Calling all eggheads! The Bell Tower quiz night is back on Thursday 18 October, 7.30pm at Richfields Deli & Grill, 211 Caversham Road (next door to the Moderation) with a £50 cash prize for the winning team.
Tickets £7 per person including a light buffet meal. For tickets and details please contact Richard Chandler at 61 Cardiff Road, phone 0118 950 8761.
Floods have been close to our area a few times in recent years, most notably in 2014 and 2003 when the Thames path was under water for a time and homes in low lying areas of Caversham were in danger of flooding.
The Environment Agency is investigating how to reduce flooding from the River Thames in north Reading and Lower Caversham. A number of options have been identified, all of which need further investigation to decide which, if any, could be taken forward. One of these options includes extra flood defences on the south bank of the Thames that might reduce flooding in our area.
The Environment Agency would like to hear your views on the options they have been investigating as well as general feedback to help make sure they have considered all possible options before developing a design.
Full details and the online consultation are at https://consult.environment-agency.gov.uk/thames/reading-and-caversham-flood-reduction-options/. The deadline for responses is Thursday 26 July 2018.
Reading Borough Council’s traffic committee has voted to support the closure of Milford and Meadow Roads to through traffic near the junction of the two roads. The council’s informal consultation yielded 74 forms from residents in favour of closure, with 20 against.
The closure would stop through traffic between the area and the industrial estate. The Bell Tower Community Association has been working with the council for some years on this and supports the closure, which would stop rat-running through the area. Drivers are more likely to use the area as a short cut when the Cow Lane bridges are fully open in early 2019 so we are hoping to prevent this.
The proposal to close the roads will now go through the formal consultation process. At this stage no decision has been made on whether the width restrictions in the area will be kept or not.
Reading Borough Council has proposed Richfield Avenue as the preferred location for a new secondary school in Reading, with the proposal set to be considered at a meeting of the Council’s Policy Committee on 11 June.
The council has been considering possible locations for a new 6-form entry secondary school needed to cope with the growth in demand for school places in the town. Current estimates are that by 2025/26 an additional 1,000 new secondary school places will be needed in Reading.
Following the exercise, land at Richfield Avenue – west of Rivermead Leisure Centre and bordering Thameside Promenade – has been chosen as the preferred site for the new 900-place free school. If this goes ahead it would open in September 2021.
The site comprises a former golf driving range and open land bordering Richfield Avenue. The land had previously been earmarked for a new outdoor activity and education centre, including a high ropes facility. This will now not go forward.
A school in Richfield Avenue would mean that proposals for a traveller site on nearby land next to Cow Lane will not go ahead.