Post Office Meeting

Just a quick reminder that a Post Office representative will be addressing a meeting in the village tomorrow.
Laura Tarling, PO Parliamentary Liaison Officer, will be at The Pavilion from 7pm to give a presentation and answer questions. The petition opposing the plans will be presented to Laura.

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Post Office Meeting

A meeting to discuss the future of the Cholsey Post Office will be held on Thursday 29th May at 7pm in The Pavilion Station Road.

The meeting will be attended by Laura Tarling, the Post Office parliamentary liaison officer. Ms Tarling will give a presentation on the plans and answer questions from members of the public.

The petition, which currently has approaching 1,000 signatories will be presented to Ms.Tarling.

 I will be chairing the meeting and if you need any further information, please contact me on 07971 805416.

Rail Update – Including Fulscot and Silly Bridges

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Progress on Fulscot Road bridge works – showing the bridge deck after jacking into its new position, with the abutments stabilised and embankment works to support the approach road up to the new level of the bridge deck.

Network Rail today confirmed that the Fulscot Road bridge will be open again by 2nd September. The issues encountered with jacking up the deck of the bridge have been overcome and the lessons learned here will inform the ongoing programme of bridge renovations. 

Residents will be pleased to know that the night-time pile driving works have now passed by the village.

The final stage of the disruptive work on local bridges will start in November, with completion by April 2015. This work will involve raising the parapets of the bridges to stop people throwing items on to the power cables, which could cause the electric to arc back on to the person. As far as possible this work will be completed at night and should not lead to any bridge closures.

The bridges included are: The Leathern Bottle Spring Bridge, Silly Bridge and Manor Bridge. As Silly Bridge is listed it is likely that the material used to raise the parapet will be some kind of mesh that will not be visible from a distance.

Slightly further afield, it has been confirmed that Goring Station will have lifts installed, platforms extended and a new footbridge, which may also move within the station.

More Roads News

The County Council are undertaking carriageway maintenance works on A4130 Wallingford bypass at Winterbrook Bridge, from Tuesday 13 May for 4 days.
The works will require a temporary 40mph speed limit for safe working.
I’m not sure how this will “play out” but it might be sensible to allow a few extra minutes for your journey at peak times.

Solar Farm Consultation

Cholsey residents may be interested to know that there are proposals to install a solar farm in the parish.

A landowner at the Winterbrook end of the Wallingford Road is proposing the installation on a six acre piece of land bounded by the Reading and Wallingford roads. The Parish Council has also been asked to include the disused allotments in the area to be developed.

The landowner, Geoff Anderson, is using a Reading based solar specialist to develop the installation.

In order to inform residents about his plans Geoff is holding an exhibition at the Pavilion on Friday 16th May from 6.30 to 9.30pm.

If you are unable to attend questions can be put to Geoff through the Parish Council.

Post Office Reminder

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Just a quick reminder that you have until Friday to write letters to the Post Office about the proposed changes to services in the Cholsey Tesco.

Letters can be sent to Freepost Your Comments and there are ideas to include in them in my post from 23rd April.