Hungerford Town Council Update July/August 2019

This overview normally includes matters discussed at the Full Hungerford Town Council (HTC) Meeting. These generally take place on the first Monday of the month but the ones in August, if they take place at all, are very short and concerned only with formal and financial matters. This accurately describes the meeting on Monday 5 August: you can see the (very brief) agenda here.

Thereafter, the next Full Council Meeting will take place at 7pm on Monday 2 September 2019. The agenda will provided in this section of the HTC website in due course.

For HTC updates from previous months, please visit the archives here.

WBC = West Berkshire Council.

Salisbury Road

The matter of the revised plans put forward by Bewley Homes (at a higher density of 30 homes per hectare rather than 17, as in the outline planning permission and as approved by WBC) was discussed at an extraordinary meeting of the Environment and Planning Committee on Monday 23 July which was attended by about 30 members of the public, a representative from Bewley Homes and (for part of the meeting only) District Councillor James Cole. Apart from some formal business discussion of this issue occupied the whole of the hour-long meeting.

You can read the minutes here. Penny Post also recorded a video of the event, which you can see here.

Two motions were passed, one in respect of the reserved matters application and one in respect of some of the conditions. Both were objected to by the Committee on the following grounds:

• The over-development or overcrowding of the site as the proposal is out of character with the area.

• The negative/adverse visual impact of the development particularly on the landscape and or locality

• The detrimental effect of proposed development on the character of the local area (in the AONB)

• The proposed development by reason of its size, depth, width, height and massing would have an unacceptably adverse impact on the amenities of the properties immediately adjacent to the site and the surrounding area by reason of overlooking, loss of privacy and visually overbearing impact

Grant Awards

Every year, HTC makes grants to community groups and charities whose work benefits the town. Most of these are made in the summer with a small amount of funds sometimes retained for applications later in the year. This years main awards have now been made and grants made to 30 different organisations. The awards ceremony took place on 20 July 2019 at the Croft Field Hall and you can read a report here. This includes a list of the recipients, their contact details, the amount awarded and the use/s to which the money will be put.

Car parking at the station

Please click here to see an update on the situation. In summary, a meeting involving all the interested parties will take place in August which, it is hoped, will allow the project to progress.

Hungerford 2036 (Neighbourhood Development Plan) update

The H2036 Project Team (H2036) continues its consultation with local organisations and individuals on the NDP’s draft Aims and Objectives, most recently with the schools and the surgery.

As mentioned last month, H2036 has been informed that, in early September, WBC will publish the HELAA (Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment) which is expected to include WBC’s initial site assessments. At the same time, guidance from central government (via WBC) is expected on proposed dwellings numbers.

In order to prepare for the WBC information release, H2036 is developing a set of site-selection criteria which will be the basis for the identification of the town’s preferred and later allocated development sites in the NDP. These criteria will be informed by the H2036 research as well as previous consultations and the intention is to publish these before the HELAA release.

You can click here to visit the main H2036 page on the Town Council’s website (the most recent additions are at the bottom). The aims and objectives can be found here. If you want to make a comment on this or any other aspect of the work, you can comment online by clicking here. There is also a general comment form for those who prefer to work offline which you can print, complete and return it to the town office. You can also email any comments to townclerk@hungerford-tc.gov.uk.

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.

Hungerford in Bloom 2019

This year’s competition was judged on Saturday 6 July. HTC is holding the Hungerford in Bloom awards ceremony on Saturday, 3 August at the Croft Field Centre with refreshments at 10:00am and the presentations starting at 10:30am. Prizes will be awarded to the winners in the commercial, residential and allotment categories of the competition. There will be a new trophy awarded this year. Details will be announced at the event and this post will be updated thereafter.

Hanging baskets

In addition to its usual floral displays, HTC has this year funded the hanging baskets on the canal bridge.

Pigeons

This continuing problem has now been, with the help of District Councillor James Cole, elevated to the local Public Protection Partnership (PPP) for  its consideration. As previously reported on several occasions, there is no one simple, effective, humane and cost-effective solution to the problem.

Hungerford’s new coffee shops

Costa coffee’s application for a shop in the old NatWest building met with no objections from HTC and the approval has recently been granted by WBC. It’s also understood that work will soon be starting by #coffee1 on re-fitting the old From the Heart store on the corner of Everland Road.

Committee meetings

For more information on the work of HTC’s committees, please click here. For a full calendar of committee meetings, please click here.

 

The sections above cover the main issues with which HTC has recently been involved or concerned: it by no means describes all of HTC’s activities. Nor is this an official record of the meeting referred to above, nor any other aspect of HTC’s activities. Links to the official minutes of this and other meetings are provided in this post.

For more information on HTC, please click here.

If there’s anything that you’d like to see addressed by HTC, and perhaps also covered in this way in future editions of Penny Post Hungerford, please email claire.barnes@hungerford-tc.gov.uk. 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 HTC 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 HC 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 HTC’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 HTC necessarily agrees with, endorses or supports any of the material contained therein.

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