Emmer Green History

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.




CADRA AGM & Open Meeting - Thank You

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.


CADRA 2022 AGM & Open Meeting Monday 16 May

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.

Caversham Park House & Garden Planning Application

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. 

Recommended documents:

Ground floor Plan

1st Floor Plan

Archaeology Assessment

Archaeology Maps

Heritage Part 1 (See 5.3.1 -pages 30/31)

Heritage Part 2

Design and Access Statement 3

Planning Statement incl pre-app advice

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”. 

Ask the Chief Constable - Live Q&A Session

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.


Current Planning Applications

11 May 2022

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.

Neighbourhood Policing Teams - Keeping You Safe This Time of Year

11 May 2022

The Reading Priority Crime Team and Neighbourhood Policing Teams have useful advice on keeping you safe during the Spring months, focusing on Common scamming tools.


Local Events Websites

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".

The Caversham Arts Trail - 14th, 15th, 21st, 22nd May

2 May 2022

The Caversham Arts Trail takes place on  two weekends in May this year: the 14th & 15th, and the 21st & 22nd.

Old Maps of Berkshire and Oxfordshire

28 April 2022

Oxfordshire County Council's  History Centre have some interesting County Maps of Oxfordshire and Berkshire between 1500 and 1900. Other online map services we think may be of interest.

Reading Water Fest on Saturday 4 June 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

Reading Golf Club Planning Application Granted

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.

The Recommendation  and final Update from the planning officers to the Committee was that permission be granted, subject to a nuumber of conditions.

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.


Council Covid-19 Update

26 March 2022

Council News Update - 26 March

Council Grey Bins Explanation

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.

Healthwatch Reading - February Newsletter

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.