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

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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15/05/2017 06:42 PM
West Berks Council adopts Housing Site Allocations Document
West Berkshire Council voted to adopt it's Housing Site Allocations Development Plan Document at its meeting held on 9th May. In Theale, the DPD allocates a site for 100 homes in the triangle formed by The Green, the Bradfield road and the A340.

It also extends the village's boundary to include the Lakeside site, between The Green and the bypass.

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10/05/2017 11:57 AM
Latest news about the new Theale Primary School
Theale Parish Council discussed the planning application to provide a new playing field at its meeting on Monday. The proposed playing field would be in the corner of the field next to the golf course and is to partly compensate for the playing space that will be lost when the new primary school is built.

Parish councillors were told that West Berkshire Council's Public Rights of Way team were concerned about the current plan because it would obstruct the public footpath that runs down the side of the road to Theale Golf Club. They had asked for the plans to be changed to avoid the footpath.

There was also a request to thicken the landscape planting around the proposed playing field.

Changing the plans to accommodate these objections would probably mean that the space available for playing and/or parking would be reduced.

Further details of these concerns can be seen on "Update to Agent 1" under "Correspondence"  on http://planning.westberks.gov.uk/rpp/index.asp?caseref=17/00743/FUL. Plans for the proposal and other details can also be accessed on that page.

I have had approval from the chairman of the Eastern Area Planning Committee for the proposal to be decided at a meeting of the committee rather than by planning officers.
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09/05/2017 03:42 PM
M4 will be closed in both directions between J12 & J13 9pm Fri 12th to 6am Mon 15th May
The M4 will be closed in both directions between J12, Theale, and J13, Chieveley from 9pm Fri 12th until 6am Mon 15th May.

The A4 is going to be very busy in both directions around Theale!

Dark Lane and Ashampstead Road will be closed at their bridges under the M4 until Tues 6th June


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07/05/2017 08:29 PM
Agendas for Theale Parish Council AGM and Meeting 8th May 2017
            
ANNUAL MEETING

AGENDA

                               
Apologies for Absence.

1.     Election of Chairman for the Council year 2017/2018      

2.     To receive the Chairman’s Declaration of Acceptance of Office

3.     Appointment of Vice Chairman for the Council year 2017/2018

ITEMS FOR DECISION



4.     Council is invited to appoint representatives to sit on the following outside Bodies:

(a)   AWE Local Liaison Committee
(b)   Theale Rail Sidings Liaison Committee
(c)   Dr Ellerton’s Charity
(d)   Tilehurst Poor Lands’ Charity
(e)   Parish Plan
(f)    Village Hall Committee 
 MEETING OF THEALE PARISH COUNCIL 8th MAY 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

3.         To adopt the Minutes of the Meeting of the Council held on Monday 3rd April 2017.

4.            Matters arising from the Minutes of Meeting referred to at (3), Monday 3rd April 2017.

                        SECTION B


5.         District Council Report
                         
6.         *Clerk’s Report

7.              New Planning Applications – to include all received by meeting date:
7.              

17/00853/FULD
&
17/00854/LBC2
Conversion of existing office space (B1) to two residential flats (C3) including internal modifications

The Bethell & Read Group/ SIPP

Unit 1, Brewery Court,
Theale, RG7 5AJ
17/00913/FULD
&
17/00914/LBC2
Change of use from B1 (office) to C3 (residential) creating 4 flats

Real Estates Associates


Unit 2, Brewery Court,
Theale, RG7 5AJ
17/00743/FUL
Proposed change of use of land from agricultural to outdoor recreational & leisure facilities with parking

West Berkshire Council

Land North of Englefield Road, Theale
17/00777/
COMIND
Site wide lighting scheme for way finding & safety
Patron Arlington SARL

Arlington Business Park, Theale, Reading RG7 4SA
17/00827/
HOUSE

Replaces 16/03575/
HOUSE
Two storey side extension & single storey rear extension
Adam & Anna Gunton
29 The Green,
Theale
RG7 5DR
       
8.     Fire Station - Theale
Members have been informed that RBFRS is holding a public consultation on its plans to build a new fire station at Wigmore Lane, Theale. The consultation takes place on Wednesday 3rd May, 3pm – 5pm & 6pm – 8pm, at the Gateway Centre, Theale Library. Members to note and to discuss any issues arising.   

9.     Theale Library - Update
Cllr Richardson and the Clerk to provide an update on the situation regarding the provision of a library service at Theale and the proposal by WBC that TPC take over responsibility for the Gateway Centre.
                                                
10.   *Theale Station Upgrade
The Clerk has written to the Managing Director, Great Western Railway and to Alok Sharma MP registering TPC’s disappointment in the latest delay to this project. Responses have been received and Alok Sharma is due to meet with a senior figure in the Department for Transport to discuss this matter. Members to note.

11.    Neighbourhood Wardens Scheme
The Clerk will provide an update on work carried out in regard to establishing a replacement scheme.

12.    Thames Valley Police
 A new five year Police and Crime Plan has been published on TVP’s website, setting out the priorities for the years ahead. Members to note.                                                    
                                                            
13.     West Berkshire Heritage Forum
Councillors have been invited to the WBHF AGM which will be held at 7pm on Tuesday 16th May 2017 at Pangbourne Village Hall.

14.  Community Council for Berkshire
TPC’s membership of CCB is up for renewal at an annual subscription cost of £30. Members to RESOLVE accordingly,

15.     Annual Parish Assembly
 A reminder that the Annual Parish Assembly will be held at 7.30pm on Monday 22nd May 2017, in the Peter Gooch room.

16.    Parish Council Street Lights
SSE has informed the council that replacement parts for its street lights will become harder to source in time as low pressure sodium lanterns ceased to be manufactured. Members to discuss the forward planning of an upgrade to TPC’s street lights.

17.      Authorisation of Payments                                   
          Members to authorise payments listed on Sheet No. 487 and dated 8th May 2017.   

         *Direct Debit Report, March 2017 – for information only

SECTION C

18.        *Items for Information  
Correspondence and items of information received since 3rd April 2017                         

SECTION D


19.        Chairman’s Remarks.
            Chairman to issue any notice and to deal with any matter notified under (2) 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.


                        20.         Part II Items
                                    *Members to adopt Part II Minute 153 dated 3rd April 2017.        
                       
                                        For information only – Payment sheet 488 dated 8th May 2017
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26/04/2017 04:58 PM
Consultation on proposals for redevelopment of Kuehne & Nagel site in Theale
Two alternative proposals for the redevelopment of the former Kuehne & Nagel distribution site in Brunel Road are being consulted on. Both are for light industrial, general industrial or distribution use. 

Comments should be made on this form by 5th May 2017.

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25/04/2017 08:03 PM
Public exhibition of plans for a new fire station in Theale
A public exhibition of plans for a new fire station in Theale will be held in 
The Gateway in Church Street (behind Theale Library) between 3pm and 5pm, and 6pm and 8pm, on Wednesday 3rd May.



Newbury Weekly News story:


Residents can hear proposals at an exhibition next week
NEWBURYTODAY.CO.UK

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19/04/2017 05:42 PM
Another application to turn Brewery Court office into apartments
Application 17/00853/FULD has been submitted to turn Unit 1 in Brewery Court, Theale, into two apartments.


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17/04/2017 04:44 PM
Planning application submitted to turn "Unit 2" in Brewery Court, Theale, into 4 flats
Planning application 17/00913/FULD has been submitted to turn "Unit 2" in Brewery Court, Theale, into 4 flats. Unit 2 is currently offices. 

This is the fourth application to turn offices in Brewery Court, including the brewery tower, into flats. Two of the conversions are already occupied.

Documentation and plans for the conversion can be accessed here.



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14/04/2017 04:02 PM
Closed public toilets in Theale could become a home
Theale Parish Council have decided not to try to re-open the public toilets sited next to the car park in Theale High Street. This leaves the way free for West Berkshire Council to take up an offer for the toilets from someone who wnats to develop them into a home. This proposal would still need planning permission.

Newbury Weekly News story
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13/04/2017 11:40 PM
Government inspector approves Housing Site Allocations DPD
A government inspector has approved West Berkshire Council's Housing Site Allocations Development Plan Document. The DPD is now due to be adopted by the council at its meeting on 9th May. In Theale, the DPD allocates a site for 100 homes in the triangle formed by The Green and the Bradfield road. It also extends the village's boundary to include the Lakeside site, between The Green and the bypass.

Newbury Weekly News Story
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11/04/2017 07:18 PM
Planning application for new playing field required by new Theale Primary School
Planning application 17/00743/FUL has been submitted to provide a new playing field that is required to compensate for the space that will be occupied on the North Street Playing Field by the new Theale Primary School.

Location and existing site plan:




Proposed site plan:



Other planning documents can be viewed at here.

Comments can be sent to West Berkshire Council by email at planapps@westberks.gov.uk, specifying the application number 17/00743/FUL.
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01/03/2017 07:07 AM
Long delay before Theale residents will be able to take household rubbish to the Padworth Recycing Centre
Planning problems mean that there will be a long delay before West Berkshire residents will be able to take household rubbish to the Padworth Recycling Centre

Story in the Newbury Weekly News.

The latest news is that it is not likely to be available until the autumn.
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15/02/2017 04:37 PM
Outline planning application for 130 dwellings on Whitehart Meadow submitted
Outline planning application 16/03613/OUTMAJ for 130 dwellings on Whitehart Meadow, Theale, has been submitted.

Details can be found at http://planning.westberks.gov.uk/rpp/index.asp?caseref=16/03613/OUTMAJ
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