Residents are welcome to come to the May monthly meeting of the Caversham GLOBE group next Tuesday 22 May at 7.00 pm (refreshments available) in the upstairs hall in Church House, Church Street, Caversham. Have you thought about the problem of poor air quality in Caversham centre and what should be done about it? Do you know that many mature trees could be lost if the Kennet mouth bridge and viaduct from Thames Valley park to Napier road is constructed? Could you help the group in any way or could someone you know help? The small group of GLOBE group activists would welcome more residents' ideas, energy and action. All residents are welcome to this meeting where we discuss and raise any issues. You can also contact the GLOBE group by email or Messenger beforehand about any local matters in which people in the GLOBE group may share your concerns and be able to take action. ... See MoreSee Less
Pollution alarm in Caversham! We have now received the worrying results from the four air quality test tubes that we installed to measure the amount of dangerous nitrogen dioxide per cubic metre on local roads - results below Church Street/Prospect St. jnc. 41.18µg/m3 Church Street/Priory Avenue jnc 46.83µg/m3 Near Peppard Road/Prospect Street Jnc 54.17µg/m3 Church Road/St Anne's Road 56.90µg/m3 So what does this mean? It means we're breathing in dangerous particles! The legal MEAN ANNUAL limit for nitrogen dioxide (NO2) is 40µg/m3 . As these alarming results are for a two week period in March 2018 they are a snapshot showing how bad pollution is around here. We're grateful to our residents' association CADRA for paying the cost of these four tubes; GLOBE paid for the first one last December that also gave a dangerous reading of 56.µg/m3, so there's consistency. Our nearest Reading Borough Council air quality testing apparatus, as many local people will know, is on Caversham Road just south of Caversham bridge. This gives a “low” reading on the national picture. However, its site on a wide open road by a pedestrian crossing with fewer traffic queues may record lower pollution levels than near the narrow busy junctions of central Caversham. The national campaign for clean air map can be seen via this link friendsoftheearth.uk/clean-air/clean-air-campaign-air-monitoring-kit-results Don't stay silent on this issue. It requires drastic change - but who will make it happen? ... See MoreSee Less
Might be a silly question, but what can we do about this?
fewer cars may help
It’s no surprise about the pollution levels and of course it’s unacceptable but until people take personal responsibility for only using their vehicles where absolutely necessary (which realistically won’t happen in an affluent area where some households have upwards of 3-4 vehicles and can afford them, also if one lives rurally there is little alternative) and huge investment is placed in public transport (more buses/trains + drastically reduced fares) in order to make travelling by PT an attractive, convenient and viable alternative which at present, it isn’t - then I don’t see anything changing. There are nowhere near enough safe/joined up cycle routes around the town. Reading has outgrown itself with a booming employment record, the ever increasing need for housing and the road infrastructure just can’t cope. We of course need a third bridge which would divert the traffic away from Caversham centre, but three local authorities cannot agree where or who will pay and a great deal of money has already been spent on lengthy ‘consultations’. People living in leafy villages of course wish them to stay that way and who honestly can blame them. Also, in an area of outstanding natural beauty nature lovers and environmentalists like myself fear the impact this will have on the countryside and the creatures that happily live in it. All the while, more homes are being built (not enough affordable ones may I add) and as the local population increases, so does the traffic. And so it will continue. I’m fortunate and live within walking distance of Caversham and Reading town centre. I walk and cycle as much as possible but if you live further out it’s hard not to just jump in the car if otherwise your journey involves taking 1 or 2 buses to get from one side of Reading to the other. In addition to this, children have to be driven to school if they live too far from their school to walk as is often the case now, which increases traffic further. I’m all for lobbying etc., but surely until people have a real incentive to leave their cars at home, then our air quality will continue to decline?
We used to live in Reading/Caversham and now we live in the countryside. Every time we come back to visit we notice how polluted the air is in Reading - it's like hitting a smog-wall when we arrive.
Fri 27 April 2018 @ 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
GREN Environmental Hustings 2018
RISC conference hall, 35-39 London Street, Reading RG1
Come and challenge the environmental policies of the candidates in this May's local elections in Reading. Representatives of the four parties holding seats in the council will give a short presentation of their policies and goals and then answer questions from the floor for at least an hour.
Press Release from Greater Reading Environmental Network (GREN).
"Local Elections 2018 - Environmental Hustings
Local elections are on 3rd May 2018 and GREN (the Greater Reading Environmental Network) is running an ‘Environmental Hustings’ again, as in previous years.
This meeting gives the public a chance to hear Reading politicians debate the local environmental issues people care about.
Councillors Tony Page (Labour), Clare Grasshoff (Conservative), Rob White (Green) and Ricky Duveen (Liberal Democrat) will represent their parties.
The format will be similar to ‘Question Time’ with opportunities to ask questions from the floor and supplementary questions on topics chosen from prior suggestions.
The meeting will be in the RISC Conference Hall, London Street, at 7.30 on Friday April 27th."
Fri 27 April 2018 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Reminder: environmental Hustings this thursday at RISC
RISC conference hall, london street reading
Come and quiz local politicians about their environmental policies at 7.30 in the RISC conference hall in london street
If these tests were performed in December/January time I bet the results would have been even worse. When I come back to the area I have to put the car on internal air circulation as soon as I enter the town. The smell of fumes is very strong but after a couple of days of being back I get used to it! Scared 😟
THAT IS ALARMING ESPECIALLY AS MY SON HAS ASTHMA AND IS NO ACCIDENT THAT THERE ARE MORE CARS ON THE ROAD AND MORE CHILDREN WITH ASTHMA IN THE WHOLE OFEUORPEAN COUNTRY,
GREN Reading Local Election Hustings TONIGHT!!
Friday, 27 April 2018 @ 7.30pm
RISC Main Hall, 35-39 London Street, Reading RG1
We need the third bridge to cut the number of cars coming through the village
Most of this caused by traffic passing through caversham
That's really worrying, but not surprising. I wonder if there is an argument to move the monitoring site or add a new one?
And if the extra 254 houses get built at the top will f emmer green as there could be another 500 cars 🚙
People need to use the bus more . Bring down the bus fairs 🤔 you don't know weather to open windows at night or keep them shut
Could it also have something to do with all the traffic jams with cow lane being shut !!
Hello to all GLOBE supporters and other addressees. Our April monthly meeting of the Caversham GLOBE group will be next Tuesday 24 April at 7.00 pm (refreshments available) in the upstairs hall in Church House, Church Street, Caversham. Since the March meeting we have now received the alarming results from the additional four air quality test tubes that we installed to measure the amount of nitrogen dioxide per cubic metre at 4 locations on our busy local roads. All readings were above the European Union legal MEAN ANNUAL limit for nitrogen dioxide (NO2) at 40 micrograms per cubic metre . As these alarming results are for a two week period in March 2018 they are but a snapshot showing how bad pollution is around here. We'll be deciding what action GLOBE should take with this information. We're grateful to CADRA for paying the cost of these extra tubes; GLOBE paid for the first one last December that also gave a high reading. You may also know that we organised a litter pick of the Richfield Avenue green margins and adjoining fields on 13 April. 21 volunteers collected 35 sacks of litter, including 10 sacks of recyclable cans and plastic, 242 glass bottles, 4 vehicle tyres, 4 drugs needle cases and various scrap metal and wood.
Soon it will be time for the group to do some work on the central Caversham planters so volunteers will be needed there. Then we'll no doubt be encouraging residents to participate in the May 11-13th KEEP BRITAIN TIDY - The Great Plastic Pick Up.
Do you have any thoughts about these issues? Could you help in any way or could someone you know help? The small group of GLOBE group activists would welcome more residents' ideas, energy and action. All residents are welcome to this meeting where we discuss and raise any issues. You can also contact the GLOBE group by email [email protected] or messenger or phone/text 07768 958407 beforehand about any local matters in which people in the GLOBE group may share your concerns and be able to take action. ... See MoreSee Less
Are there any more events scheduled? There is mention of the 'central Caversham planters' and 'keep Britain tidy' 11 - 13 May.
We must get good alternatives to the private car. The bus is only a part of the solution, they still cause a load of pollution, in use and in manufacture and maintenance. Much more walking and cycling and much better infrastructure.
We are catering too much to the driver with red routes and attempts to speed up the traffic at the expense of the pedestrian.
Reading should become a pedestrian friendly town, enabling them to cross roads safely.
We should become a slow and safe town.
Richfield Avenue looked great when we walked along it on Monday. 😀
Friday 13 April 2018 on Richfield Avenue green margins and adjacent fields towards the Thames. Caversham GLOBE organised a litter pick with 16 local residents and 5 volunteers from local businesses who collected 10 sacks of recyclables, 25 sacks of general waste, 242 glass bottles, 4 vehicle tyres, 4 drugs needles cases and various scrap metal/wood. A massive thank you to all participants, including 3 people from Bell Tower Community Association. WHO throws all that rubbish away? Why do they do it? ... See MoreSee Less
Litter Pick Project on Friday 13 April - Can you please help? This event will run through the day, starting from 10 am, so that volunteers have the choice of start time and how many hours they can spare. We're registered with "Keep Britain Tidy" on the "Litter Heroes" campaign so we're hoping that LOCAL PEOPLE can spare some hours at some point during Friday 13 April to make this a successful clean sweep of the Richfield Avenue green margins and adjoining open areas towards the Thames. If we get enough enthusiastic volunteers we can also clear some other local green areas and open spaces where litter is a persistent problem. A hi-viz vest, a litter picking tool and RBC sacks will be provided. We also have a limited range of protective gloves. If you, and/or some people you know, could help with this local environmental improvement please make contact by the end of Wednesday 11 April with your preferred start time and likely number of hours available. Final details will then be confirmed to volunteers on Thursday 12 April, with meeting point and any other info. Please contact me if you have any suggestions for a litter pick near you or questions about this event. Use Messenger or email or phone/text 07768 958407 - Richard Denney, Caversham GLOBE. [email protected]... See MoreSee Less
A massive "thank you" goes to 11 Caversham GLOBE activists who were busy on Friday 23 March litter picking and planting hedging that will eventually hide an unsightly fence in Christchurch Meadows. They collected 20 sacks of rubbish, some fly-tipped metal, wood and plastic. 112 glass bottles were taken to bottle banks; many of those were in the important small urban water course (aka The Danall) that flows into the Thames backwater by Heron Island. We also removed logs and shifted silt that was impeding the flow of water. Elsewhere in central Caversham 2 other GLOBE litter picking activists were collecting more than 8 sacks of litter from the paths, pavements and open areas. Some aspects of these good deeds that benefit the community are shown in the photos below. Unfortunately there are no photos of the thoughtless people who continue to litter our parks and streets with polluting debris. If you know of any areas that need litter clearance GLOBE can help organise a clean up with local residents getting involved.😊 ... See MoreSee Less
I'm so happy this group exists! I went online because i was so angry and sad about the litter and trash dumped on Berry Brook which the poor muntjack have to step around. People can be such selfish idiots. I want to clean up the area but sure could use some help! I will come to your meeting this week. X
What a fantastic job ,we'll done to all concerned
Thank you so much for giving up your time.
Well done and thank you so much to all the volunteers.
The campaign against the proposal to build 245 homes on open countryside on the border with Emmer Green is seeking contributions to the fighting fund. Can you help? www.leetchi.com/c/community-cagedunsden
Caversham GLOBE is fully supporting the campaign because, if the appeal is allowed, it would open the floodgates to building housing estates on the open countryside surrounding Caversham and Emmer Green. ... See MoreSee Less
This is a really important campaign. There are enough brown field sites in Reading for all our housing needs. We need more houses but they should be genuinely affordable and they should be built on brown field sites in the town . There is land near the station and on Cardiff Road industrial estate.
Hello Globe - can you explain why you are happy to post about the development of green space by Gladden Homes- but are completely unconcerned about the development of Mapledurham Playing Fields? It seems that both developments have serious impact on the community - and the MPF development would open up the trust to further development. Could you explain please - as I have a lot of respect for the work that Globe do in the community , but I can't understand why you are supporting the development of community green space - with the destruction of wildlife areas?
Hey local residents! Whether or not you've "liked" our posts in the past, now's your opportunity to give some practical help with the Great British Spring Clean in Caversham - please! GLOBE will be organising some clean ups as follows 1. Friday 2 March 10 am to 12.30 pm and 2 pm to 4 pm - General litter clearance and removal of debris from small watercourses where accessible - Hill's Meadow; View Island and Christchurch Meadows. 2. Sunday 4 March - provisionally 10 am to 12.30 pm and 2.30 pm to 4.30 - Litter clearance central Caversham, Richfield Avenue/Thames Prom margins and other identified locations. If you could invest some of your time in helping with any of these and making our lovely locality cleaner please PM us or email [email protected] . We'll contact you with more details, thanks. Richard Denney 07768 958407 ... See MoreSee Less
Great news! Re3 has announced that from today plastic pots, tubs, trays, clean foil, foil trays and food or drink cartons are now accepted as part of the kerbside recycling collections in Reading, Wokingham & Bracknell. It means that items such as fruit or vegetables punnets, ready meal trays (as long as they are not black), yoghurt pots, margarine tubs, cosmetic pots, foil trays used in takeaways or juice cartons can be placed in your recycling bin or container.
Re3 Recycling Great news! As of today you can recycle plastic POTS, TUBS and TRAYS from home! That’s not all!!! You can also add to your recycling clean FOIL, FOIL TRAYS and food and drink CARTONS! More info and FAQ on www.re3.org.uk #bracknell #rdguk #wokingham #woky #readingberkshire #bracknellforest #re3ptt #re3recycling #news ... See MoreSee Less
Cause for alarm? Action needed? Of course! Throughout the first two weeks of December 2017 the Caversham GLOBE group measured the air quality in Church Road Caversham as 56.2 µg/m3 (micrograms per cubic metre) of Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2). This far exceeds most other places recently measured in the Reading area as well as the legal limit for NO2 pollution, which is set at an annual mean of 40µg/m3. This result is helping to build a picture of air pollution across the UK, Please use this information to publicise these snapshot results and spread the word that official tests are needed and that action must be taken to ensure that the legal annual limit in Caversham is measured and never exceeded. Cancer, heart disease and asthma have all been linked to poor air quality. Follow this link for the national air pollution map and more detailed information about the clean air campaign. friendsoftheearth.uk/clean-air/... See MoreSee Less
I wrote to the council last year about pollution, and positive things they could do to help people reduce it. They wrote back to me and told me not to walk down busy roads!!
We all need to be aware about air pollution and the serious problems it causes.#Friendsoftheearthe.uk/cleanair#Caversham Globe. It is good that Caversham Globe members are discussing this issue
Is there a monitoring site near the pedestrian crossing on opposite side of road to gorge cafe? (Next to Peter Brett? PDA? Can't think what it's called...)
I have to say I'm not surprised, I walk down Peppard Road in the mornings, it's like walking through a tunnel of diesel fumes 🙁
I suppose it depends on what time of day the readings are taken. If it was during rush hour or school drop off etc, I would imagine the readings to be higher than usual.
There is something very suspect about the council’s air quality monitoring. The air is clearly polluted, but the published figures don’t make any sense.
The council need to invest more in public transport to get people out of their cars 😥😥😥
That is really concerning especially as so many of us breathe this air.
Whenever I check the check the Air Quality England site Reading Pollution is at 2 which is low, I guess that is due to the location of the monitor's used as none are actually in Caversham.
RAYS strikes again! Could you do this for your locality? Westfield Rec border shrubbery is where thoughtless humans had re-homed these cans, bottles, snack wrappers and plastic. Well, there are only 6 litter bins nearby and oh it's such an effort to get to one of them...... luckily a Caversham GLOBE activist had a spare 15 minutes for some civic pride. Contact RBC to register for RAYS and help keep Caversham and Emmer Green tidy. Ring 937 3534 or email [email protected]... See MoreSee Less
How many residents of Caversham and Emmer Green know about RAYS (Reading Adopt Your Street)? It's a scheme organised by RBC that gives each of us an opportunity to keep our locality clear of other people's litter. This bagful of cans, cups, bottles and snack wrappers pictured was collected today by a GLOBE activist on a 20 minutes walk along the Emmer Green/Caversham borders near a green path and open space. Waste was put in nearby litter bin but recyclables were taken home for the domestic bin. Anyone can join the RAYS scheme (200 people have across Reading Borough) you'll get a litter picker, bags and a hi-viz vest. Contact RBC on 9373534 or email [email protected]... See MoreSee Less
These cans and bottles had to be removed from the hedgerow before bagging up as part of our 5 sacks of other people's thoughtless litter that 2 GLOBE activists collected from margins of Christchuch and Hill's Meadow and Westfield rec last Friday morning. There is also some industrial litter in the stream by George Street but how does it get there? Who will remove it? 🤤 ... See MoreSee Less
Public meeting on Friday 1 December at 7.30 pm. Campaigners ‘Save Our Ancient Riverside’ (SOAR) have arranged a public debate on the East Reading Mass Rapid Transit proposal. This will be on Friday 1st December at 7:30 at Reading School, Erleigh Road, RG1 5LW. John Sharpe (SOAR Spokesperson), Matt Jackson (Wildlife Trust), and Green Councillor Rob White will debate the issues with Councillor Tony Page. Martijn Gilbert, CEO of Reading Buses, and Cris Butler, Acting Head of Transportation and Streetcare, RBC. We hope you will come to show your concerns and to hear the arguments from both sides ... and bring your friends and colleagues! Mass Rapid Transit – proposed bus route by the Thames:
Damage to amenity & wildlife at Kennet Mouth & along its route Will cost £31.5 million with the related Park and Ride scheme Won’t solve East Reading’s road traffic problems The MRT proposal has been promised public funding but has not yet got planning permission from Wokingham or Reading. ... See MoreSee Less
On Tuesday 28 November, at the start of our monthly meeting of the Caversham GLOBE group, we will be hosting local resident Michael Beaven who will be providing more detail about the work done so far on feasibilty and information about the proposed design, projected costs, long term benefits and ways in which the community can contribute to bringing the project to fruition This is an opportunity for GLOBE supporters who have an interest in View Island to discuss the detail, ask questions, voice opinions and make suggestions. You are welcome to attend this talk in Church House, Church Street, Caversham, in the upstairs hall at 7.15 pm. Maximum allocated time for this session is 45 minutes, after which the usual business of monthly GLOBE group meeting will proceed. ... See MoreSee Less
Have you heard about air quality assessments in Caversham? Are you concerned about any issues in Christchurch Meadows? What do you think of the planters along Church Street? Are you worried that a proposed road and bridge over the river Kennet/Thames confluence will ruin the riverside scene? Our next monthly meeting of the Caversham GLOBE group will be on Tuesday 28 November at 7.15 pm (refreshments from 7 pm) in Church House, Church Street, Caversham.
Notes of our October meeting (available on request) contain some issues that should concern many local people. Your opinion counts, so please read and think about these matters. Do you have any thoughts about these issues? Could you help in any way or could someone you know? The small group of GLOBE group activists would welcome more residents' ideas, energy and action.
All residents are welcome to this meeting where we discuss and raise any issues. You can also contact the group by messenger or phone/text 07768 958407 beforehand about any local matters that people in the GLOBE group may share your interest or concerns and be able to take action. ... See MoreSee Less
Caversham GLOBE members might like to attend the National Tree Week Public Lecture. Tuesday 28 November at RISC Conference Hall, London Street. 2.00.pm - 3.30.pm, including a question time.
Taken from Reading Tree Wardens website: "(Reading Tree Wardens) are delighted welcome Jon Stokes, Director of The Tree Council to update us on tree issues and talk a bit about "back to basics" with tree care.
Six GLOBE supporters were busy sanding, gardening and painting on Sunday 5 November to improve the look of some of the ageing RBC planters on Church Street. Well done and thank you to all involved. Willing hands needed for next time, so please contact GLOBE if you can help.. ... See MoreSee Less
Air quality was a subject discussed at the GLOBE group's recent monthly meetings. It's well known that poor air quality affects us all in some way. Reading, like almost all towns and cities, has air quality problems. Do you know who's take what action to reduce air pollution? Could you personally do anything to help? This "Healthy Air Campaign" provides information and offers resources for individuals to commit to personal and joint action for your families and for the benefit of society in general. Do have a look at this campaign's web pages please. Don't let's leave it to others, find out now what you could do. Thanks.
Some Caversham GLOBE supporters have been busy. The planters that enhance Church Street have been tidied and winter bedding plants added; defects in some of our highways and parks have been reported to RBC for action; 19 sacks of litter were removed from our Thames Parks; 8 sacks of litter were removed from the permissive access areas of Caversham Lakes off Henley Road. Our next monthly meeting of the Caversham GLOBE group will be on Tuesday 24 October at 7.15 pm (refreshments from 7 pm) in Church House, Church Street, Caversham. Do you have any thoughts about local issues? Could you help in any way? The small group of GLOBE group activists would welcome more residents' ideas, energy and action. All residents are welcome to our meetings where we discuss and raise any issues. You can contact the group by email or phone/text 07768 958407 beforehand about any local matters that people in the GLOBE group may share your interest or concerns and be able to take action. ... See MoreSee Less
Reading Buses are proposing major changes to the bus routes in Caversham including withdrawing the 24 and rerouting the 22 and 25. The deadline for comments has been extended to 31 October. If you are concerned about the changes please email [email protected]... See MoreSee Less
On Saturday 14 October 5 GLOBE and 12 Greenpeace supporters gave their time to collect other people's litter from the margins and banks of our local Thames Parks - View Island, Hill's Meadow and Christchurch Meadow. They collected 19 sackfuls of plastic, paper and metal food and drink containers, drugs needles, soiled nappies, scrap metal, a garden fork and 93 glass bottles - thus removing this pollution from future fossil layers. Well done all participants and thank you. ... See MoreSee Less
On Saturday 14 October we're aiming to do yet another thorough litter pick in Hill's Meadow, View Island and Christchurch Meadows starting at 10 am for up to 2 hours. The borders, hedgerows and river banks of these Thames Parks are where you'll often find foolishly discarded things as in this picture taken earlier today. Who does this? Who throws cans, bottles and food packaging into our green spaces where it's so unsightly and hazardous for our environment? Could you please spare some time to help with this clearance of other people's rubbish?? We're meeting near the BMX track at 10 am Saturday 14 October. Litter picker tongs, gloves, sacks and safety reminders will be available. Your help will be welcome so please let us know advance, then we can get sufficient equipment. Please use messenger or email [email protected] or contact Richard on 07768 958407. Thanks. ... See MoreSee Less
Next monthly meeting of the Caversham GLOBE group will be on Tuesday 26 September at 7.15 pm (refreshments from 7 pm) in Church House, Church Street, Caversham. There are lots of local issues we're discussing and taking action about. Do you have any thoughts about any local issues you'd like to improve? Are you do anything about them? The small group of GLOBE group activists would welcome more residents' ideas, energy and action to improve our locality. You are welcome to our next meeting where we discuss and raise any issues. You can also contact the group by email or phone/text 07768 958407 beforehand about any local matters that people in the GLOBE group may share your interest or concerns and be able to take action. ... See MoreSee Less
Volunteers were doing essential tree work this morning in Caversham on some street trees that needed shaping for safety and correct growth reasons. 17 years ago this tree was a small sapling grown from seed in a milk carton and was planted by GLOBE. ... See MoreSee Less
VICTORY!! SODC overwhelmingly rejected the Gladman proposal thanks to some excellent presentations and the hard work of so many dogged campaigners. Over 120 turned up to protest. More on BBC South Today. An appeal can be expected.
Planning Application P16/S3630/O Development of 245 Dwellings on Land off Emmer Green
Against all common sense, and in spite of over 400 letters in opposition, this outline application has now been recommended for approval by the planning officer and will be going before SODC’s Planning Committee for the councillors’ ultimate decision.
The date: Wednesday, 6th September 2017 at 6 pm, The location: Didcot Civic Hall, Britwell Road, Didcot, OX11 7JN.
Will you please come along to give your support to our opposition to this greed-driven development, either by making your own transport arrangements (car-sharing recommended if possible) or by booking a place on our ‘Bust The Greed’ buses. There will be two picking-up points:
• the bus stop near the barber’s shop opposite Budgens, Emmer Green • outside Sonning Common Village Hall
Both leaving at 4.45pm.
Please let us know beforehand (by 6pm on Monday, 4th) if you would like a place/places reserved on the bus
www.cagedunsden.org – disappointing news for campaigners as SODC back track on their commitment to refuse Gladman on legal advice. The application is currently likely to go to committee on August 16 in Didcot with a recommendation the houses are built. CAGE has vowed to fight on. Read more on the CAGE website now.
Why not come to our next meeting on Tuesday 25 July at 7.15 pm (refreshments from 7 pm) in Church House, Church Street, Caversham. You are welcome to discuss and raise any issues. . For example: construction of a new bridge over the Kennet and a road into the town centre with a segregated fast-track public transport, pedestrian and cycle bridge and viaduct, comprising concrete bridge structure with a river span of 59.5m and a land span of 316m, supported by concrete columns, steel beams and reinforced soil embankment, together with new footpath links and existing footpath alterations, replacement supermarket car parking provision, junction improvements and landscaping. see planning.reading.gov.uk/fastweb_PL/detail.asp?AltRef=171108&ApplicationNumber=171108&AddressPrefi.... ... See MoreSee Less
Residents are invited and welcome to come to Caversham GLOBE group's meetings in Church House, Church Street, Caversham on Tuesday 27 June, with refreshments available from 7 pm. The group's 2017 Annual General Meeting will start at 7.15 pm. This meeting is where we take stock and review our activities from the previous year and review our financial accounts. We also reaffirm our continued organisation and existence, which is dependent on a small group of volunteers and activists. The AGM will be followed by the June monthly meeting at about 8 pm where you can raise concerns or register an interest in local environment issues. This hot weather has brought out the litter louts,though many conscientious users of Christchurch Meadows have used the limited space in nearby bins. Of course, foxes,gulls and magpies will attack this overnight so more plastic may end up in the Thames. GLOBE has drawn attention to this problem and suggested increased litter bins. ... See MoreSee Less
"Well done" Caversham GLOBE volunteers and thank you. The Council-owned planters originally installed along Church Street Caversham in 2000 are now starting to deteriorate structurally. Two GLOBE volunteers did some essential repairs on Monday 5 June (see pictures). There are other planters yet to be given similar attention. Within the next few years, sources of funding for replacement planters and to cover the costs of installation will need to be found. This may have to involve cooperation between Reading Borough Council, Caversham traders and various residents associations. Meantime, the GLOBE group volunteers will carry on their good work." ... See MoreSee Less
Reading Borough Local Plan – chance to comment on Draft Local Plan
Reading Borough Council is now consulting on the Draft Local Plan until 14th June 2017.
We are in the process of producing a new Local Plan to replace its existing development plan documents, and to plan for development in Reading up to 2036. Once adopted, the Local Plan will be the main document that informs how planning applications are determined and covers a wide variety of strategic matters, policies and specific sites for development.
We are seeking comments over the next six weeks during a period of public consultation. The full Draft Local Plan is on the Council’s website at: www.reading.gov.uk/newlocalplan and copies can also be viewed at the Civic Offices, Bridge Street, Reading, RG1 2LU (between 9 am and 5 pm on weekdays) and in all Council libraries (during normal opening hours). Supporting documents, such as a Draft Proposals Map, Sustainability Appraisal and Infrastructure Delivery Plan are also available on the Council’s website and are available for your comments. A brief summary leaflet is attached to this email.
We welcome any comments that you have. Please provide written responses to the consultation by 5 p.m. on 14th June 2017. Responses should be sent to: [email protected] or Planning Policy Team, Reading Borough Council, Civic Offices, Bridge Street, RG1 2LU.
You may also wish attend one of our drop-in events to talk about the Local Plan to a planning officer in more detail. There is no need to let us know if you wish to attend beforehand. These will be held at the Civic Offices, Bridge Street, RG1 2LU in main reception on Monday 15th May from 2:00 to 7:00 p.m. and Tuesday 23rd May from 1:00 to 6:00 p.m.
The next stage is that we intend to publish a revised draft plan, taking your responses to this consultation into account, in autumn of 2017, and will ask again for your views.
If you would like to be removed from our consultation lists, please let us know. We look forward to receiving your comments.
Planning Policy Team
Planning Section | Directorate of Environment and Neighbourhood Services
Programme of events for Reading May Day Tree Festival on Monday 1st May, inculding local walks and an afternoon event at Caversham court. Click on the photo for full details.Reading May Day Tree Festival is drawing nearer! Have you planned your day yet? ... See MoreSee Less
Caversham GLOBE added 6 new photos — feeling thankful in Caversham, Berkshire.
1 years ago
Eight local residents gave their time on Thursday afternoon to tidy up and refurbish the 20 planters in central Caversham. This helps to make the area along Church Street more pleasant. Thank you GLOBE activists for yet another contribution to our community. ... See MoreSee Less
On Thursday 20 April from 1.30 pm the GLOBE group is planning to do some essential maintenance on the Church Street Planters to give them a bit of a face lift after the winter/spring displays. This work will include minor repair and applying danish oil to some of the woodwork, tidying the plants and watering. It would be ideal for about 6 people to take an hour or so each, rather than 2 people taking 3 hours plus. So, this is a plea for 6 volunteers able to give some time on Thursday afternoon to complete this work, please. If you would like to help with this project (see picture from a previous activity) please contact the group via [email protected] or text 07768 958407. Thanks. ... See MoreSee Less
Once again Caversham is a cleaner place with 20 sacks of litter collected and removed from a local Caversham woodland near the Thames. A big "thank you" to the 5 residents who gave up their Saturday morning to do this good deed. ... See MoreSee Less
The next meeting of the Caversham GLOBE group will be held on Tuesday 28 March at 7.15 pm (refreshments from 7 pm) in Church House, Church Street, Caversham. Notes of our February meeting containing information on our current issues are available on request or at our meeting. There's the new "Reading Adopt Your Street Scheme" (RAYS) intended to encourage local residents in caring for their locality - please spread the word. Some local issues in which our group's activists have been involved do take a long time to get resolved so there's a lot of persistence needed by the group's activists. You might also consider what would happen to our locality in the longer term if the GLOBE group ceased to exist due to poor support from residents and loss of the small annual grant, to which RBC previously committed to cover insurance and meeting costs when it set up the GLOBE groups across the borough more than 20 years ago. The Caversham "Neighbourhood Action Group" (NAG), our residents' associations and various groups of activists and some dedicated individuals in all areas of the Borough north of the Thames form a crucial base of people who care about our special locality. A good example being the 15 residents in the group that GLOBE organised who collected 54 sacks of other people's litter and fly tipping between 10 to 12 March in parts of Emmer Green and central Caversham. Though it wasn't all cleared and some residents are aware of its continued existence and other residents are already adding to this public nuisance! We'd be interested in your thoughts on these matters, either by email, messenger or when you come to our monthly GLOBE meeting where we discuss and raise any issues. Thanks. ... See MoreSee Less
Great news! Central Caversham, an area of our riverside and part of Emmer Green is much much cleaner today. Over the past three days 15 volunteers have invested 39 hours between them to collect 54 sacks of other peoples' cans, plastic bottles, paper and other litter as well as fly-tipped clothing, metal, wood, plastic, paint cans, bike parts, tools, flower pots, suitcases, a roller blind and a cuddly toy. A big "thank you" to those activists who achieved this clearance, some of which is being recycled. Most of the areas cleared have been done in the past by GLOBE supporters but still the problem exists. ... See MoreSee Less
To all GLOBE supporters. The Spring RESCUE (Rivers and Environmental Spaces Clean Up Event) across the Reading Borough is one week later than the "Keep Britain Tidy" clean up now taking place. Could you help keep Caversham clean by joining other GLOBE activists for up to 2 hours on Sunday 12 March from 11 am? We will meet by the BT Exchange Church Street Caversham and clean nearby streets and open areas. It's important that you let GLOBE know by email if you can come along on Sunday 12 March (please also give a contact phone number), so that we can obtain enough litter pickers,gloves and hi-viz vests or let you know if bad weather may disrupt our arrangements. Please email [email protected] as soon as you can and no later than Wednesday 8 March. In case you need it, 07768 958407 to contact Richard Denney. If you know of others who may help, please spread the word. Thank you There are other litter hots spots in Caversham and Emmer Green for which we are seeking volunteers to help clean up: for example, Mill Green/Deans Farm public land, the alley (footpath 41) behind Chiltern Road, the Stuart Close/Surley Row/Grove Hill footpaths: also the green path from the Emmer Green pond that goes behind Knights Way and Buckingham Drive to Marshlands Square where there is bad fly-tipping in at least 5 places. You may also know of other areas. We can make separate arrangements for these.
The next meeting of the Caversham GLOBE group will be held on Tuesday 28 February at 7.15 pm (refreshments from 7 pm) in Church House, Church Street, Caversham. We are pleased to welcome Ricky Josey from RBC to to talk about the new "Reading Adopt Your Street Scheme" (RAYS) and the March 'RESCUE' clean-up event. The new "Adopt Your Street Scheme" enables local residents to volunteer to help keep their area clean. All are welcome to the meeting to hear more about this important initiative that supports residents in caring for their communities and environment.
Notes of some of our current GLOBE GROUP issues are available on request. Residents are always welcome to attend these monthly GLOBE meetings to discuss and raise any issues, or to make contact beforehand about any local matters with which the group may be able to help. ... See MoreSee Less
The first 2017 meeting of the GLOBE group will be held next Tuesday 24 January at 7.15 pm in Church House, Church Street, Caversham. Residents are very welcome to attend, discuss and raise any issues, or to contact the group about any local environment matters with which we may be able to help. GLOBE group needs more volunteers who care about how our locality looks, how it can be enjoyed and be useful for wildlife. We give our time and energy by working to: - improve and help maintain our local green/open public spaces, - plant trees & hedging - reduce litter & fly-tipping - plant/maintain the Council's planters along Church Street - liaise with RBC to resolve any issues we find - comment on planning applications. Notes of our last meeting are available on request by email. ... See MoreSee Less
RARE TREES LOST. Caversham GLOBE activists were sadly busy on Friday 13 January in Balmore Walk northern field tree slopes, where so called "woodland management" work had started in the memorial copse without prior public notice the previous Saturday when RBC chain saws were heard by chance. We immediately protested because our GLOBE group had been given a written undertaking by RBC that, prior to any work being done, we would have a site meeting with the RBC Ecologist to give our opinions and local knowledge on individual species that we valued and to identify trees to be retained. These would have included the fairly rare but now felled: Spindle Tree (with leaves turning yellow or red in autumn, and panicles of small yellow flowers followed by 4-lobed red fruits which split to reveal orange seeds) also a Wild Service Tree (The flowers provide pollen and nectar for insects, the berries are eaten by birds and its leaves are eaten by certain moth caterpillars). As a consequence of our initial protest a belated notice of ongoing work was posted midweek by RBC, though no apology was received for the broken undertaking to consult.
It's too late for the Spindle, the Wild Service Tree and various beech etc. However, see photos of some of our actions, included placing notices on some valued trees, including 2 more wild service trees, apple, crab apple, hornbeam, yew, scots pine and beech. We also cleaned some paint off a few trees that were due to be felled in future. We did a litter pick of the area and identified fly tipping of garden refuse and old fencing done by a neighbouring household. Contact GLOBE on 07768 958407 or send PM for further information about our voluntary work. ... See MoreSee Less
Disgraceful! Pity RBC can't be as quick on the upkeep of trees and bushes where I live. Trees are massive and never been pruned in the 13.5 years I lived here - even after numerous requests by me. The path we walk along to school is so overgrown that we now walk on mud. RBC really needs to sort its priorities out!
RBCs planning committee voted unanimously last night to send strong objections to South Oxfordshire on the speculative application from Gladman to build 245 houses on open countryside immediately adjacent to Emmer Green. All of the public speakers and councillors spoke in very robust terms against the application which GLOBE believes to be unsustainable, contrary to the approve SODC local plan and objectionable on many other grounds including ecology and the burden on local services and the road network in Reading. More information on the CAGE campaign web site www.cagedunsden.org/ South Oxfordshire will decide the application at a planning meeting in March and we urge GLOBE supporters who have not yet expressed their concerns to send objections to SODC. www.southoxon.gov.uk/ccm/support/Main.jsp?MODULE=ApplicationDetails&REF=P16/S3630/O... See MoreSee Less