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CADRA Monthly Round-up March 2019
Ref: 425

Date: Mon 25 Mar 2019 17:05

CADRA Treasurer
Our Treasurer for the last 25 years, Stewart Bolton, has retired from the post. We are deeply grateful to him for steering our financial affairs so effectively for such a long period and for combining efficiency with great good humour. Stewart has fully briefed his successor, Colin Hall, and the machinery continues to run smoothly.
 
CADRA and Planning
Representing your interests on planning matters is one of CADRA's main roles. The sad loss of Liz Killick means that we are short of volunteers to help with this, so if you, or someone you know, are interested in this area of work, we would like to hear from you, especially if you have a relevant background or expertise. Please email us at info@cadra.org.uk
 
William Marshal and Caversham
May sees the 800th anniversary of the death, at his home in Caversham, of this towering figure of medieval England.  A talk by Tom Asbridge, a leading expert will be the centrepiece of our AGM on 11th June.

We are working with the team who designed the Caversham Heritage Map to develop a richly illustrated panel, telling his story. Subject to planning permission, the panel will be installed on the viewing platform of Caversham Bridge, looking downstream towards Deans Farm, where his home is thought to have been and Reading Abbey, where his body was taken for a mass, before burial at Temple Church, London.

We have secured about half of the cost but need to raise a further £2000.  Donations toward the balance would be immensely helpful and can be made using our DONATIONS FORM.

The Reading Civic Society (a registered charity) has kindly agreed to receive donations and apply for Gift Aid for the project.
 
Flood Prevention
Last month we mentioned the Environment Agency's (EA) proposals for major works on both sides of the river from Caversham Bridge to well downstream of Reading Bridge. As proposed, these will have an enormous impact on the appearance and ecology of important waterside areas such as Christchurch Meadows, as well as on adjacent housing. They include big embankments, walls and a large, new, permanently-watered channel across the land by the playground and a huge culvert beneath George St, where it approaches Reading Bridge.
 
We feel strongly that three questions need to be answered:
  1. What assumptions justify major flood protection works for Caversham?
  2. If they are justified, are there other ways of protecting the area which would not have such a drastic impact?
  3. If not, what can be done to minimise their impact through careful and sensitive design, involving the local community?  
We are engaging with the EA and working closely with CABFAS (Campaign for A Better Flood Alleviation Scheme), the residents' group which has mobilised very quickly to seek answers for local people. We agree with them that local people don't know enough about these proposals, and that early site investigations by the EA's contractors are doing unnecessary damage to vegetation in the area. We urge CADRA members to visit their website https://www.cabfas.org to get full information.
 
Crime and Nuisance
There has been a spate of cold calling around Hemdean Rise and Hemdean Hill  and cold calling stickers are being made available to residents in that area.

Noise nuisance from parked cars around Mapledurham Playing Fields has resulted in Antisocial Behaviour warning notices being placed and increased policing.

On a positive note, drug activity around Christchurch Meadows has diminished as a result of increased policing, and Caversham has a lower crime rate than the rest of Reading, which has experienced an 8% increase.
 
License application for Thames Promenade
We were pleased to hear that the license application for a festival at the end of June has just been withdrawn.

Health Services Questionnaire
The excellent Healthwatch Reading group is seeking views on how to improve our local NHS and how additional funding should be spent. We urge all members to respond:
https://www.healthwatch.co.uk/what-would-you-do

Don't forget that we will be sharing other news, as it arises, on the CADRA Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/cavershamresidents. You can also view this from the Home page at http://www.cadra.org.uk  and there is no need to register.
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