Next meeting:

Next Parish Council meeting – 7.30pm on Tuesday 9th February 2021 – This will be a remote meeting.

The Agenda can be found here. (Please note, Agendas are available nearer to the date of the meeting)

The Draft Minutes for the previous meeting can be found here.

For Members of the Public wishing to attend, please contact the Clerk on chieveley.pc@outlook.com  or telephone 07867 310121. Each member of the public is limited to 2 minutes during Item 4, Public Questions.  If anyone needs more time they should email the Parish Clerk beforehand, listing the points to be made. This will be a remote meeting and the public is welcome to observe by providing the Clerk with their email address.  Anyone wishing to speak in the public questions item should let the Clerk know in good time before the meeting. 

Dispensation Information for Members of the Public at meetings
Guidance Notes for Members of the public at meetings
 

Latest Updates

Suspended Bus Service Information from West Berkshire Council Transport Services Team
'From the 25th March 2020 all public bus routes run by West Berkshire Council Transport Services Team the 5, 5a, 5c, 41, 44, 47 & H1 are suspended until further notice. Keyworkers who require assistance with essential travel should contact West Berkshire Council on 01635 551111.  Local bus travel updates are available at: twitter.com/@ConnectWBerks'

West Berkshire Council Local Plan. Regulation 18 Consultation on the Emerging Draft of the West Berkshire Local Plan Review to 2037.  

West Berkshire District Council (WBC) is reviewing its Local Plan to cover the period up to 2037. The Local Plan Review (LPR) will identify the development that is required to meet our local needs, set out our strategy for distributing development within the district, as well as outlining policies for conserving and enhancing the natural and built environment. It will help people in West Berkshire achieve sustainable development. WBC are still at an early stage in the plan-making process and have produced an emerging draft version of the LPR. In preparing this they have taken account of previous Regulation 18 consultations which considered the scope and content of the LPR. WBC think it is important to understand what the stakeholders think at this stage and so are taking this opportunity to ask you what you think of WBC current proposals. WBC want to give you a chance to influence the LPR before they have to formally consult on the draft Plan next year. 

WBC would welcome your feedback on the emerging draft LPR. Your comments should be submitted during the eight week consultation period which runs from Friday 11 December 2020 to 4.30pm on Friday 5 February 2021.  To support the preparation of the LPR, WBC have produced various evidence documents. These can be viewed at: https://info.westberks.gov.uk/evidencebase. Further evidence documents will be added as work on the plan progresses. 

Inspection of the document and how to comment The consultation document can be viewed at https://info.westberks.gov.uk/localplanreview2037 and in West Berkshire District Council Offices, Market Street, Newbury, RG14 5LD. The offices are open Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 9:30am to 12:30pm and Tuesday and Thursday, 9:30am to 4:30pm. Please note that opening hours may be subject to change at short notice due to Covid-19 restrictions. Details of any updates can be found at: https://info.westberks.gov.uk/marketstreet.

Representations can be made in writing or by way of electronic communications:  Online: using the Council’s Local Plan Consultation Portal which can be accessed at: http://consult.westberks.gov.uk/kse. This is the easiest and most efficient way to both view the document and respond. You will need to register, but then any comments you make will be stored in your account for future reference. Registration is possible using a Facebook or Twitter account. 

By Representation Form which is available to download at https://info.westberks.gov.uk/localplanreview2037.

All representations must be received by 4:30pm on Friday 5 February 2021:  By email to planningpolicy@westberks.gov.uk; or
By post to the Planning Policy Team, Development and Planning, West Berkshire District Council, Market Street, Newbury, RG14 5LD.
After this consultation ends, WBC will consider all responses received and prepare the draft version of the Local Plan Review which WBC hope to publish in Spring 2021.

If you have any queries relating to this consultation, please do not hesitate to contact the Planning Policy Team at planningpolicy@westberks.gov.uk or 01635 519 111.

New Parish Clerk & Responsible Finance Officer 
Following the resignation of Tracy Snook after 15 years exemplary service, Chieveley Parish Council is pleased to announce that Kim Lloyd has been appointed to the role of Parish Clerk & RFO.  Kim has a wealth of experience and currently works as a Parish Clerk/RFO for other Parish Councils in the Berkshire Area.  Kim lives in Chieveley Parish so understands many of the issues we face in the Parish. 
Kim Started on 1 February.

Home Office Consultation - Strengthening Police Powers to Tackle Illegal Encampments
Consultation on measures to criminalise trespassing when setting up an unauthorised encampment in England and Wales.  Consultation closes 4 March 2020.  Further details and options on how to response via this link
https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/strengthening-police-powers-to-tackle-unauthorised-encampments

Emergency Plan Review
Dear Parish Residents, Chieveley Parish Council is currently in the throes of reviewing the community Emergency Plan.

The Parish Emergency Plan works in conjunction with West Berkshire Council’s to enable the Parish to have a structured response should ‘a significant major’ incident affect our community while we await the assistance of the Emergency Services and other responders.   We are hopeful that this document will never have to be implemented. However, we have to provide an Emergency Plan and issue it to key stakeholders and community groups in the Parish to keep in a safe, accessible place should a major incident cut off electronic communication, power supplies, trunk roads and we have to manage ourselves until the appropriate services can.

It would be great to hear from you if you have professional skills that could be useful in an emergency. E.g. a qualified medical person, first aider/carers, builder, plumber, farmer, electrician, engineer, HGV driver, plant operator, administrator, mechanic or caterer to name a few.

Could you provide or permit access at the time of an emergency any of the following? Tractor, trailer, 4 x 4 vehicle, JCB, Lorry, chainsaw, safety equipment, lifting gear, cooking equipment, sandbags, pillows, blankets, portable heaters, lanterns, generator, fuel, wood, radio transmitter, utensils or anything else you feel useful for an emergency situation.

Do you feel you personally would need specific assistance during a significant major incident?  Please contact us and let us know what your needs will be so we can ensure all our community members as looked out for and supported. 

Please complete the Emergency Plan Review Form  and send it to the Parish Clerk  by email chieveley.pc@btinternet.com.   Or you can email the Parish Clerk with your pledge of aid or skill information and contact details. We thank you for your support and look forward to hearing from you.  As said before it is hoped it will never be needed but in true scouting words, ‘be prepared’!

Small Grant Awards for 2021
Application Form,  Notice and Small Grants Award Criteria and Conditions available for community bodies and groups in the Parish. Chieveley Parish Council is committed to supporting and strengthening the many community groups and organisations that help to make a positive difference to the residents in the Parish. 
Deadline for applications:  31 October 2020
Application Form
Small Grants Award Notice 2020
Small Grants Award Policy/Criteria/Conditions

Dog fouling on footpaths and byways
Receiving a number of complaints from walkers, runners and dog walkers about the amount of dog fouling taking place along the local footpaths and byways.   It is an offence to let your dog foul on a Public Right of Way.  Please be responsible and clean up after your pet and dispose of it appropriately. There are dog waste bins located at the end of Bardown, Manor Lane and at Chieveley Recreational Centre, Chieveley.  Also Chapel Lane and Crabtree Lane, Curridge.  Thank you.

Minerals and waste sites consultation
West Berkshire Council are in the process of developing a new strategic Minerals and Waste Plan for the District.  This plan, once adopted, will set the strategy for minerals and waste development over the period covered by the plan.   Minerals and Waste Sites Consultation document here

Two sites in Chieveley Parish have been included in the consultation.
60 Acre Field, Old Street, Chieveley (Page 12) and land behind Chieveley Services (page 21) adjacent to Old Kiln Quarry.