An application has been submitted for terraced housing in Swansea Road and Northfield Road – this would replace the derelict buildings in Northfield Road and the ‘Mast-Co’ building in Swansea Road. The plans feature a ‘coach house’ in Swansea Road with an archway to a private car park at the back.
Our initial impressions are that the developer has made an effort to produce a terrace reasonably in keeping with the existing street scene, and we would therefore be supportive of the plans.
No plans have been submitted yet for the wider Carters site area including the car workshops and the shop, and we will be watching out for more information. More detail will no doubt follow, and we are expecting in particular to resist anything excessively tall.
The application can be viewed at www.planning.reading.gov.uk/fastweb_PL/detail.asp?AltRef=191924
Reading Borough Council has installed fifteen electric vehicle (EV) charging points on lamp posts on public roads in Reading. As part of this scheme two new charging points have been installed on lamp posts in Caversham Road.
The lamp posts were selected after the council’s Go Electric public consultation in 2018, when the council asked EV owners or potential purchasers in Reading if they would like a charging point on their street.
33% of Reading’s households live in properties with no off-street parking and this makes EV overnight charging difficult. The council has successfully bid for an air quality grant from DEFRA (the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) to install charging points on such streets. The lamp post EV chargers use the lamp’s own electrical supply and will cost 30p per kilowatt-hour to use.
There is a longer list of the new EV charging points in Reading online and a map of EV charging points. We expect the new charging points will be added to the map soon.
The film set storage company has now left, and the former Cox & Wyman site is now empty. We have been given an update by a representative of Bellway Homes, who now own the site.
Contractors have been visiting the site in the last few days to do surveys for asbestos – what they find will of course affect the demolition programme.
At the moment we expect demolition to start by the end of November. Access will be via the entrance in Meadow Road until a new roadway can be built off Milford Road – this will probably be in early 2020 as it will require moving a BT fibre optic cable, which will take time to arrange. Demolition is expected to take 12 weeks.
96 units – 48 houses and 48 flats – will be built according to the existing planning permission granted in May 2018. Bellway expects to have the first houses ready for occupation in late 2020, with construction complete by the end of the year.
Our area has lots of fascinating history, and this year we are organising heritage walks around our area in September as part of Heritage Open Days. The walks will take place on two Saturday afternoons and will last up to an hour.
Entitled ‘Caversham Road: An area shaped by Victorian aesthetics and innovation’, the walk will take in much of the area’s Victorian industry, showing signs of what remains and pictures of local scenes from the era. We’ll also be looking at some of the original Victorian architectural features that survive to this day.
Further details and booking at www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/caversham-road-an-area-shaped-by-victorian-aesthetics-and-innovation-tickets-64750256761
The walks are now both fully booked. We are still keen to offer another opportunity, probably in October, to local people that were unable to get on to one of the Heritage Open Days walks – if you are interested please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Addison Road residents will notice a small and long-awaited change. SSE contractors visited today and have started to upgrade the street’s Victorian cast iron lamp posts to take LED lanterns after a long campaign to save them.
As well as a new lantern the lamp posts are being fitted with a new swan neck and a small isolating bollard nearby. We understand that they are due to be repainted soon as well, and the remaining cast iron lamp posts in York Road and Newport Road are due to be refurbished this summer.
All the cast iron lamp posts in Addison Road were made in foundries in Reading, some of which were by the Thames right next to our area. These lamp posts are likely be originals from about 1900 when the street was built – after refurbishment we look forward to seeing them working for many more years to come.
A newly refurbished lamp post in Addison Road…
…and another in the same street after repainting.