2013 AGM Chairman's Newsletter
On the 12th June we will hold our AGM (see our flyer here) and I look forward to seeing as many residents as possible then.
Last year we reported on the town centre regeneration and the housing plans for the area.
Nothing significant has changed with regard to the town centre regeneration which is passing through the planning system as we speak!
Our current focus has shifted somewhat toward the South Wokingham Strategic Development Location (SDL). From our point of view, this is the area South East of Wokingham bordered to the north by the London road and to the west by the Finchampstead road specifically at Tesco.
The committee has therefore asked Cllr Keith Baker, Wokingham's Executive member responsible for Planning and Highways, to speak to us about the implications for that area, and the impact of the road which will run through the new estates both for the estates and upon the town centre.
David Nash our representative on the SDL forum reports that:-
Phase 1 - Buckhurst Park: has outline planning permission and has moved to the "reserved matters" stage. In this stage, detailed plans are submitted by the developers for design of houses, public buildings, roads, junctions, etc.
Phases 2 through 4: Wokingham BC has launched a comparative study of 3 main alternatives for the route of the Southern Distributor Road: through the middle of the development, to the north and to the south. The study is currently due to be published in June. There will follow a period of public consultation.
The route and size of the spine road is controversial and David will expand on this later. There are also of course issues relating to the northern distributor road and SDL.
Town centre regeneration
I have written a separate report to update information about this (published on the news page). The development is moving into the planning application phase and should lead onto real changes in the near future.
These applications will result in the following developments plans taking effect:-
- Station Link Road: you will have noticed that work started in Feb 2013 and completion is expected by end of May 2014
- Station Relocation: this work has started with limitations in car parking and the sudden disappearance of the footbridge, and is expected to be completed by end of August 2013
- Wokingham Town Regeneration: this is split into 3 projects:
- The first project is the corner of Peach Street and Rose Street up to Bush Walk:
- The council are currently in the process of appointing the contractors
- The work should begin July/August 2013 and complete in about 18 months
- This is currently still in the planning phase and needs to get approval
- The council hope to appoint the builder later this year, in the Autumn
- Subject to planning permission, work is expected to begin early 2014 and complete end 2016
- This project is tightly linked and dependant on the Elms Field development
- It is currently still in the planning phase and need approval
- The council hope to appoint the builder later this year in Autumn
- Subject to planning permission, work is expected to begin late 2015 and complete early 2017
You may also be aware of the discussions and public consultation around this. This is the overall appearance and set up of the roads, signage and general appearance of the town. The exhibition also featured possible changes to the traffic system. I hope as many of you as possible saw the exhibition.
The committee will be interested to hear residents' views about this.
You need to be aware that your comments need to have been presented to the council in the required format to be taken into consideration and that this is the case for any consultation.
GLRA Needs You!
Your committee members have continued to participate in the debates that surround all these issues and we would welcome residents who would like to join in those discussions. The work is not onerous but it will certainly keep you abreast of the current issues and get you involved if you are interested.
Come along to the AGM and make your interest known to one of the committee.
And once again, do make sure you come along to the AGM on 12th June at The Salvation Army Hall (7.30 pm) to hear our speaker as well as meeting the rest of your committee.