Archive News 2013

Reading's Woodlands Project


Reading Borough Council manages over 90 hectares of woodlands. In partnership with the Forestry Commission they have produced a series of management plans for its rejuvenation, full details of which can be found on the: Reading's Woodlands ProjectExternal Link webpage.

They will be holding a local event on: Thursday 26th September 2013 - Mapledurham Pavilion, 7.30pm.

The consultation ends: Friday 11th October 2013.

Reading Festival 2013 - Information for Local Residents


This year’s Reading will take place from Friday 23rd August to Sunday 25th August 2013. The usual information letter has been distributed to households near the festival site and can also be read here This file is in PDF format and will open in a new window.

A concern in previous years has been the traffic congestion on the Monday Bank Holiday on the A4074 and Woodcote Road as festival goers leave Mapledurham Village. At CADRA's request, the organisers are promoting new routes and details can be found in the letter.

The review of comments and complaints logged is a major part of the review process each year, so do take the opportunity of passing on information or concerns to the phone number or email listed.

New Beat the Street Challenge - Double the Distance, Double the Money


Because we reached the initial target with 2 months to spare, they’ve upped the bar. Now if we walk the distance equivalent to 50,000 miles by the 15th September, local schools and the library will receive £6,000 worth of books.

Beat The Street Logo

If you haven’t joined the challenge yet, cards can be obtained from:

  • GP Surgeries : Priory Avenue, Emmer Green or Balmore Park
  • The Library
  • From various business outlets in Caversham displaying the Beat the Street Poster

For more information see the: Beat the Street CavershamExternal Link website.

Major Road Resurfacing starts Monday 22nd July 2013


A major project to resurface main roads will begin next Monday, 22nd July. The work is expected to last seven weeks and a number of roads in Caversham are included.
For full details see: RBC's websiteExternal Link

Changes to Caversham Buses from 8th July 2013


From Monday 8th July 2013 there will be changes to the Caversham bus services due to:

  • the introduction of the Summer Timetable (for 8 weeks)
  • the opening of the brand new Reading Station North Interchange, which will provide quicker to the Station for rail passengers.

For the shoppers, buses will still start and finish in Central Reading; it's just that they will now visit the Interchange on the way in and out of Reading.

"Save Our Home" Petition to be Presented at Council Meeting


The Campaigners of "Save the Arthur Clark Care Home" report that they have gathered over 3,400 signatures; the issue will therefore be debated at the full council meeting of Reading Borough Council on: Tuesday 25th June 2013 at 6.30pm, where the petition will be presented.

They would welcome as many campaign supporters as possible to join petitioners outside the Civic Centre from 6pm onwards and also attend the 6.30pm meeting.

Changes to Reading Borough Council's Online Planning Database


Reading Borough Council is in the process of changing the database which is used to record current planning applications.

The Planning Register can now be accessed via this link: Link

At CADRA, we will do our best to make the monthly planning lists on our website as comprehensive as we can during this changeover period.

Beat The Street Logo

Caversham Beat the Street Walking Challenge


The scheme will run from the 15th June until 15th September 2013 and it’s designed to encourage people to walk locally, rather than use their cars. Anyone living or working in Caversham can take part.

You score points by walking and tapping a dedicated RFID (Radio Frequency ID) card on sensors (Beat Boxes) positioned around Caversham. The target is for the people of Caversham, collectively, to walk the distance equivalent to 25,000 miles, or around the world!

For more information about the scheme and where to get your card visit the: Caversham Beat the StreetExternal Link website.

Reading Neighbourhood Action Group Survey 2013


Reading Borough Coucil has launched a borough-wide Neighbourhood Action Group Survey, the results of which will help to determine the priorities for the local NAGs over the next 2 years.

Paper copies will be available at all Reading’s libraries and there will be an opportunity in Caversham centre, to complete and hand them in:

  • Thursday 18th July 2013
    St Martins Precinct in Caversham, 11am-2pm

Comments must be submitted by: Wednesday 31st July 2013.

Thames Parks Consultation - Moorings & Recreational Improvements

Thames Parks Consultation Leaflet


A new consultation has been issued concerning plans for new leisure facilities on Christchurch Meadows and new residential moorings at Hill's Meadow. More information can be found in the Thames Parks' Consultation leaflet This file is in PDF format and will open in a new window

There will be consultation sessions, where you can discuss proposals directly with Council Officers:

  • Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th June 2013
    in Christchurch Meadows between midday and 4pm

The consultation will close on the 30th June 2013.

Cow Lane Bridge Closures - May/June 2013


As part of the scheme to widen Cow Lane, Network Rail will close the section of highway on Cow Lane, between Cardiff Road and the Portman Road roundabout. Sign-posted diversions will be in operation.

  • Full weekend closure - 10pm on Friday 31st May until 5am on Monday 3rd June 2013
  • Night-time closures - each night from 8pm until 6am, starting Monday 3rd June and ending at 6am on Sunday 9th June 2013

If you have any questions, contact their 24-hour helpline: 08457 11 41 41.

Consultation on Proposed Resolutions to Control Street Trading and Touting


On 28th February 2013 Parliament passed the Reading Borough Council Act, which gives the Council the additional powers to control street trading and touting in Reading.

In order to bring the powers into effect, RBC intend to pass two resolutions, details of which can be found in the Licensing SectionExternal Link of their website.

The "Designated Area 2" and the "Touting Area" both extend out to parts of Lower Caversham e.g. Christchurch Meadows, Hill's Meadow and over Caversham Bridge, up Prospect Street; the intention is to stop ticket touting for the Reading Festival in this area.
Comments must be submitted by: Friday 31st May 2013.

Let's Talk Care - Modernising Day Care Services for Older People

Let's Talk Care Leaflet


The number of people attending the Council’s day care facilities has fallen and RBC has begun a Consultation - Let's Talk Care, with the aim of modernising services; the consultation period will close on the 14th June 2013.

They will be holding a discussion on:

  • Friday 31st May 2013, 10am - 12.30pm
    Civic offices, Civic Centre, Reading

For more information see the: Let’s Talk Care Leaflet This file is in PDF format and will open in a new window

The Albert Road Day Centre and the attached Arthur Clark Care Home in Caversham are under threat of closure. » more

Public Drop-In and Consultation on the Proposed New Pedestrian & Cycle Bridge

Reading Footbridge Consultation Leaflet


A public consultation drop-in event will take place on:

  • Thursday 2nd May 2013, 3pm to 8pm
    The Old Town Hall in Blagrave Street

Transport officers will be on hand to answer any questions, and you can comment on the proposals.

If you can't attend but want to have your say, or would like to download a consultation leaflet, RBC has now opened an online consultation on the proposed bridge.

Proposed new Pedestrian & Cycle Bridge Over the Thames


Plans to build a new pedestrian and cycle bridge over the River Thames will take a major step forward this week when Reading Borough Council begins an initial consultation on the proposals.

RBC have issued a diagram showing the proposed route of the bridgeExternal Link which will link Christchurch Meadows with the new northern entrance to the Railway Station and the new pedestrian subway under Reading Station.

Waitrose Caversham - Customer Parking Maximum Stay Reduced


With effect from Monday 25th March 2013 Waitrose in Caversham have revised the condtitions of use in their car park.

The maximum stay is now1½ hours with no return within 2 hours.
(Exceeding the maximum period of stay may result in a parking charge of £25.)

Let's Talk Education Feedback Meetings 2013


RBC are running a series of Let’s Talk Education feedback events in March. Local meetings will take place:

  • Wednesday 13 March 2013, 7:30pm
    Highdown School, Surley Row, Emmer Green, Caversham,RG4 8LR
  • Thursday 14 March 2013, 7:30pm
    Caversham Park Village Association, Northbrook Road, Caversham, RG4 6PF

The events are open to all. If you cannot attend you can have your say by completing an online surveyThis is a link to an external website and will open in a new window

Reading Station Improvements - Travelling Easter 2013


From the 1st to the 28th March 2013, there will be no bridge link between the car-park and the station. During this time, there will be a temporary walking route via the new subway and the advice is to allow an extra 15 minutes.

Thursday 28th March – Tuesday 2nd April and Saturday 6th April – Monday 8th April, there will be a revised timetable with restricted services. For detailed information about the changes see the: First Great Western websiteThis is a link to an external website and will open in a new window

Planning: Listed Buildings Guidance


Buildings are listed for their special architectural or historical interest. A building may be listed because of age, rarity, architectural merit or the method of construction. Listing aims to ensure that the architectural and historic interest of a building is preserved within present day uses.
» more

Planning: Tree Preservation Orders


Using Town & Country Planning legislation, local planning authorities are able to protect trees of amenity value by way of a Tree Preservation Order, commonly referred to as a "TPO". This is particularly important when specimen trees are under threat of inappropriate work, damage or felling. » more

Reading Festival 2013 weekend tickets are on sale now


Reading Festival weekend ticketsThis is a link to an external website and will open in a new window are on sale now at 2012 prices for Reading residents, as well as the general public, until the end of February. There will be no resident presale this year, as the tickets are now available for all to purchase at last year’s price.

Temporary Weekend Vastern Road Closures


Vastern Road will be closed off to through traffic in a westbound direction (on the station car park/TGI side of the road) from 7pm on Friday 15th February to the evening of Sunday 17th February. Similar weekend closures, over the same time periods, will then follow on weekends beginning Friday 22nd February, Friday 1st March and Friday 8th March. See RBC's websiteThis is a link to an external website and will open in a new window

Keep Warm and Well this Winter


Are you, or is somebody you know, struggling to stay warm at home and at risk because of the cold this Winter? Reading Borough Council is running a 'Winter Watch Service' from 1st December 2012 to the 31st March 2013. For more details call: 0118 937 3747 or you can download the Winter Watch Leaflet This file is in PDF format and will open in a new window


Reading Neighbourhood Network


CADRA has joined the newly-formed Reading Neighbourhood Network (RNN)This is a link to an external website and will open in a new window, which is an umbrella organisation of residents and neighbourhood groups active across Reading.

New Official website for the Police and Crime Commissioner for Thames Valley


Following the vote on the 15th November, Anthony Stansfeld has been elected as the Police and Crime Commissioner for Thames Valley. You can find more information about the role of the PCC from the official websiteThis is a link to an external website and will open in a new window.

Important News on the Planning Frameworks for Reading and South Oxfordshire


For a number of years Reading Borough Council has been consulting the public on the detailed policy framework for managing and protecting the built, and natural environment in the borough; CADRA has commented at each stage of consultation. » more

Bid to set up a new Primary School in the Caversham area - The Heights Primary


As a result of the meeting held last Thursday 8th November, a parent group was formed to put in a bid to set up a new primary school for the Caversham Heights/Mapledurham area. The chosen name is: The Heights PrimaryThis is a link to an external website and will open in a new window; anyone interested can contact them by email:, or visit their website and complete the online survey.

Let's Talk Education - help shape the Council’s plan to meet the demand for primary and secondary school places in Reading


The closing date for the consultation has been extended to the 18th November 2012.
Go online to complete the survey. Let's Talk EducationThis is a link to an external website and will open in a new window

Reading Museum - Reading at War Project


Reading Museum is developing a programme of events and activities to commemorate the centenary of the First World War. This will culminate in the "Reading at War" exhibition in the Summer of 2014. They have already started planning for the exhibition and have launched a Reading at War Flickr groupThis is a link to an external website and will open in a new window where you can add pictures and stories about your own family’s experience of wartime in Reading.

King’s Meadow Baths site to be re-marketed


On the 5th November 2012 RBC’s cabinet decided to re-market the site in the hopes of attracting an organisation with the funds to redevelop the Grade II-listed King’s Meadow Baths. The King’s Meadow Campaign intends to continue and is seeking public support. » more

New Meeting about School Places - Thursday 8th November 2012


The subject of CADRA’s last open meeting, held in October, was “Planning More School Places”; the event was well attended and indicated the level of people’s feelings about the shortage of school places in the Caversham area.

A meeting has now been organised by parents interested in finding out how to set up a Free School in North Caversham. It starts at 7.30 pm at: The Grosvenor in Kidmore Road, Caversham and RBC officer Kevin McDaniel will be attending.

Earlier Free Travel for Pensioners


Holders of English National Concessionary Travel Scheme cards can now travel free in the Reading urban area from 9am on weekdays. Concessionary Bus PassesThis is a link to an external website and will open in a new window

RBC launch New 'Travel Reading Live' website


RBC has updated its live travel information website, making it much easier to access live public transport and traffic information. You can check the status of local bus, road and rail services before leaving the house. Reading Travel LiveThis is a link to an external website and will open in a new window

Let's Talk Education - help shape the Council’s plan to meet the demand for primary and secondary school places in Reading


Reading Borough Council is exploring ways of increasing the number of school places across the borough to meet the level of demand forecast for the next ten years. They have scheduled a series of ‘Let’s Talk Education’ events around the town. All local residents are invited to make their views known; you do not have to be a parent. You can find details of the local meeting or complete an online survey on RBC’s website: Let's Talk EducationThis is a link to an external website and will open in a new window
The closing date for this consultation is 7 November 2012.
Download the flyer This file is in PDF format and will open in a new window

Local Heritage Exhibition Booklet


Due to its popularity, the booklet containing the material from all the heritage exhibitions has been reprinted and is now available from Word Play in Prospect Street, priced at £10.

Heritage Walks of Caversham 2012


For this year's Heritage Open Days, CADRA and the Friends of Caversham Court Gardens joined together to lead Heritage Walks of Caversham. » more

Front Garden Parking


Some useful guidance notes for householders wanting to pave over their front gardens or replace a driveway. » more

Election of a Police and Crime Commissioner for the Thames Valley Region


On Thursday 15 November 2012, there will be the first election of a Police and Crime Commissioner for the area covered by the TVP. For more information see RBC's websiteThis is a link to an external website and will open in a new window

Planning for Reading Festival 2012


Each year, with other local associations, CADRA meets the Reading Festival organisers to identify practical changes which could reduce problems locally. At our request, additional signs and marshals have been arranged to divert traffic leaving Mapledurham and heading north, to turn left to Oxford away from Caversham centre. We hope this will reduce the congestion on Monday as festival goers head home.
A letter to Residents is delivered to those nearest the site. This sets out the timetable and gives details of how to record concerns.

New Car Park Tariffs


Revised car parking fees come into effect on Monday 6th August 2012. Press ReleaseThis is a link to an external website and will open in a new window

The National Planning Policy Framework


The National Planning Policy Framework was published in March 2012 and will bring significant changes to the planning process. » more

Caversham Community Alcohol Partnership (CAP) launched


A new scheme designed to crack down on alcohol-related anti-social behaviour and under-age drinking was launched in Caversham on Thursday 19th July. Press ReleaseThis is a link to an external website and will open in a new window

Funding for a new pedestrian/cycle bridge


RBC were awarded £20.7 million of their £24 million bid for ’green’ transport initiatives, designed to create an additional 7,200 daily bus trips, 12,050 daily walking trips and 2,300 daily cycle trips across the town and also cut congestion by up to 10%. Outline plans include a new pedestrian/cycle bridge across the Thames, expanded Park and Ride facilities in neighbouring boroughs and a bike hire scheme for Reading, along with a range of other initiatives. We await the details. Press ReleaseThis is a link to an external website and will open in a new window

Date announced for change of pink 22 route


From Monday 2 July 2012 the pink 22 will no longer follow the current route along Hemdean Rd, but will be re-routed via Priest Hill (the previous route from pre-September 2011).


St Peter's Church, Caversham Court Gardens
   Copyright © 2005 - 2018 Edge Impact Consulting Ltd Content Management System (EdgeImpactCMS) Version 4.0,