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16 November 2018

November 2018

Church Street Post Office Closure

15 November 2018

With the closure of the Church Street Pharmacy, which includes the post office, CADRA has been in touch with our MP and the Caversham Traders’ Association. Matt Rodda has said “My expectation is that the Post Office will find alternative premises in Caversham so that local people can continue to be served, without the inconvenience of having to travel to Reading or Emma Green”. He has also written to the Minister for Small Businesses. We will keep you posted in all senses of the word.

Environment Agency flood risk options consultation report published

15 November 2018


The Environment Agency have been investigating options to reduce flood risk from the Thames in Lower Caversham and north Reading.

The Environment Agency website has the background and includes their Consultation Response Report.

The Agency is holding a ‘drop in’ event on Thursday 6th December, 2.30-7.30pm, at Caversham Baptist Church, South Street, where up to date information will be displayed and comments invited.

The Environment Agency’s also produce a newsletter summarising this.

St Peters Conservation Area Appraisal and proposed extension recommended for approval by the RBC

15 November 2018

A paper detailing results of the public consultation into the St Peters Conservation, including the proposed extension will be presented to the Council’s Strategic Environment Planning and Transport Committee on 21st November 2018.

Council officers have recommended that the committee approve the new proposals, which can be viewed at: Draft St Peters Conservaltion Area Appraisal

There is more information about this project at: Background

Planning Appeal for 245 houses on the Caversham boundary at Dunsden has been dismissed!

14 November 2018

The Planning Appeal for 245 houses on the Caversham boundary at Dunsden has been dismissed. This is tremendous news and great credit goes to all the community groups, including CADRA, which fought the case. The Inspector focused on issues of housing numbers, the Local Plan and landscape impact in reaching his decision. Inspector's Decision Notice

Paul Matthews gave expert transport evidence. CADRA worked with the other members of the campaign group (CAGE) in all the build-up, made two statements and were represented throughout the appeal.

Thanks to the financial support from organisations and individuals, CAGE was able to engage a barrister. His contribution was very important and his closing statement to the appeal and other statements can be read here:

CAGE closing statement

CADRA statement

Traffic and transport statement

South Oxfordshire District Council statement

CAGE campaign appeal poster

SODC's Potential housing development areas

On a closely related matter, we have linked up with local parish councils and groups in Caversham and Emmer Green, concerning SODC's recent planning assessment of potential housing developments near the Reading border. For some background read the letter sent by Kidmore End PC to SODC.

Appeal inquiry first stage

The Gladman Inquiry opened Tuesday 1 May and heard evidence on landscape, transport and from interested parties including CADRA, who strongly objected to the development (Our statement). Paul Matthews did an excellent job as professional transport witness and prepared a very detailed statement .

The remainder of the inquiry was deferred until August 29th.  This was because a statement of South Oxfordshire Council's (SODC) housing land supply for 5.4 years was only available shortly before the inquiry. A significant part of Gladman's case was the absence of a 5.4 year land supply, which SODC can now demonstrate.

Background

The SODC Statement of Case submitted before their latest 5.4 year housing plan.

CADRA's objections to this proposal were submitted to the inquiry: CADRA's objections. Reading Borough Council confirmed they will support South Oxfordshire District Council in resisting the appeal in the light of the inadequacy of infrastructure and services.

These are the details of the Gladman planning application submitted to SODC: P16/S3630/O

Although South Oxfordshire District Council had been expected to recommend refusal of this application, the planning officer finally recommended approval. Following substantial opposition from Parish Councils and individuals in South Oxfordshire, Caversham and Emmer Green, the Planning Committee decided to refuse the application. The developer, then Gladman submitted an appeal.

 

The Changing Thames presentation (CADRA Autumn 2018 meeting)

14 November 2018

The presentation ‘The Changing Thames’ given by Terry Marsh, Honorary Fellow of the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Wallingford at CADRA's Autumn 2108 meeting is now available to view.

Current Planning Applications

14 November 2018

Latest Planning Summary

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.

RBC Planning Applications Committee meeting agenda for Wed. 10th Oct

3 October 2018

Meeting agenda and link to the webcast

CADRA’s 2018 Autumn Meeting

12 September 2018

CADRA’s Autumn Meeting is on Tuesday 6th November, 7.45 pm at Thameside School, Harley Rd, Caversham. It will include a talk on ‘The Changing Thames’ from Terry Marsh, Honorary Fellow of the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Wallingford.

To read more from Terry: The Thames - a study in change

RBC Traffic Management Sub-Committee agenda for Wed. 12th Sept and webcast link

5 September 2018

Meeting agenda and link to the webcast

Buses - UK Parliament inquiry into decline of bus market in England outside London

18 August 2018

The UK Parliament launched an inquiry into the decline of the bus market in England, outside London. Submissions closed on 24th September 2018. More details at: 

UK Parliament bus market inquiry

Given the current concerns about the Caversham bus services, this is an opportunity for us all to express ours views for the future. You may wish to give your thoughts on: what the basic criteria should be for an urban service (e.g. frequency, reliability, distance to the nearest stop, ease of connections to hospitals, schools and transport hubs), how bus companies are compensated for concessionary bus pass passengers, the impact of congestion, how should bus companies be regulated and monitored.

New Caversham vehicle waiting restrictions proposed by RBC (Conultation closed)

17 August 2018

RBC are proposing changes to vehicle parking across the borough, some of these are in Caversham.

The changes relating to The Mount and Dovedale Court may be of particular interest to members, as they are close to the new care home being built on Albert Rd, previously the Arthur Clark care home. Here is a drawing of the proposals: The Mount Proposals

Here are the lists of the proposals for each ward: Thames Ward  Caversham Ward 

To see all the proposals with drawings and to comment on them, go to the council's consultation page at: Waiting Restriction Review Programme.  The consultation ends on the 23rd August.

RBC consultation on whether services should be out-sourced (Now closed)

15 August 2018

Reading Borough Council are consulting residents on whether some services, currently delivered directly by the council, should be out-sourced to third party organisations. The services being considered are:

  • The collection of Council Tax and Business Rates, the management of the Council’s Council Tax Reduction Scheme, and payment of Housing Benefit. 
  • Waste Collection and Streetcare
  • Facilities Management and Building Cleaning
  • Parks and Grounds Maintenance
  • Fleet Management
  • Highways and Civil Engineering

Follow this link if you want find out more about this consultation and let RBC know your views:

 https://consult.reading.gov.uk/css/proposal-to-change-the-way-services-are-delivered/

The consultation closes on the 31st August.

Caversham Buses - Matt Rodda's update following the open meeting

8 August 2018

Following the public meeting on the 1st August, Matt Rodda has written to residents; reviewing the current situation, updating them on the actions and asking for their views and concerns: Matt Rodd Letter

Air Quality (GLOBE's Jul 18 test results)

4 August 2018

Caversham GLOBE  have completed another set of air quality tests, which show nitrogen dioxide levels higher than their previous tests in Mar 18. Air Quality Test Results