IKEA Planning Application – Final Day to Provide Comments

Swedish coloursFollowing the previous post on this subject, IKEA has submitted a revised planning application to West Berkshire Council (reference “14/03032/COMIND”). The final date for submitting comments is today.

The application can be viewed on the West Berkshire Council website here: http://publicaccess.westberks.gov.uk/online-applications/search.do?action=simple&searchType=Application. Enter the application number (“14/03032/COMIND”) on this search page to see the details of the new planning application.

As it’s now probably too late for comments by post to be accepted, options for raising comments against the application are:

  • Within the planning application on the West Berkshire Council website (mentioned above). There is a “Comments” section you can add your comments to. (Please be aware than in order to do this you first need to created an online account)
  • By email. You can send an email to the planning service at planapps@westberks.gov.uk

Computer Courses for over 50’s of all Abilities Begin February 2015 in Purley-on-Thames

Computer Courses, 2015

Silver Surfers Inspire4Life is a volunteer group running courses for the over 50’s. Details from the group are below:

Computer Courses for all abilities

Are you a complete beginner or would you like to learn about more about computers? Would you enjoy a digital photography course?

A range of computer courses take place at the Barn in Purley-on-Thames on Thursday mornings run by a group of volunteers called Silver Surfers Inspire4Life. The one hour weekly sessions are ideal for all abilities and start at either 10.00am or 11.30am.

The complete beginners’ sessions are free and we usually combine this course with our follow on refresher course at a costs £25 per person for both courses. These courses each last six weeks each, making a total of twelve weeks in all. Topics covered include learning how to switch on a laptop, using a mouse, conducting internet searches, sending emails, attaching photographs and filing documents and lots of practice. We occasionally run these courses separately.

The Photography Extra course is designed for those who are familiar with using a computer; own a digital camera and a computer. Participants learn how to adjust their photographs using Adobe Photoshop Elements software. Topics covered include downloading photos, cropping, removing blemishes or unwanted items, adjusting colour, removing red eye and restoring old photos. This six week course costs £25 per person.

Originally set up in November 2007 courtesy of a grant through the National Lottery, this dedicated group of volunteers are still successfully running their courses for people over the age of 50. Each course has a lead tutor and an individual tutor providing one to one support for each participant making lots of help available. Refreshments are available.

Places currently exist on the following courses:

  • Photography Extra – 19 February to 26 March 2015 from 10.00am
  • Beginners & Refresher – 23 April to 9 July 2015 at 10.00am

They also run several more slightly more advanced courses called Taking Control, a Beginners Photography course which concentrates on how to take a photo and a Word course. We are also planning to introduce an Introduction to Excel course for 2015.

Hundreds of people have already benefitted from these computer courses, so register now to avoid disappointment! Courses are scheduled based on the numbers who have expressed an interest. So don’t wait till you see a course advertised but put your name on the waiting list.

Additionally, if you’d like to learn Tai Chi in a friendly environment, sessions are offered by this group on a Wednesday at the Barn.

Please ring 0774 329 3165 for more information or visit our website at http://www.inspire4life.me.uk.

West Berkshire Countryside Society Announces Events for Jan. to Mar. 2015

WBCS Jan to MarWest Berkshire Countryside Society has released its schedule of events from January until March 2015, with the first activities taking place on Tuesday, 6th January.

Click on the image to the left to see the list in full.

Please bear in mind that with the outdoor activities circumstances can change, and it’s always worth contacting WBCS before you leave to attend an event.

Website: http://www.westberkscountryside.org.uk.

Theale Parish Council Meeting on Monday, 22nd December to Discuss IKEA Revised Planning Application

IKEA
As you may have read, IKEA has submitted a revised planning application to West Berkshire Council.

You can review the planning application on the West Berkshire Council Website here: http://publicaccess.westberks.gov.uk/online-applications/search.do?action=simple&searchType=Application. Enter the application number (“14/03032/COMIND”) on this search page to see the details of the new planning application.

If you wish to comment on the planning application, you can do this in a number of ways:

  • Within the planning application on the West Berkshire website (mentioned above). There is a “Comments” section you can add your comments to. (Please be aware than in order to do this you first need to created an online account)
  • By email. You can send an email to the planning service at planapps@westberks.gov.uk
  • By post. You can send your comments by post to: The Head of Planning and Countryside, Council Offices, Market Street, Newbury, West Berkshire, RG14 5LD

The deadline by which West Berkshire Council must receive any responses to the application is Friday, 2nd January 2015.