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

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




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.

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.
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.

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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10/04/2018 04:19 PM
Theale Parish Council agreed in principle to release land required for new primary school
Theale Parish Council agreed "in principle to agree terms of sale" to release land on the North Street Playing Field to allow the new primary school to be built at its meeting last night: http://www.thealeparishcouncil.gov.uk/Theale-PC/news-20549.aspx
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06/04/2018 09:56 AM
Theale Parish Council to make decison about release the land for the new school
A regular meeting of the parish council will be held on Monday 9th April. The following item will be discussed under Part 2 of the agenda:
1. Proposed Primary School on NSPF
Members to discuss information received. In accordance with legal advice provided to the parish council, Members to RESOLVE on a course of action:
a. Refusal to Sell
or
b. Agreement in Principle to Discuss Terms of Sale


Because the item will be in Part 2 it will be discussed without the public or the press being present
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04/04/2018 01:31 PM
Nominations for the vacant parish councillor seat on Theale Parish Council now open
Applications for the vacant parish councillor position can now be submitted. 

Nomination papers can be obtained from the Theale parish council office or West Berkshire Council offices. Completed papers must be delivered to the Returning Officer at West Berkshire Council offices in Market Street, Newbury no later than 4pm on Friday 6th April 2018.

If more than one nomination is received by West Berkshire Council the election is considered contested and a formal by-election will then be held on Thursday 3rd May 2018.
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31/03/2018 08:58 AM
Station Road to be closed northbound between 9th and 20th April
Station Road, Theale, is to be closed northbound between the mini roundabout at the junction with the bypass slip road from 9th to 20th April. This is to allow a new footway to be constructed between the flyover and the mini roundabout. A new pedestrian refuge will also be constructed.
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.

25/03/2018 10:59 AM
West Berks Council’s plans for charging for collecting garden waste for green bins


In summary, it is proposed that the new chargeable garden waste collection service is operated as follows:


In basic terms the subscription pack would have a sticker for the bin and the crew will only collect bins with stickers that are on their list. 

You could still put garden waste in the black bin, but obviously that would go to an energy from waste facility and not for composting. 

At this time WBC are finalising the details of the service and will publish information about how residents can subscribe in due course.  In the meantime households can continue using the service as normal.
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.

11/03/2018 07:47 AM
Railway closed west of Theale Mon 12th Mar to Thurs 15th Mar
The railway will be closed between Theale and Pewsey from Mon 12th March to Thurs 15th March. Buses will replace trains west of Theale. Trains between Theale and Reading or Paddington will run to an amended timetable: https://www.gwr.com/travel-updates/planned-engineering/newbury2018
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11/03/2018 07:31 AM
Overnight piling work at Theale Station
There will be over-night piling work at Theale Station from tonight to Thursday night.

Piling work in connection with electrification of the railway is scheduled for the following dates/times:

Sunday 11 March – Monday 12 March 2018
22:00 – 08:00

Monday 12 March – Thursday 15 March 2018
20:00 – 07:00

Thursday 15 March – Friday 16 March
20:00 – 05:00


Contingency piling may also take place during the day.

https://www.networkrail.co.uk/running-the-railway/our-routes/western/great-western-mainline/west-berkshire/ 
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11/03/2018 07:28 AM
New primary school and housing in Theale
A lot has been posted elsewhere about what effect, if any, the proposed new primary school would have on plans for housing in Theale. There is already planning permission for 350 homes on the Lakeside site (at the end of, and behind, The Green). The field between The Green and the road to Pangbourne (A340) was allocated for up to 100 homes in the last District Plan. These homes can be built whether or not the new school is built.
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08/03/2018 11:25 AM
You will be paying West Berks Council more from April to get less


Last week the council decided to increase council tax by a total of 5.99%, to charge £50 per year to empty green bins, reduce street cleaning and litter picking, and stop informing neighbouring properties about planning applications.
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.

07/03/2018 12:09 AM
Voting in the Parish Poll re New Primary School
You can only vote in person in the parish poll. If you are registered to vote by post or proxy then you can still vote in person in the parish poll at your normal polling station. If you don't know which is your polling station then either phone West Berks electoral services on (01635) 55111 or email me on councillor.macro@theale.org.uk.
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05/03/2018 10:41 AM
Appeal Over Refused Plan for 225 Homes Near Theale
Developer intends to appeal against refusal of planning permission on their plan to build 225 homes on the Burghfield Sailing Club site in Sheffield Bottom, near Theale.

https://www.newburytoday.co.uk/news/news/23512/floating-homes-plans-to-go-to-appeal.html?utm_content=buffer81309&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer

 'Floating homes' plans to go to appeal
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04/03/2018 10:00 AM
Kremer's Car Bodywork Site Planning Appeal
An appeal has been made against refusal of planning permission to build two blocks of flats (2x2-bed and 4x2-bed flats) on the Kremer's car bodywork site (74-76 High Street) in Theale.

Details of the proposal can be viewed at http://planning.westberks.gov.uk/rpp/index.asp?caseref=16/01953/FULD.
If you wish to make comments, or modify/withdraw a previous representation, you can do so online at www.gov.uk/appeal-planning-inspectorate, or by emailing West1@pins.gsi.gov.uk, by 4th April 2018. Specify appeal reference APP/W0340/W/18/3193092
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04/03/2018 09:30 AM
Drop-in Sessions About the Proposed New Primary School.



Drop-in sessions are being held to give Theale residents a chance to find out more about proposals to build a new primary school in Theale. Go along to chat to senior councillors and project officers and ask any questions you have about the school and the work being done to build a new school for the village.

The sessions will be held at Theale Library, in Church Street, on Wednesday 7th March at the following times:

2pm to 4:30pm

and

6pm to 8:30pm
Questions commonly asked about the project and their answers can be found at www.westberks.gov.uk/NewThealeSchoolFAQ
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.

04/03/2018 09:23 AM
Parish Poll re Land for New C of E Primary School

A parish poll (referendum) will take place in Theale on Thursday 15th March. Theale electors will be asked to vote "yes" or "no" to the question: "Should Theale Parish Council relinquish the lease on the land at North Street Playing Fields to allow a new primary school to be built on that site as per planning consent?"
More information about the poll can be accessed by clicking here. The poll will take place between 4pm and 9pm and you should vote at your normal polling station. You can only vote in person - postal and proxy votes are not allowed. Only people who live in Theale parish and registered to vote will be able to vote.
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.

25/02/2018 10:00 AM
UPDATED: Theale High St Closed for 10 days from 27th Feb
Theale High Street will be closed for 10 days from 27th February between Station Road and Hoad Way. This is to allow repairs to the road paving.

Update: Just received the following from roadworks.org:

High Street, Theale, West Berkshire
27 February — 09 March
Delays possible Some carriageway incursion
Works location: Start Location - Outside the Co-Op / End Location - The mini roundabout on Hoad Way.
Works description: Block Paving Repairs - Theale High Street
Responsibility for works: West Berkshire
Current status: Planned work about to start
Works reference: JV00500008622

So it looks like the High Street won't be completely closed


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