Thursday 10th May 2001
Paul Gallagher, Mrs Jill Verran, Mrs Margaret Ormonde, Mr Bill Harper,
Mr David Miles, Mr Brian Warren, Mrs Anne Ayres.
Mr G Goldsmith Mr B Cruickshank Mrs Sue Ballard
of the last meeting (15th Feb 2001) were approved
The builder had submitted a modified proposal, and although there was still
much local opposition, some of the residents had agreed to sell off parts of
their gardens. It was now felt that a smaller development might indeed go ahead,
but would have to be carefully monitored to gauge its impact on the area as
The sign for Caversham was going ahead, funded by the North Area Consultative
Committee. They intended to use oak from a tree that had been felled in Caversham
Park, and had been approached to ask if there would be enough wood spare for
an Emmer Green sign. Things were not entirely clear.
on Emmer Green
book was currently at first draft stage, and being checked and indexed.
Concerns were expressed about one or two pages, which were still awaiting
information or photographs, but assurances were given that these would
be forthcoming over the next few days. Margaret Ormonde was due to visit
the printer on May 17th to get a final printing cost. A strategy meeting
was set up for 23rd May to finalise the pricing structure.
Although some of the worst potholes had been filled in there was still much
to be done to improve things. Wolfe Properties, the owners of the site had
been let down by three contractors, but at least they were responding to our
Routes to Schools Project
Most of the work had now been undertaken with just the areas of red tarmac
to be applied.
Recycling Site / Clayfield Copse Car Park
The Council had agreed that both areas were in a very poor state of repair,
but were reluctant to spend out on temporary infilling, which would not last
long. The committee felt that in the light of no permanent re-surfacing being
imminent, that would be better than nothing.
None was available, but it was only a couple of weeks since the AGM and there
was very little change since then.
Reading Youth Project
The problem of surplus funds in the Emmer Green site was still unresolved.
The street lighting between Knights way and the pond, and between Stuart Close
and Surley Row was due to be installed soon.
ongoing problem of graffiti was discussed, particularly in the light
of a new trend to etch obscenities into glass, mostly to shop windows
in Caversham. Fortunately the shop owners had acted quickly in replacing
the glass. It was astonishing the amount of money that was being spent
in cleaning up after these types of crimes (often with minimal impact),
and it was felt that more action was needed by police and others to
ensure the perpetrators were not allowed to get away with it. The Milestone
Centre in Caversham Park had been cleaned at a cost of £6,500,
and although it was still clear at the time of this report, it was
sad to see the damage caused to the nearby mural which had been created
by local youngsters last summer. Emmer Green itself was less affected,
but there were pockets of graffiti on private property in strategic
locations and it was suggested the EGRA committee might consider a
one off funding to have this removed, taking up the Council’s
offer of £35 for an hour’s work. Although there were some
even worse spots, such as the pavilion near Clayfield Copse, it was
felt it would set a precedent for EGRA to get involved in those areas,
which were the responsibility of the Council. Numerous empty paint
cans had been found in the vicinity, and it was suggested they were
passed to the police as evidence. Many of the Telecential boxes were
covered too, but it was doubtful whether the company would do anything
Reading Area Consultative Committee
This mainly involved the CADRA projects. The screening around the recycling
bins in Hills Meadow car park had been installed.
6.Parking & Other
Issues from the AGM
An important point had been raised concerning the parking along Kidmore End
Road, particularly at the junction with Grove Road. Part of the problem was
that not every nearby householder had a space to park outside their own house.
Also customers at the pub, would attempt to park as close as possible ( it
is not clear since both pubs are no longer owned by the same brewery whether
the pub car park is officially open to users of The Black Horse). It was hoped
traffic wardens might offer a temporary solution, particularly in the bay outside
the Post Office where cars have a tendency to park all day, but a more radical
solution was needed elsewhere. The first step should be a survey of households
in the area to establish car ownership and the extent of the problem. It was
felt this was not a task for the committee however and should be passed to
the Councillors. The idea of widening Kidmore End Road was rejected on the
grounds of safety. The existing grass verge gives protection to users of the
park and to many schoolchildren using that route to school. At least at the
moment with cars parked on one side of the road, it does have the effect of
slowing the traffic down.
had already been made to the proposed siting of the Tele-com masts,
and it was of interest to note that forthcoming legislation stated
that local residents must be informed of any proposals. Unfortunately
as Parliament had been dissolved it was unlikely to become law for
a while. It was hoped to encourage BT Cellnet to make use of existing
sites in Emmer Green.
Cycleway 5 through the golf course
There were still problems with cars trying to get through from the Highdown
Hill Road end. This had not been helped by SODC installing 30mph signs (for
cyclists!). An approach to Sustrans was suggested, as they were more likely
to have funding for any improvements.
of Kidmore End Road and Peppard Road
Council had no objections to the relocation of the rubbish bin used by
the newsagent, hairdressers and bookmakers. The newsagent had already
triangle of grass overlooking the pond had been neglected by the Council
and was very long and strewn with rubbish. Some brick paving had been
removed from in front of the seat and thrown into the long grass.
Ormonde had been invited to the meeting to discuss the possibility of
setting up a site for EGRA on the MAP READING site. This would give residents
with the Internet access to such things as the minutes of committee meetings,
newsletters and other reports. There were no concerns about non-members
reading such information, as the membership was intended to be one of
support, rather than the association being totally dependant on the subscription.
Nevertheless it was hoped to include a form, which interested households
could electronically return to the Treasurer. The money would then be
collected at a later date. It was also hoped to have links including
the Emmer Green history site at Highdown School. There could be a ‘Hot
News’ section to inform of the latest happenings.
of next meeting
Thursday 16th August 2001, at 8.00pm. 6 Tredegar Road.