Hungerford Town Council Update July/August 2021

Full Council Meetings take place generally at 7.00pm in the Corn Exchange complex on the first working Monday of every month except August (when there is no meeting). The agenda for the next one (Monday 6 September 2021) will be provided in this section of the HTC website in due course. 

See the foot of this post for more information.

HTC = Hungerford Town Council; WBC = West Berkshire Council; WAPC = WBC’s Western Area Planning Committee. NDP = Neighbourhood Development Plan. H2036 = Hungerford’s NDP. DC = District Councillor.

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

Police report

The following report was provided on 2 August 2020.

Crimes and incidents

During the period 1-30 July there was reported shoplifting and one reported case of criminal damage in the town but no reports of anti-social behaviour.

The local Police team

The current set up of the team is one Inspector, one Sergeant, two Police Constables and five PCSOs to cover the Hungerford and Downlands area. Our third Police Constable joined the team this week. Please see below for how to contact them.

Local events

If you have any community events for which you would like representation from your local NHPT, please contact us via the above email address. While we cannot guarantee we will always be able to attend, we will make every effort to do so. We shall, for instance, be at the Emergency Services Charity Day at Cobbs Farm 14 August from 10am to 4pm.

General information (including contacts)

  • Please report all incidents to the Police or otherwise they will not be officially recorded – news travels fast round a community but if no one tells us, we don’t know about it. Mentioning an incident on social media does not count as reporting the crime.
  • People are encouraged to sign up for Thames Valley Alerts. As well as local crime information, you can receive details of the latest scams.
  • Thames Valley Police has a Facebook page.
  • The local policing team also wants to draw attention to the ‘what three words’ app which is used to help with the prevention of rural crime by locating people. The app provides a three-word code for each grid which is mapped over the world. By ringing 999 and quoting it the police can locate you.
  • You can report incidents online but if it is urgent please continue to call on 101 (non-emergency) and 999 in an emergency.
  • If you would like to report anonymously you can do so via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or online.
  • The team’s email address is hungerfordanddownlands@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk. This is not monitored 24/7 and should not be used to report a crime.
  • The local police team is keen to promote the Herbert Protocol initiative which helps us all to try to keep vulnerable members of our community safe.

Mayor’s report

EV Show

This month started with me opening the first Electric Vehicle show in Hungerford. The day was hugely successful and extremely well attended. I was amazed at the choice of vehicles currently available on the market to suit a wide range of budgets and was very drawn to the electric bikes on show, I look forward to exploring them further. There were so many suggestions from those attending which included concerns about charging points for those who don’t have off-street parking. As a council we will need to consider these points and plan locations and improve upon them in the future.

Another of the points raised was the need to make all EV charging point parking spaces designated to EV’s only. It was also suggested a bank of EV chargers in one place would make it easier to signpost to tourists visiting the town. HTC hopes to widen this discussion further, talking to local hospitality businesses. Congratulations to the HEAT team for putting this well organised event together.

HADCAF Summer Festival

I was thrilled to see the return of the town’s much-loved summer festival and was lucky enough to attend the art exhibition at Chilton Foliat, I was as impressed as ever with the incredible artwork on show. Congratulations to Caroline Lumley and team for making the 2021 festival a great success under ever-changing rules and regulations.

Medical screening

I don’t normally mention this type of thing in the Mayor’s report but actually thought it’s about time I did. Hungerford is so to lucky to have the breast screening unit visiting and in easy reach of those needing to use the service. I have many friends who, without this screening, may not be as healthy as they are now. It’s a great rural service and I’m extremely grateful to have it so close by. In less than a two-week period I’d been screened and received my results. I encourage you all to attend your appointments if invited to.

H2036 public consultations

I attended both consultation days for the Hungerford neighbourhood development plan held in the Corn Exchange this month. The turnout was steady and consultation responses continue to come in. I can’t over-stress the importance of these consultations. If you live in the town, it’s so important to make your views known. The decisions on where you’d like new houses to be built in Hungerford are in your hands, so don’t miss your opportunity. To participate, please click here.

Hungerford Town Football Club

I was delighted to attend the new changing rooms pavilion opening at HTFC. MP Laura Farris officially opened the pavilion which was attended by invited guests. The facilities are looking really smart. As with so many things, the project took longer than intended due to Covid. The club continues to go from strength to strength and more improvements are already being planned for the future. I’d like to wish them every success. 

Police Unity Tour 2021

I attended the start of the 2021 Unity Tour. Although we had an early 7.30am start (in the rain), nothing dampened the spirits of the riders and their families, it’s always a very moving event as we remember officers who’ve lost their lives in the line of duty. All money raised helps to support the families who’ve been devastated by the death of their loved ones. The names of the lost officers are read out in turn by those who are riding to represent them. The list of officers lost in the last year are also read out and this year they included the death of local officer PC Andrew Harper. Thank you for requesting my attendance again. I was lovely to catch up with you all – your courage is so inspiring.

Covid Community Awards

A fun filled afternoon was had by all at our Covid Community Awards ceremony. Guest were invited to be rewarded for their exceptional efforts throughout the pandemic as nominated by the public. I had a lovely time recognising those within our community who really stepped up to support those requiring a little help whilst shielding or through illness. It is always a privilege to be in your company. I hope you all enjoyed the event as much as we did. Special thanks to businesses and individuals who supported this community event – it really is very appreciated. To all of those awarded last Saturday, a huge, big thank you!

My special thanks to Deputy Town Clerk Sarah Hennessey who organised the event so beautifully and to Town Clerk Claire Barnes and husband Barney for the deliciously cooked food. Details of all nominees and sponsors of the event can be found here.

And finally…

I’d like to take this opportunity to wish you all a lovely summer break.  I hope the weather decides to brighten up again soon and you enjoy a little more freedom than we had last year.

Hungerford’s pigeons

Please see this separate statement from HTC issued on 3 August 2021.

District Councillors’ reports

The District Councillors – Dennis Benneyworth, James Cole and Claire Rowles – make a report at each HTC meeting. There was no meeting in August and no report was prepared (which is not to say that the DCs have been idle). Please see this page on WBC’s website should you wish to contact them directly about any matter that relates to the Hungerford and Kintbury ward.

Roadworks and temporary traffic lights on the A338 by the entrance to Lancaster Park

As mentioned last month, it appears that there is a problem with either the design or construction of the roundabout which has resulted in temporary lights being put up for health and safety reasons: these will need to remain in place until the problem has been fixed.

The issue appear to be rather more complex than first appeared but a WBC spokesperson said on 2 August that both parties (WBC and Bewley Homes) were keen to start the remedial work as soon as possible. Once begun, this will take about six weeks to complete. HTC will continue to monitor situation and press for a speedy conclusion for what is for many an irksome problem.

Dog bins by the canal

There have been reports that these have recently been overflowing. These are the responsibility of the Canal and River Trust and not of HTC or WBC. HTC is, however, aware of the issue and is doing what it can to ensure that these are emptied more often.

Hungerford 2036 (neighbourhood development plan)

Following the two initial public consultations about the four potential sites for new homes, further online consultation responses have been received.

The H2036 website includes all of the materials exhibited at the public sessions and has an interactive consultation response facility for each of the sites. The Hungerford 2036 Project Team strongly encourage all residents to view  the online materials and contribute their insights on the sites being considered.

We anticipate holding further exhibition events in August and early September before this consultation closes. The H2036 Team would also welcome suggestions for groups and locations which would be suitable and worthwhile for further physical sessions.

For more information, see the Hungerford 2036 post here.

Hungerford Town Council Covid Community Champion 2021

See The Mayor’s report above.

CCTVs

Discussions continue on this matter (see last month’s report) and a further update is expected in September.

HTC’s committees

The following committee meeting has recently taken place:

  • Environment and Planning. (Last meeting 12 July – click here to see the minutes.) Items covered included: 12 planning applications (one objection, nine no objections, one no objection with observations and concerns and one support); case officers’ reports; and the co-option of a new committee member.
  • Finance & General Purposes. (Last meeting 14 July – click here to read the minutes.) Items covered included: the Council’s Action Plan; the allocation of CIL finds; new projects for consideration, including upgrading the Church Street public toilets; pigeon trapping; an update on the plan that HTC acquire the freehold for the Bridge Street War Memorial; poppy badge; and various governance matters.
  • Recreation, Amenities and War Memorials. (Last meeting 20 July – click here to read the minutes.) Items covered included: the Jack Williams memorial; maintenance work around the town, in particular the benches; a report from the Allotment Association; the Croft Field Activity Centre; tree inspections; and repair and improvement works at the Cemetery and at the playgrounds.
  • Highways and Transport. (Last meeting 26 July – the minutes will appear here in due course.)

For details on HTC’s committees, including membership, agendas and minutes, please click here (and go to the “Town Council” tab).

The Christmas lights tender

Hungerford Town Council is now inviting tenders for installation of its spectacular Christmas Lights, further information on which can be found here. The closing date for tenders is 10am Friday 27 August 27 2021.

Contacting HTC

HTC can be contacted in the following ways:

  • By email to townclerk@hungerford-tc.gov.uk
  • By post to The Town Clerk, Hungerford Town Council, The Library, Church Street, Hungerford RG17 0JG.
  • By phone on 01488 686 195.

Any questions for an HTC meeting need to arrive by 2pm on the day (please allow more time if you have left this on the ansafone).

Members of the public are also welcome to attend any meetings.

Contacting WBC in an emergency

You can also contact West Berkshire Council out of office hours for emergencies. These are considered to include:

  • Major incidents such as major accidents or significant flooding.
  • Fallen trees and other debris blocking or restricting roads or causing potential danger to road users.
  • Traffic lights not working (West Berkshire Council only manages fixed traffic lights, not temporary ones).
  • Emergency repairs to council-owned temporary accommodation (tenants of properties should contact their housing association, landlord or agent).

 

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 any meeting nor of 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 HTC 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 matter. Links have been provided to other posts, on the Penny Post site or elsewhere, to give 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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