2017 AGM Minutes - CURRENTLY UNAPPROVED

29 Jun 17

The minutes for the 2017 AGM can be found here (opens in new window).

The AGM presentation slides can be found here (opens in new window).

The slides prepared and presented by Andy Couldrick, Cheif Executive of Wokingham Borough Council, can be found here (opens in new window).




2016 AGM Minutes

30 Jun 16

The minutes for the 2016 AGM can be found here (opens in new window)




2015 AGM Minutes

04 Aug 15

The minutes for the 2015 AGM can be found here (opens in new window)




2014 AGM Minutes

23 Jul 14

The minutes for the 2014 AGM can be found here (opens in new window)




2013 AGM Minutes

26 Jul 13

The minutes for the 2013 AGM can be found here (opens in new window)




2013 AGM Chairman's Newsletter

28 May 13

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.

SDL Forum

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:-

  1. Station Link Road: you will have noticed that work started in Feb 2013 and completion is expected by end of May 2014
  2. 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
  3. Wokingham Town Regeneration: this is split into 3 projects:
    1. 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
    2. The second project is Elms Field:
      • 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
    3. The third project is Peach Place Plaza:
      • 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

Public Realm

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.

Pat Smith
Chairman GLRA



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2012 AGM Minutes

25 Jun 12

The minutes for the 2012 AGM can be found here (opens in new window)




2012 AGM Chairman's Newsletter

30 May 12

On the 25th June we will hold our AGM and for the first time I can post our newsletter on the web rather than through your door. This was the commitment we made last year and thanks to the help of Andrew Pearce we now have our own website up and running.

So another busy year for our area:

  • Pat Smith has written a report about the development of the town centre (published on the news page) but now that we are entering the planning phase, many of the issues we have discussed during the various consultations are starting to become real. Some of it is still controversial (especially the development of Elms Field) and I am sure that during planning there will be a lot more input from residents and of course your committee. Because of this we have asked Bernie Pitch from Wokingham Borough Council and Will Robinson from Wilson Bowden Developers to come and address us on this subject at the AGM.
  • An issue that arose right in the middle of our residents this year was the proposed development of the Langborough Recreation Ground Playground. Following consultation, this was agreed by the Town Council and included the funding not only for the replacement of the existing equipment but extending the area to include some more equipment for older kids. When the actual design materialised in the planning phase it became clear that a significant number of residents objected to this extension. Indeed, your committee was also divided on this issue and therefore did not feel it could take a position. Instead it recommended to the Council that the application be withdrawn and a further consultation take place on the design. This suggestion was adopted and as a result a much smaller design has been put into Planning involving replacing the existing equipment plus a small extension to contain two more items. This is being considered as I write.
  • The Strategic Development Locations (SDLs), part of Wokingham's Core Strategy to build 12,500 new houses, are now also in the planning phase and the first materialisation of the Southern SDL in our area is the start of the Buckhurst Farm development. However the route and size of the spine road is still subject to some controversy. David Nash has an update on this SDL later.
  • Your committee members actively take part 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. I'll be stepping down as Chairman this year due to pressure of other commitments but I'd like to record my thanks to the committee members for the work and enthusiasm they have put into our organisation.

And so back to the website. If you're reading this you have most probably found it at http://www.glra.org.uk. Currently it is a reference point for information on the GLRA but in the future we hope to make it more of an interactive site. In the meantime if you would like to give in your E-Mail address to either your local committee member or at the AGM we'll be able to communicate directly with you on any appropriate issues or announcements.

And once again, do make sure you come along to the AGM on 25th June at The Salvation Army Hall (7.30 pm) to hear our two speakers on the town regeneration as well as meeting the rest of your committee.

Robin Cops
Chairman GLRA



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2011 AGM Minutes

20 Jun 11

The minutes for the 2011 AGM can be found here (opens in new window)




2010 AGM Minutes

09 Jun 10

The minutes for the 2010 AGM can be found here (opens in new window)




2009 AGM Minutes

21 Jul 09

The minutes for the 2009 AGM can be found here (opens in new window)




2008 AGM Minutes

23 Jun 08

The minutes for the 2008 AGM can be found here (opens in new window)