Monthly Roundup

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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Archived Monthly Roundups

Current Planning Applications

15 October 2020

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.

Government Consultation on Sweeping Changes to the Planning System

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. 

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.

Council Ward Boundary Changes Final Recommendations

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.

Wellbeing Service Newsletter from the Council

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.

Reading's Current Economic Situation Dashboard

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.

North Reading Neighbourhood Policing Team - Have Your Say Meeting

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".

Council's Coronavirus Safety Messages

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 

Reading Police Area Summer Burglary Campaign’s Advice on keeping you and your property safe

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.

Neighbourhood Policing Newsletter September

10 September 2020

North Reading Newsletter September

Older People’s Day 2020 Memory Project Covid-19

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.

RBC Local Transport Strategy - CADRA's Response

6 August 2020

Reading Borough Council's  Transport Strategy 2036 makes some radical proposals, including three new Park and Ride sites north of Caversham, linked by an outer orbital route joining the Woodcote, Peppard and Henley Roads, and onto other Park and Rides south of the river, subject to the building of a third Thames bridge. 

After much careful consideration the CADRA Committee has completed it's response and these are our Comments.

The Council's Consultation  is open to all and closes on the 30 August 2020.

Healthwatch Reading - Guide to Health and Care Services as Lockdown Eases

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.

Thames Valley Police Crime Prevention Advice & Neighbourhood Watch on the Rise in Disability Hate Crime

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.