Parish Council - February news
22 Feb 2018

Snapshot of the Parish Council meeting on 13th February 2018

Items discussed included:

Planning Applications

Consideration was given to three applications at the meeting. Further information about Planning Applications can be found on the Planning Advice section of the West Berkshire Council website.

From April 2018 West Berkshire Council will no longer provide paper copies of planning applications to Parish Councils as part of their cost saving initiatives. Hard copies will no longer be present at the Parish Council meetings. Members of the public are strongly advised to look at the planning schedule issued with the Parish Council agendas and view them at West Berkshire Council Planning Portal and respond directly to West Berkshire Council on applications of interest. Parish Councillors, having viewed the planning applications on line will confirm their observations on the listed applications at the Parish Council. West Berkshire Council will no longer send planning application notification letters to neighbouring properties to a planning application site and will rely on the local people noting the statutory orange notice outside the premises and responding to the planning authority, West Berkshire Council.

New Equipment

The Parish Council agreed to purchase a projector and presentation equipment to display key planning application documents during their meetings.

Oare Pond Trees

Three silver birches will be planted by the pond as part of the regeneration and ongoing environmental improvement project.

 Public Rights of Way (PROWS)

Cllr Beard, the Parish Council PROW representative, with the support of other Councillors are endeavouring to walk as many PROWs in the Parish to check finger signs, surface condition, stiles, accessibility and looking out for obstructions and overgrown hedges to report the findings back to West Berkshire Council.  If you are a keen walker and would like to provide support for this initiative please contact the Parish Council Clerk.

Old Street/Manor Lane, Oare

Following a request from the Parish Council the lane has been swept and cleared of leaf debris.

Resurfacing of the A34 northbound from Donnington to Beedon

A number of overnight closures are planned, commencing 12 February through to 9 March on the A34 northbound. Details of these closures available here. Future dates for overnight closures for the southbound carriageway are yet to be announced.

Frequently Asked Question of the month

Question - Can members of the public attend meetings?

Answer - All meetings of the Parish Council are open to the public unless their presence is prejudicial to the public interest by reason of the confidential nature of the business to be transacted or for other special reasons. The public's exclusion from part or all of a meeting shall be by a resolution which shall give reasons for the public's exclusion. Members of the public may make representations, answer questions and give evidence at a meeting which they are entitled to attend in respect of the business on the agenda.  The period of time designated for public participation at a meeting, in accordance with Standing Orders, shall not exceed 10 minutes unless directed by the Chairman of the meeting.

Spotlight On....Chieveley Parish Annual Assembly

A date for the diary. This year our guest speaker will be giving a talk on 'Priors Court Bakery - creating real opportunities for people severely affected by autism'. The Assembly will be held at the Curridge W I Hall, Curridge, Berkshire, RG18 9DZ on 10 April 2018 at 8pm. This is a public parish meeting and we look forward to welcoming you.

Next Meeting

The next meeting of the Parish Council will take place at 7.30pm on 13th March 2018 at Chieveley Village Hall & Recreational Centre, High Street, Chieveley, Berkshire RG20 8TE. 

The first 10 minutes of the meeting are available for members of the public to express a view or ask a question of the Parish Council.

Members of the public are welcome to stay and observe for the rest of the meeting