Thursday 13 May 2021

• The most recent meeting of Compton Parish Council took place on 26 April and you can read the minutes here. items covered included: reports from the working parties; one planning application; the vacancy for a councillor; financial matters; the neighbourhood development plan; the speed limit at Mayfield/Warnham Lane; the immediate consequence of the return to face-to-face meetings; dog mess; the Sports Pavilion; and legal costs at the allotments.

• The most recent meeting of Chaddleworth Parish Council took place on 6 April and you can read the minutes here.

Click here for the May edition of Chaddleworth News which includes RAF Welford news and history, updates from West Berkshire Council and the latest from local people, organisations and community groups.

• The most recent meeting of East Ilsley Parish Council took place on 27 April and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: the results of the housing needs survey and questions from the public arising from this; grounds-maintenance costs; the pond excavation; the settlement boundary; the parish’s proposal for a member’s bid; the EI Local History Society; a new quince tree; resolving the problem of a commercial vehicle in St Patrick’s Close; animals at Prestwell Field; and news from the Downland Practice.

• The most recent meeting of Beedon Parish Council took place on 12 April and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: dog bins; a blocked footpath; the Village Hall’s finances; financial matters; plans for a memorial bench; planning applications; the parish’s settlement boundaries; proposals for the phone box; and possible alternative uses for the allotments.

• The most recent meeting of Hampstead Norreys Council for which minutes are available took place on 25 March and you can read the minutes here.

• The most recent meeting of Peasemore Parish Council was held on 17 March and you can read the minutes here.

• The April edition of Chaddleworth News has been published and you can read it here.

• The most recent meeting of West Ilsley Parish Council took place on 27 April and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included; publicising councillor contact details; speeding; financial matters; the temporary delegation of decision-making to the Clerk from 7 May; repairs to the Village Hall; and future spending priorities.

• The most recent meeting of Brightwalton Parish Council (also the annual meeting) took place on 5 May and you can read the draft minutes here. This mainly took the form of reports from the Chairman, the Village Hall and ASPIRE and regarding broadband, footpaths and dog bins. There was also an extraordinary meeting on 26 April concerning the settlement boundary, the minutes for which you can read here.

• The most recent meeting of Ashampstead Parish Council for which minutes are available took place on 1 March and you can read the minutes here.

• The most recent meeting of Aldworth Parish Council (also the annual meeting) took place on15 May and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: financial and annual-governance matters; subscriptions to outside bodies; the asset register; council policies; replacing the noticeboard on the Well Green; dog-waste bins; flooding in Ambury Road; and litter.

• A reminder that there is a proposal for an equine veterinary facility and World’s End near Beedon, the details of which can be found at this special section of the Beedon Parish Council website. This is currently at pre-application stage and comments on the proposals as they stand are welcome.

Click here for details of Covid lateral flow tests, which are available at four sites across the district (Hungerford, Newbury, Thatcham and Burghfield), and home-testing kits.

Compton & Downland area council news

Parishes: click here for Hampstead Norreys Parish Council, Compton Parish CouncilAshampstead Parish CouncilBeedon Parish CouncilChaddleworth Parish CouncilBrightwalton Parish CouncilBeedon Parish CouncilThe Peasemore Village website, Aldworth Parish CouncilWest Ilsley Parish Council and East Ilsley Parish Council.

West Berkshire Council: click here to visit the website.

News from other areas

Penny Post area – please see the following separate sections: Hungerford area; Lambourn Valley; Marlborough area; Newbury area; Thatcham area; Theale area; Wantage area; Swindon area.

News and views from across the area and beyond: please see the most recent Weekly News with Brian column.

Thursday 6 May 2021

• The most recent meeting of Compton Parish Council took place on 26 April and you can read the minutes here. items covered included: reports from the working parties; one planning application; the vacancy for a councillor; financial matters; the neighbourhood development plan; the speed limit at Mayfield/Warnham Lane; the immediate consequence of the return to face-to-face meetings; dog mess; the Sports Pavilion; and legal costs at the allotments.

• The most recent meeting of Chaddleworth Parish Council took place on 6 April and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: financial matters; printing the parish newsletter; the proposed settlement boundary (the parish has never had one and sees no need to change that); the work at the Memorial Garden; WBC’s non-adoption of Norris Lane; the question of dog bins (which echoes the points made by the the Chair of Beedon PC which were reported on last week – see below); a footpath diversion; a grant request from the Chaddleworth and Shefford Primary School’s PTFA; the consequences of reverting to in-person meetings; and various maintenance tasks around the parish.

Click here for the May edition of Chaddleworth News which includes RAF Welford news and history, updates from West Berkshire Council and the latest from local people, organisations and community groups.

• The most recent meeting of East Ilsley Parish Council took place on 27 April and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: the results of the housing needs survey and questions from the public arising from this; grounds-maintenance costs; the pond excavation; the settlement boundary; the parish’s proposal for a member’s bid; the EI Local History Society; a new quince tree; resolving the problem of a commercial vehicle in St Patrick’s Close; animals at Prestwell Field; and news from the Downland Practice.

• The most recent meeting of Beedon Parish Council took place on 12 April and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: dog bins; a blocked footpath; the Village Hall’s finances; financial matters; plans for a memorial bench; planning applications; the parish’s settlement boundaries; proposals for the phone box; and possible alternative uses for the allotments.

• The most recent meeting of Hampstead Norreys Council took place on 25 March and you can read the minutes here.

• The most recent meeting of Peasemore Parish Council was held on 17 March and you can read the minutes here.

• The April edition of Chaddleworth News has been published and you can read it here.

• The most recent meeting of West Ilsley Parish Council took place on 8 March and you can read the minutes here.

• The most recent meeting of Brightwalton Parish Council took place on 8 March and you can read the draft minutes here. There was also an extraordinary meeting on 26 April concerning the settlement boundary, the minutes for which you can read here.

• The most recent meeting of Ashampstead Parish Council took place on 1 March and you can read the minutes here.

• The most recent meeting of Aldworth Parish Council took place on 15 March and you can read the minutes here.

• A reminder that there is a proposal for an equine veterinary facility and World’s End near Beedon, the details of which can be found at this special section of the Beedon Parish Council website. This is currently at pre-application stage and comments on the proposals as they stand are welcome.

Click here for details of Covid lateral flow tests, which are available at four sites across the district (Hungerford, Newbury, Thatcham and Burghfield), and home-testing kits.

Thursday 29 April 2021

• The most recent meeting of Chaddleworth Parish Council took place on 6 April and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: financial matters; printing the parish newsletter; the proposed settlement boundary (the parish has never had one and sees no need to change that); the work at the Memorial Garden; WBC’s non-adoption of Norris Lane; the question of dog bins (which echoes the points made by the the Chair of Beedon PC which were reported on last week – see below); a footpath diversion; a grant request from the Chaddleworth and Shefford Primary School’s PTFA; the consequences of reverting to in-person meetings; and various maintenance tasks around the parish.

• The most recent meeting of Beedon Parish Council took place on 12 April and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: dog bins; a blocked footpath; the Village Hall’s finances; financial matters; plans for a memorial bench; planning applications; the parish’s settlement boundaries; proposals for the phone box; possible alternative uses for the allotments; and confirmation of the date of the annual assembly (4 May).

• The most recent meeting of Hampstead Norreys Council took place on 25 March and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: a missing piece of pavement on Forge Hill; the member’s bid for the CCTV project; financial matters; the grounds maintenance quote; the frequency of litter- and dog-bin collections; and possible changes to the bylaws for Dean Meadow.

• West Berkshire Council reports here that the carbon-reduction project at The Downs School in Compton has been completed ahead of schedule.

• The most recent meeting of Peasemore Parish Council was held on 17 March and you can read the minutes here.

• The April edition of Chaddleworth News has been published and you can read it here.

• The most recent meeting of West Ilsley Parish Council took place on 8 March and you can read the minutes here. The annual meeting will take place on Tuesday 4 May.

• The most recent meeting of Brightwalton Parish Council took place on 8 March and you can read the draft minutes here. There was also an extraordinary meeting on 26 April concerning the settlement boundary, the minutes for which you can read here.

• The most recent meeting of Compton Parish Council took place on 16 March and you can read the minutes here.

• The most recent meeting of Ashampstead Parish Council took place on 1 March and you can read the minutes here.

• The most recent meeting of East Ilsley Parish Council took place on 9 March and you can read the minutes here.

• A reminder that there is a proposal for an equine veterinary facility and World’s End near Beedon, the details of which can be found at this special section of the Beedon Parish Council website. This is currently at pre-application stage and comments on the proposals as they stand are welcome.

Thursday 22 April 2021

• The most recent meeting of Beedon Parish Council took place on 12 April and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: dog bins; a blocked footpath; the Village Hall’s finances; financial matters; plans for a memorial bench; planning applications; the parish’s settlement boundaries; proposals for the phone box; possible alternative uses for the allotments; and confirmation of the date of the annual assembly (4 May).

• When I do my weekly prowl around the various PC websites, I can be about 90% sure that the topic of dog bins is going to come up in the minutes. The problems seem to be that there aren’t enough or that they’re not emptied often enough (or both). Steve Price, the Chair of Beedon Parish Council wrote a letter to NWN this week suggesting that the charges WBC make for the service are not high enough to make then efficient or viable and that parishes may need to brace themselves to pay a little bit more. After all, if you have a service like this it’s pointless if the bins are not where you need them or are full. Specifically, this times like a sensible thing to look at: so too is his more general point that every service needs to be paid for and the trick is to make sure that it’s providing what people want at a reasonable price. It may seem odd for a PC Chair to be suggesting that the district council isn’t charging his parish enough but I suspect he is not the only one.

• The most recent meeting of Hampstead Norreys Council took place on 25 March and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: a missing piece of pavement on Forge Hill; the member’s bid for the CCTV project; financial matters; the grounds maintenance quote; the frequency of litter- and dog-bin collections; and possible changes to the bylaws for Dean Meadow.

• West Berkshire Council reports here that the carbon-reduction project at The Downs School in Compton has been completed ahead of schedule.

• The most recent meeting of Peasemore Parish Council was held on 17 March and you can read the minutes here.

• The April edition of Chaddleworth News has been published and you can read it here.

• The most recent meeting of Chaddleworth Parish Council took place on 2 March and you can read the minutes here.

• The most recent meeting of West Ilsley Parish Council took place on 8 March and you can read the minutes here. The annual meeting will take place on Tuesday 4 May.

• The most recent meeting of Brightwalton Parish Council took place on 8 March and you can read the draft minutes here.

• The most recent meeting of Compton Parish Council took place on 16 March and you can read the minutes here.

• The most recent meeting of Ashampstead Parish Council took place on 1 March and you can read the minutes here.

• The most recent meeting of East Ilsley Parish Council took place on 9 March and you can read the minutes here.

• A reminder that there is a proposal for an equine veterinary facility and World’s End near Beedon, the details of which can be found at this special section of the Beedon Parish Council website. This is currently at pre-application stage and comments on the proposals as they stand are welcome.

Thursday 15 April 2021

• The most recent meeting of Peasemore Parish Council was held on 17 March and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: parish land; the adoption of the code of conduct; financial regulation; the playground; the settlement boundary; the re-opening of the Pavilion and the Village Hall; replacement windows at the Village Hall; the Palmer Close footpath; and the date of the annual parish meeting and the AGM (17 May).

• The most recent meeting of Hampstead Norreys Council took place on 25 March and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: a missing piece of pavement on Forge Hill; the member’s bid for the CCTV project; financial matters; the grounds maintenance quote; the frequency of litter- and dog-bin collections; and possible changes to the bylaws for Dean Meadow.

• West Berkshire Council reports here that the carbon-reduction project at The Downs School in Compton has been completed ahead of schedule.

• The April edition of Chaddleworth News has been published and you can read it here.

• The most recent meeting of Chaddleworth Parish Council took place on 2 March and you can read the minutes here.

• The most recent meeting of West Ilsley Parish Council took place on 8 March and you can read the minutes here.

• The most recent meeting of Brightwalton Parish Council took place on 8 March and you can read the draft minutes here.

• The most recent meeting of Compton Parish Council took place on 16 March and you can read the minutes here.

• The most recent meeting of Ashampstead Parish Council took place on 1 March and you can read the minutes here.

• The most recent meeting of East Ilsley Parish Council took place on 9 March and you can read the minutes here.

• The most recent meeting of Beedon Parish Council took place on 1 February and you can read the minutes here.

• A reminder that there is a proposal for an equine veterinary facility and World’s End near Beedon, the details of which can be found at this special section of the Beedon Parish Council website. This is currently at pre-application stage and comments on the proposals as they stand are welcome.

Thursday 8 April 2021

• The April edition of Chaddleworth News has been published and you can read it here. Items covered include: signs of our return to normality from local schools; the new-look Hadland Memorial Garden; Easter events; the return of cricket; and updates from local people and organisations.

• The most recent meeting of Chaddleworth Parish Council took place on 2 March and you can read the minutes here.

• The most recent meeting of West Ilsley Parish Council took place on 8 March and you can read the minutes here.

• The most recent meeting of Brightwalton Parish Council took place on 8 March and you can read the draft minutes here.

• The most recent meeting of Compton Parish Council took place on 16 March and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: three questions that were raised with local MP Laura Farris who attended part of the meeting – concerning the Institute site, the resumption of face-to-face meetings and the burial ground – although the minutes are silent on what her  thoughts on these matters were; three new planning applications; financial matters; and the possible purchase of additional rubbish bins.

• The most recent meeting of Ashampstead Parish Council took place on 1 March and you can read the minutes here.

• The most recent meeting of East Ilsley Parish Council took place on 9 March and you can read the minutes here.

• The most recent meeting of Beedon Parish Council took place on 1 February and you can read the minutes here.

• A reminder that there is a proposal for an equine veterinary facility and World’s End near Beedon, the details of which can be found at this special section of the Beedon Parish Council website. This is currently at pre-application stage and comments on the proposals as they stand are welcome.

• The most recent meeting of Peasemore Parish Council was held on 20 January and you can read the minutes here.

• The most recent meeting of Hampstead Norreys Councillor which minutes are available took place on 28 January and you can read the minutes here.

Thursday 1 April 2021

• The April edition of Chaddleworth News has been published and you can read it here. Items covered include: signs of our return to normality from local schools; the new-look Hadland Memorial Garden; Easter events; the return of cricket; and updates from local people and organisations.

• The most recent meeting of Chaddleworth Parish Council took place on 2 March and you can read the minutes here.

• The most recent meeting of West Ilsley Parish Council took place on 8 March and you can read the minutes here.

• The most recent meeting of Brightwalton Parish Council took place on 8 March and you can read the draft minutes here.

• The most recent meeting of Compton Parish Council took place on 1 March and you can read the minutes here.

• The most recent meeting of Ashampstead Parish Council took place on 1 March and you can read the minutes here.

• The most recent meeting of East Ilsley Parish Council took place on 9 March and you can read the minutes here.

• The most recent meeting of Beedon Parish Council took place on 1 February and you can read the minutes here.

• The most recent meeting of Peasemore Parish Council was held on 20 January and you can read the minutes here.

• The most recent meeting of Hampstead Norreys Councillor which minutes are available took place on 28 January and you can read the minutes here.

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