Hungerford Town Council – May/June Update

Much of Hungerford Town Council‘s (HTC) work in May – as in other months – has been largely invisible. Fences, walls and graves need repairing, street lights need fixing, grant requests need considering, planning applications for extensions need commenting on, assets need managing. Invisible the work might be but were it to stop we’d all notice the absence of effort pretty quickly. (You can read here about A Week in the Life of Town Clerk Claire Barnes to get a flavour of the variety and responsibility of the various tasks the council needs to undertake.)

There have also been a number of higher-profile activities, some of which are still under discussion. Some of these are things for which the HTC is not primarily responsible but which either it is entitled to comment on (as with planning) or has chosen to get involved on a long-term basis (as with the library) or which is a matter of immediate public importance (as with the Post Office).

The proposed Hungerford Neighbourhood Plan
As this post explains, this is something that HTC needs to initiate but for this to succeed the support of  local residents will be needed. Further research work on this is being undertaken and a town-wide consultation is planned for later in the summer.

The Hungerford Post Office
Please click here for more information.

The Hungerford Library
Please click here for more information.

The Salisbury Road development
HTC has made its opinions known to WBC  throughout the planning process, including as a result of this meeting in January (which contributed to revised proposals being submitted in March). it is currently considering whether or not the costs and uncertainties of a judicial review (which must be officially launched by 20 June) are likely to produce a positive outcome. Further legal advice is being sought and a decision will be taken at an Extraordinary Full Council meeting on 7pm on Wednesday 14 June, which will be open to the public. The results of this ths will be circulated as soon as possible thereafter (including in next Thursday’s Penny Post).

Hungerford Rugby Club
The question of the electricity options for the new floodlights on the Triangle Field (which HTC owns) was discussed at a Full Council meeting on 5 June and approval granted to HTRFC to pursue either of the two immediately viable options, one of wehich involved the siting of a generator a prescribed distance from the clubhouse. It was also stressed that HTC’s favoured option was attempting to get SSE to honour its original quote to provide the power.

The appointment of the new Mayor, Keith Knight, and Deputy Mayor, Helen Simpson
You can see a video of an interview with the Mayor here and read an interview with the Deputy Mayor here.

The Mayor’s Diary for May
…which makes exhausting reading. As well as council and committee meetings and his work with the library, the Mayor has opened the new IT Gurus shop in the High Street, taken part in the 50th anniversary on the MS Society in Newbury, met a range of local businesses and attended the AGM of the West Berkshire Community Hospital.

Co-option of new Councillor Shane Findlay
The Council is delighted to welcome Shane to its membership. His considerable experience in IT and business management will further enhance the skills and expertise on which the Council can draw.

Armed Forces Day
HTC is proud to support Armed Forces Day on Saturday 24 June. There will be a parade involving 6 Armoured Close Support Battalion RMEM from 11.45am to 12.45pm starting at the Football Club and passing through to town centre and into Church Street. The officers and soldiers of the battalion will thereafter be at the Royal British Legion Club.

Hungerford Youth and Community Centre Open Day
This excellent organisation is hosting an open day on Saturday 17 June from 11.00am to 1.00pm with a wide range of activities and a BBQ. There is a wide range of activities available at this recently rejuvenated venue (including Rock School organised by Hogan Music). Come along to find out what’s on offer and how the centre can help host any ideas for events or activities you may have.

Hungerford in Bloom
The ultimate sign that summer is really here. HTC welcomes applications from both residents and businesses to demonstrate your green fingers. Please contact or call 01488 686 195 to enter. Judging will take place on Saturday 15 July.

Wessex Rangers
This youth group, formed in 1976,  offers a range of training ranging from fieldcraft, drill, military knowledge and much more for children aged 8 to 18. Meetings take place on the Croft Field on Wednesdays (6.00pm to 8.00pm). For more information, contact David Oram on 0700 982 651 or email

The sections above cover some of the issues with which Hungerford Town Council has recently been involved or concerned: it by no means describes all of the Council’s activities.

If there’s anything that you’d like to see covered in this way in future editions of Penny Post Hungerford, please email Any such suggestions should be received at least four working days before the end of the month (and preferably sooner) if they are to be included in the corresponding post for the following month. That is not, of course, to say that the Council will not in any case give the matter its attention and respond personally if appropriate.

This information has been compiled by Penny Post from information supplied by Hungerford Town Council and others. Links have been provided to other posts, on the Penny Post site or elsewhere, to provide additional information where this has been judged necessary. The presence of such a link should not be taken to imply that Hungerford Town Council necessarily agrees with, endorses or supports any of the material contained therein.






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