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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Village survey highlights local concerns

The results of this year’s village survey have now been released, and offer a fascinating insight into the concerns of Theale’s residents. Andy Button, Vice Chair of Theale’s Future, revealed the headline points during the public meeting at the village hall on October 21st. He calaculated that more than 96,000 pieces of data had to be processed, and thanked the Greenham Common Trust for taking on most of this enormous task. He also thanked everyone who had helped to distribute and collect the survey around the village. But perhaps the most gratitude was expressed towards you, Theale’s residents, for co-operating in responding to the survey. It’s not always easy to persuade people to complete questionnaires, but a whopping 50.1% of the households in Theale returned their completed forms. This is a massive increase over the average for these projects, and suggests that the people of Theale welcomed the chance to express an opinion on a wide variety of issues affecting the village.

It will take some time to chew over the results, and turn these opinions into a plan of action, but in the meantime, please download the results of the questionnaire in Microsoft Word format by clicking here: Results.

A preliminary analysis of the information in MS PowerPoint format can be found here: Analysis.

Also during the meeting, Roger York, another member of the Theale’s Future committee, revealed that the group had succeeded in winning an award of £9,380 from Awards For All. More information can be found on the Theale’s Future area of this webite.

Click here for a copy of the overall presentation, giving some background to Theale’s Future.

What next? Please take a look at the results then go to the forum and tell us what you think. If you need any help downloading the file, or using the forum, or if you want to volunteer any help to the organisation or the Environment Group, please get in touch.