Traveller camp proposed for Cow Lane

Reading Borough Council is proposing a transit caravan site for travellers on the junction of Cow Lane and Richfield Avenue, next to the Rivermead. The site would be the first of its kind in Reading, and up to 17 pitches are proposed there.

The Bell Tower Community Association has serious concerns about the proposed location, which is within the Thames floodplain and will be right next to a busy main road after Cow Lane bridges are fully opened in 2018. The site is also on the fringe of Reading’s Air Quality Management Area and would affect the visual amenity for local walkers and visitors to the Rivermead. The site could also significantly affect the Reading Festival.

Flooding in Cow Lane, February 2014

People living in Reading are asked to share their views on the scheme through a public consultation process after the first stage of the plan was passed by councillors on Monday 25 September.

A consultation process has now been started, and residents and businesses have until 24 October to submit their comments. If you have views on the proposal, please take the oportunity to make them known to the council.

To comment on the proposal please email or write to Planning Policy Team, Civic Offices, Bridge Street, Reading RG1 2LU.

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