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ERA Newsletter Number 30: July 2015
It has been a busy time for us, still dominated by issues related to the new housing development in the area bounded by Toutley Road and Matthewsgreen Road. The contentious issue at the moment is about the route to be taken by construction traffic in the first year.
We attended a meeting together with the Council in May at which the developers presented their plans for phase one of the development opposite the Clifton Road shops. At this meeting Bovis stated that they intended to bring the construction traffic onto the site via the Old Forest Road and Toutley Road for a period of 9 to 12 months in complete contradiction to an assurance given in a previous meeting …
In the meantime Bovis put on an exhibition of their design for the first phase of development in the village hall, which we picketed. We handed out leaflets to those going in urging them to take up this issue of site access, and we, together with the local councillors, have protested vigorously to Bovis, and will continue to press them at every opportunity to revert to the original plan.
NDR route – we have known for some time that the route B for the Northern Distributor Road (NDR), overwhelmingly voted for in the consultation in December 2013, was not feasible due largely to the prohibitive cost of compensating for the loss of the Emmbrook flood plain that it would involve. As a result the Council favoured a modified route B (or C depending upon how you look at it!) using the “Council Depot” end of Old Forest Road as far as the bridge over the Emmbrook. We are very unhappy about this and discussions with offices and councillors continue ….
You may have heard rumours that the Emmbrook Village Hall was going to be sold off – this was a possibility but we have now had assurances that this is no longer being considered. This is excellent news!
The Council now intends to keep the Village Hall and also build a big new community hall within the new development, attached to, but separate from, the new school.
We have now fixed the date of our next Quiz Night so put it in your diaries. It is Saturday 14th November. Andy Howell has again agreed to be our Quizmaster; he does a great job and we all have a fun night and raise some money for both ERA and Alzheimer’s.
EMMBROOK SPORTS & SOCIAL CLUB
Thank you to those of you who made it along to the ESSC in Lowther Road on 25th June to hear about the senior Football Club’s plans for changes to the ground. The ERA appreciates the fantastic work done by the volunteers at the club to keep the ground maintained and organise the many sports activities particularly for youngsters, but we have reservations about the current plans to erect a stand and powerful floodlighting, amongst other things.
We will scrutinise the planning application when it is submitted, and comment appropriately
A BATTLE WON
As much as we criticise WBC for some of its actions, a small victory on our part just shows that they can admit their mistakes on the odd occasion! A resident recently complained about the overgrown ditch along Old Forest Road which had contributed to the July 2008 flooding of some houses in Ashton Road. Following this complaint, a very small section of ditch alongside their house was cleared, the majority being ignored. After we pointed out that any future flood water would already have done its damage by the time it reached that cleared section, WBC agreed that it should all have been cleared and immediately put in another works order to complete the job. Only a small battle – but it does show that we can help if you ask us!
We held our AGM in the Village Hall on 21st May. After the formal meeting, we threw the meeting open for questions and comments and we had some great input – thanks a lot. After that, we broke open the wine and nibbles, and threw the last few people out at 11pm!!
I hope that some of you managed to get along to the event held at Joel Park on 28th June. Joel Park Residents Association initiated this event a few years ago, and this year it was opened up to ERA as well. It is basically a fun afternoon for residents to get together over a picnic, with games for the children.
NEIGHBOURHOOD ACTION GROUP
Neighbourhood Action Groups (NAGs) are a Government initiative rolled out by the Police to address community safety issues through Neighbourhood Policing and local resident involvement.
The Emmbrook and Woosehill NAG is made up of Thames Valley Police, representatives of both the Borough and the Town Councils, local organisations (including ERA) and individual local residents. The purpose of the NAG is to help solve community safety issues, reduce crime and disorder, and help to bring about a greater sense of reassurance and community spirit.
If you would like to get involved, contact Bren Stacey, 01189787897, firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Wednesday 22nd July, 7pm, at The Acorn Centre the Emmbrook and Woosehill NAG is holding a presentation by the Wokingham Borough Council. It will include street naming for new developments (ERA has submitted Emmbrook-connected names for the Matthewsgreen development), Community Wardens, Recycling and advice on how to get around the Borough. It is due to finish at about 9pm and tea/coffee will be provided.