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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
6pm to 8:30pm
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.
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
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
23/02/2018 11:01 PM
Parish Poll re Releasing Land for New Primary School
A parish poll is to be held between 4pm and 9pm on Thursday March 15th.Theale electors will be asked to answer "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 can be found at: http://info.westberks.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=35090Please note that you need to be registered on the electoral roll at an address in Theale parish to be able to vote. You have to vote at your normal polling station in person - you won't be able to vote by post or by proxy (parish poll regulations).
16/12/2017 04:37 PM
Reported graffiti in Theale High Street
Reported this graffiti in Theale High Street to West Berks Council and to Cardiff City Football ClubThe wall is private property, so the property owner may have to get it cleaned off. I've suggested to Cardiff City FC that they might like to re-reimburse them.
11/12/2017 08:51 PM
Petition to get action on noise from the Theale bypass
Please add your name to my petition
to get action on noise from the Theale bypass. Several residents living near the Theale Bypass have complained to me about the disturbance caused by traffic noise. The noise has increased significantly in recent years, particularly at night. The noise barrier is not effective and doesn’t protect homes in Volunteer Road or James Butcher Drive at all. The council is required to reduce the impact of noise under an EU directive, but has done nothing. To sign, please click here
27/09/2017 03:14 PM
Issued media release re West Berks proposed cutback in litter picking and street cleaning:
I have issued the following media release regarding West Berks Council's proposed cutback in litter picking and street cleaning:
West Berkshire Council are consulting on proposals to change litter picking and street cleansing services to save money. However, Lib Dem environment spokesman Councillor Alan Macro branded the consultation “meaningless”. He said “roads in towns and villages outside town centres are currently litter picked every two weeks. The proposal is to replace that schedule with ‘routine work, supplemented by reactive work where land falls below an acceptable standard’. That phrase is meaningless to most people and that therefore makes the consultation itself meaningless. The council needs to withdraw this consultation and replace it with one worded in plain English”.
10/08/2017 06:54 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.
08/08/2017 04:37 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:
I will not be surprised if the developer appeals, though.
- The site is outside the settlement boundary
- The site is in Flood Zone 2
- Insufficient consideration has been given to the management of surface water for the development
- No adequate justification for the absence of affordable housing in the proposal
03/08/2017 02:43 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 email@example.com, 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