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Residents Meeting 1st May 2015 �?? Cancelled

Posted by Stephen Newton on April 29, 2015 at 8:40 AM Comments comments (0)


Residents Meeting 1st May 2015 – Cancelled


It was thought initially that a residents meeting should be held this Friday 1st May 2015, however following subsequent discussions between various parties and based on further guidance it was decided that this meeting should be postponed.

Stop Notice - ignored by the occupants of the land.


Stop Notice – ignored by the occupants of the land.


We would appreciate your patience in dealing with this issue and would like to thank you all for the concern shown and the support given at this difficult time. The prompt actions taken to date should help resolve this matter as soon as possible.



We will hold a community meeting in mid May to update you all on this and other local matters, in the mean time we will continue to update the website, send out email and pass on any and all information that we receive about this issue.


Kind Regards

Ken Rowlands : Chairman NAG


John Walker : Chairman EARA 

Message from Police: Ref contact over Halloween

Posted by Stephen Newton on October 29, 2014 at 7:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Message sent by

Rebecca Webber (Police, Communications Officer, Corporate Communications)


Halloween and Bonfire Night are two of the busiest nights of the year for Thames Valley Police, especially the officers and staff who work in our Police Enquiry Centres and Control Rooms.

On Halloween we receive an average of 3,700 calls in a day, a large number of them in the evening. This year Halloween falls on a Friday and during half term, so we expect to be busier than ever!

We want everyone celebrating these events to have a good time, however we will not tolerate anti-social behaviour of any kind. To report any issues you may have on Halloween or Bonfire Night, please call the Police Enquiry Centre on our 24-hour non-emergency number - 101. If it is a crime in progress, call 999 immediately.

Remember, you can also report crime online via our crime reporting form and our website FAQ section contains a wealth of advice and information on a huge variety of topics.

If you need to contact us about something more routine, such as to get in touch with your local neighbourhood team or get advice about any policing issue – from fixed penalty notices to police station opening hours - it might be better to wait and contact us at a less busy time.


During both evenings, our neighbourhood policing teams will be undertaking high-visibility patrols to deal with any anti-social behaviour and have also been working with schools and parents to reduce the incidents of nuisance and criminal damage that can happen at this time of year.


Please visit the Thames Valley Police website to download and print off publicity material about Halloween or visit your local station.

Road closures around the Station/Oxford Road from 27 Oct�?�..

Posted by Stephen Newton on October 23, 2014 at 10:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Please see the link below for road closures around the Station/Oxford Road from 27 Oct…..






Posted by Stephen Newton on October 22, 2014 at 6:55 AM Comments comments (0)



By Ted Hodby - Community First Responder


House owners who do not display a house number clearly at the front of their property are putting


their lives and safety at risk in the event of an emergency.


I work as a volunteer Community First Responder (CFR) in the Wokingham area with South Central


Ambulance Service (SCAS). My job is to get to an emergency quickly to treat the patient until the


professionals arrive. All I have to go on is a text message with the address and postcode. All too often


there is just a house name and a postcode which covers a group of houses.


Three times recently in the small hours, an ambulance crew and I have wasted precious time scouring


both sides of a road to find a house with no number where as far as we knew, someone could have been


dying. Without a number, there is no knowing whether you are moving towards the emergency or away


from it. With heart attacks and strokes, fast treatment is crucial. The minutes we waste looking for


houses can make the difference between full recovery and permanent disability or even death.


Even when we have a house number, addresses are not easy to find when the number is in small


numerals on a front door 50 yards down a drive. All the emergency services have the same problem as


well as Royal Mail and other delivery services.


Ideally we need a national system of house numbering (NHNS) . House owners could still use a name as


well if they wished. A house number is permanent and with the post code uniquely identifies that


property. A house name can (and usually is) changed by a new owner. If you agree with this argument, I


urge you to contact your local Borough Councillor or MP.


In the meantime, if your house has a number or name, make sure it is plain to see by someone in a


moving vehicle approaching from either direction. Large clear numerals are best. If your house is set well


back, fix the number to the front gate or the fence – anywhere it can be seen easily and quickly.


If you do have to call an ambulance, open gates and leave lights on. Ideally, leave someone at the front to


flag us down. If it is safe to do so, leave the front door ajar if you have to stay with the patient. If your


property is protected by a coded barrier or gate, it would help if it could be left open, or the barrier left


up. Alternatively have someone waiting at the entrance to let us in. It all saves time.


If your house only has a name and not a number, ask Wokingham Council about having a number


allocated . Failing that, make sure the name of your house is prominent from both directions. It could


save your life. If you do have need to call 999 for an ambulance, a First Responder may well


be dispatched and be at your property within a few minutes, so you may well have to act


Don’t let your number be up for the sake of a house name. Support the call for a National House


Numbering Scheme (NHNS).


Ted Hodby, Community First Responder.

Emergency Services Day

Posted by Stephen Newton on October 9, 2014 at 9:40 AM Comments comments (0)



Emergency Services Day - Monday 27th October

This is a message sent via Thames Valley Alert. This information has been sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police

Message sent by

Christine Seal (Police, NHW & Community Messaging Co-ordinator, Wokingham LPA)


Emergency Services Day – Monday 27th October, 2014 – 10am – 4pm

Arborfield Garrison Community Centre

Safety and security surrounding the community especially with the following coming up:



Bonfire night

Darker winter months


Lots of things for all children and adults:




Community Responders

Search and Rescue

Police Horses



Bike marking


Climbing Wall


and FREE for everyone

Thank you

Message ends


Shaping Our Communities Consultation ~[PROTECT]~

Posted by Stephen Newton on August 18, 2014 at 10:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Shaping Our Communities Consultation ~[PROTECT]~



As the ambitions for the Strategic Development Locations become a reality, the Council has been outlining its approach to how it will continue to involve residents and other stakeholders to ensure that these become vibrant new communities that support a high quality of life.


Along with the housing, the SDLs will also include new schools, play grounds, parks, nature reserves, shops, businesses and community facilities as well as the necessary roads and other transport links.


Wokingham Borough Council has been working on a new document that sets out how it will continue to involve residents and other stakeholders in planning our identified housing growth areas (known as Strategic Development Locations) and how it will support our new communities as they develop.



We are keen to know what you think of the new Shaping Our New Communities document and its recommendations. The consultation, and corresponding documents, are available on the Wokingham Borough Council website






It closes on Friday 17th October. Please forward this email to anyone who you feel will be interested. If you have any queries about the consultation please contact Mark Redfearn on [email protected]

Summer Drink Drive Campaign

Posted by Stephen Newton on July 8, 2014 at 7:55 PM Comments comments (0)

This message has been sent to the NAG by the Thames Valley Police regarding this summers drink drive campaign.

"The National Summer Drink Drive campaign ‘Is it worth the risk?’ saw a small increase in arrests this year compared to last year, leaving 446 people asking ‘Was it worth the risk?’

Between 1 June and 30 June, 240 drivers were arrested across the Thames Valley for driving with excess alcohol, compared to 239 last June.

Of those arrested, 197 were men and 43 were women. This is a decrease of 2 per cent in arrests of men (down from 200 last year) and a 10 per cent increase in arrests of women (up from 39 last year).

In total, 129 of the arrested people have been charged, 71 have been bailed and 40 released with no further action.

The campaign saw police targeting individuals they suspect of driving under the influence of drink or drugs, both on the way home from nights out and the morning after a heavy night.

Chief Superintendent Lucy Hutson from Roads policing said: “This year’s joint anti drink drive campaign with Hampshire Constabulary has concluded. We’ve made 240 arrests across the two forces.

“Each drink driver arrested and taken off the road helps to make our roads safer and prevents potential death or serious injury. Each death and serious injury we prevent stops pain and devastation to an even wider circle of family and friends.”

https://www.youtube.com/embed/JHixeIr_6BM?rel=0&autoplay=1&iv_load_policy=3" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Next a video clip for you – prepared by Canadian Police – It is very clever. I will leave you to work out the point !


I thought it was a really clever way of getting this particular message across !!!!"

caravans broken into

Posted by Stephen Newton on July 2, 2014 at 7:00 PM Comments comments (0)
Over the last few days a couple of caravans located in the Blagrove Lane area were broken into. Please be vigilant and careful with your property and keep an eye out for suspicious activity. If you see anything or know anything about the recent thefts please contact the police.

31st May - International Street Concert in Wokingham Town Centre

Posted by Stephen Newton on April 3, 2014 at 9:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Good Afternoon,


I am contacting all residents associations and NAG to inform them of a Street Concert happening on the 31st May 2014.


I would be grateful if the attached letter (CAN BE FOUND BY FOLLOWING THIS LINK https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-xyEmov_O-CT2N6TUhDSG9ISHgtNXkxSElZMkR0S05STUVj/edit?usp=sharing) could be distributed. Residents in the immediate vicinity of the event will have or will soon also receive a letter.





Gemma Cumming

Arts & Culture Officer

WokinghamTown Council


Clean-up Sunday

Posted by Stephen Newton on February 28, 2014 at 4:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Note there is a new even added to the calendar for th 24th March.

Clean-up Sunday between 10am and 12pm at the Evendons School. As I get more infor I will update the appointment.