19 January 2021
Census Day is Sunday 21 March and the Office of National Stattistics have issued a Leaflet about it.
13 January 2021
CADRA sends an email monthly to all members, keeping them up to date with the main issues covered at our latest monthly committee meeting and other news.
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13 January 2021
CADRA maintains a summary of the significant local planning applications and appeals which is updated each month. Each application listed provides a direct link the RBC website where plans can be seen and comments sent on line. Links to the Planning Inspectorate show progress on appeals. Applications in South Oxfordshire which are significant and close to the border with Reading are also listed.
11 January 2021
Reading is one of a few large Thameside towns in having a ribbon of green space, almost entirely free of development, open to the public and with little that is privately owned.
Although written in 2004, we think Reading Borough Council's Thames Parks Vision Statement is still relevant today. It is a strategy for maintaining and improving this precious public resource, so that it may continue to be enjoyed by as many and as wide a range of people as possible.
6 January 2021
4 January 2021
Healthwatch Reading, produce regular helpful and interesting information on local health issues. Their latest Newsletter includes a very good Guide to using local health and care services as lockdown eases, which you may find helpful.
8 December 2020
Ask the Police is an official police resource that provides Q&A's to a wide variety of the general public's most frequently asked policing questions. It offers an alternative online option, reducing calls to the police, freeing up resources and saving money.
These other Police links may help you understand when and how to contact them:
13 November 2020
A Street Near You provides a permanent reminder of how WWI affected every community accross the country. By searching your own local streets, you will find the names of all those who gave their lives in the 1914-18 world war.
6 November 2020
As the evenings get darker this is a gentle reminder about protecting your property in the winter from Reading Priority Crime Team and Reading Neighbourhood Policing Teams:
Mark Your Property to Deter Burglers
3 November 2020
The Government has launched a public consultation on proposals to make major changes to the UK planning system. Their objective is to simplify and speed-up the way planning permission is granted. A key proposal would see all land categorised for development as: Growth, Renewal or Protected. On adoption of a local authority's Local Plan, Growth areas will automatically receive outline planning permission.
As well as CADRA's response to the consultation, other organisations have commented.
Civic Voice, a national charity for the civic movement in England, whose aim is to make places more attractive, enjoyable and distinctive, and promote civic pride, have produced a useful Briefing Paper on the proposals.
Here are two Government papers about the their proposals.
The consultation closes on the 29 October.
30 September 2020
Following the second consultation which closed in July, the Local Government Boundary Commission has now issued its Final Report. Subject to parliamentary approval, this will be implemented for the 2022 local elections. It shows four wards for North Reading: Caversham Heights, Emmer Green, Caversham and Thames which spans the river, taking in part of Lower Caversham and extending to parts of New Town. The boundaries shown are the same as those in the draft recommendation except for a change to Caversham Ward which now includes St Peters Church, Caversham Court and the main Caversham Centre. CADRA and Friends of Caversham Court Gardens requested that these should not be split across Ward Boundaries. With two additional Councillors for Reading, the changes produce 16 wards, each with three Councillors and a similar number of electors. At present Mapledurham Ward is smaller with only one Councillor. Click the maps to see it at full size.
21 September 2020
The North Reading Neighbourhood Policing Team will be holding a Have Your Say meeting on: Friday 25 September 2020, at the Milestone Centre, Caversham Park Village from 7-8pm. The Team say "Come along and meet the team and discuss and crime related issues or concerns you may have".
10 September 2020
Please be aware that Rogue Traders are currently operating in Caversham and are targetting elderly residents. They may claim to work for the Council or a named firm and will urge people into unnecessary and costly repairs.
Reading Priority Crime & Neighbourhood Policing have provided useful advice about Keeping Your Homes, Gardens and Property Secure.
10 September 2020