Annual General Meeting 2020

Updated 23 October 2020

The planned AGM for 2020 had to be postponed due to the Conovirus. 

It was held in September by email and post.

Agenda  Also click on AGM 2020;

  1. Welcome
  2. Minutes of 2019 AGM.  The Draft minutes are: AGM 2019 Draft Minutes
  3. Chairman’s report. Report 2020 Report includes; Statement of Account & Hon Treasurers report
  4. Hon. Treasurer’s statement of accounts (within the Chair’s report).
  5. Election of committee.3 New members and one departure:  –
    1. Sean Duggan had decided to stand down. We send him our thanks for his work.
    2. During 2019 3 members were co-opted to the committee and stand for election; Terry Dixon, Stephen Snook and Richard Stainthorp.
    3. Other committee members are willing to continue:
    4. Chair – Richard Bennett, Hon Treasurer Penny Kemp, Sec  Fiona Rycraft, Membership Alison Bennett, Others;  Lynette Edwell, Amanda Martin, Clare Platts, Adam Sowan.
  6. Election of the Accounts Examiner.  Paul Welch.
  7. Any other business.


As noted above the AGM was held by exchange of emails and letters to members in September.

Taking into votes submitted by post and email (in total  67) it was resolved at the committee to;  agree the minutes for the AGM 2019,  agree the Chairman’s Report, the Hon Treasurer’s report and the statement of accounts.  The committee was elected as proposed, including 3 new members.  Sean Duggan was thanked for his service to the Civic Society. Paul Welch was elected as Accounts Examiner for the year 2020-2021. There was no other business.

Please support the Committee

Sadly Sean Duggan decided to step down from the committee at the AGM. We are delighted that he wishes to continue to work with Civic Society members Katrina Parker and Dr Margaret Simons to update the St Mary’s / Castle Street Conservation Area Appraisal as part of the Conservation Area Advisory Committee’s (CAAC) activities.

We do need more committee members please, e.g. Secretary and people interested in Planning and events. Please do let the Chair know if you might be interested in joining the committee or indeed helping with our work in other ways. The Main committee meets approximately every 3 months. A Planning Sub-Committee has started to meet and reacts to planning applications and we meet with developers for Pre-Application discussions about their ideas and designs. Much of the business is done by email. If you would like to assist in any way please contact the Chairman ( 0118 9598350), email; 

Links to images from the 2019 AGM with Anne Green Jessel taken by Chris Widdows is AGM Images

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Station Retail Park development plans submitted

Station Retail Park Development (the TGI Fridays/ ALDI/ Majestic Wine Warehouse site), Caversham Road / Vastern Road. Application for Outline Planning Consent now submitted.

The initial design for the development which will run along Vastern Road and Caversham Road.

3 April 2020 An application for Outline Planning Consent has been submitted for this site No 200328. The link to the application on RBCs Planning site is HERE

A final exhibition was held on 30 & 31 October 2019.  The link HERE takes you to information about the proposals. On Social Media there are understandable concerns from local residents about the loss of the supermarket and other facilities, which will not be replaced for 5 years (the expected time the scheme will take to complete). If taken to completion this scheme will add some 900 flats and some office space with retail on the ground floors. The scheme raised a lot of opposition from people living in Caversham the company commented after the exhibition that “Most of the 220 comments came from Caversham residents and 70% objected.” The Reading on Thames Nov 2019 blog commented The height of the tall building has been pointlessly shrunk to placate the moaners from Caversham Heights.”

On 21 January members of the RCS committee, the CAAC and CADRA met Barton Willmore, the advisors behind the scheme, high up in the Blade to gain a better understanding of what is proposed here. When we meet developers and their agents in this way there is an agreement about confidentiality. It would not however be any surprise that as the site is owned by AVIVA (pension company) that Barton Willmore are developing a scheme which will lead to an Outline Planning Application, the site will then be sold on to a developer who will submit a detailed application with a view to implementation. We were given to understand that the leases on the sites end from 2021 to 2025. It will probably take up to 2 years to work up an outline planning application which gains consent so it is understandable why the scheme has been raised now.

The concerns we raised with BW included: how would construction be undertaken, would the whole site be worked on at the same time or would it work block by block as each lease came to and end (difficult either way), the challenges of all the construction traffic serving developments on Station Hill, SSE, Reading Metropolitan and this site all at pretty much the same time, the closeness of the accommodation blocks to each other, views though the site from the station to the Thames, how the design of the 3 nearby development sites work together (SSE Vastern Road, Reading Metropolitan (the former GPO Sorting Office)), pollution from the nearby road, the accumulated impact of the town centre developments on Healthcare facilities, what social facilities would be provided to build communities, are the units for sale or rent, affordable element? We have been offered a return discussion when there is more information.

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