Snapshot of the Parish Council meetings on 14th May and 11th June 2019

Items discussed included:

Chieveley Parish Annual Meeting

The Parish Annual Meeting took place on 14th May 2019.  The start of a new four year term for Councillors.  Cllr Belcher was elected as Chairman, Cllr Crispin as Vice Chairman.  New Councillors were welcomed. Cllr Dick, Cllr Friend and newly co-opted member Cllr Derry.

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 to the Chieveley Recreational Centre/Chieveley Parish Council Liaison Group; Downland Patient Representative Group; Local Plan, Minerals & Waste & Housing & Economic Land Availability Assessment (HELAA) Working Group; Parish Plan Review Group; Public Rights of Way; Newbury Showground Residents’ Group; Relations/Press Release and Website and Highways, Traffic and Road Safety Group. It was agreed that the Code of Conduct Committee would be convened, if required, at any time. The Parish Council also reconsidered and approved the Terms of Reference.

Grants for 2019/20

The Parish Council approved the grants and donations for 2019/2020.  Whilst the funds available for allocation each year are limited, they provide an important contribution to the overall costs for the local organisations.  

Parish Annual Return

Annual Return was considered and approved by the Parish Council for 2019/2020 and available on the Parish Council page.

Curridge Defibrillator Initiative

Curridge Residents’ Association have raised funds to purchase a defib and cabinet and have approached the Parish Council to seek support in ownership and joint management of the device.  The site, fitting, ownership, insurance cover and management of the device is being discussed.

Curridge footway improvements between Plantation Close and Crabtree Lane

An approach to West Berkshire Council for a feasibility study was agreed at the June meeting and for an estimate of costs to assess whether it is a viable consideration.  The community will be consulted should the project be possible and the necessary funding from West Berkshire Council be available.

New Dog Bin in Oare

A new dog bin will be installed in Oare now that the Parish Council have been able to find a contractor to provide the emptying and cleaning services as this dog bin could not be added to the West Berkshire Council maintenance programme.

Footpaths

Various footpaths have been reported in the Parish by the Parish Council due to overgrown vegetations, fallen fencing or paths not rolled in by landowners.  Residents who walk in the countryside who encounter overgrown paths are encouraged to contact West Berkshire Council using ‘Report a Problem’ at  http://www.westberks.gov.uk

A reminder - A34/M4 Junction 13 Chieveley (West Berkshire) – Surface Reconstruction

More closures lined up and advertised by Kier and Highways England

  • 10pm on Friday 28 June through to 6am on Monday 1 July
  • 10pm on Friday 5 July through to 6am on Monday 8 July
  • 10pm on Friday 12 July through to 6am on Monday 15 July
  • 10pm on Friday 26 July through to 6am on Monday 29 July (Contingency weekend subject to change)

Significant delays are expected during these weekend closures. Highways England advise you plan ahead of your journey and allow extra time or avoid this route if possible.

Next Meeting

The next meeting of the Parish Council will take place at 7.30pm on 9 July 2019 at Chieveley Village Hall & Recreational Centre, High Street, Chieveley, Berkshire RG28 9DZ at 7.30pm

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.