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   M4 Smart Motorway Project (J3 to J12)    12 April, 2019

There are several overnight full closures (usually 22:00 to 05:00) scheduled to take place during April and for more details see https://highwaysengland.co.uk/projects/m4-junctions-3-12-smart-motorway/.

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   M4 J13 closures    12 April, 2019

Junction 13 Slip Road Resurfacing

The westbound exit and entry slip roads will be closed at the junction overnight until 14 April, and then from 29 April to 3 May (five nights) and 7 to 8 May (two nights) with signed diversions primarily via the A4 between J12 and J14.

Junction 13 Bridge Refurbishment

The M4 westbound carriageway will be closed between the J13 slip roads over five nights (between 22:00 and 06:00) starting on Sunday 21 April and then between the same times from 26 to 29 April and 10 to 13 May, with a possible contingency from 17 to 20 May.

During these closures traffic will be diverted off the M4 via the exit slip road and sent across the junction to rejoin the M4 via the entry slip road.

Upon completion of the full weekend closures, there will be a series of ten overnight closures to reinstate the joints between the slip roads.

Junction 13 Surface Reconstruction

The entire J13 roundabout will be closed from 22:00 on Friday to 06:00 on Monday each weekend between 7 to 10 June and 12 to 15 July, with a possible contingency from 26 to 29 July. Signed diversions will be in place, as for the resurfacing work.

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   Reports on Activities at AWE    13 March, 2019

Below can be found links to recent reports on the acivities of AWE compiled by the Environment Agency (EA) and Office of Nuclear Regulation (ONR).

 

Environment Agency March 2019

 

Office of Nuclear Regulation

 

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   West Berkshire Libraries : Fines Amnesty February 2019    31 January, 2019

West Berkshire libraries is having a fines amnesty on the 22nd and 23rd Feb and they want to let people know well in advance.  There will be no late fees to pay on any items returned to any West Berkshire library on these dates.

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   Resurfacing Burghfield Road - 4th February    31 January, 2019

Please find attached the Project Notification and information letter that was delivered earlier this week to nearby properties and businesses for the carriageway resurfacing on Burghfield Road (Church Lane to Deans Copse Road), Burghfield.

This work is planned to start on Monday 04 February 2019 and take up to ten (10) working days to complete.

The work will be done using a road closure and signed diversion between the hours of 9:30 am to 4:00 pm Monday to Friday.

At times the only access will be for emergency vehicles on a blue light response.

If you need further information regarding this project, please contact either Andrew England on 01635 519096 or Trevor Gibbs on 01635 519765

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   Street Closure near Mortimer Station 31st January 2019    22 January, 2019

 

The Street and Station Road, Mortimer – CARRIAGEWAY REMEDIAL WORKS

 

Following completion of the carriageway resurfacing on behalf of West Berkshire

Council on The Street and Station Road in September 2018, it was noted that 2

areas of the newly laid road surface appeared much smoother than the rest.

The asphalt supplier has subsequently confirmed that the 2 areas do not achieve

the required specification and that they will be replaced at their expense

We therefore have arranged for the remedial works to take place on Thursday 31

January 2019 using a road closure and signed diversion route.

The programme and timing of the work is shown below:

 

Location Work planned Road closure time

The Street

Removal and replacement of the defective surfacing 9:30 am to 3:30 pm

 

Station Road  Removal and replacement of the defective surfacing 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm

 

Advanced information boards will be erected on site and whilst these works are

subject to weather conditions, every effort will be made to complete these works as

programmed.

 

Please do not leave any vehicle parked on the public highway during the times

shown above as a safe working zone area is required.

 

It would be very helpful if you could also arrange for any deliveries to be made

before or after the stated closure times.

 

Should it be necessary to revise these timings, the information boards will be

updated accordingly.

 

Every effort will be made to maintain access to private properties and

businesses directly adjacent to the repairs; although, due to the nature of the

works some inconvenience will be inevitable, but we will endeavour to keep

this to an absolute minimum.

 

Please accept our apologies in advance for any inconvenience that may be caused.

Should you have any queries regarding the work, please do not hesitate to contact

Volker Highways on 01635 248 256.

 

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   Date of Parish Annual General Meeting - 13th May 2019    22 January, 2019

Please Note : the Parish's Annual General Meeting has been brought forward one day to the 13th May 2019.

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   Proposed increase in Council Tax to support Thames Valley Police    5 January, 2019

The Thames Valley Police budget has been cut by £101 million over the last eight years which has resulted in significant cuts to police officer and staff numbers. This year the Government has encouraged all Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) to raise the policing element of the council tax precept by £2 a month for a Band D property (the increase for other property Bands is set out in the below table). To prevent further damaging cuts to policing and restore some important frontline policing capability  Anthony Stansfield, the Police & Crime Commissioner for Thames Valley would like to make use of this Government advice and raise the council tax precept accordingly.

 

More information & the opportunity to answer a survey on the subject can be found here:

 

http://sgiz.eu/s3/Policing-budget-council-tax-2019-20

 

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   VACANCY FOR A PARISH COUNCILLOR    16 November, 2018

 

PARISH COUNCIL OF WOKEFIELD

 

VACANCY FOR A COUNCILLOR

   There is a vacancy on the above Council caused by the resignation of Councillor V. Jerrom.

 

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   VACANCY FOR A PARISH CLERK    27 December, 2017

PARISH CLERK AND

RESPONSIBLE FINANCIAL OFFICER

 

Applications are invited for the post of part-time Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer to the Wokefield Parish Council.

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   Help for Carers from West Berkshire Council     27 December, 2017

 

 

Help for Carers from West Berkshire Council

Carers assessments and working out what support you need

If you provide necessary unpaid care or support to an adult family member, friend or partner, you may be eligible for support. 
Adult carers that look after someone who lives within West Berkshire can request a carer's assessment by:

If you need help with completing your carers assessment please contact Adult Social Care  - we'll give you some advice on how to fill it out.

Reading and West Berkshire Carers Hub provide support and information to carers.  If you would like further information please complete the  Reading and West Berkshire Carers Hub Referral Form [64kb].

 

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   Notifying West Berks Council of litter problems    27 December, 2017

In order to make savings, West Berkshire Council is proposing changes to its street cleansing and litter picking services.  Specifically, for rural areas such as Wokefield it is proposing the following changes:

 

Type of Land                            Current Litter Picking                                       Current Street Cleansing                      Proposal

 Low Intensity  Use

Lightly trafficked areas, rural roads without housing

Between every four weeks and once a year

Every 12 weeks, or not at all if they have no kerb

Less proactive attention than Medium Intensity Use, supplemented by reactive work where land falls below an acceptable standard

 

However, the  public can them us about local issues, including problems with litter, litter bins and fly tipping at www.westberks.gov.uk/reportaproblem.

They  welcome the support of the community in identifying problem areas and will be extending the service to include the reporting of the build up of detritus.

 

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   Thames Valley Police Advice on Avoiding Burglaries    27 October, 2017

Thames Valley Police advise that typically at this time of year when the clocks go back, there is a increase in the number of homes which are broken into and burgled.

Their basic advice to reduce the risk of burglary is to remember to:

  • Close and lock all your doors and windows when going to bed.
  • Keep valuables out of sight.
  • Don’t advertise that you’re out, invest in a light timer switch.
  • Register your valuables with www.immobilise.com
  • Receive crime updates by signing up to www.thamesvalleyalert.co.uk
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   Wokefield Parish Annual Return     27 June, 2017

Documents which ensure Wokefield Parish Council is satisfying statutory reporting can be found at the following links:

 

Notice of Appointment for exercise of Public Rights

 

2016-2017 Annual Return

 

Bank Reconciliation 2016-2107

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   Recent Advice from Thames Valey Police re: Terroist Threats    5 June, 2017

Please see below a message from the Deputy Chief Constable of TVP re Terrorism threat raised to critical:

 

Last night the Prime Minister confirmed that the national terrorist threat has been raised to critical.  This means that an attack remains highly likely but a further attack may be imminent. At this time there is no intelligence to suggest a specific threat to the Thames Valley.

 

Our priority is to protect the communities of the Thames Valley and visitors to our area. Overnight we have put in place additional armed and unarmed officers at key locations. This is very much focused on crowded places, including transport hubs and shopping centres.

 

Do not be alarmed if you see more armed police officers both on foot and in vehicles.  For operational reasons we are not confirming details of locations, tactics and numbers of police officers on duty to ensure the effectiveness of our deployments.

 

We will continue to work with our partners and event organisers to assess the planned events where we may need to enhance our presence.

 

Deputy Chief Constable John Campbell said:

“I would like to reassure you that the move to critical is something that we prepare for. We will continually review our deployments and take all possible steps to keep people safe within Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Berkshire.

 

“At this time we need everyone to remain alert but not alarmed.  We need your help to help us protect our communities and disrupt those who seek to harm us. I would urge you to contact the police straight away if you believe that someone is acting suspiciously.

 

“Our officers and staff will continue to provide a visible presence in our communities and we have the specialist resources in place to respond in an emergency.”

We have the following advice:

 

·         If you see anything that causes you concern then let us know immediately, if you have suspicions about someone’s behaviour call the police on 101, the anti-terrorist hotline on 0800 789 321 or in an emergency you should always call 999

 

 

  • The latest guidance on recognising the terrorist threat and remaining vigilant can be accessed via www.nactso.gov.uk

 

  • For further information about reporting suspicious behaviour visit https://act.campaign.gov.uk/. If you get caught up in the unlikely event of a weapons attack we urge you to follow the Run, Hide, Tell advice.
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   Victims First launches to support victims of crime    16 May, 2017

The Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Thames Valley, Anthony Stansfeld, has  launched his ‘Victims First’ brand and website.

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   Volunteering for West Berkshire Library at Home Service    18 October, 2016

West Berkshire at Home Library Service

This Service provides an invaluable link to readers who are unable to get to their own branch library. We are looking for volunteers to take library material to people’s homes on a 3 week cycle. Having your own car is essential.

If you are interested in volunteering please contact:  gtaylor@westberks.gov.uk Tel:01635 519533

Apply online at www.westberks.gov.uk/volunteer

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   Parish Summer Newsletter now available    8 August, 2016

The latest Parish Newsletter can be found here: Summer 2016

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   September launch for new West Berkshire waste permit scheme    5 August, 2016

September launch for new West Berkshire wastepermit scheme

A new permit scheme for accessing West Berkshire household waste recycling centres will begin on Monday 26 September, 2016.

The scheme is being introduced to ensure West Berkshire residents do not have to pay for waste brought to the district from elsewhere through their council tax. Until recently, Hampshire County Council paid £200,000 a year to allow its residents to use West Berkshire facilities but stopped this funding earlier this year. Hampshire residents currently account for around 40% of waste taken to Padworth and 20% of waste taken to Newbury and the cost of disposing of this waste now falls to West Berkshire council taxpayers and puts an additional strain on the waste service. In March, West Berkshire Council also decided to cease funding towards the re3 waste partnership – funding which allowed residents to use the Smallmead recycling centre in Reading.

From 26 September West Berkshire residents will need to display a vehicle permit in order to access the household waste recycling centres in Newbury and Padworth. A permit will be posted to every household across the district in the coming weeks and must be clearly displayed in order to enter the recycling centres.

Each household will receive a single permit that can be used in domestic vehicles. Residents who only own a commercial-type vehicle will be able to apply online for a permit.

Neither site is registered to dispose of commercial waste so businesses, which are already prohibited from the centres, will not be issued with permits.

From Monday, waste collection teams will be leaving bin hangers on bins to tell homeowners about the changes.

As well as the introduction of a permit scheme West Berkshire Council intends, subject to planning permission, to extend Padworth so that it can accept general household waste. From the planning application being submitted it will take around six months to upgrade the site.

Speaking about the permit scheme Councillor Marcus Franks, Portfolio Holder for Communities and Public Protection, said: “This permit scheme will help us to ensure West Berkshire residents do not have to pay for the disposal of waste from other districts. At a time when our resources are tighter than ever it is important that we are using them wisely to protect our services as best as we can.

“We have worked hard to minimise any inconvenience to local people with permits, which will be posted out to residents. Anyone who only owns a commercial-type vehicle will soon be able to request one through an online form. We will now be working hard to communicate these changes to local residents to make sure everybody knows about these changes.”

The permit scheme has been introduced in response to changes to regional waste arrangements as local authorities respond to reductions in their budgets. This includes reductions in funding for cross-border arrangements which have compelled local authorities to introduce permit schemes – including one for Reading, Wokingham and Bracknell – to manage the costs of waste disposal.

Before West Berkshire Council decided to cease funding towards re3 discussions took place to explore how costs might be reduced while allowing residents to continue using the Smallmead site. These were unsuccessful and re3 subsequently chose to implement its permit scheme.

Councillor Marcus Franks has written to Andrea Leadsom MP, the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, to raise awareness of the impact reductions in local government funding is having on waste services. In his letter he highlights that similar choices will be made across the country and will only be solved if the government acts.

Speaking about the letter, Councillor Franks said: “I felt it important that I write and highlight to the government how ridiculous this situation is. District boundaries are important to councils but less so to our residents who simply want to use their nearest waste centre. We didn’t want to introduce a permit scheme but we were forced to because of decisions made by others and I’m sure this will be happening around the country. I believe the government should act and hope they will give the issues I’ve raised some serious consideration.”

More information about the new permit scheme will be available from Monday at www.westberks.gov.uk/hwrcpermit

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   RE3 RECYCLING CENTRES CLOSED TO WEST BERKS RESIDENTS FROM 1ST JULY    25 July, 2016

RE3 RECYCLING CENTRES CLOSED TO WEST BERKS RESIDENTS FROM 1ST JULY

 

As a result of  the Government’s austerity measures and resultant reduction in income, West Berks Council  had to make difficult budgetary decisions, one of which was to cancel the RE3 contract that allowed access to Smallmead Recycling Centre.

 

As a consequence, re3 posted the following on its website:

 

“re3 recycling centres are introducing changes to how visitors access their sites following the decision by West Berkshire Council to end a joint recycling agreement.

 

From 1st July 2016, the re3 recycling centres will only accept household waste from people living in the Bracknell Forest, Reading and Wokingham local authority areas.

 

The change has been prompted by West Berkshire Council giving notice that it intends to stop paying the re3 councils for waste delivered to re3 recycling centres by West Berkshire residents. The three re3 Councils feel strongly that it is unfair to ask re3 area council tax payers to pay for waste management services for residents living in other local authorities.

 

Bracknell Forest, Reading and Wokingham residents will still be able to leave their household waste for free at the Bracknell and Reading recycling centres.

 

Every household in the re3 area will be sent a recycling centre permit in the post. Visitors should display the permit in their windscreen in order to access the recycling centres in Bracknell and Reading.”

 

Details of alternative arrangements can be found here:

 

West Berks Rubbish & Recycling

 

The nearest recycling centre to Wokefield is at Padworth but note there are restrictions on what can be taken there. Check this link for details Padworth Recycling Centre.

 

 

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   BUILDING COMMUNITY TOGETHER    22 July, 2016

Building Community Together is an initiative to help people in West Berkshire help each other.

 

It aims to make our communities stronger, and less reliant on council services whilst still getting the things they need to thrive.

 

To support such initiatives, West Berkshire Council has established the “Building Community Together Fund” which will be available over the next two years and will close in November 2017. Local community groups can bid for funds from this pot to help them take responsibility for providing projects and services in their communities to meet local needs.

 

For more information and examples of current initiatives visit Building Community Together

 

If you have an idea as to how this initiative could benefit Wokefield, please contact the parish council via the Parish Clerk:  clerk@wokefield-pc.org.uk

 

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   Police and Crime Commissioner survey - seeking views on policing and crime    13 July, 2016

The Police and Crime Commissioner for the Thames Valley would like your views on policing and crime.

This Summer, the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner is seeking views from the residents of Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire on policing and crime.  This feedback will help inform the Police and Crime Plan which sets the priorities for Thames Valley Police for the next 5 years.

What concerns you about policing in your area?  What would you like Thames Valley Police to prioritise with regards to crime?  Have you been a victim of crime and would like to feedback your experience? 

To give your views, you can complete a short online survey at www.thamesvalley-pcc.gov.uk/survey.  It should take no more than 10 minutes to complete and will be open until Friday 30th September 2016.

If you would like a copy of the survey posted to you, please contact the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner on 01865 846780

 

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   Pightle's Street Party celebrating Queen's 90th birthday    6 July, 2016

Follow this link to see a photo of the Pightle’s street party celebrating Her Majesty the

Queen's 90th birthday

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   Parish Audit Report for Year to March 2015    19 February, 2016

This latest audit report is filed as a series of pages which can be found here:

March 2015 Parish Audit

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   West Berks Cycle Working Group    12 December, 2015

The popularity of cycling is ever increasing and West Berks wants to see this growth in cycling within our District.  That’s why they’ve set up a working group, to identify which barriers are preventing cycling from becoming more popular for all residents and visitors for all journey purposes including commuting, recreational and health purposes.

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   Street light not on? Tell West Berkshire something's wrong.    28 September, 2015

Date: 16 September 2015

 

Street light not on? Tell us something's wrong.

 

As the evenings get darker residents across West Berkshire who notice faulty streetlights are being encouraged to go online and let the council know.

During the autumn and winter more people spot faulty lights and report them to the council so they can be repaired. Last September the council received 119 reports and by the peak in January we were told about 238 broken street lights during the month.

Residents who spot faulty lights can report them to the council online quickly and at a time convenient to them by visiting our Report a Problem page. The form is easy to complete and mobile-friendly so that people can also do it from tablets and smartphones.

The form allows users to select the streetlight on a map but those who choose not to should provide a detailed description of the location to allow the broken light to be quickly identified and repaired.

You can easily report a number of problems by visiting www.westberks.gov.uk/reportaproblem

 

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   HUNT FOR SEWAGE PUMP STATION OWNERS    30 July, 2015

HUNT FOR SEWAGE PUMP STATION OWNERS

Thames Water is appealing to customers to help identify privately owned sewage pumping stations

The utility, which serves 15 million customers across London and the Thames Valley, will take responsibility for around 4,000 pumping in October 2016, but needs to track down 1,800 currently off its radar.

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   Avoiding Scams    30 July, 2015

Please follow the link below for advice from Chartered Trading Standards Institute on avoiding scammers

http://www.wokefield-pc.org.uk/userfiles/files/Document%20Archive/Public/POSTERS/poster.jpg

 

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   Thames Valley Police Launch Camapaign to prevent garden theft    13 April, 2015

Thames Valley Police have launched a campaign to prevent garden theft. Follow the the following link to view their poster.Garden Security

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   Ramblers project to record undocumented footpaths    28 January, 2015

Attached is a letter from the West Berks Group of the Ramblers introducing a project to ensure undocumented historic rights of way are added to Ordnance Maps maps.

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   Neighbours asked to help in the crackdown on doorstep crime    5 November, 2014

Neighbours asked to help in the crackdown on doorstep crime

Local people are being asked to look out for their neighbours to help crackdown on doorstep crime as part of a national campaign 'Good neighbours stop rogue traders'

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   Wokefield seeks Village Agent    21 October, 2014

The West Berkshire Village Agent project aims to put older and / or socially isolated residents in direct contact with community, voluntary and statutory agencies that offer help and advice, and to assist them in engaging in local activities.

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   Good Neighbours Stop Rogue Traders    21 October, 2014

Are you a good neighbour? Do you want to protect vulnerable residents from rogue traders?

Follow the link below for advice on how to deal with unwanted doorstep callers either at your own home or that of a vulnerable neighbour

/userfiles/files/Document%20Archive/Public/Useful%20Information/Rogue%20Traders.pdf

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   Community Trigger to handle Anti-Social Behaviour in West Berkshire    9 October, 2014

Community Trigger  Launched across West Berkshire

The Community Safety Partnership, including West Berkshire Council and Thames Valley Police are working together to introduce Community Trigger as part of the Anti-Social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014.

The Community Trigger which comes into effect on 20th October 2014, is intended to enable victims of persistent anti-social behaviour to request a review of their case, and brings agencies together to take a joined up, problem-solving approach to find a solution.

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   Grazeley Green Team reaches Old Bell    4 May, 2014

After a year's effort, the Grazeley Green team achieved one of its objectives last Sunday. Namely to clear the verge between the Pightle and the Old Bell in Goring Lane to provide a safer pedestrian route to the pub and clear lines of sight around the bend by the pub.

 

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   VACANCY FOR A PARISH COUNCILLOR    30 November, -0001

 

VACANCY FOR A COUNCILLOR

There is a vacancy on the above Council caused by the resignation of Councillor V. Jerrom.

 

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