23 October 2020
15 October 2020
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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15 October 2020
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.
14 October 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.
28 September 2020
Here is the latest Newsletter from Reading's Wellbeing Service. The service is overseen by a board drawn from the Council together with representatives of medical, health and welfare organisations in Reading.
24 September 2020
The Council's Policy Committee meeting on Monday 28 September at 6:30pm can be watched online. The Agenda includes an item, which you may find interesting on Supporting Reading's Economic Recovery and Renewal . It outlines the current economic situation in Reading, as a result of COVID-19, and the Council's initial and ongoing response. These appendices accompany it.
Reading "Unlocking" - August Dashboard - Statistics on town centre footfall, employment and transport.
Reading Powered by the People - The Council's economic recovery strategy 2020-22.
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".
21 September 2020
The Council (RBC) have created an easy-access version of the national coronavirus test and isolate messages.
In the interests of reaching as many residents as possible with important coronavirus safety messages, the Council now has a webpage that brings together locally produced information and signposting to national resources in different languages: www.reading.gov.uk/coronavirus-translations
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
6 August 2020
1st October celebrates United Nations Day for Older People, and this year Reading's Older People’s Day Planning Group is organising a Memory Project, to capture a snapshot of this unique time and how it affected the older people of Reading. The Group is made up of residents, members of the Reading's Older People’s Working Group and voluntary sector organisations.
Their aim is to collect stories and materials to make a record of older people's thoughts, memories and experiences of the pandemic, so future generations will understand what was experienced and how it felt for them.
The Group are asking those working with older people to encourage and help them take part. You can download their Memory Project Template, which is designed to help facilitate the collation of memory items including pictures, videos or poems.
3 August 2020
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.
28 July 2020
Thames Valley Police have issued advice on burglary and crime prevention: Mark Your Property & Keep Your Home Safe, and Neighbourhood Watch have news about what is a big and sad rise in Disability Hate Crime, which you may be interested to read.