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Community & Recreation Focus Group

Shinfield Tennis Club

Chaired by Peter Hughes, who has a broad business experience through running a number of companies, this group covers very wide aspects of the Neighbourhood Plan.  The progress made, up to March / April 2013 is outlined below.

If you’d like to contribute as a community member to the project and are interested in volunteering to to take part in one of our groups, please contact us.

Recreation and Sports

This will be one of the major issues of consultation in the Neighbourhood Development Plan, we already know that there are insufficient sports facilities in the Parish to cope with our existing needs and the situation will only get worse. When the new homes are built the developers have to provide some additional facilities, but where should they be, how large and should we provide facilities that might only be used for very short times every week. What sports should we cater for and how about those activities that are not team sports but have active followers, such as skateboarding, walking, cycling and running. Currently we have commissioned a sports consultancy to look at the issues now and project our needs in the future, reporting back to the focus group by early May 2013.

Community Facilities

There is a new community centre planned for Shinfield, but is this the right place to build it and who should it cater for. What is the real need; suggestions include a new hall, a possible library, new council offices, a cafe, a crèche, perhaps some of the money available to build this could be spent elsewhere such as in Shinfield North or Three Mile Cross, where only limited facilities exist currently.

Shinfield Village Centre

The master plan produced by the Borough Council calls for a new village centre in Shinfield  embracing a number of retail outlets, a medium sized food store (roughly the size of Waitrose Woodley), some offices and car parking. We probably don’t want to see this full of charity, betting or take away food outlets, but it will have an effect on the current local shops and who else might want to trade here given that most supermarkets sell just about everything and Reading Town Centre as well as larger retail outlets  are only a short distance away.  Which of the major supermarkets do we think is best for our community bearing in mind that the choice reflects on how we see ourselves & how we are seen?



The group meets monthly and all meetings are held in the Parish Offices and are open to any member of the Public or anyone who represents any particular interest group.

Meeting 8 - 20 June 2013

Meeting 7 - 22 May 2013

Meeting 6 - 14 March 2013

Meeting 5 - 24 January 2013

Meeting 4 - 17 December 2012

Meeting 3 - 28 November 2012

Meeting 2 - 31 October 2012

Meeting 1 - 13 September 2012


As a member of our community, your input is vital to making this project a success. You can either do that by contacting us or leaving comments on any page where you see Post a Reply at the bottom of the page. You’ll need to register with us to post comments.

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