Parish Council - November News
7 Dec 2017

Snapshot of the Parish Council meeting on 13th November 2017

Items discussed included:

Planning Applications

Consideration was given to three applications at the meeting, one for a new house, one for the refurbishment of an old pool house and a retrospective application for an erected boundary fence.

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

Chieveley Recreational Centre Children's Playground

The Parish Council are reviewing their support for the children's playground. All grant applications need to meet specific conditions and the necessary documentation required to attract funding towards maintenance and planned replacement of the play area.

Bus Shelter Cleaner

The Parish Council were delighted to have interest and applications from two local youths for the role. Toby Hutchison was the successful applicant and will be looking after the three bus shelters in Chieveley Parish.

Marsh Pond

Marker posts will be erected between Marsh Pond and the public byway in the near future.

Mini Power Cuts

Experiencing mini power cuts? The Parish Council have been in contact with SSE about them. SSE have asked residents to report ‘auto recloses' (mini power cuts) every time they happen by dialling 105 (this number works on landlines and mobiles) and speaking to the power cut team. They have also asked for members of the public to look out for power lines in the area being touched/surrounded by branches to report these as well using the 105 number.

Graces Lane Closure Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd December

Thames Water need to close Graces Lane to repair a water leak near Rose Farm. Diversions will be via Old Oxford Road, East Lane and High Street.

Spotlight - Riparian Owner's Responsibility

A riparian owner is someone who has any watercourse within or adjacent to any boundary of their property. Riparian owners are responsible for maintaining the streams, river bed and banks within their section of the watercourse. It is their duty to work towards minimising pollution and preventing obstruction to the water flow. Under the new flood and water management act, riparian owners maintain all the duties and responsibilities for watercourses in their land set out in the Land Drainage Act. Support or advice about watercourse maintenance is available from Local Authorities and the Environment Agency.

It is a good time of year to check whether you have riparian responsibility for a stream, riverbed or bank and ensure it is clear of silt and other debris.    

Frequently Asked Question 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.

Next Meeting

The next meeting of the Parish Council will take place at 7.30pm on 12th December 2017 at Chieveley Village Hall & Recreational Centre, High Street, Chieveley, Berkshire RG20.