Parish Council - December News
22 Dec 2017

Snapshot of the Parish Council meeting on 12th December 2017

Items discussed included:

Planning Applications

Consideration was given to five applications at the meeting, one for a new house, equestrian facilities, large pond, temporary mobile home and 21 new dwellings as an adjoining parish consultation.

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

Speed Awareness and Road Safety

Speeding concerns and a road traffic incident in Curridge was part of the discussion on how to continue to address speeding throughout the Parish. Due to winter weather it is difficult to use SID (speed indicator device) as West Berkshire Council insist the device is attended at all times when in use. Thames Valley Police have agreed to keep a watching brief on speeding on the B4009 into and out of Curridge village.

Oare Pond Environmental Project

The Parish Council agreed to purchase hawthorn hedging and some birch trees for planting by the pond as part of the ongoing project. Tidying up the remainder of the bank area was agreed over a three year period to minimise the risks to wildlife. Two bird boxes will also be fitted on the site.

Preliminary Grant Discussions for 2018/2019

The Parish Council agreed to set aside a budget to support grant applications in 2018/2019 and to include it in the precept request to West Berkshire Council.

SSE and mini power cuts

An engineer is surveying the local overhead network for trees that are affecting the overhead lines. SSE are working on establishing if the trees in the area are maintained and contacting landowners including West Berkshire Council. If you experience a mini power cut please report it as soon as possible to SSE by dialling 105 and speaking to the power cut team        

Spotlight on...West Berkshire Council Budget Proposals for 2018/2019

West Berkshire Council have to find a further £10m worth of savings or additional income in 2018/19, to ensure they deliver a balanced budget.  Significant amount of these savings will come from within West Berkshire Council, through making further efficiencies such as re-tendering contracts. However, a number of proposals, amounting to £1m, has been identified from services that will impact the public. 

West Berkshire Council are giving everyone a chance to have a say and to let them know if you have other suggestions for how they might be able to save money or increase income. West Berkshire Council are currently consulting on: -

Citizens Advice West Berkshire
Garden Waste Collection Service
Neighbour Notification Letters for Planning Applications

These consultations are open from 27 November 2017 to 10 January 2018. For more information see West Berkshire Council Budget Proposals.

FAQ...of the month

Question - Who is my District Councillor?

Answer - Cllr Hilary Cole is West Berkshire Council's Ward Member for Chieveley.  Cllr Cole's profile is on the West Berkshire Council's website with contact details. Cllr Cole District Councillor

Next Meeting

The next meeting of the Parish Council will take place at 7.30pm on 9 January 2018 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