These notes incorporate some but not all of the matters discussed at the Full Hungerford Town Council (HTC) Meeting on 5 November, 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.
A representative from Thames Valley Police attended the meeting and mentioned that the skate park was currently in excellent condition following the removal of the shelter. He also said that there were plans to develop the Firearms and Knife Education (FAKE) programme in the town.
For more information on the police presence in and around the town, please click here.
New Youth Worker
James McMahon, the recently-appointed part-time youth worker for St Lawrence’s Church, briefly addressed the meeting. He will be working with young people both in the church and the wider community, including at the Youth and Community Centre and local schools. If you want to contact him with any concerns or ideas you may have you can do so on firstname.lastname@example.org
The Mayor’s activities
The Mayor’s activities in October included attending the open day at the Hungerford Nursery, the Hungerford Trade Showcase and the Lord Lieutenant’s Awards ceremony; meetings with REME, Healthmatic and the Friends of Hungerford Library; and attending various HTC meetings (both council and committee).
Hungerford 2036 (Neighbourhood Development Plan) update
An update on the progress of the work can be seen here. This includes the Hungerford Vision statement and a list of themes which emerged from an analysis of the survey conducted in July 2018.
To be kept informed please click on this link and scroll down to the foot of the page to sign up to the Hungerford 2036 mailing list.
District Councillor Paul Hewer (having disclosed his interest as an employee of Sovereign Housing) said that plans would shortly be submitted by that company for the construction of social housing in Chestnut Walk. It was hoped that this would happen in time for them to be considered by the HTC Environment and Planning Committee in December.
Councillor Carolann Farrell said that two matters which the next meeting of the HTC Environment and Planning Committee would be considering were the applications for the pizza restaurant on the corner of Salisbury Road and Priory place and for the coffee shop on the corner of the High Street and Everland Road.
Councillor Martin Crane said that the old NatWest site on the High Street had been sold but that further details wouldn’t be available from the agents until the new year.
There has been no further confirmation from CALA as to when a consultation with HTC about the development in Salisbury Road or, presumably following this, a public exhibition of the proposed plans would take place. In response to regular questions asked by the HTC office, neither is likely to happen this year. CALA has, however, repeated its desire to fulfill both of these promises.
Hungerford Trade Showcase
Despite the last-minute switch from the Town Hall to John O’Gaunt School, the event was judged to have been a great success by exhibitors, attendees and organisers alike. Special thanks were paid at the meeting to Councillor Martin Crane, whose idea it was; to John O’Gaunt’s Principal Alan Henderson; and, in particular to Philippa Adams at the HTC office who was responsible for the arrangements. It is intended that a third event will be held in 2019.
Parking in Hungerford
It was announced at a meeting of the Highways and Transport Committee on 22 October that further work has been done on identifying more parking spaces near the station and that further discussions have taken place with GWR and Network Rail.
For more information, including on the background to this issue and some annotated aerial photos of the proposed layout (which includes a number of other improvements in and around the station) please click here.
Lorries at One Stop in Fairview Road
District Councillor Paul Hewer said that progress was being made about the issue of the delivery lorries (there has been considerable local concern about the size of the vehicles, particularly considering the proximity of the Primary School).
PCSO Reeves said that it was important that WBC’s enforcement officers were informed and involved. He also agreed to look into a related matter, that of inconsiderate or dangerous parking in the area which made the One-Stop problem worse. He said that previous interventions had led to an improvement.
Councillor Richard Hudson pointed out that it seemed clear that Tesco would not move their deliveries to smaller lorries and the issue was largely about the timing of their arrivals. It was hoped that an solution to this would be arrived at soon. As matters stand, the threat of a serious accident remains.
West Berkshire Council lottery
This was mentioned by District Councillor James Podger at the October HTC meeting and was reported in our corresponding report for last month. Since then, WBC has announced further details, which can be seen here.
HTC has received some recommendations about GDPR compliance from IAC Audit & Consultancy Ltd which will be implemented by 31 March 2019. These include HTC-specific email addresses for all councillors and relevant GDPR training.
As part of a rolling programme of switching to LED lighting, various street lights in the town – some of which are owned by WBC and some by HTC – are being upgraded. The ones in Coldharbour Road will be the next to be worked on. The cost of this has recently been confirmed as £6,360. It was agreed at the meeting to proceed with this.
Bus shelter in Church Street
The cost of this will be about £4,150, half coming from HTC’s contingency fund and half from the recent successful member’s bid. It was agreed at the meeting to proceed with this, subject to confirmation from Councillor Keith Knight about the details of the siting.
Various instances of this have been reported, most recently in Atherton Road and Atherton Crescent where pavements were blocked. The matter has been reported to WBC. If anyone notices any other instance of illegal parking, it’s best to contact WBC directly – click here to go directly to the relevant page on the WBC website.
Three new councillors have recently bee co-opted but a further vacancy remains which will be filled in the same way. For more information please contact the Town Council by emailing email@example.com.
To donate towards the cost of the Christmas lights via The Good Exchange, please click on this link.
The Mayor updated the meeting about various plans for raising mo0ney towards the cost of the Christmas lights which are, by common consent, a particularly impressive and welcome feature of the town during the festive season. These included having donations for this cause being match-funded by the Good Exchange and collection boxes being given to retailers. She also suggested that there was more that could be done to attract visitors to the town at that time of year, not just for the Extravaganza.
Armistice Day events
The Mayor also announced that the memorial bench would be delivered and installed near the war memorial before 11 November.
As mentioned above, the minutes of these (and other) meetings are available on the HTC website now or will be soon.
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.
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