct identity and sense of community. The Lakeside development has planning permission to provide 350 homes in a range of different sizes and types, which would become a well integrated part of the Theale community. If this development goes ahead, Theale would need to undergo a period of consolidation to provide an opportunity for facilities and services to be upgraded.

Many Theale residents are extremely concerned about the effect such a large amount of housing would have on the character of Theale and on services such as the GP surgery, Theale Primary school (already full) and on the sewerage system.

The map below shows the location of the four sites. More information on them can be found on my Theale website.




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Kind Regards,

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

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Friday, 1 August 2014

Planning Application for the Red Lion in Theale to be decided by the planning committee

I have "called in" the planning application for the Red Lion pub in Theale to be decided by West Berkshire Council's Eastern Area Planning Committee (most applications are decided by Council officers). 

The application is number 14/01696/FULD and is to convert the pub in Church Street into a house and replace its skittle alley with an extension of eight flats. You can view the plans, etc., by clicking here.

Anyone who objects to the application will be able to speak to the committee for a total of up to five minutes. It would be a good idea to decide on one or two people to speak.

The parish council, the applicant, and anyone who supports the application, will also be able to speak to the committee for five minutes each.

Anyone who wants to speak will need to inform the Council's planning department before 4pm on the day before the meeting.

I will post another blog entry when I know the date of the meeting and the committee site meeting (which is normally one week before the committee meeting).

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

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