These notes incorporate some but not all of the matters discussed at the Full Hungerford Town Council (HTC) Meeting on 2 July, the agenda for which can be found here. Any references below to ‘the meeting’ refer to this event unless specified otherwise. The official minutes of the meeting will in due course be found on the HTC site. See the foot of this post for more information. WBC = West Berkshire Council.
For HTC updates from previous months, please visit the archives here.
PCSO Lee Bremner addressed the meeting and said that there was only one incident of note in Hungerford in June, a break-in at the Texaco service station, the investigation for which was still ongoing.
She also confirmed that there were some changes to the popular ‘have your say’ public consultations, as follows:
• The first Tuesday of the month, 12pm-3pm at Wyevale Garden Centre;
• The third Friday of the month, 10am-1pm in Tesco’s car park.
For more information on the police presence in Hungerford, please click here.
Closure of Barclays Bank
As many people will be aware, the Barclays in the High Street will be closing on Friday 7 September. Representatives from HTC recently met Barclays to discuss what help and advice they could provide customers and what other banking options existed for Barclays’ customers. For more information, please click here.
Co-option of Councillors
HTC has adopted a new co-option policy ahead of its plan to co-opt new members to the council in Sept to fill its two vacancies. The policy can be seen here. If you want to be be considered for co-option, please contact email@example.com.
Hungerford in Bloom
Judging for this will take place on Saturday 7 July. If you haven’t entered this but would like to, please email firstname.lastname@example.org by 1pm on Friday 6 July.
Hungerford 2036 (Neighbourhood Plan)
This has now reached the stage where opinions are requested from local residents. If you have any interest in how Hungerford will or might or could or shouldn’t change over the next 20-odd years, please see the separate post here for information on how you can take part in the survey.
Armed Forces Day
This was celebrated in Hungerford on Saturday 30 June. Click here for more details.
The considerable work involved in the handover from WBC to HTC is now all but complete. A formal ceremony to mark the handover took place at the Library at on Friday 15 June. There will be a further event on Saturday 8 September at which the building will be formally re-opened as a community hub.
There have been an increasing number of reports about this problem. For more information on how WBC addresses this and what you can do to help, please click here.
Hungerford Town Council Annual Grant Scheme
The main grant applications will continue to be considered in the Spring. However, a small proportion of funds will be reserved for late applications which will be dealt with by the Finance & General Purposes committee as and when the applications are received. HTC encourages all applicants to apply through the Good Exchange website in order to obtain matched funding.
Station Road Planning Application
As reported in Penny Post and elsewhere, there is currently an application to build 30 homes on the Oakes Bros site near the station. After initially recommending that the scheme be rejected, WBC unanimously approved it at the Western Area Planning Committee meeting last month. All members of HTC said they supported the application and District Councillor Paul Hewer said that his feeling was that it enjoyed support in the town as well.
Councillor James Podger explained to the meeting that the decision needs to be referred to WBC’s District Planning Committee as it is in breach of WBC’s own policy, the land having been allocated for commercial use. However, WBC now has recognised the point, which has been made for some time by HTC, that there has been no interest shown in using the land for this purpose. Central-government policy also supports granting approval for residential properties in such circumstances. It is expected that the the meeting on 11 July will approve the application.
For more information on the application, click here to visit WBC’s planning pages and then enter the code18/00837/FULEXT.
Parking in Hungerford
The development of this site will lead to the loss of the temporary parking spaces agreed with Oakes Bros and the matter of how these could be replaced will need consideration. A second storey on the current car park between the station and the High Street is one option: an earlier assessment had regarded this as non-viable but improved construction methods and lower costs now make this a more practical possibility.
It was reported at the meeting that various meetings had taken place. For more information on the work of these committees, please click here.
As mentioned above, the minutes of these (and other) meetings are available on the HTC website now or will be soon.
Hungerford Trade Showcase
A reminder that, following last year’s successful event, this will take place again (in the Town Hall) on Thursday 18 October. It provides a way for Hungerford’s employer’s to demonstrate the employment and apprenticeship opportunities they can offer and for Hungerford’s potential employees – particularly recent school-leavers – to find out more about what is available on their doorsteps. For more information, please contact email@example.com.
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.
For more information on Hungerford Town Council, please click here.
If there’s anything that you’d like to see addressed by Hungerford Town Council, and perhaps also covered in this way in future editions of Penny Post Hungerford, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. 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. Every reasonable effort has been made to provide a clear and dispassionate summary of the points covered but these may contain expressions of opinion which may not accord with Hungerford Town Council’s official view on the particular matter. Links have been provided to other posts, on the Penny Post site or elsewhere, to provide additional information where this has been judged useful or 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.