Parish Council - May news
22 May 2017

Snapshot of the Parish Council meeting on 9th May 2017

Items discussed included:

Planning Applications

A large house extension in Curridge and other applications were considered at the meeting.

Further information about Planning Applications can be found on the Planning Advice section of the West Berkshire Council website.

Annual Meeting of the Parish Council

This being the Annual Meeting of the Chieveley Parish Council, the Agenda included items for the election of Chairman and Vice Chairman for the year and for the appointment of Councillors to committees, working groups and outside bodies.

Election of Chairman and Vice Chairman

Rob Crispin was elected Chairman and Mike Belcher as Vice Chairman of the Parish Council for the year. Photographs and profiles of the Chairman, Vice Chairman and Councillors can be viewed on the Parish Council biographies page.

Appointment of Councillors to Committees, working groups and outside bodies

The Parish Council made a number of appointments of Councillors to committees, working groups and outside bodies associated with the communities of Chieveley, Curridge, Oare and part of Snelsmore. Appointments were made for the Recreational Centre and Parish Council Liaison Group; the Downland Patient Forum; the Newbury Showground Residents' Group; the Public Rights of Way Group; the Public Relations/Press Release and Website Group; HELAA & Local Plan Group and a representative for the Village Hall Committee agreed. It was agreed that the Code of Conduct Committee and Parish Plan Review Group would be convened, if required, with any three Councillors.

M4 Junction 12 to 13 closures for bridge repairs

The Highways Agency continue to carry out works on two bridges involving replacing central reservation barriers, road resurfacing, deck beam and bridge joints. Full closure was over 31 March - 3 April. Future dates to note: 19 - 22 May. Clear diversions will be in place.

Braziers Farmhouse Wall, High Street, Chieveley

Traffic lights will be in Chieveley High Street outside Braziers Farmhouse to allow essential planned works to the wall in the High Street as it requires rebuilding using salvaged and replacement bricks and repointing. Works are planned between 12th - 30th June 2017. Permission has been obtained from the Highways Deprtment at West Berkshire Council to install traffic lights ref. JV004BRAIFARM, details of which can be viewed on The contractors will endeavour to minimise the impact on residents with the traffic light regime and the works will be completed as soon as practically possible.

Home to School Transport

The Parish Council agreed to facilitate a meeting for parents in and adjoining the Parish no longer eligible for free school transport to their catchment school due to changing West Berkshire Council policies. A gentleman from Burghfield who has set up an alternative transport scheme there will be invited to speak and meet with the parents affected. 

Frequently Asked Question of the month

Question - If I encounter a problem with a road (e.g. a pot hole or footway), or with the countryside and the environment (e.g. a public right of way) in the Parish, who do I report this to?

Answer - - Please report the matter to West Berkshire Council using their Report A Problem service  

Spotlight....on Grants for 2017/18

At the start of each financial year the Parish Council considers requests for grants and donations from clubs and groups in the community.  Whilst the funds available for allocation each year are limited, they provide an important contribution to the overall costs of the schemes proposed.  The grants and donations approved for the new financial year cover contributions toward: playing field ground maintenance for Chieveley Recreational Centre; operating costs for the Curridge Residents Association; churchyard maintenance for St Mary the Virgin Church, Chieveley; planter maintenance undertaken by Chieveley Gardening Club,  playground maintenance for the Curridge Playground Charity, contribution towards sport skills sessions and beebot programmable floor robot for Chieveley Pre School and MUGA maintenance for Chieveley Recreational Centre.

Next Meeting

The next meeting of the Parish Council will take place at 7.30pm on 13th June 2017 at the Curridge W I Hall, Curridge, Berkshire RG18 9DZ

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