Council Covid-19 Update

10 April 2021

Council News Update - 9 April

RBC £1M Active Travel Fund Consultation

21 March 2021

Reading Borough Council have been allocated more than a million pounds, through the Government’s Active Travel Fund, to help improve walking, cycling and public transport facilities,  and they would like to understand your views on their early ideas.

Whilst none of the ideas are in Caversham, they could require significant changes on these four major routes into the town:

  • Bath Road/Castle Hill (Southcote Lane – Inner Distribution Road (IDR)/Castle Street)
  • London Road (Borough Boundary to London Street)
  • Shinfield Road (Christchurch Green – Shinfield Rise)
  • Southampton Street (Pell Street/Crown Street –Bridge Street/Fobney Street)

The details can be viewed and commented on via this link.

Active Travel Fund - Cycling, Walking and Public Transport - Initial Engagement


Monthly Roundup

12 March 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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Archived Monthly Roundups

Reading Golf Club Develpment Plan - CADRA's Comments

12 March 2021

CADRA has submitted their Comments on Reading Golf Club's new Planning Application to build 257 houses on the Emmer Green golf course.

Current Planning Applications

11 March 2021

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.

Nationwide Caversham Branch Closure - Add Your Voice

9 March 2021

Nationwide Building Society has announced the closure of the Caversham branch, removing the last banking facility this side of the river. CADRA is in correspondence with Nationwide and joined our MP, Councillors and Caversham Traders for a meeting with Nationwide Senior Managers to raise concerns and seek a review.

To add your voice you can:

Nationwide will be holding a Caversham Tea and Tech Webinar 15:00am on Tuesday 13th April 2021. Members can register on this link.

Caversham- Tea and Tech Event. They are also providing telephone advice on request.

Healthwatch Reading - March Newsletter

2 March 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.

All over 60s can now book online for a vaccination, without needing an invitation letter.

Thames Valley Police Community Speedwatch Newsletter

26 February 2021

Thames Valley Police's Community Speedwatch have issued their first Newsletter.   Community Speedwatch is a national initiative, where proactive members of local communities join with the support and supervision of their local police, to record details of speeding vehicles using approved detection devices. For more information click this link to Community Speedwatch, who are an independent pressure group concerned about speeding.

Reading Police Area Winter Burglary Campaign’s Advice Update

28 January 2021

Reading Priority Crime Team and Reading Neighbourhood Policing Teams (part of  Thames Valley Police) have added to their advice to householders on protecting their property:

How to protect your property against vandalism

Protect your motorcycle, moped or scooter from theftEmail tracking gif

Secure your shed or garage

Protect your home by protecting your gardenEmail tracking gif

Mark Your Property to Deter Burglers

Control Access with Doors You can Trust

Covid Vaccination news from our local surgeries

27 January 2021

Balmore Park Surgery have posted this news about the Caversham vaccination programme on Facebook, which also applies to Emmer Green Surgery.

Our COVID vaccine clinics are running very smoothly in partnership with Emmer Green Surgery. More than 3,400 Pfizer vaccines have now been given across the two surgeries. We have had lots of positive feedback on the organization and attentiveness of staff, so thank you for these comments.

We are not receiving a delivery of the Pfizer vaccine this current week, and are waiting to hear when we will next receive a delivery. We have however, received a delivery of the AstraZeneca vaccine.

Therefore, we will be running small AstraZeneca clinics this coming Saturday at both Emmer Green and Balmore Park Surgeries. It is possible to host our individual surgery clinics this time because this vaccine has a less complex storage requirement. Please do not telephone the surgery as we will invite people to attend either by text or telephone. We will be inviting patients who have yet to receive their vaccine in categories 1,2, 3 and 4, so if you are in one of these categories and have not been contacted yet, you will receive a text or call this week for your appointment.

We have also started vaccinating our housebound patients. We are trying to telephone patients or their carers the day before a visit takes place so that they get some warning, but some are proving difficult to reach. A visit will however still be attempted. It should take a few week for us to visit all housebound patients. Those who are currently isolating or in hospital, will be contacted again when they are well enough to receive the vaccine.

Residents of our Learning Disability homes and their staff will also be vaccinated this week.

Please remember that we do not yet know if people who have had the vaccine can still pass on the virus to others, so please maintain all precautions even when you have had the vaccine.

We would be very grateful if you could pass on this information to your friends, family and neighbours who do not have access to the internet or use social media.

2021 Census

19 January 2021

Census Day is Sunday 21 March and the Office of National Stattistics have issued a Leaflet about it.

Thames Parks Vision Statement

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.

Ask the Police - Answers to Your Questions by the Police

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:

Contact the Police

Ask the Police: What is 101 and when should it be used?

Ask the Police:  What do the police class as an emergency/when should I call 999?

WWI - Remembering the street where they lived

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.

Government Consultation on Sweeping Changes to the Planning System

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. 

Reading Borough Council Planning Committee will discuss the Council's Response to the Government's proposals at their 7 September Meeting.

Here are two Government papers about the their proposals. 

Planning for the future - White Paper

Planning for the Future: planning policy changes in England in 2020 and future reforms

The consultation closes on the 29 October.