Useful Links


Non-Profit Resources Available to Theale villagers

Theale Library offers free computer access to members and also has a large, well-maintined noticeboard promoting non-profit causes and events.

Neighbouring communities with existing environment groups

Reading: Brings together the green/environmental groups across Reading

Thatcham: Part of the Thatcham Future project

Hungerford: Active energy awareness group

Tidmarsh: Page 14 identifies the projects for the Tidmarsh area

Identify projects Theale could implement

This page has a list of all the ideas and feedback from the questionnaires, public meetings and the website.

Making contact with the local authorities

West Berks

Newbury: Examples of what can be done in West Berks.

Reading: Examples of what is available nearby.

Theale

Defra: Government body with guidelines on a range of environmental aspects.

Making contact with charitable organisations

CAWB: The organisation behind the village parish plan.

Green Grants Machine: An umbrella organisation assisting in finding grants for green projects.

Conservation

There are several local conservation groups/sites:

Theale Area bird Conservation Group (TABCG) based at Hosehill LNR organise weekly conservation tasks (Saturday mornings 9-12) and monthly nature walks around the local lakes/woods (third Sunday of each month 9-12).


Farming & Wildlife Advisory Group (FWAG) with an office in Theale who complete envonmental projects at Hosehill LNR

West Berks manage several green spaces nearby including Hosehill LNR (Link) and three local parks — Meadow Way, 3-10 years, Woodfield Way, 8-14 years and Morton Place, 3-7years. The maintenance team can be contacted at streetcare@westberks.gov.uk

BBOWT have a flagship reserve at Moor Copse and is just a short walk/ride away. Link.

Comments/questions have been passed to us about the Theale flower show, we will be contacting the organisers to obtain more details. If you have details please let us know.

If there is a project you would like to see completed in Theale please let us know.

Traffic/Tansport/Pollution

See the main Transport section on this website for details of local transport.

For news of Accessible transport and the Readibus, Click Here.

Cycling/Pedestrian Access

Cycling was identified in the village questionnaire as as a key mode of transport in Theale. Sustrans route 4 runs along the Kennet & Avon canal to Reading and Newbury. Link.

There is a local cycle group who will give you plenty of advice (http://www.westberkshirespokes.org/) and would like to expand into the area. One point that has been raised is that there is limited secure cycle parking in Theale. Let us know where these facilities should be located, and we will make enquiries.

One aspect of environmental concern often overlooked is noise pollution and light pollution. Several comments from the questionnaire referenced the A4 elevated section and the M4. Solutions to this vary from screening with fences or plants through to road resurfacing. Link.

There were other comments about the footbridge over the M4 being poorly lit and/or “not safe” to cross, causing more people to drive. Do you have a solution? There is already a discussion in progress on the Theale website forum. Please add your comments: Link.

Pedestrian access to Arlington was also raised as an issue in the questionnaire. A discussion has been started on the forum section of the website, please add your comments/ideas/concerns and we’ll contact Arlington, Theale Parish council and West Berks to see if any changes are in progress or can be initiated. http://www.thealevillage.com/forum/showthread.php?t=7.

Recycling

West Berks collections: to check when your recycling collection is, and what you can recycle.

Recycle Now: Government information campaign giving advice on ways to reduce your waste.

If there is a campaign/product you would like to see recycled in Theale let us know.

Energy use reduction/Money saving ideas

With the recent economic crunch people are looking for simple ways to save money on energy bills – Click. Help for finding a cheaper supplier and purchasing energy efficient appliances.

Reducing the running costs of existing appliances. Click.

If you know of a local supplier or have seen a good deal locally let us know and we’ll spread the word.

Buying less food that goes to waste is the objective of the WRAP campaign “Love Food Hate Waste”. Click.

Without your input we cannot progress many of these projects so please contact us on environment@thealesfuture.org or visit the forum and leave us a message. Link.