Useful links for latest news from the police, road, rail, bus and district councils. Please let us know if you feel more should be included.
Information about longterm disruptions or incidents will be in bold italics.
Click here for our weekly community news round-up across the area.
West Berkshire and Vale of White Horse
Police services in West Berkshire and Vale of White Horse are provided by Thames Valley Police. Useful sections on the TVP website include:
Policing arrangements in Hungerford (much of the information is also relevant to any community which now has an unstaffed police station).
Wiltshire and Swindon
Police services in Wiltshire and Swindon are provided by Wiltshire Police. Some sections on their website that might be of use include:
Click here for lots of tips for avoiding scams and keeping your home and person safe.
There are several sources which provide information about roadworks, delays and closures and traffic incidents:
Traffic Update provides similar information but the site is a lot less easy to use for searching for a rural area (though you can find information on specific trunk roads easily using the menu at the top).
For information generally on major road projects, please visit the Highways England website.
Click here for how to report reporting problems with roads and pavements (including faulty traffic lights, potholes, abandoned cars and many other issues) in West Berkshire, Wiltshire, Swindon and Vale of White Horse.
Great Western Railways operate services in this area
Information supplied by the following district councils can be found here:
Community bus services
Community minibus and car schemes provide transport services primarily, but not exclusively, for older and disabled people in West Berkshire; Wiltshire & Swindon; Wantage. They often need volunteer drivers.
District-level councils in the area provide services that overlap with transport and policing. For details of the councils in your area click below:
West Berks Council Contacts
During office hours (Mon-Thurs 8:30-5:00, Fri 8:30-4:30pm):
Switch board: 01635 551111
Blue badge: 01635 503277
Bus Pass: 01635 519800
Children’s Services 01635503090
Council tax: 01635 519520
Electoral Roll: 01635 219464
Environmental Health: 01635 519192
Housing Benefit & Council Tax Reduction: 01635 519258
Planning: 01635 519111
Streetcare (Highways & Refuse): 01635 519080
Trading Standards: 01635 519930
Out of hours Emergency Contact Centre: 01635 42161
Contact the council out of office hours for:
– Emergencies – for example major accidents, significant flooding, fallen trees and other debris blocking roads, traffic lights not working
– Emergency repairs to council-owned temporary accommodation (note: tenants of properties should contact their Housing Association, landlord or agent)
– Enquiries about social care
– Issues with car parks
Emergencies do NOT include: bins not being collected, payments to the council or noise complaints
Parish & Town Councils
Weblinks for many of the parish and town councils in the area can be found in the appropriate section of the weekly Local News posts.
For information on flood warnings and alerts, click here.