Councillor Alan Macro

Blog for Alan Macro, Councillor for Theale on West Berkshire Council. Alan is Liberal Democrat Spokesman for Housing, Planning, Environment and Culture on the Council. Please also see Alan's Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/CllrAlanMacro

13/07/2018 08:18 PM
Next meeting of Theale Parish Council
The next meeting of Theale Parish Council will be on 23rd July.

Please click here for the agenda.
Published and promoted by Alan Macro of 17 The Green, Theale, RG7 5DR. All posts and comments represent my views and not those of any organisation to which I belong.

06/07/2018 06:01 PM
Cancelled: meeting of Theale Parish Council due to be held on Monday 9th July
The meeting of Theale Parish Council due to be held on Monday 9th July has been CANCELLED because "a group of residents and non-residents are intending to disrupt Monday's parish council meeting and not abide by the rule of the Chairman". It will be held at a later date.

Please see the news item on the parish council website: http://www.thealeparishcouncil.gov.uk/Theale-PC/news-20549.aspx 
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02/07/2018 08:11 PM
Green Bin Tax Delayed

The introduction of the £50 "Green Bin Tax" has been delayed from July until "later in the summer". However, West Berks Council didn't announce the delay, it was revealed in the answer to a question I asked at a meeting of the council's Executive Committee.
The delay is good news to gardeners as they will able to use their green bins for free for longer, but it is bad for the council because they will get less income from the tax this year. The later that it is introduced, the more likely it is that residents will put off paying the charge until the spring.

I oppose this tax because it:
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29/06/2018 03:29 PM
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: https://bit.ly/2HnMLmm
➡️➡️      Letter 26 June: https://bit.ly/2KvI2EQ
➡️ Our proposal: https://bit.ly/2IDiZL5"
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27/06/2018 04:40 PM
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 www.westberks.gov.uk/recyclingcentres
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.
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27/06/2018 04:39 PM
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 https://roadworks.org/?105658709 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.
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25/06/2018 06:18 PM
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.
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19/06/2018 07:18 PM
Work started today on the anti-traveller mound in White Hart Close
Work started today on the anti-traveller mound in White Hart Close (off Woodfield Way) in Theale.

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18/06/2018 02:30 PM
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


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17/06/2018 11:18 AM
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 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.
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17/06/2018 10:33 AM
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.
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05/06/2018 09:34 PM
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)
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02/06/2018 12:42 AM
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
Theale
RG7 5AS
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01/06/2018 11:00 AM
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.
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30/05/2018 03:28 PM
Complained to the Chief Constable about lack of police action on traveller sites in Theale

I was frustrated that the police did not use their powers to move travellers on from sites in Theale so I complained to the local Chief Inspector. She was away, as was her Chief Inspector colleague and her Superintendent. I therefore complained to the Chief Constable. After an interim holding reply from a Chief Superintendent, I got the following from Inspector Ward (based in Pangbourne):

Dear Mr Macro,

I am aware that Chief Superintendent Wong contacted you yesterday regarding your email about the current encampments in Theale.

Prior to the current incursion, there was a similar incident earlier in May and those involved finally moved on the 21st May after the Local Authority had given a direction to leave. They are barred from returning to the land for three months by S77 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994. A new group moved on to the same land on the 28th May whom it was suspected had come from the Reading area. The Local Authority again gave a direction to leave the land by tomorrow morning at which point they would then apply to the court for a summons. Clearly the local residents are very frustrated that after the previous group left it has been possible for other people to come on to the same land. However, the process has to start again as regards their removal.

The lead agency for unauthorised encampments is the Local Authority. The role of the police is to support the Local Authority in a proportionate manner. Whilst we have powers under S61 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 to direct immediate removal, we must take note of guidance from the National Police Chief’s Council and Authorised Professional Practice in determining when to exercise these powers. Up to this point, it has been decided that the exercise of those powers is not necessary or proportionate in Woodfield Way. We do work closely with the Local Authority in relation to these incidents and there is a shared understanding of our respective roles and responsibilities. This morning officers have attended the location again with Jean Pimley. I am aware that staff from the Local Authority have also been liaising with local residents to keep them informed.

There has been a large number of unauthorised encampments in Berkshire recently involving different groups moving around. We are doing our best to manage these within the legislation available to us.

Yours sincerely,
Chris Ward
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24/05/2018 06:09 PM
Planning application submitted to extend second floor of TA Fisher offices
Planning application 18/01126/FUL has been submitted to extend the second floor of the TA Fisher offices behind 11- 13 Theale High Street. The extension would be visible from Crown Lane.

Proposed elevations:




Full plans: http://planning.westberks.gov.uk/rpp/index.asp?caseref=18/01126/FUL




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21/05/2018 02:48 PM
Travellers in Theale Ordered to Move
An order has been granted by magistrates instructing the travellers in Woodfield Way to move by midday tomorrow. They are expected to move before then. If they don't then the order will be enforced by the council, supported by the police.

I have asked for the security of the site to be improved and officers will be meeting on site this week to discuss how this can be done.

In the meantime, the bollard that protected the entrance to the site will be repaired.

The travellers that were on the Theale Technology site in Station Road moved off over the weekend.
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17/05/2018 09:37 AM
Travellers in Woodfield Way
The travellers on the green area in Woodfield Way were given a direction to move by West Berkshire Council on Monday. The direction required them to move by 10am yesterday (Wednesday). They ignored the direction, so the Council are laying a complaint in the magistrates court.
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07/05/2018 12:17 PM
Clint "Shugs" Rolfe elected to Theale Parish Council
The results of the parish council by-election, held on 3rd May, have been announced:

Clint Rolfe            524 votes (Elected)
Cleone Wright      411 votes

The turnout was 40.2%, very high for a parish council election.

Published Result
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07/05/2018 10:48 AM
Roadworks on A340 Pangbourne Road 8th to 10th May
From roadworks.org:

A340 Unnamed Road Known As Pangbourne Road, Englefield, West Berkshire
08 May — 10 May
Delays likely Traffic control (two-way signals)
Works location: From the main roundabout to the overbridge of the M4.
Works description: Drainage Investigation
Responsibility for works: West Berkshire
Current status: Planned work about to start
Works reference: JV00500008760

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02/05/2018 12:16 PM
Theale Parish Council given deadline by West Berks Council for new primary school
West Berkshire Council has given Theale Parish Council a deadline of end of July to complete legal work to allow the new primary school to be built on the North Street Playing Field.

Letter on the subject from West Berks Council Chief Executive: http://info.westberks.gov.uk/CHttpHandler.ashx?id=45488
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25/04/2018 07:12 PM
Letter from West Berks Council to Theale Parish Council re New School
http://info.westberks.gov.uk/CHttpHandler.ashx?id=45488
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18/04/2018 10:09 AM
Buses replace trains west of Theale Mon to Thurs next week
Buses replace trains between Theale and Pewsey from Mon 23rd to Thur 26th April. Trains will still run between Theale and Reading.
 
 
 
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18/04/2018 09:11 AM
Planning application submitted to re-develop 19 and 19a High Street
A planning application has been submitted to re-develop 19 and 19a High Street, Theale.


This is the former Horticultural Trades Association site. The proposal is to demolish numbers 19 and 19a and the building behind. Two new retail units would replace 19 and 19a and a new apartment block would be built behind. The apartment block would be accessed from the lane that leads off Crown Lane.

The 3-storey apartment block would be visible from houses in this lane, from parts of Crown Lane and from the end of Woodfield Way.

The application number is 18/00823/FULEXT

 Plans, etc.: http://planning.westberks.gov.uk/rpp/index.asp?caseref=18/00823/FULEXT
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14/04/2018 04:25 PM
Work on building a new pavement along part of Station Road, Theale, suspended
I have received the following from a West Berks Council officer:

I am writing to inform you that the works within Station Road have unfortunately been temporarily suspended by the contractor, Volker Highways, due to issues with sub-contractor availability.

The area will be made safe and works will resume as soon as Volker Highways resolve their workforce issues. A further letter will be sent once a return to work date is agreed.

I must apologise for any inconvenience caused and rest assured West Berkshire Council are doing everything we can to get this matter resolved urgently.

This morning I will be hand delivering a letter to the local residents and businesses to inform them of the situation.


 
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