Thursday 13 May 2021

• See here for details of the Covid lateral flow tests that are available in Burghfield.

• The most recent meeting of Theale Parish Council took place on 19 April and you can read the minutes here.

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.

• A number of improvements are planned to Theale station – see here for more.

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

• In his most recent newsletter (which you can read here in full) Councillor Graham Bridgman writes “Discussions continue with the school and WBC Education service about the land earmarked within the neighbourhood development plan site and I have been in email correspondence with the Englefield Estate about what was said about the land at the public examination of the (then draft) Plan.”

• The most recent meeting of Aldermaston Parish Council (also the annual meeting) tool place on 11 May: the minutes will appear here in due course (until then you can listen to a recording of it). Items covered included: the resignation of Dave Shirt as Chairman, after 14 years, and his replacement by Sophie Crawford; the development at Paices Hill; parking in Church Road; the continuing issue (related to both of these matters) of traffic on the A340; three planning applications; the co-option of a new councillor; and the problem of dog mess (which seems to be increasingly affecting every corner of the district).

• The most recent meeting of Padworth Parish Council took place on 5 May and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: the co-option of a new member; the Village Hall; the local water supply; fencing; the changed ownership of the field near the Hall; financial matters; car parking; speeding; planning matters; footpaths; possible sewerage problems; the village newsletter; and the village’s conservation assessment.

• Click here to see the May 2021 edition of the Padworth newsletter, which includes information on local groups and societies.

• The most recent meeting of Beenham Parish Council took place on 12 April and you can read the minutes here.

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

• The most recent meeting of Englefield Parish Council took place on 17 March and you can read the draft minutes here.

Theale area council news

Parishes: click here for Theale Parish CouncilAldermaston Parish CouncilPadworth Parish CouncilStratfield Mortimer Parish Council, Englefield Parish CouncilBeenham Parish Council and Burghfield 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; Compton and Downlands; 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

• See here for details of the Covid lateral flow tests that are available in Burghfield.

• The most recent meeting of Theale Parish Council took place on 19 April and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: anti-social behaviour; councillors’ surgeries on Saturday mornings; planning matters; changes to hire charges; the possibility of the PC becoming the sole trustee of the John Cumber Hall; objections to the proposed settlement boundary; a new fence; a grant of £2,842 to West Berkshire Library Service; a grant of £100 to Citizens Advice West Berkshire; and the installation of a bench in memory of Peter Sollis.

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.

• The most recent meeting of Beenham Parish Council took place on 12 April and you can read the minutes here.

• A number of improvements are planned to Theale station – see here for more.

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

• In his most recent newsletter (which you can read here in full) Councillor Graham Bridgman writes “Discussions continue with the school and WBC Education service about the land earmarked within the neighbourhood development plan site and I have been in email correspondence with the Englefield Estate about what was said about the land at the public examination of the (then draft) Plan.”

• The most recent meeting of Burghfield Parish Council took place on 4 March and you can read the draft minutes here.

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

• The most recent meeting of Aldermaston Parish Council tool place on 13 April and you can read the minutes here.

• The most recent meeting of Englefield Parish Council took place on 17 March and you can read the draft minutes here. Items covered included: concerts at Englefield House in July; financial update; approval of the 2021-22 budget; the confirmation of a grant to Citizens Advice West Berkshire; traffic at the junction of The Street and the A340; planning applications; the Village Hall; and the risk and asset registers.

• Click here to see the May 2021 edition of the Padworth newsletter, which includes information on local groups and societies.

 

Thursday 29 April 2021

• See here for details of the Covid lateral flow tests that are available in Burghfield.

• The most recent meeting of Theale Parish Council took place on 19 April and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: anti-social behaviour; councillors’ surgeries on Saturday mornings; planning matters; changes to hire charges; the possibility of the PC becoming the sole trustee of the John Cumber Hall; objections to the proposed settlement boundary; a new fence; a grant of £2,842 to West Berkshire Library Service; a grant of £100 to Citizens Advice West Berkshire; and the installation of a bench in memory of Pete

• The same council produced this chart showing how its precept is spent.

• It appears that the long-running uncertainty about the Lakeside development in Theale – planning permission for which was first granted back in the 20th century – may be about to take a step forward due to the interests in the scheme having been recently acquired by a new developer. The current permission is for 375 homes.

• The most recent meeting of Beenham Parish Council took place on 12 April and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: the pergola at the pub; a councillor vacancy; planning matters; the PC’s concern at the withdrawal of the ReadiBus service (for more on this, see our Weekly News for Newbury); salt bins; the Primary School’s relaunch working party; quotes for various PC projects; the refurbishment of the toilets at the Community Room; a grant of £300 to Citizens Advice West Berkshire; re-surfacing the car park; and financial matters.

• A number of improvements are planned to Theale station – see here for more.

• The most recent meeting of Stratfield Mortimer Parish Council took place on 11 March and you can read the draft minutes here.

• The most recent meeting of Burghfield Parish Council took place on 4 March and you can read the draft minutes here.

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

• The most recent meeting of Aldermaston Parish Council tool place on 13 April and you can read the minutes here.

• The most recent meeting of Englefield Parish Council took place on 17 March and you can read the draft minutes here. Items covered included: concerts at Englefield House in July; financial update; approval of the 2021-22 budget; the confirmation of a grant to Citizens Advice West Berkshire; traffic at the junction of The Street and the A340; planning applications; the Village Hall; the risk and asset registers; and the the Annual Meeting (23 May) and the Annual Parish Meeting (28 April).

• Click here to see the April 2021 edition of the Padworth newsletter, which includes information on local groups and societies.

Thursday 22 April 2021

• See here for details of the Covid lateral flow tests that are available in Burghfield.

• It appears that the long-running uncertainty about the Lakeside development in Theale – planning permission for which was first granted back in the 20th century – may be about to take a step forward due to the interests in the scheme having been recently acquired by a new developer. The current permission is for 375 homes.

• A number of improvements are planned to Theale station – see here for more.

• The most recent meeting of Stratfield Mortimer Parish Council took place on 11 March and you can read the draft minutes here.

• The most recent meeting of Burghfield Parish Council took place on 4 March and you can read the draft minutes here.

• The most recent meeting of Theale Parish Council took place on 8 March and you can read the minutes here. There was also an extraordinary meeting on 22 March which was only concerning with wildflower sowing and the award of the grounds maintenance contract.

• Theale parish’s annual meeting will take place remotely on Monday 26 April 2021 at 7:30pm.

• The same council produced this chart showing how its precept is spent.

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

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

• The most recent meeting of Aldermaston Parish Council tool place on 13 April. The minutes will appear here in due course and until then you can watch a Zoom recording of the meeting. This was also the Annual Parish Meeting at which the PC reviewed its activities over the past year and received similar reports from local organisations. In a masterly under-statement, the Chairman described the last 12 months as “unusual”. Despite the challenges posed by Covid, he mentioned some solid achievements (including the play equipment at the Recreation Ground and the purchase of speed monitoring equipment), summarised the main planning issues reported that the PC was financially bound. Reports were also received from several local groups and the neighbourhood policing team. A PC meeting then followed the APM. Items covered included: the PC’s policy towards Lidl’s appeal against its planning refusal; and two other planning applications. The meeting concluded with the observation from the Chairman that “in its wisdom, the government has decided not to extend the law that allows Parish Councils to meet remotely. This conflicts with its other advice not to meet indoors. We decided to continue our meetings via Zoom until it is safe to meet face-to-face.”

• The most recent meeting of Englefield Parish Council took place on 17 March and you can read the draft minutes here. Items covered included: concerts at Englefield House in July; financial update; approval of the 2021-22 budget; the confirmation of a grant to Citizens Advice West Berkshire; traffic at the junction of The Street and the A340; planning applications; the Village Hall; the risk and asset registers; and the the Annual Meeting (23 May) and the Annual Parish Meeting (28 April).

• Click here to see the April 2021 edition of the Padworth newsletter, which includes information on local groups and societies. It also has a message of congratulations to Hazel Ewart who has been nominated in the 2020-21 Berkshire High Sherrif Awards for her community work over many years.

Thursday 15 April 2021

• See here for details of the Covid lateral flow tests that are available in Burghfield.

• A number of improvements are planned to Theale station – see here for more.

• In his latest newsletter, Councillor Graham Bridgman has confirmed some aspects of the Highways Improvement Plan affecting Burghfield, Beech Hill and Stratfield Mortimer over the next three years.

• He also reports the progress on three possible changes to two public footpaths in Stratfield Mortimer and one in Wokefield.

• The most recent meeting of Stratfield Mortimer Parish Council took place on 11 March and you can read the draft minutes here.

• The most recent meeting of Burghfield Parish Council took place on 4 March and you can read the draft minutes here.

• The most recent meeting of Theale Parish Council took place on 8 March and you can read the minutes here. There was also an extraordinary meeting on 22 March which was only concerning with wildflower sowing and the award of the grounds maintenance contract.

• The same council produced this chart showing how its precept is spent.

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

• The most recent meeting of Padworth Parish Council took place on 15 March and you can see the minutes here. Items covered included; a resignation from the PC; the Padworth and Aldermaston Wharf Show on 4 July; the possible Red Sky music event in August; the Village Hall; financial matters; one planning application; the parish’s conservation area; litter picking; rapid response to a fallen tree; and the annual parish meeting on 5 May.

• The most recent meeting of Aldermaston Parish Council tool place on 13 April. The minutes will appear here in due course and until then you can watch a Zoom recording of the meeting. This was also the Annual Parish Meeting at which the PC reviewed its activities over the past year and received similar reports from local organisations. In a masterly under-statement, the Chairman described the last 12 months as “unusual”. Despite the challenges posed by Covid, he mentioned some solid achievements (including the play equipment at the Recreation Ground and the purchase of speed monitoring equipment), summarised the main planning issues reported that the PC was financially bound. Reports were also received from several local groups and the neighbourhood policing team. A PC meeting then followed the APM. Items covered included: the PC’s policy towards Lidl’s appeal against its planning refusal; and two other planning applications. The meeting concluded with the observation from the Chairman that “in its wisdom, the government has decided not to extend the law that allows Parish Councils to meet remotely.  This conflicts with their other advice not to meet indoors.  We decided to continue our meetings via Zoom until it is safe to meet face-to-face.”

• The most recent meeting of Englefield Parish Council took place on 17 March and you can read the draft minutes here. Items covered included: concerts at Englefield House in July; financial update; approval of the 2021-22 budget; the confirmation of a grant to Citizens Advice West Berkshire; traffic at the ruction of The Street and the A340; planning applications; the Village Hall; the risk and asset registers; and the the Annual Meeting (23 May) and the Annual Parish Meeting (28 April).

Thursday 8 April 2021

• See here for details of the Covid lateral flow tests that are available in Burghfield.

• A number of improvements are planned to Theale station – see here for more. There was also an extraordinary meeting on 22 March which was only concerning with wildflower sowing and the award of the grounds maintenance contract.

• In his latest newsletter, Councillor Graham Bridgman has confirmed some aspects of the Highways Improvement Plan affecting Burghfield, Beech Hill and Stratfield Mortimer over the next three years.

• He also reports the progress on three possible changes to two public footpaths in Stratfield Mortimer and one in Wokefield.

• The most recent meeting of Stratfield Mortimer Parish Council took place on 11 March and you can read the draft minutes here. Items covered included: St Catherine’s Hill lay-by; the Openreach Community Fibre Partnership; several planning applications; reports from committees and working parties; councillor allowances (which will not be taken); the cricket nets; the need for a new councillor; and financial matters.

• The most recent meeting of Burghfield Parish Council took place on 4 March and you can read the draft minutes here. Items covered included: the NDP; reports from the various committees; financial matters; and refurbishment work at the Village Hall.

• The most recent meeting of Theale Parish Council took place on 8 March and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: the co-option of two new councillors; anti-social behaviour; planning applications; and the grounds maintenance contract.

• The same council produced this chart showing how its precept is spent.

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

• The most recent meeting of Padworth Parish Council took place on 15 March and you can see the minutes here. Items covered included; a resignation from the PC; the Padworth and Aldermaston Wharf Show on 4 July; the possible Red Sky music event in August; the Village Hall; financial matters; one planning application; the parish’s conservation area; litter picking; rapid response to a fallen tree; and the annual parish meeting on 5 May.

• The most recent meeting of Aldermaston Parish Council tool place on 9 March and you can see the minutes here.

• The most recent meeting of Englefield Parish Council for which minutes are available took place on 13 January and you can read the draft minutes here.

• Click here to see the March 2021 edition of the Padworth newsletter.

Thursday 1 April 2021

• See here for details of the Covid lateral flow tests that are available in Burghfield.

• A number of improvements are planned to Theale station – see here for more.

• The most recent meeting of Stratfield Mortimer Parish Council took place on 11 March and you can read the draft minutes here. Items covered included: St Catherine’s Hill lay-by; the Openreach Community Fibre Partnership; several planning applications; reports from committees and working parties; councillor allowances (which will not be taken); the cricket nets; the need for a new councillor; and financial matters.

• The most recent meeting of Burghfield Parish Council took place on 4 March and you can read the draft minutes here. Items covered included: the NDP; reports from the various committees; financial matters; and refurbishment work at the Village Hall.

• The most recent meeting of Theale Parish Council took place on 8 March and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: the co-option of two new councillors; anti-social behaviour; planning applications; and the grounds maintenance contract.

• The same council produced this chart showing how its precept is spent.

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

• The most recent meeting of Padworth Parish Council took place on 15 March and you can see the minutes here. Items covered included; a resignation from the PC; the Padworth and Aldermaston Wharf Show on 4 July; the possible Red Sky music event in August; the Village Hall; financial matters; one planning application; the parish’s conservation area; litter picking; rapid response to a fallen tree; and the annual parish meeting on 5 May.

• The most recent meeting of Aldermaston Parish Council tool place on 9 March and you can see the minutes here. Items discussed included: the co-option of a new councillor; a small number of planning applications; grants agreed from the PC to local organisations; and the problems of the broadband service in some parts of the parish.

• The most recent meeting of Englefield Parish Council for which minutes are available took place on 13 January and you can read the draft minutes here.

• Click here to see the March 2021 edition of the Padworth newsletter.

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