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Please see below an update and advance information in relation to M4 closures at J12- 13 from Highways England. Note all communications and queries should be directed towards Highways England:
Note from Highways England:
M4 Junctions 12 to 13: Bridge Refurbishment – Update
We are writing to provide an update to the programme and additional traffic management information for the bridge refurbishment works taking place along the M4 near Bradfield.
As you may already know, long-term monitoring found that the two bridges which carry the M4 over Ashampstead Road and Dark Lane, near Bradfield in West Berkshire, require extensive repairs due to chloride-induced corrosion. Critical repairs are underway to address the defects and ensure the structures remain in a safe and serviceable condition. We are pleased to say that the works are progressing well.
Closures next week
Sunday 18th June: In addition to the 24 hour traffic management currently in place, the M4 eastbound carriageway between junctions 13 and 12 will be closed overnight on Sunday 18 June, between 9pm and 6am.
Friday 23rd June – Sunday 25th June:The eastbound carriageway between junctions 13 and 12 will also be closed overnight on Friday 23 June and Sunday 25 June, between 9pm and 6am.
Advance warning signs have been put up and a clearly signed diversion route will be in place via the A4 for these closures.
Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience these works may cause.
If you have any questions or if you’d like to know more about the work please contact the Highways England Customer Contact Centre:
· Phone: 0300 123 5000
· Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
ELECTORAL REVIEW OF WEST BERKSHIRE: FURTHER WARDING ARRANGEMENTS
The Commission is carrying out a review to deliver electoral equality for voters across West Berkshire Council because of a request from the Council.
We wrote to you on 24 January 2017 inviting your views on warding patterns in West Berkshire. In response to correspondence received during that stage of consultation, we have decided to re-examine the electorate forecast figures provided by West Berkshire Council. The Commission relies on 5 year forecasts so that our proposals reflect future development and not just the existing electorate. It is important that we are satisfied with these figures. The Commission has worked alongside West Berkshire Council to produce revised forecast figures for 2023. We believe that these updated figures are more likely to reflect the electorate by that time. Because these figures are, in some areas, significantly different to those we originally published in January 2017, we are now conducting an additional month-long consultation on warding patterns.
We are therefore writing to you again as well as everybody who responded to the previous consultation, offering the opportunity to submit new or amended proposals for future ward boundaries based on the new figures. When drawing up our draft recommendations we will consider all the submissions we received at the previous stage of consultation and those received in this new consultation.
What is an electoral review?
The electoral review will recommend new electoral arrangements for West Berkshire Council. It will propose:
For parishes, the review can recommend changes to the electoral arrangements of parish and town councils i.e. the number, names and boundaries of parish wards and the number of parish councillors for each parish ward. However, this is only in circumstances where the parished area is to be divided between wards. Even in these circumstances, the Commission will not normally recommend any change to the number of councillors to be elected to a parish or town council. The Commission has no power to consider changes to the external boundaries of a parish or the creation of new parishes.
13 June 2017 is the start of a four-week public consultation during which the Commission is inviting proposals for new warding arrangements based on updated electoral forecasts. The consultation will close on 10 July 2017. After considering all representations made during this consultation and those received at the previous stage, the Commission intends to publish draft recommendations in August 2017. There will then be a further period of consultation on the draft recommendations. Final recommendations are expected to be published in January 2018. The new electoral arrangements will come into effect at the local elections in 2019.
How to get involved?
This is a public consultation and we welcome views from individuals and organisations across West Berkshire on where they think new ward patterns should be drawn.
The Commission is recommending that 42 councillors should be elected to West Berkshire Council in the future. It is now inviting proposals to help it draw up a pattern of wards to accommodate 42 councillors.
In drawing up a pattern of electoral wards, the Commission must balance three criteria, which are set out in law, namely:
· To deliver electoral equality where each councillor represents roughly the same number of electors as others across West Berkshire.
· That the pattern of wards should, as far as possible, reflect the interests and identities of local communities.
· That the electoral arrangements should provide for effective and convenient local government.
We are asking local people and organisations for their views as to the best pattern of wards for West Berkshire which meet the requirements set out above.
The Commission will treat all submissions equally and will judge each case on its merits and against the statutory criteria. If you wish to put forward a view, we would also urge you to ensure that evidence supports your submission. For example, if you wish to argue that two parishes should be included in the same electoral ward, make sure you tell the Commission why they should be together, providing evidence about community facilities, ties, organisations, and amenities, rather than simply asserting that they belong together.
There is plenty more advice on our website about how you can get involved in the consultation and put your views forward. Log on to www.lgbce.org.uk to find out more. The website includes the technical guidance that explains the process and our policies as well as guidance on how to take part in each part of the process. We have set up a page on our site which is dedicated to the review of West Berkshire where you can find all the relevant information.
You can also access interactive maps of the current ward boundaries across West Berkshire on our specialist consultation portal. The portal also allows you to draw your own boundaries, mark areas of interest on the map and upload documents directly to the site. Log on to https://consultation.lgbce.org.uk to access the portal or find it via our main website.
Get in touch
We encourage as many people and organisations as possible to get involved with the consultation and we encourage local organisations and parish councils to engage their local networks and communities in the review.
View interactive maps of the West Berkshire, draw your own boundaries, and have your say at our specialist consultation portal at: https://consultation.lgbce.org.uk.
Find out more about the review at: www.lgbce.org.uk.
Email your views to: email@example.com.
Follow us on Twitter at: @lgbce.
Write to: Review Officer (West Berkshire)
Local Government Boundary Commission for England
14th Floor Millbank Tower
This phase of consultation closes on 10 July 2017. We will write to you again when we open our consultation on draft recommendations.
Please note that the interests of transparency, copies of the all representations we receive during this review will be placed on our website. We remove any personal identifying information such as signatures and private residential addresses prior to placing any submissions in the public domain.
0330 500 1525
Thank you to Cantemus for putting on a wonderful concert, you had the audience up and dancing which was great to see. A much appreciated fish and chip supper was served in the village hall after the concert. There was a great turnout and atmosphere, thank you to all those that supported the event, £279 was raised for the Church Development project.
The Downland Practice, Chieveley is asking patients on their views on a future 7 day-a-week service from the practice. They have prepared a survey and would be grateful if as many patients as possible could complete it.
You can download the survey here:
Once complete please return to Reception or email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you
Don't forget your tickets for the Summer Cantemus Concert in Brightwalton Church on Saturday 10th June at 7pm followed by a Fish & Chip supper in the village hall.
It promises to be a fun and uplifting concert with a variety of music - pop to classic, folk to tradition, and completed with an Abba medley sing-a-long! Something for everyone.
Tickets are £15 (£7 for under 12's) and include supper and 2 drinks. Licenced bar.
Tickets must be bought in advance and are available from:
Sarah on 01488 639487 or email email@example.com
3 supper options: fish & chips, sausage & chips or veggie burger & chips.
Your May Brickleton News is here! It will arrive on your doorstep shortly along with a copy of the new Parish Plan.
The traditional red telephone box in the centre of the village has a new lease of life as a lending library. There is a selection of books including children's books, just bring a book to replace a book! Thank you to Louisa, Anna and Brian for their help with getting this up and running.
A reminder that the M4 will be closed between J12 & 13 this weekend coming from Fri 12th May at 9pm to Mon 15th May at 6am. Further details can be found on the attached file.
Please note the new customer services number for West Berkshire Council - 01635 551111
Here is a file to download with pictures of our wonderful Fete.
The next weekend closure of the M4 is planned from 9pm on Friday 12 May through to 6am on Monday 15 May 2017* (57 continuous hours), with a contingency weekend proposed for Friday 2 to Monday 5 June 2017. Full details on what has already been completed and contact details for any queries can be found here.
Pop Up Drinks is being organised by Clare and Martine for 29th April from 7pm, see your Pop up Drinks email for more details.
Judith & Shaun will then be hosting the next Pop Up Drinks, which will now be the 16th June
The Parish Council have been informed that Anthony Stansfeld, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Thames Valley has recently published his new five year Police and Crime Plan which sets out the priorities for policing and other crime reduction organisations across the Thames Valley, including the response to regional and national threats.
The full plan can be found on the PCC website here and a short summary of the plan; it’s broad strategic priorities and how it has been developed is below.
To support the communication of the plan to members of the public, we would be grateful if you could share this information and the link to the plan within your communities through channels such as websites, social media and newsletters. A hardcopy summary version of the plan will be available in due course and if you would like to receive copies for distribution please let me know, indicating how many copies you would like.
Police and Crime Plan 2017 - 2021
This new Plan consists of five broad strategic priorities which are:
The plan was developed using a broad range of information including the evaluation of research documents, analysis of crime trends, horizon scanning to identify future trends and consultation with partners including the police and local authorities.
It was also informed by the views of the nearly 5000 residents of Thames Valley, including over 1000 young people, who took part in the PCCs policing and crime survey in 2016.
Police and Crime Commissioner Anthony Stansfeld said “I am pleased to be launching the new Police and Crime Plan which sets out my priorities for keeping communities across the Thames Valley safe. The plan seeks to address current and emerging threats from crime over the next five years.
“I have kept my strategic priorities broad to allow organisations to interpret them to meet local needs but I will be working closely with partner organisations to understand how they will address the issues identified.
“The demands on policing and community safety concerns have changed over the last few years and my new plan reflects this. Issues such as mental health are placing a growing demand on police and partners, as has the increased reporting of domestic and sexual abuse. Hidden and/ or newly emerging crimes such as female genital mutilation, hate crime, honour based violence and cyber crime also need to be tackled. It is important that we work together to raise awareness of these crimes as well as bring to justice the offender and support the victims.
“To effectively take on this work there is a need for police to take advantage of new technologies, while at the same time continuing to foster the trust of the people they serve. My recent survey showed that adults were largely satisfied with the service provided by the police, however, young people’s perception of police was less favourable and I would like to see more work with young people to address this.
“As the recent tragedy in London has unfortunately highlighted terrorism remains a very real threat and the work in preventing violent extremism will continue. Serious organised crime must also be tackled and very vulnerable people, who are exploited as a consequence, protected.
“My new Plan focuses on many new and emerging issues for policing but more traditional crimes such as household burglary and rural crime will also remain a priority.
“Tackling new demand, as well as maintaining support for the investigation of more traditional crimes, won’t be an easy task. However, as recent Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) inspections have shown, Thames Valley Police is a force we can be proud of and I have faith that they will be able to rise to this challenge and continue to safeguard the communities of Thames Valley.”
PR and Communication Support Officer
Easter Sunday Family Service and Easter Egg Hunt
16 April at 10:00 Brightwalton Church
Family service for Easter Sunday followed by Easter Egg Hunt for the children and drinks to say good bye to Rev John Townend who is retiring.
Brightwalton School is starting a breakfast club from the start of the Summer Term. It will start at 8am and finish when school starts at 8.45am.
They will provide breakfast (fruit, cereal, toast and a drink of water or milk) for £4 a session.
Contact the school office for more details.
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Scarecrow Competition to be held at the fete this year. Entries will be placed afterwards in the surrounding fields. Bring your creations along.
Due to West Berkshire Council's withdrawal of funding for their leased handybuses, the DVG have decided to accept the existing gifted handybus from them and continue running it themselves. This is a new venture for the DVG and it will rely a lot on funding to pay for all maintenance, insurance, safety checks etc., in the future. In the first year possibly two, WBC will give us £2000 to help us in this transition period. At present our annual costs has been estimated at £5000 a year and it is important economically to make full use of this service to make it viable in the future.
We only charge £3 per person for the complete trip and we collect door to door and carry shopping if required. How does this compare with bus routes, and if you drive in, your petrol and car park charges!!! Passengers enjoy the chat on the routes with renewed acquaintances and meeting friends. We cover all the villages of the old Downs School catchment area and can take up to 12 passengers of any age at a time. Please pass this on to anyone you think may be interested, either in your area or someone else you know on the routes mentioned below.
These are the various days and routes we take as a rough guideline but there is or can be some small diversions to out of the way places.
B4009 and villages in the area to Newbury (weekly)
First pick up at approximately 9.50am at Hermitage, Curridge, Hampstead Norreys, Yattendon, Ashampstead, then on to Newbury shopping.
Friendship Club at Hampstead Norreys village hall. (fortnightly)
Collect at 1200hrs at Chieveley, Beedon. Return usually 2.45pm
East and West Ilsley, Compton areas (4th Tuesday of the month)
Starts at 10.15 then via B4009 to London Road Tesco's in Newbury.
East and West Ilsley, Compton areas (fortnightly)
Starts at 10.15 then on to Sainsbury's at Wantage
Yattendon area (fortnightly)
Starts at 9.30 at Hampstead Norreys, then on to Newbury and Sainsbury's shopping.
Beedon and Chieveley areas (weekly)
Starts at 10am at Orchard Park, Beedon, then to Newbury and Sainsbury's shopping.
Chaddleworth and villages on route from Chieveley (fortnightly)
Starts at 2pm then on to shop at Sainsbury's, Wantage.
Kate Bailey has just retired after years of hard work doing this job and I am the new handybus coordinator. There are three ways you can contact me if you want to enquire or arrange transport. I have a mobile phone number 07437 543 098, my landline, 01635 578149, or an email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
If in doubt please contact me for further information.
West Berkshire Highways have issued the following reminder:
The that M4 east and westbound carriageways, between junctions 12 (Theale) and 13 (Chieveley) in West Berkshire will be fully closed from 9pm on Friday 31 March through to 6am on Monday 3 April 2017.
A clearly signed diversion will be in place via the A4 (through Newbury, Thatcham and Woolhampton), however as we are expecting this route to be extremely busy – the following alternative routes should be used:
Significant delays are expected during these weekend closure periods, and it is advised that you plan ahead of your journey to allow for extra time or avoid this route where possible.
If you have any questions or if you’d like you know about the work please log your enquiry through Highways England’s customer control centre:
Join us for a fun musical evening with Cantemus
complete with a social Fish and Chip supper after
Music for all to enjoy with:
Traditional & lively folk
Plus Audience Participation for an Abba Medley
& Rousing Choral piece from “Mass for Armed Man” by Jenkins
Saturday 10th June 2017 at 7pm
Concert held in All Saints Church, Brightwalton
with Fish & Chips supper after in Brightwalton Village Hall
Tickets £15 includes Supper and 2 Drinks (Under 12’s £6)
Licensed Bar – Welcome Drink & Drink with Dinner included - 3 Supper Options - Please order in advance
PLEASE CONTACT FOR TICKETS:
Sarah Youldon – Brightwalton Holt - Phone: 01488 639487 – Email: email@example.com
Shaun Orpen – The Green / Mike Ananin – Ash Close / Gill Judge
TICKETS MUST BE BOUGHT IN ADVANCE
The Mothering Sunday service will be held at 10am on the 26th March.
Children bring your Mum (and Dad) This is an ideal opportunity to say "thank you" for all the support they give you through the year and to give them a posy of flowers.
Your latest edition of the Brickleton News can be found here:
This is written by the Parish Clerk with input from the village.
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