5 May 2021
It is now confirmed that the proposed ward boundary changes for Reading have become law and will come into force at the local elections in 2022. As a result all Caversham wards will have three councillors. This CADRA News Item provides a useful summary. More information about the process and the associated papers are at: www.lgbce.org.uk/all-reviews/south-east/berkshire/reading
In May 2022, there will be elections for all 48 council seats, across all the 16 new wards. In subsequent years, as now, a third of the seats will be up for election. For each ward, which councillors are required to seek re-election in 2023 and 2024 will depend on the votes they got in 2022. Those with the least being up for election first, in 2023, and those with the next lowest votes will have to seek re-election in 2024. Those getting the most will serve the full four years.
19 January 2020
We use photos, pictures and maps of Caversham on the web site, to help us tell a story. If you have interesting images you would like to share, please email them with a description to: email@example.com
Here is a selection of images we have that you might enjoy:
The Thames looking upstream from Caversham Bridge (Provided by Haslams Surveyors)
Church St from Church Rd towards Priory Ave, early 1900's
N.B. From May 2022, new boundaries will come into place: Boundaries 2022
Until then: Caversham, Peppard and Thames Wards are all represented by three Councillors. Mapledurham has a small number of voters and is represented by one Councillor.
Councillors are elected for four years. Every year an election is held for one seat in each ward, except in the fourth year, when there is no election.
These links provide details of Reading councillors by ward.
The dates of forthcoming Reading Borough Council committee meetings are available through this link. Just before a meeting the details of the agenda and the papers are also on their website.
Following a question at the CADRA AGM on 12 May 2015 on the possibility of a Local Council for Caversham, we agreed to make further information available.
The first step in the process would be to petition Reading Borough Council to carry out a Community Governance Review (CGR). This requires signatures from 7.5% of the population within the defined area of Caversham. Guidance is available at: http://www.nalc.gov.uk/our-work/create-a-council
DCLG Guidance on Community Governance Reviews can be found at. https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/8312/1527635.pdf
The update on the criteria for a petition can be found at http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201415/cmselect/cmdelreg/969/96904.htm
For the 2012 Heritage Open Days, CADRA and the Friends of Caversham Court Gardens joined together to lead Heritage Walks of Caversham. The route was based partly on the heritage map, which is to go up outside Caversham Library as part of the Caversham 100 Years On project. CADRA has been responsible for the research and coordination of the map, working with local artists and designers
Visitors began their tour on Caversham Bridge for a brief glimpse into some of the early history of Caversham manor and the growth of industry, commerce and leisure as the village expanded. From a site of pilgrimage to a tourist destination and now to a thriving urban centre, Caversham has developed through the ages and still has examples of architecture from the 12th century to the 21st.
There are many hidden gems to please the eye, and many characters who contributed to Caversham's history. The walks sought to draw attention to some of these and to build on the legacy of the Caversham 100 Years On project. Visitors ended their walk in Caversham Court Gardens for tea by the river and further insights into the history of the area with a tour of this recently-restored site.
It was originally planned to take two groups of fifteen people but as these booked up so quickly, an extra two groups were arranged and all four tours were fully booked. The groups included people from Caversham, Reading and across the world.
Look out for local events over the Heritage Weekends each September at https://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/about