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“The biggest threat to Theale since the Second World War”

An anxious gathering of nearly 100 local residents on Thursday evening heard Councillor Alan Macro describe the proposed development of 800 new homes as “the biggest threat to Theale since the Second World War”.

It was evidently a surprise to many to learn that the building of 350 new dwellings at the Lakeside site at the west end of the village had already been approved. The original application had been thrown out after fierce local opposition, but an appeal by the developers was hurriedly approved, seemingly beneath the radar of publicity.
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SHOCK NEWS: WEST BERKS THREATENS TO INFLATE THEALE BY 70%

Map of proposed new development

Those who feared that the decision by West Berks to approve the construction of 350 new homes at the west end of the village was only the thin end of the wedge, appear to have been proved right. We now understand that the council is keen to push through plans for another 450 houses at the other end of the High Street.

The plan, still not publicly released, is that the large development would be built adjacent to Blossom Lane, between the village and the M4.
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Theale in Old Photographs

Theale Old Photos New publlication from the Theale Local History Group: Theale in Old Photographs.

The book is available from Lyn Fuller (930 3125), David Gallop (930 2689) or Andrew Spurling (942 7310), and will also be on sale at Theale Library, price £5.00.


Some background information from Andrew Spurling:

Theale in Old Photographs includes over 150 photographs, mainly from the 1890s to 1950s with a few into the 1980s. It developed from the Photographic Exhibition that was part of a West Berkshire funded Millennium Project which also included a video/DVD Theale Past and Present – Memories of Local Residents and a Trail leaflet A Walk around Theale. All three were organised by David Wall and Sue Tickle of the Adult Education Department of Theale Green Community School. At the same time a large quilt, which now hangs in Theale Green Community Sschool hall, was made depicting many aspects of Theale and later an illustrated booklet was produced describing the quilt and explaining the background to the scenes depicted.
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