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

08/09/2017 12:56 PM
Petition against new DIY waste charges handed into West Berks Council Executive
I handed my petition against the new charges for taking DIY waste and tyres to West Berks recycling centres to the council's Executive meeting last night. It had 295 names. More people signed overnight so I sent a revised version with 311 names this morning.
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.

01/09/2017 07:59 PM
West Berks Council will start charging for disposing of DIY waste and tyres on Mon 4th Sept
West Berks Council will start charging for taking DIY waste and tyres to recycling centres on Mon 4th Sept. The charges will be for things like rubble, plasterboard, soil and tyres. Please see attached images for details. I've started an online petition asking the council to reverse these charges - please add your name here.



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30/08/2017 05:02 PM
Theale not affected by LGBCE's proposals for new West Berks Council ward boundaries

Theale is not affected by the Local Government Boundary Commission's proposals for new ward boundaried for West Berks Council. Summary of proposals affecting Reading West constituency:

Pangbourne: now includes Tidmarsh and Sulham from Purley ward – one member.Tilehurst and Purley: a 3-member ward including Westwood and northern part of existing Birch Copse. Birch Copse: a 2-member ward, losing its northern bit to Purley but taking in Royal Avenue part of Calcot. Tilehurst South & Holybrook is similar to Calcot but only a 2-member ward, with a chunk taken away to Birch Copse. Theale: one member ward on existing boundaries. The proposals are now out for consultation (10 weeks). Full details and a map.
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10/08/2017 07:54 PM
Another IKEA planning application for a "navigation tower" visible from Theale
IKEA have submitted another planning application for a "navigation tower" that would be visible from Theale High Street. This one would be 57 meters (187 feet high)!. The previous application (withdrawn) was for one 42m meters high. The application numbers are 17/02237/FUL and 17/02238/ADV. The plans, etc, can be viewed by clicking here



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08/08/2017 05:37 PM
Planning application to build 130 homes on Whitehart Meadow has been refused
Good news for Theale! The planning application to build 130 homes on Whitehart Meadow has been refused permission by #WestBerks Council. The reasons for refusal were:

  1. The site is outside the settlement boundary
  2. The site is in Flood Zone 2
  3. Insufficient consideration has been given to the management of surface water for the development
  4. No adequate justification for the absence of affordable housing in the proposal

I will not be surprised if the developer appeals, though.
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03/08/2017 08:48 PM
Petition asking West Berks Council to reverse its decision to charge for disposal of oil, DIY waste and tyres

Please sign my petition asking for West Berks Council to reverse its decision to charge its residents to dispose of Soil, Rubble, Ceramics, Plasterboard and Tyres at their Recycling Centres: please click here



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03/08/2017 03:43 PM
Planning application submitted to build a new fire station in Theale.
Planning Application 17/02128/COMIND has been submitted to West Berkshire Council to build a fire station in Theale. The proposed site is at the A4/A340/Wigmore Lane roundabout in Theale. The plans can be viewed, and comments made, by clicking here

The plans can also be viewed at Theale Parish Council offices in the Recreation Ground, Englefield Road between 10 am and 1 pm Monday to Friday.
Comments can also be sent by post to the Chief Planning Officer, West Berkshire Council, Market Street, Newbury, RG14 5LD, or by email to planapps@westberks.gov.uk, quoting the application number. The application will normally be decided by Council planning officers unless at least 10 objections are received. In that case the application will be decided by the Eastern Area Planning Committee. Please see over the page for plans showing what is proposed. Theale Parish Council will be deciding on its comments on the proposal at its meeting at 7:30 pm this Monday, 7th August. The meeting will be held in: Peter Gooch Room The Pavilion Recreation Ground Englefield Road Theale
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02/08/2017 09:34 PM
Meeting of Theale Parish Council
Regular meeting of the parish council

Monday 7th August, 19:30 to 21:30

The Peter Gooch Room, The Pavilion, Recreation Ground, Englefield Road, Theale

Agenda: www.thealeparishcouncil.gov.uk/Theale-PC/UserFiles/Files/TPC%20Agenda%2007-08-17.pdf
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02/08/2017 02:37 PM
Bike and wheels stolen from Waterside Drive, Theale
Police Alert: Between 29/07 & 31/07 offender(s) stole a Rockhopper 2015 bike & wheels from another bike in Waterside Drive, Theale. If anyone has information about this incident please contact the 24 hour Police Enquiry Centre on 101 (Ref 43170226931)
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02/08/2017 02:30 PM
Criminal damage in Theale High Street
Police Alert: Between 28/07 & 31/07 offender(s) smashed a window in High Street, Theale. No items stolen. If anyone has information about this incident please contact the 24 hour Police Enquiry Centre on 101 (Ref 43170225997)
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01/08/2017 09:02 PM
West Berks Council to introduce charges to dispose of soil, rubble, ceramics, plasterboard and tyres
West Berkshire Council will introduce charges to dispose of soil, rubble, ceramics, plasterboard and tyres at their Recycling Centres from 4th Sept:



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28/07/2017 08:53 PM
Planning application to demolish Kremer's body shop and build 6 flats on the site has been refused
The planning application to demolish Kremer's body shop in Theale High Street and build 6 flats on the site has been refused
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28/07/2017 08:44 PM
Planning application to provide a new playing field approved
The planning application to provide a new playing field on the agricultural field near Theale Golf Club was approved by the West Berks Council Eastern Area Planning Committee meeting on Wednesday 26th July.
The new field will partly compensate for pitches lost as a result of the new primary school being built (assuming the land is released by the parish council).
Unfortunately, Theale Parish Council has serious concerns about the plans, so I'm not sure whether they will be able to release the land for the school. TPC wasn't consulted on amendments to the plans that were required by West Berks' Highways and Footpaths officers.
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22/07/2017 06:29 PM
Planning application 17/00743/FUL
The planning application to provide a new playing field on the agricultural field near #Theale Golf Club will be decided by the West Berks Council Eastern Area Planning Committee meeting on Wednesday 26th July. The officer's recommendation is for approval.

If approved, the new field will partly compensate for pitches lost as a result of the new primary school being built (assuming the land is released by the parish council).

The meeting will be held at The Calcot Centre in Highview, Calcot, and will start at 6:30pm.


The officer's report can be read at http://decisionmaking.westberks.gov.uk/documents/s59052/17.00743%20Land%20north%20of%20Englefield%20Road.pdf
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18/07/2017 01:18 PM
Number plates stolen from BMW in Station Rd Theale
Number plates stolen from BMW in Station Rd #Theale. Police Alert: On 17th July between 8am & 9pm offender(s) stole the number plates belonging to a grey BMW in Station Rd, Theale. If anyone has info, please call the Police on 101 (Ref 43170211384)
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17/07/2017 12:42 PM
UPDATED: Site visit for Planning application 17/00743/FUL for change of use to playing field for land north of Englefield Road, #Theale, will be held on Wednesday morning 9:30am
Site visit for Planning application 17/00743/FUL for change of use to playing field for land north of Englefield Road, #Theale, will be held on Wednesday morning 9:30am.

Please note that revised plans have been uploaded to the planning portal. Parking spaces have been increased and the public footpath is no longer obstructed.
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11/07/2017 10:35 AM
Planning application to allow the Padworth recycling centre to accept non-recyclable waste submitted

A planning application to allow the Padworth recycling centre to accept non-recyclable waste has been submitted at last!


It's a shame that West Berks Council didn't arrange this when they decided to stop paying for its residents to use the Smallmead site in Reading!

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07/07/2017 11:52 AM
Theale Library Needs You!
Theale Library is open! 

West Berks Council has decided to keep all its libraries open, except one branch on the outskirts of Newbury. This means that Theale Library is still open! Unfortunately, the threats of closure that were made by the Council mean that some people don't realise that the library is still open and usage has dropped off. If you are a registered user, then please continue to use the library. If you are not, why not pop along and see the wide range of books, DVDs, etc., that you can borrow? You can also use the computers in the library to access the Internet for free! The new opening hours can be found at http://info.westberks.gov.uk/article/29655/Theale-Library

If people don't use the library then it may be threatened with closure again. Use it or lose it!


Do you like helping people? Do you have a couple of hours spare each week? Why not volunteer to help at Theale Library? Although there is a librarian at each branch library, the library service now relies on volunteers to make up the staff. If you want to know more, please contact me (alan@macro.org.uk) and I'll put you in touch with one of the existing volunteers so that you can have a chat. If you want to go straight ahead and apply, please use the form on www.westberks.gov.uk/volunteer




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06/07/2017 08:58 PM
Council Ward Boundary Review - New Proposals for Theale
Last year West Berkshire Council decided to reduce its number of councillors from 52 to 42. The reduction will come into effect at the next council elections in May 2019. The reduction means that each councillor will represent about 25% more electors and this, in turn, means that the wards they represent will have to be bigger.

The Council proposed new boundaries for Theale ward in April that would have extended it to include Englefield, Tidmarsh and Sulham. Its proposals did not account for the extra housing that had been given planning permission or the housing sites that the council itself had allocated! In Theale, this would be an extra 450 homes! Both Theale Parish Council and I complained about this in our responses to the Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBCE).

Our complaints bore fruit and the LGBCE are now consulting on revised electorate numbers for the whole district. West Berkshire Council are responding to this consultation with new boundary proposals. In the case of Theale the proposal is for the boundaries to be the same as now, i.e. just the parish of Theale. This is the area within the grey dotted lines on this map.

You can have your say on the consultation by clicking "Further consultation on warding arrangements" on www.lgbce.org.uk/current-reviews/south-east/berkshire/west-berkshire. The deadline for responses to the consultation is Monday 10th July.




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04/07/2017 04:43 PM
Theale Green School headteacher to stand down after "requires improvement" verdict from OFSTED
Story from Reading Chronicle:

http://www.readingchronicle.co.uk/news/15387035.Head_teacher_announces_resignation_days_after_poor_Ofsted_report
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29/06/2017 02:55 PM
Theale Medical Centre "requires improvement" - CQC
Result of the inspection by the Care Quality Commission in March 2017:

Letter from the Chief Inspector of General Practice

We carried out a short notice announced comprehensive inspection at Theale Medical Centre on 15 and 24 March 2017. We rated the practice as good for providing Effective, Caring and Responsive services and requires improvement for Safe and Well Led. Overall the practice is rated as requires improvement.
Our key findings across all the areas we inspected were as follows:
The areas where the provider must make improvement are:
The areas where the provider should make improvements are:

Professor Steve Field (CBE FRCP FFPH FRCGP) 

Chief Inspector of General Practice
The full report can be accessed at: www.cqc.org.uk/sites/default/files/new_reports/AAAG3784.pdf
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28/06/2017 10:29 PM
Agenda for Theale Parish Council meeting 3rd July 2017
AGENDA
PART 1
           
Apologies for absence & Declarations of Interest

1        Open Forum for members of the public (15 minutes)

2    Chairman’s remarks - notification of matters to be raised.

                        SECTION A


            *MINUTES

        To adopt the Minutes of the Meeting of the Council held on 5th June 2017.                                          
           
4          Matters arising from the Minutes of the Meeting of the Council of 5th June 2017 referred to at (3).
           

 SECTION B 
                                               
5          District Council Report
                       
6          *Clerk’s Report  
        
   7           New Planning Applications – to include all received by meeting date 
              

17/000743/FUL
Additional drawings/ Amended plans



Proposed change of use of land from agricultural to outdoor recreational & leisure facilities with parking.

Land North of Englefield Road,  
Theale

West Berkshire Council

16/03613/OUTMAJ

Two sets of Additional drawings/ Amended plans
Outline application for residential development for up to 130 dwellings, associated access, car parking & landscaping. Matters for consideration: Access only

Whitehart Meadow,
High Street,
Theale



Central Corporation Projects Ltd


17/01539/HOUSE


Two storey side extension & single storey rear extension

29 The Green,
Theale
RG7 5DR
Adam & Anna Gunton

17/01588/COMIND
Demolition of existing building & re-development of site to provide new building with an area of 12,517m² for use within classes B1(c), B2 & B8 plus ancillary offices, associated access, parking, servicing & landscaping. (Scheme 1)

McKay Securities PLC Site,
Former Kuehne & Nagel Site,
Brunel Road,
Theale
McKay Securities PLC

17/01589/COMIND
Demolition of existing building & re-development of site to provide four new buildings with a combined area of 10,935m² for use within classes B1(c), B2 & B8 plus ancillary offices, associated access, parking, servicing & landscaping. (Scheme 2)

McKay Securities PLC Site,
Former Kuehne & Nagel Site,
Brunel Road,
Theale
McKay Securities PLC
                                                                                                                 
                          8        *Grant Requests
                                    Members to consider the Grant Application Report provided by the clerk and RESOLVE accordingly.  

9          *WBC’s Parish Council Clerks’ Devolution Workshop  
                                    This event was held on 12th June, Members to consider the clerk’s written report.    

                          10      *Electoral Review of West Berkshire  
The Local Government Boundary Commission is conducting a second review of warding arrangements in West Berkshire using the revised electorate forecast figures provided by WBC. The public can submit comments on the consultation portal at www.lgbce.org.uk . Members to discuss.   
                      
                          11       *Internal Financial Control  
Members to consider clerk’s report to council on improving internal financial controls and the appointment of an Internal Checker. Members to RESOLVE accordingly.   

                          12       *BALC Membership
Members to RESOLVE on renewing TPC’s membership of the Berkshire Association of Local Councils.


                          13       *Insurance     
 TPC’s insurance is due for renewal on 1st August 2017, it has a long term agreement with Came & Company until July 2018. Members to RESOLVE on renewal premium of £1,671.15.  

                        14         Theale Library Building - Update
            Members of the TPC Library working group met with West Berkshire Council on 13th July. Further meetings regarding the future of the Gateway centre are planned. Cllr Richardson to give an update.
                   
      15        *Policy on Recording of Meetings
                 Members to consider and RESOLVE to adopt the TPC Policy on Recording of Meetings.
     
     16         *Theale Primary School Sports Day  
Members to note the letter of response received from the school’s Headteacher.  
.               
17         Pavilion Roof Damage
            Following a recent increase in damage to the pavilion’s gable end roof, Members are asked to formalise the clerk’s previous requests to T&TCC for measures to be taken by the club to reduce the damage caused by cricket balls when people are using the nets.

18         *Marketing Training Event
            SLCC is holding a ‘How to Promote Your Assets, Venues & Facilities’ training event on 25th July in Newbury. In light of the council’s need to promote the Gateway, the Cumber Hall and, possibly, other facilities, the clerk would like to attend. Members to RESOLVE accordingly.

19        *Authorisation of payments

Council to authorise payments listed on sheet No.491 and dated 3rd July 2017.

For information only:         Direct Debit sheet – May 2017          


SECTI            ON C


 20       *Information Sheet         
            
Correspondence and items of information received since 5th June 2017.



SECTION D


 21         CHAIRMAN’S REMARKS

Chairman to issue any notice and to deal with any matter notified under (3) above.


Pursuant to section 1(2) of the Public Bodies (Admission to Meetings) Act 1960 it is resolved that, because of the confidential nature of the business to be transacted, the public and the press leave the meeting during consideration of Part II.


                                       Part II


                                    For information only: Payment sheet No. 492 and dated 3rd July 2017.
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28/06/2017 05:25 PM
Corrected: New opening hours for Theale Library from 3rd July
New opening hours will come into operation for Theale Library from 3rd July. It will close an hour earlier on Thursdays and open 30 minutes later on Saturday mornings. The new opening hours will be:

Monday:
1pm to 5pm*
Wednesday:
10:30am to 5pm
Thursday:
2pm to 6pm
Friday:
10:30am to 5pm
Saturday:
10:00am to 12:30pm
*Please note that West Berks libraries aren't open on bank holidays (including Good Friday

New staffing arrangements for all branch libraries also come into effect on 3rd July. The libraries will be staffed by one employee assisted by volunteers. More volunteers are needed for Theale. You can find out more or apply to be a volunteer here.
Longer opening hours may be possible in the future if more volunteers come forward.
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20/06/2017 04:17 PM
House in Meadow Way, Theale, burgled while occupants slept.
I have been informed by the parish clerk that "a house in Meadow Way was burgled last night whilst the occupants were asleep. The offenders climbed in through an open upstairs window and made off with all the vehicle keys, wallets, driving licences etc. The occupants discovered the break-in when they woke up this morning.

You may wish to spread the word that people need to take care when leaving windows open - burglars love the hot weather."
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15/05/2017 06:44 PM
UPDATED: West Berkshire Council consulting on its "Minerals and Waste Local Plan Preferred Options
West Berkshire Council voted to issue its "West Berkshire Minerals and Waste Local Plan Preferred Options" for consultation at its meeting on 9th May. One of the preferred options is to allocate a site called "Tidney Bed" which is located between the A4 road and the railway just the other side of the Spring Inn from Theale. The document also proposes to safeguard the cement, aggregate and asphalt depots in Wigmore Lane, Theale.

You can take part in the consultation by going here. The consultation finishes on 30th June.
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