20 May 2022
In 2011 this interesting leaflet about Emmer Green and its history was published by the Emmer Green Residents' Association (EGRA). Click on the individual pages to read about Emmer Green.
16 May 2022
Getting ready for the CADRA AGM. Thank you to the New Testament Church of God for hosting us - memories of the old Glendale Cinema. Thank you to all who came and the new members who joined.
14 May 2022
The CADRA AGM takes place on: Monday 16 May 2022 at 7.30pm in the New Testament Church of God, Church Street, Caversham.
Following the brief formal business, we are delighted that Inspector Sarah Sanderson will be talking about local policing, the team she heads up, along with PC Vince Moore, the Neighbourhood Supervisor.
It's also a good chance to find out more about CADRA and take up membership. Everyone is welcome.
11 May 2022
The detailed plans for the historic house and land at Caversham Park are on the Council website (220409). We have sent CADRA's Comments to the RBC. The application has many documents. We have summarised the proposal and provided links to some useful documents to read:
The house will be converted to 64 assisted living units for the over 55s. A 64 bed care home. 61 age-restricted retirement dwellings, including conversion of the existing Bursars House, The Lodge and 2 Caversham Park Drive. Plus 5 market dwellings and 28 affordable dwellings.
Refurbishment and extension of the existing pavilion to provide changing facilities, cafe studio and sports provision comprising 2 croquet lawns, 2 bowling greens and an additional tennis court. Refurbishment of the existing tennis court and associated parking and landscaping.
Heritage Part 1 (See 5.3.1 -pages 30/31)
Views with Heritage Interest Report by the Reading Conservation Areas Advisory Committee refers to the house in section 8 on page 56.
Historic England's Assessment - As we said in our February Roundup, we were pleased to see that they expressed concern that there may be a significant impact on the historic environment. They noted “the considerable residential development [proposed] within the Grade II Registered Park and Garden, and the conversion of and development in the setting of a Grade II country house”.
11 May 2022
John Campbell, Chief Constable of Thames Valley Police will be answering your questions live from 7pm on Wednesday 18 May. For details go to Ask the Chief Constable.
11 May 2022
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 May 2022
2 May 2022
These are local organisations that provide a list of some forthcoming events. It is by no means comprehensive, but they are local and have a genuine interest in the local cummunity.
The new What's On in Reading website replaces the existing Reading Arts and Venues. The big difference is that groups other than RBC related are able to add their events to the programme (after some training).
Reading Borough Council - Things to do
Choose Caversham - Events
South Oxfordshire District Council - Events
There are also other organsisations which we think mught be of interest to our members:
Concerts in Caversham regularly put on "high quality concerts brought to you by some of the most talented musicians in the country".
2 May 2022
The Caversham Arts Trail takes place on two weekends in May this year: the 14th & 15th, and the 21st & 22nd.
28 April 2022
11 April 2022
Reading Water Fest on Saturday 4 June 2022 has been arranged to coincide with the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Bank Holiday weekend.
This accessible one-day event will take place between 11am and 5pm within the Forbury Gardens, Abbey Ruins and along the River Kennet.
Water Fest is Reading’s largest free town centre-based community event. It features an exciting mix of arts, culture and heritage, with a plethora of live entertainment, children’s activities and refreshments, water activities, narrow boats, craft and charity stalls.
The event celebrates and showcases the Kennet Canal in all its glory, along with the gorgeous and historic spots on its towpath, with the chance to spot beautifully painted boats and chat to boaters. It is run in partnership with the Kennet and Avon Canal Trust and will also partner with the Blue Collar Street Food event in the Forbury. Waterfest Counncil News
31 March 2022
On 02 March 22 the Reading Planning Applications Committee, by a majority vote, approved the application for the Reading Golf Club land in Emmer Green. The decision leaves many people deeply disappointed. CADRA was pleased to join EGRA and KEG in representing local concerns and setting out reasons for refusal. Prior to the meeting CADRA emailed all Planning Committee Members with a Plea to Refuse the Application.
Cllr. Mitchell requested the Secretary of State to “call in” the application, CADRA has supported this with this Letter to Mchael Gove.
On 31 March The Secretary of State advised that he will not 'call in' the application for Reading Golf Course. We therefore await news of the various detailed agreements to be signed before a Decision Notice is issued.
26 March 2022
1 March 2022
We are grateful to the Lead Councillor for Neighbourhoods & Communities, who has provided a very useful explanation of the reasoning behind waste bin collection, and to Mark Heaps (WADRA) for his help.
26 February 2022
Healthwatch Reading, produce regular helpful and interesting information on local health issues.
The latest Newsletter includes: Covid booster information, the new Government plan on GP access and also a request to those who have had hospital care in the past 18 months or are still waiting to be seen, to complete their survey.