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Council Strategy Consultation now live
Residents are invited to give their views on a new four-year strategy for West Berkshire Council.
A short survey has been launched today, 11 February 2019, and takes only a few minutes to complete.
The Council Strategy explains what we plan to prioritise and improve over a four year period. It also sets out how we aim to achieve these improvements, while continuing to deliver the services that our residents expect us to provide such as emptying the bins, fixing potholes, safeguarding vulnerable children, and providing care for older people.
The Strategy is produced every four years to align with the electoral cycle, and refreshed every other year. The current Strategy was adopted in 2015, so a new one is needed to cover the period 2019-2023.
Graham Jones, Leader of West Berkshire Council said: “It is only by listening to our residents and taking their views on board that we are able to develop an effective Strategy which is focussed on the correct priorities. There is a short survey that we need local people to complete so that we can finalise the Strategy.”
Take part in the survey at www.westberks.gov.uk/draftcouncilstrategy by midnight on 24 March 2019.
We have been advised that West Berkshire libraries is having a fines amnesty on the 22nd and 23rd Feb. There will be no late fees to pay on any items returned to any West Berkshire library on these dates.
Press Release from West Berkshire Council
Newbury Library has re-opened today (Wednesday 2 January) following a two-week closure for refurbishment.
Almost 5 million people have visited the library since it opened in July 2000. Like any much loved and well used building, it needed some maintenance.
A £30,000 refurbishment project has seen public areas across two floors re-carpeted and re-decorated. Staff, volunteers and contractors have been busy with the refurbishment over the Christmas break and making sure it was ready to open again in the New Year.
Speaking about the refurbishment, Councillor Rick Jones, Executive Member for Culture, said: “We’ve had a staggering number of people visit the library since it opened almost 20 years ago. This refurbishment will ensure that Newbury continues to have a library residents can enjoy and be proud of in the years to come.
“The library has seen a number of changes over the years and it is no longer simply a place where people borrow books. There has been a significant expansion of digital services including self-service kiosks, an increasing number of online resources and apps for borrowing e-books and e-magazines. Together with free computer use, wifi, family history research and other local information there is a lot on offer for local people.”
To find out more about West Berkshire’s libraries – including how to borrow e-books – visit www.wesberks.gov.uk/libraries
Received from the Police and Crime Commissioner for the Thames Valley - Anthony Stansfeld
"I have continuously lobbied the Government for a much-needed increase in police funding and so I am pleased that the Government has announced that an additional £813m will be available nationally to Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) to fund local police forces. However, it must be recognised that more than half of this funding (£509m) is expected to come from local taxpayers by increasing the police portion of the Council Tax.
Demand on police forces nationally has risen significantly in the last year as a result of higher crime numbers, the increasing complexity of crime, and the increasing reach of criminals both physically and via technology. This includes an increase in the reporting of high harm and previously hidden crimes such as child sexual abuse and modern slavery. The challenge from serious and organised crime networks is also growing both in economic value and the geographical spread, whilst nationally there has been a spike in serious violence and knife crime alongside the increase in a gang culture. A significant amount of the more serious crime is now being committed by foreign national offenders.
In addition the police are dealing with a large amount of non-crime business, especially in relation to mental health. My focus will continue to be on delivering strong neighbourhood policing for all of the communities across the Thames Valley whilst addressing the serious threats and hardship posed by criminals.
An increase to the council tax will enable me to protect many of the vital functions that may otherwise have been reduced, and ensure that Thames Valley Police has more resources to tackle crime and keep the public safe. I am therefore proposing to increase council tax by £24 (equivalent for a Band D household) and will ensure that all the extra cash generated from council taxpayers will be spent on operational policing.
I will be running a public consultation exercise over the Christmas period to gather local council taxpayer views on the proposed increase. You can find more information about my public survey on the council tax increase below. I encourage you to complete the survey and to share it widely with your local communities.
Finally, I wish you all a Happy Christmas and New Year
Anthony Stansfeld "
In response to the exceptional operational demands on the police, particularly in areas such as Thames Valley, the Government has encouraged all PCCs to raise the policing element of the council tax by £24 a year in 2019/20 or £2 a month for a Band D property. (The increase in other property bands are detailed within the survey)
The PCC supports the increase in council tax by £24 for a Band D property. The draft budget for 2019/20 includes additional funding to increase local frontline policing, recruit more investigators and improve contact management with the aim to reduce call waiting times on 101 calls. Further information about the budget can be found here.
The PCC is holding a public consultation exercise over the Christmas period to gather local council taxpayer views on the proposed increase in the police portion of the council tax.
To have your say on the propose increase, please complete the survey. Please share this widely with your communities.
The survey is open until Wednesday 9th January at 5pm
Recycling Collection for real Christmas Trees
To help West Berkshire residents to have a green Christmas and recycle even more, West Berkshire Council will collect real Christmas Trees from residents even if they do not subscribe to the garden waste collection service.
Real trees should simply be left with your recycling on your scheduled collection day up until Friday 18 January. Any decorations, lights and pots must be removed before recycling.
Revised collection day
Christmas and New Year collection dates 2018/19
Mon 24 Dec as normal Mon 24 Dec
Tues 25 Dec will be collected on Thurs 27 Dec
Wed 26 Dec will be collected on Fri 28 Dec
Thurs 27 Dec will be collected on Sat 29 Dec
Fri 28 Dec will be collected on Mon 31 Dec
Mon 31 Dec will be collected on Wed 2 Jan
Tues 1 Jan will be collected on Thurs 3 Jan
Wed 2 Jan will be collected on Fri 4 Jan
Thurs 3 Jan will be collected on Sat 5 Jan
Fri 4 Jan will be collected on Mon 7 Jan
Mon 7 Jan will be collected on Tues 8 Jan
Tues 8 Jan will be collected on Wed 9 Jan
Wed 9 Jan will be collected on Thurs 1 0 Jan
Thurs 1 0 Jan will be collected on Fri 11 J an
Fri 11 Jan will be collected on Sat 12 Jan
Collections will return to normal on Monday 14 January 2019
To check your collection week or for updates to waste services during severe weather visit www.westberks.gov.uk/waste
West Berkshire Council Press Release - 7th December
Newbury Library is closing for refurbishment on Monday 17 December
Newbury Library is closing for refurbishment on Monday 17 December and will reopen on Wednesday 2 January 2019.
There are no items due for return to the library during this time. If customers have an item which was due back before 17 December and return it late, it won’t accrue additional fines during the closed period.
Libraries Manager Felicity Harrison said: “We’re sorry if our longer than usual closure at Newbury Library over the holiday period causes any inconvenience, but we hope that library visitors will be pleased with the results of this refurbishment when the library reopens on Wednesday 2 January.”
Opening times over the festive period for all West Berkshire Libraries can be found at www.westberks.gov.uk/libraries
Many library services are available 24/7, even when the library is closed. For instance, customers can search for, reserve and renew books, download e-books, e-audiobooks and e-magazines, and make use of our extensive online reference resources on our website.
Newbury Library also has a number of Winter Competitions for children running over the holiday period. See details of these on the library website. The closing dates: Monday 7 January.
The winter edition of Upstream from the West Berkshire Countryside Society can be downloaded here.
Shaw House Christmas Fair
Sunday 2 December | Shaw House | 11am – 4pm
If you are looking for unique and creative Christmas gifts then the Christmas Fair is not to be missed! We have over 60 amazing local crafters, bakers, artists and photographers all brimming with bespoke wares that can’t be found on the high street. With mulled wine, hot food and Living Nativity with Miller’s Ark Animals.
£1 adults, children free.
Childrens Christmas Parties
Sunday 3 December | Shaw House | 11.30am, 12.45pm, 2pm, 3.15pm
It’s party time at Shaw House! Featuring Mr Muddles the charming, if muddlesome magician, who captivates and amazes children with his comical slapstick magic. There will also be a special visit from Father Christmas and all children will receive a present.
Parties £5 per child. Tickets available from Shaw House 01635 279279.
Brief History of Christmas
Monday 17 December | Shaw House | 7.30pm
Acclaimed musicians GreenMatthews (with special guest Jude Rees of Pilgrims’ Way) present a festive romp through 600 years of Christmas music, songs and carols. Beginning in the Middle Ages and ending in the 20th century, ‘A Brief History of Christmas’ is a whistle-stop tour of the origins of our midwinter festivities.
Adult £12, Child £5 (Discount with West Berks Card)
Old Christmas Return'd
Thursday 20 December | Shaw House | 7.30pm
We welcome Piva back to Shaw House where they will be performing seasonal music and songs from Tudor times. Playing a wide range of authentic period instruments such as shawms, cornett and recorders, this year they are delighted to be joined by their special guest, singer An Croenen Brutsaert. The evening will be a perfect way to drive away the cold, dark nights of winter and prepare you for the Christmas festivities.
Adult £14, Child £5 (Discount with West Berks Card)
Decopatch for Christmas
Christmas Table Flowers
Grace Ryder, Scheme Manager of Home-Start West Berkshire has asked us to share the following request:
"Home-Start are currently recruiting volunteers and we are looking for parents or people with parenting experience who have a bit of time to give a family in need. Volunteering for Home-Start is a great way for parents to use their own parenting skills to help others and improve their sense of well-being. We really need volunteers to support families in the Boxford area.
Home-Start West Berkshire, a local family support charity is currently recruiting in this area. They need volunteers who can encourage, listen and offer practical support to parents with young children. Volunteers become a trusted friend and mentor to the family, to help them move forward. Their next training course will start on the 21st January 2019. It will run for 7 consecutive Mondays from 9.30-14.30pm, breaking for Half Term (Monday 18thFebruary). If you are interested or would like to discuss this further please contact us now on 01635 760310 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
More information can be found on our website www.home-startwestberks.org.uk"
Today West Berkshire Council begins a public consultation on budget proposals which affect some frontline services. They are keen that as many residents, groups and organisations as possible have the opportunity to review the proposals and respond if they want to.
The information can be found at: www.westberks.gov.uk/budgetproposals
Or if you would prefer you can request a hard copy by calling 01635 503043.
Press Release from West Berkshire Council -
Removal of unwanted Green Bins
West Berkshire Council will be arranging collection of unwanted green bins over the next few months.
Residents who do not wish to subscribe to the garden waste service or use their green bin to recycle food waste can request a collection online to have their green bin removed from their property
We would encourage residents to use their green bin to recycle food waste or to use them for something other than garden waste. Some residents have chosen to use them for extra storage, or to convert them into a water butt, wormery or composter.
Request for a green bin to be collected at www.westberks.gov.uk/unwantedgreenbin
A copy of the Ridgeway winter newsletter 2018 can be downloaded here.
The latest newsletter is full of stories of inspiring people and also ideas for your adventures in 2019:
Pubs along the Trail are winning awards. Which is your favourite? Please get involved on social media
A stroke survivor tells us how The Ridgeway got him back to fitness, one step at a time
Find out what the Vikings left behind near Watlington
Look forward to an easier walk along the Trail thanks to numerous new gates in the Chilterns
If you love history and have time to volunteer, help us create a Ridgeway timeline from prehistory to today
Find out about events to mark WW1, celebrate Christmas and learn more about stars, mosses and birds....
We have received the following advanced notice - "Due to water utility works, in half-term week 22nd-26th October, they will need to divert the off-peak minibus route 5a within Brightwalton as shown by the green line on this map.
This will mean the minibus cannot serve the Village Hall bus stop in that week. They plan to site a temporary bus stop sign at the other end of Ash Close, south of Old Forge.
Thames Water/Balfour Beatty have been told that they have to get the bit shown in red sorted during half-term week, so that all can then go back to normal for when school resumes.
Received from West Berkshire Public Transport Officer - 05/10/18
The autumn edition of the West Berkshire Countryside Society newsletter can be found here:
Update from the Shaw House team on the events for September:
"Heritage Open Days is England’s biggest heritage festival. It celebrates our fantastic history, architecture and culture; offering people the chance to see hidden places and try out new experiences – all of which are free to explore.
Heritage Open Day - West Berkshire Museum
Saturday 15 & Sunday 16 September | 11am – 3pm | Free
Explore a normally closed off part of the museum, the attic of the Cloth Hall. Please be aware that only a small number of people will be allowed into the attic at any one time and that that the attic is accessed via a fairly steep and narrow staircase. Members of Kennet Valley Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers will be on hand to demonstrate traditional skills such as spinning and weaving, giving you a flavour of the original purpose of the Cloth Hall.
Heritage Open Day - Shaw House
Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 September | Free
Join us in the Great Hall for introductory talks about the history of the House at 11.30am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm and 2.30pm. Visitors will be able to self-navigate their way through the rest of the House. No need to book, just drop in."
For details of Talks and Exhibition please click here to view the full newsletter.
The August update from the Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner for the Thames Valley Police, Mathew Barber can be viewed here
The update includes news on the Force Open Day, The Herbert Protocol, Rural Crime Online Reporting, and the Importance of Local Policing.
Welcome to the Ridgeway National Trail summer newsletter –
We hope that you enjoy the read – and if you’d like to contribute to the next newsletter, please contact the team at email@example.com
National Trails Team
West Berkshire Council has advised that the Waste Collections will start an hour earlier at 6am
Recycling and Rubbish collections will start at 6am from Wednesday 25 July until the end of the week.
This is due to the very hot weather and so the collection crews can avoid being out in the heat during the hottest part of the day.
Please put your bins out before 6am and let your neighbours, friends and family know that we’ll be collecting earlier.
West Berkshire Council
Address to Brightwalton Parish Council Assembly – July 2018 – Clive Hooker
Thank you for inviting me to address your Parish Assembly to report on the activities and achievements of West Berkshire Council.
The government continues to concentrate on reducing the country's debt. In order to help achieve this, Councils, the Fire Service and Police have had funding reductions. Whilst there is no doubt that there was quite a lot of room for economies, there is really little or no scope for further economies without impacting the services received.
So finance has again been a severe problem with the further reduction by the Government of the Revenue Support Grant to near zero and the cap on any increase in the Council Tax. Social services and in particular the needs of an increasing elderly population are straining resources.
Educational achievements are improving.
There have been extensions to schools and new schools planned to cope with the rising number of children.
The local plan is being rolled forward together with a transport plan to take them up to 2036.
The roads are in good shape although the recent snow and ice has caused some damage
In line with government policy the reduction in the Revenue Support Grant continued with a reduction from £34M in 2013/14 to £3.7M this year. Next year, 2018/19, it will effectively be zero. With the increasing pressure on social services caused by the increase in longevity of the population, the health services keeping us alive and the population increase, pressure on expenditure has increased. There has also been pressure from inflation and pay increases. However, new housing has increased the revenue from the Council Tax. Thus the reductions in expenditure and seeking new sources of income have continued. The changes have included staff reductions, reductions in grants to local charities and good causes, finding cheaper ways of providing services, sharing services with other councils (for example trading standards) and investing in property. The reduction in staff has led to some non-essential services being severely stretched – for example planning enforcement. A council can borrow money very cheaply, so in common with many other councils, West Berkshire is borrowing to buy commercial properties as a way of generating income. This should yield about £500K per year.
To balance the books the Council raised the Council Tax in 2017 – 18 by 4.99%.
3% of this was dedicated to social services. This year, 2018 - 19 it raised it by 5.99% again with 3% for social services. From time to time the government has come up with grants for special purposes, recently one for road maintenance.
The Council has joined a government scheme for the retention of the business rate. This in reality is the forthcoming increase in the business rate. 70% of this will go to the Berkshire Local Enterprise Partnership to fund large infrastructure projects across the county and 30% will come to the Council and this is estimated to be £1.6M. This is most welcome and led to the increase of the grant to the Citizens Advice Bureau from £40K to £80K and that together with a grant from the Greenham Trust of £80k has preserved this vital service. CAB will therefore now receive a total of £160,000, which is a considerable increase from the £40,000 available following the budget review.
With the restrictions on funding the Council is concentrating on helping communities to help themselves by devolution. Much of this work has been with parish and town councils.
An example of this is the transfer of the Hungerford library building to the town council, where in addition to providing a library, it is used by the local community led by the Friends of Hungerford Library. In Thatcham the play areas are being transferred to the town council.
Incidentally all the libraries apart from Wash Common are open. In many cases the local communities have put in a lot of voluntary effort and grants from parish councils. A group has been set up to try and reopen the Wash Common Library which shows some sign of success.
The numbers of volunteers at libraries, Shaw House, Newbury Town Museum, the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Program and other areas has risen from about 200 to over 500. As a by-product, many people get a lot of enjoyment and fulfilment from volunteering.
The Civil Contingencies Team now have a Vulnerable People Plan to help identify vulnerable people if there is a major incident.
Locally the ‘kitchen garden’ at Shaw House is being developed to allow and encourage local residents to enjoy healthy eating.
The Safeguarding of Children and Vulnerable Adults has been simplified with a single telephone number for help. There was an encouraging Ofsted inspection that there had been a lot of progress in working with partner organisations to improve the safeguarding of children. The priority is to ensure a quick and appropriate response.
A previous Care Quality Commission inspection had found the Willows Edge adult social care home as ‘inadequate’ a recent inspection now shows it to be ‘good’.
There has been a problem with recruiting and retaining social workers with 50% vacancies. This caused a lot of expense in employing agency staff. This has now improved to a 10% vacancy rate.
The Council’s priority is to improve educational attainment.
Currently, the schools judged by Ofsted to be at least ‘good’ has risen to 95%. The remaining four schools are improving. Some of the schools are Academies and therefore not under the Council’s control. Further capacity has been and will be needed to meet the growing population.
There has been a good improvement in attainment of learning of disadvantaged pupils and this is an area of priority for the Council.
£4.8M has been spent on school improvements. At Fir Tree Primary School additional places for Autistic children have been provided. At Speenhamland School there are 60 new places for reception children. A new primary school will be built at Highwood Copse and next year there is hope that the Theale primary school will be replaced. Also a new school is expected as part of the North Newbury development.
About £6M has been spent on the District’s roads with a further £6M next year. About 100 roads were resurfaced. The roads are in good condition although the recent snow caused quite a lot of damage that is taking time to repair.
A new road from the A339 into the London Road Estate had been built in preparation for the Estate’s redevelopment. Next year a link should be provided from the A339 into the expected Sandleford development. These were financed from the Berkshire Local Enterprise Partnership.
17 more flood alleviation schemes have been completed with the remaining work being of a more minor nature.
95% of Berkshire now enjoys super-fast broadband with 99% still being the target.
WBC will charge an annual subscription (yet to be confirmed of £50 per household) for the collection of garden waste.
Residents will be able to opt in or out to receive the service.
Subscribers will continue to use the green bin and will receive a bin sticker to show that the service for the collection of garden waste has been paid for. The green bin can be put out with the recycling every fortnight.
Subscribers will also be able to put food waste in the green bin for recycling.
Non-subscribers will stop receiving a garden waste collection. However, household food waste may be put in the green bins for collection every fortnight.
Residents will be able to request additional bins as part of this subscription service and additional charges will apply.
There will be no service concessions.
It is estimated this proposal will create an income of up to £600,000 this year and £900,000 every year thereafter. This additional income will assist in paying for the rubbish and recycling collection service.
The Council believes in being a plan led according to the Council’s Development Plan Document. To this end, the plan takes us up to 2026 and defines where development should take place and what polices are required to control that development. Several developers have tried to claim in appeals with Her Majesty’s Inspectors that we do not have a 5 year land supply for housing but, in all but one case, the Council has won the appeal. There is a rule that 30% of dwellings on a brown field site and 40% on a greenfield site should be affordable. Regretfully government decided that if developers could claim that proving the affordable housing would make a development unviable they could omit it. There is now an industry exploiting this loop hole and therefore the provision of affordable housing is disappointing. The expected delivery was 1000 units by 2020 that now looks more like 685. As an aside, government edicts are littered with “unintended consequences” with viability being one, and the conversion of offices to housing without the need for permission another.
Disappointingly the Sandleford development still does not have planning permission following two refused planning applications due to disagreements between the two developers and the Council insisting that it should be done according to the local plan. A third planning application has recently been submitted, which will be considered by Officers shortly. Should the disagreement continue after the third application has been submitted, the Council will seriously consider a compulsory purchase of the site.
It was a pleasure to see a start being made on the Stirling Cables site. It is heavily contaminated and it will take some time to clear this prior to development.
Plans for the redevelopment of the site between Market Street and the railway station are in place and the first visible sign of this will be the move of the bus station to the Wharf later this year.
There is now a proposal for a very large development at Grazley on the West Berkshire Wokingham border. This straddles the two districts. If this goes ahead, it will take a lot of the development pressure in the future.
All the Berkshire councils are rolling forward their local plans and transport plans to 2036. The policies have just completed consultation. There has been a call for sites that has ended and the results are being analysed and will go out to consultation in a few months, after which a decision will be taken as to where development will take place. It is understood that the Christmas Tree Field and land north of Vodafone are being put forward.
During the past year my Council responsibilities have included:-
Chairman for the Western Area Planning Committee
Deputy Portfolio Holder for Planning
Member of the District Planning Committee
Member of the Planning Advisory Group
Member of the Development Industry Forum
Outside duties include:-
Trustee of the Saunders Wynn and Coventry Trust at Chaddleworth
I have attended most of the West Ilsley, East Ilsley, Beedon, Brightwalton, Chaddleworth, Leckhampstead Parish Council meetings and the Farnborough Parish assemblies.
District Councillor for Downlands Ward
The summer newsletter from West Berkshire Countryside Society is available to download here:
Press Release Date: 20 March 2018
West Berkshire to hold largest ever volunteering event
More than 80 organisations will be coming together next week (Thursday 29th March) to raise awareness of volunteering in the largest-ever event of its kind in West Berkshire.
The event aims both to promote the value of volunteering and highlight the help and support available to residents from community and voluntary sector organisations across the district. It’s a great opportunity for:
The event has been organised by the Volunteer Centre West Berkshire in partnership with West Berkshire Council, the Health and Wellbeing Board and Awards for All. It takes place on Thursday 29th March, 2018 between 9.30am and 4.30pm at Newbury Racecourse.
The event will be formally opened by the Chairman of West Berkshire Council, Councillor Quentin Webb, at 11am.
Free return travel is available from Newbury town centre to the event, on local buses 9 and 123. Hail either these services from Cheap Street (outside the Kennet Centre) and travel to the Rondetto Avenue stop at Newbury Racecourse.
Speaking ahead of the event Gary Poulson, Director at the Volunteer Centre West Berkshire said: “In West Berkshire we have a thriving voluntary and community sector making a real difference in communities across the district. Through this event we want to raise awareness of the help and support all these groups are providing so that they can work more closely together and become an even more effective network of support for local people.
“This will be one of the largest volunteering events in the south of England in recent years with plenty of help and support on offer. I look forward to seeing everyone at the event next week.”
West Berkshire Council is among the organisations supporting the event. Chief Executive Nick Carter, from West Berkshire Council, added: “At the council we benefit directly from the energy, enthusiasm and hard work of volunteers in our libraries, supporting our countryside team and in many other different ways. We also recognise the value of the support of voluntary groups in supporting our residents so they don’t need to rely on council services. The work they do is very worthwhile and so we have been very happy to support this event and the voluntary sector in the district.”
To find out more about the Volunteer Centre West Berkshire visit www.volunteerwestberks.org.uk
Police helmets, Salisbury attack, policing for the Royal Wedding and more...
The March update from Deputy Police & Crime Commissioner, Matthew Barber can be found here:
Press Release from Berkshire, Buckinghamshire & Oxfordshire Wildlife Trusts
Community conservation award launched for 2018
Community groups with projects aimed to improve their local area for both people and wildlife have the chance to win cash to help them succeed with their vision.
The Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wildlife Trust are calling on all local community projects which are beneficial to local people and wildlife to apply for the bi-annual Dorothy Morley Conservation Award 2018. Applicants will have the chance to win the award with £1000 to go towards the winning project. One runner up will also receive £500.
The award scheme which has been running since 2000 is a tribute to the memory of the dedicated conservationist Dorothy Morley. The continuation of the award scheme has been made possible through the outstanding generosity of the Morley family.
Daniel Akam, Berkshire Community Wildlife Officer explains: “This is a great award scheme aimed at highlighting all the great work done by volunteers for the benefit of their local community and wildlife a lot of which many off us don’t even know is going on”
“We want any group involved in such projects to apply, no matter how big or small or where they are located within Berkshire, the key element is that it must be in a publicly accessible place. Over the years we have had some great winners which have had a really positive effect on their local green spaces and for the communities which use them”
2016 winners were the St Paul’s Churchyard Tree Succession Project in Wokingham: Andy Clark from the project commented “We are all absolutely delighted with this award. It has been a great pleasure to be involved in a real team effort, with everyone contributing their different interest and expertise.
“In securing the future of the trees in the churchyard we have a growing appreciation that not only was the site home to a wide variety of flora and fauna, but also that this existing biodiversity could be greatly enhanced with careful planning and action.”
Full details about the Dorothy Morley Conservation Awards are on the Wildlife Trust’s website www.bbowt.org.uk/dorothymorley Application packs are also available from the Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust, Woolley Firs, Cherry Garden Lane, Maidenhead, SL6 3LJ.
Interested groups have 4 months to apply with the closing date for applications on 29th June, with the winners being announced in late August.
For more information: Daniel Akam, Community Wildlife Officer, firstname.lastname@example.org 01628 829574 Ext. 202
It is that time of year for pot holes everywhere. Please report problem pot holes directly to West Berkshire Council via the website
Follow the 'Report A Problem' link.
Thank you - Brightwalton Parish Council
News, events and articles from the West Berkshire Countryside Society - Spring Newsletter
This is written by the Parish Clerk with input from the village.
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