Thursday 23rd November 2000
Paul Gallagher, Mrs Jill Verran, Mrs Margaret Ormonde, Mrs Sue Ballard,
Mr Bill Goodworth, Mr Bill Harper, Mr David Miles, Mr Brian Warren,
Mrs Vera Bodman.
Mrs Anne Ayres Mr G Goldsmith
Minutes of the last meeting (22nd August 2000) were approved
Unfortunately the decision on re-opening the footpath went against
us. Jill Verran who had campaigned for this for years sent letters thanking
all those who had given their support.
Grove Road Development
The builder was appealing, (enquiry on 12th December) and quite determined
to get his way. There was still much local opposition, including CADRA. It
was thought he might consider entry from Knights Way, thus alleviating the
traffic concerns of Grove Road.
Nearing completion, so it was hoped the problem of access for lorries had ceased.
The planning proposal had been deemed unacceptable
A letter had been drafted to attach to the Winter Newsletter asking members
their opinion on a village sign, and asking if they were prepared to make a
There had been a lot of correspondence and complaints about the bus service.
The 24 was cut during the summer, and just recently there had been further
cuts throughout the town. The main problem seemed to be the shortage of drivers,
and things were unlikely to improve in the near future.
Exhibition/Book on Emmer Green
the last meeting we had applied for a grant towards the costs of the
book, and learned tonight that we had been successful. £3400, whilst
not covering the entire costs of publication, would save the Association
the worry of funding the project in its entirety, and enable us to sell
it at a realistic price. A schedule for completing the book had been
outlined, and it was hoped everyone would pull together to help out.
A copy of the work that had been done on the book so far was circulated.
Tim Royle, head of Highdown had given his support to the book, and offered
us space at the school if we wanted to host the launch there. The film
of Emmer Green was also going ahead, and we had had a meeting to discuss
it. This was followed by them being shown around the area, and being
given historical and other information. The film makers, operating as
Business Video Solutions were prepared to take on board the financial
risk, sharing with us any profits, once they had recovered their costs.
Cycleway through the golf course
Sustrans had installed some large boulders at entry points to the track, and
at least this was preventing any access to cars.
Current balance was £2251.15. There were still 8 members who hadn’t
paid and various committee members agreed to knock on doors in the hope of
extracting some money. We had got 40 new members recently, largely as a result
of the exhibition. Total membership was now 307. Sue Ballard had replaced Alan
Elliott as the third signatory to the building society account. It was agreed
to include a request for e-mail addresses and telephone numbers on future renewal
Feedback from Committees
Reading Youth Project
Sue Ballard attended the last advisory group meeting, but indications were
that the council were keen to see these revert to management committees. This
would involve health and safety, which was really felt to be outside our remit.
Whilst we wanted to adopt the role of observer to monitor the Emmer Green site,
other centres outside Emmer Green were not really our direct concern. There
had also been difficulty recruiting youth workers, but computers had now been
installed in the Emmer Green Youth and Community Centre, and the Pre-school
Group was flourishing.
Vera Bodman had attended the last meeting and it was encouraging that a few
of the graffiti culprits had been caught, and made to clean it off. The police
tried to say that the darker evenings had reduced the troubles, but this was
not necessarily so with alcohol playing a major part, with youngsters often
as young as 14. Bonfire night had seen troubles at Balmore Park with several
fires being started.
that 999 calls were directed through to call centres at either Milton
Keynes or Windsor were justified, with as much as a ten minute wait
Davies was the new policeman in the area and it was suggested that
he might like to attend one of our future meetings.
had been invited to put forward suggestions as how to pend part of
a £50.000 grant on capital projects to improve safety in Caversham
as a whole. Street lighting seemed to be one of the Council’s
preferences and two suggested areas were between Knights way and the
pond, and between Stuart Close and Surley Row.
Reading Area Consultative Committee
Paul was due to attend a meeting on the 14th December where it was
to be decided how to spend the sum of £6000 for Caversham as
a whole. We had suggested seats and shelters by bus stops.
6. Draft Winter Newsletter
was given approval and would shortly be completed and distributed.
Any Other Business
Routes to Schools Project
During the summer a Central Government grant had been made available
to make Emmer Green Primary School a ‘safe zone’. It appeared consultation
had taken place with the councillors, but as far as Jill Verran, a School Governor
was concerned, no-one at the school itself had been contacted. Whilst it was
agreed that at the start and end of the school days there were huge traffic
problems, it was doubted that this particular scheme would make much difference.
A map was circulated showing an elaborate combination of speed cushions, extended
pavements, warning signs and dragon’s teeth.
Home for the mentally handicapped. It had been reported in the local paper
a few weeks ago about the Council’s intentions to close the home.
It was purpose built in the 1970s and the only one of its kind in |Reading.
Wokingham, who funded 6 respite places were pulling out to build their
own premises. It had been devastating news for all those parents concerned,
and the answers they were given for alternative respite care and help were
most unsatisfactory. It was felt that this was a cause well worth fighting
for, and that if necessary it should be taken beyond the boundaries of
Emmer Green. (Jane Griffiths, local MP?) There had been a valuation of
the land at £2.5 million.
Jill Verran brought to the attention of the committee, that a resident had
complained to her about the length of time the firework season lasted with
its attendant noise.
Date of next meeting
15th February 2001, at 8.00pm. 29A Highdown Hill Road.