Tuesday 22nd August 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.
of the last meeting (11th May 2000) were approved.
Barnabas Road Traffic Island
This had now been completed and the return of the schoolchildren in September
would test its effectiveness.
This had now been resurfaced, and the verge on the eastern side reinstated.
Unfortunately no traffic-calming measures had been installed and inconsiderate
drivers saw this as an opportunity to speed, particularly at quiet times of
Grove Road Development
Nothing further plans had been submitted to the Council, and it was hoped that
the builder had abandoned his determination to buy up land for infill housing.
Vera Bodman had attended the last meeting and although many of the
problems were outside our area, we felt they needed our support.
The light summer evenings
had exacerbated the tendency of youngsters to congregate on the street. Trouble
flared when rival ‘gangs’ met up. The shopping precinct at Emmer
Green was a local ‘hot spot’ and shop- keepers had complained it
was keeping customers away.
had been received about the difficulty of contacting the police. 999
calls were directed through to call centres at either Kiddlington or
Aldershot, and it was feared things were not being dealt with as quickly
as they might.
Residents had been informed that they would have to contact the police,
if they were personally affected by contractors’ vehicles making
Concerns were raised that the definitive path at the southern end of the valley
had been diverted. Assurances were given that this was just temporary, and
that planning permission was awaited for housing.
Planning permission had been granted for the building of seven town
houses and garages on land between 13 & 15 Kidmore End Road, and the Recreation
Ground (adjacent to Lyefield Court). It was not clear if the application had ‘gone
to committee’ or if it had been ‘delegated’.
Reading Youth Project
There had been a meeting with the new head of Youth Services. Concerns were
raised about the possibility of transferring funds from some of the wealthier
clubs to those in poorer areas. Emmer Green may be one of those adversely affected
Current balance was £2235.44. There were still around 13 members who
hadn’t paid and various committee members agreed to knock on doors in
the hope of extracting some money. We had got 35 new members recently, largely
as a result of the exhibition. Total membership was now 301. A warning was
given that not many subscriptions were due for renewal next year. The policy
of allowing members who joined later in the financial year to carry over their
subscriptions to the end of the following year, was endorsed by the committee,
with the agreed cut off month as June. This would be verified at the next AGM.
discussed at the meeting, was the decision to make Mr John Dean the
nonagenarian from Dorset, an honorary life member. This was because
of the tremendous effort he made to attend the exhibition and his continued
interest in the area. He had been informed and was highly delighted.
The increasing use of e-mail meant that significant occurrences in
Emmer Green (such as the recent bus timetable changes) were not actually
on paper and kept
on the Secretary’s files. E-mails were tending to replace phone calls
too, so it would be impractical and costly to print out everything, but relevant
letters could be extracted as necessary and printed for filing. It was suggested
that the Secretary submitted regular expenses to cover this cost.
Johnny Johnston from Autumn Close had asked if we were still planning
to pursue the plan for a sign at the centre of the village. It was
explained that it
had been temporarily shelved because we were unable to get a grant. The idea
hadn’t been abandoned altogether and the Berkshire Woodcarvers were still
available. It was possible that sales from the sale of the film or book. In
any case with the current spate of petty crime and vandalism it was felt that
now was not the best time to be thinking about it.
A reduction in the off-peak 24 service to Chalgrove Way to one per
hour had caused considerable inconvenience to those in the area.
The bus had also been
re-routed so that it reached the station via Friar Street. Annette Hendry arranged
a meeting with Colin Thompson of Reading Buses on Tuesday 8th August. She had
also distributed forms to those households worse affected, and 90 had been
completed and returned. Four residents attended the meeting together with Paul
Gallagher and Sue Ballard from the Residents’ Association. The meeting
was amicable with Mr Thompson explaining some of the difficulties he had running
the buses, in particular recruiting and retaining drivers. Also they were required
by law to make a profit. The sole shareholder was Reading Borough Council.
suggestion to re-route the 44 bus was rejected, but there were some
positive results from the meeting. Any extra charges from Friar Street
to the station would be scrapped. He also looked into re-instating
the 9.00am bus, and promised to improve the reliability of the buses
overall. It was stressed how important it was for drivers to key in
those with passes, so that the company could claim those fares back
from the Council.
Any Other Business
Exhibition/Book on Emmer Green
An interim meeting on the 18th June devoted to the exhibition and
its aftermath had been minuted and copies circulated. There had been
much demand for a book, and whilst this was felt quite a big step to
take we were encouraged by the success of other such ventures in Reading,
and the possibility of a grant from the lottery again. This time however
we would be limited to about £3400. Julie Wickham had been responsible
for the book on Katesgrove which had sold the first 500 copies, and had
a further 300 done. Estimates had been supplied by the Short-run Book
Company based on a laminated (two colour cover) paperback 100 pages long,
mostly monochrome, but with a few colour photographs. 750 copies seemed
to be about the optimum print run and by doing the typesetting, design,
layout, and scanning the photographs ourselves we could save a lot of
money. Print costs would probably be about £5.00 per book. In order
to catch the 2001 Christmas market we would need to start things moving
now, as printing often took longer than was indicated, so everything
would need to be completed by early June 2000 at the latest. We should
aim to gather remaining information by the end of the year with March
being the cut-off point for last minute odds and ends. A list will be
circulated delegating tasks to committee members.
Joyce was still keen to go ahead with the film and a meeting had been
arranged for the 14th September. The time-schedule of that would be
discussed together with the linking of the film and the book.
were a considerable quantity of leaflets left over from the exhibition,
and whilst we still wanted to supply libraries and schools, there was
no particular hurry to dispose of them all.
Barnabas Road – speeding traffic
Bill Goodworths concerns over this had been deemed a low priority by the Council,
but he was keen to persist. Brian Warren suggested contacting the police to
ask for an officer with a radar gun to be deployed.
Sustrans Cycleway through the golf course
Cyclists had welcomed the coming of this new route, but it didn’t
take long for motorists to remove the temporary barriers and abuse
the lane. It
was hoped Sustrans would be installing something more permanent before too
Some areas had had collections delayed by up to four days on two occasions.
Complaints to the Council were often met with evasion and excuses. It was felt
that if this happens again more formal action should be taken.
on the corner of Kiln / Peppard Roads
This was still a problem after heavy rain.
of next meeting
Thursday 23rd November, at 8.00pm. 23 Tredegar Road.