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Planning applications

Planning applications for consideration this month:
The Western Area Planning Committee will meet again by video conference to reconsider 20/01083 Quill Cottage, Craven Rd. replacement of bungalow to two storey dwelling.
Planning decisions by WBC: Chase End, Craven Rd.. Inkpen – New driveway, gates and walls – Planning permission granted.
All planning applications can be viewed on the West Berkshire Council website

Planning for the Future white paper consultation:
Robert Jenrick, the housing secretary, has announced proposed radical changes in the Planning system, with concentration at the ‘plan making’ stage and making better use of digital technology. Under the new proposals people will have far less opportunity to have their say at the application stage. The planning white paper states that consultation at the planning application stage will be streamlined´’ because it adds delay to the process and allows a small minority of voices to shape outcomes’. Please take the opportunity to have your say and protect the right to public involvement and the risk of inappropriate development in the countryside. The white paper can be downloaded:

Re-siting the Defibrillator:
The Parish defibrillator has a temporary fixing to the side of the tennis courts, pending its final resting place at the front entrance to the pavilion. The cabinet is without electrical power at the moment so the cabinet will not ‘glow’ at night but is fully operative and can be used, if required. For those who use the App ‘Save a Life’ the position of the defibrillator remains unchanged and as previously, the instruction is to call 999 and ask for the ambulance service who will provide the code to open the cabinet and take out the defibrillator.

Highway Improvements:
Road surface patching will start at Rooksnest Rd and Trapps Hill on 14th and 15th September, depending on weather conditions. Notices will be erected giving information on road closure and traffic control. Further information can be obtained from Council Customer Service Team on 01635 519080.
Patching of Kintbury Road, from the junction of  Folly Road/Post Office Road to the crossroads will start within 28 days. This will also cause a temporary road closure.

Great British September Clean 11- 27 September 2020:
Please join the campaign which was delayed this year due to Covid-19. Inkpen is a beautiful part of the AONB countryside so please help to clean up any litter left laying on the roadside and in public places. Your help will be appreciated. If you wish to organise a private clean up or give 15 mins or more to the campaign there are details on the Great British September Clean website

Fly tipping:
At the request of a resident who has picked up rubbish dumped on the roadside, please remember that fly tipping is illegal. If you see anyone fly tipping, please take the car registration number and report directly to West Berkshire Council. Streetcare will remove the dumped rubbish if it is on the roadside but if dumped on private land the landowner is responsible for the removal. Report to Streetcare: Use this email address to also notify of pot holes.

This Website:
This website contains the latest information on the deadly Coronavirus. Although residents may start to feel more confident, the virus has not gone away and more cases have been notified in West Berkshire. Please keep a 2 metre distance from others where possible.

Children’s Play Area:
The children’s play area has been re-opened in line with government advice, but please observe the guidance: the maximum users in the play area is 6; 1 family member to accompany 1 child; please retain 1m distance from others users e.g pushing swings; use hand sanitiser gel or wipes when using the equipment; when using the equipment do not touch the face; consumption of food and drink within play areas is not permitted; please use the bins provided or better still, take litter home. Above all ‘stay safe’ .

Environment Strategy 2020-2030:
This has been published by WBC setting out the objectives to combat climate change – to read or download a copy visit the website

Inkpen Parish Council meetings:
Inkpen Parish Council virtual meetings are advertised on the village notice boards and on this website in advance of the meeting. The next meeting has not been arranged due to Government advice not to hold public meetings and as always are subject to councillor’s availability.

All Councillors can be contacted via the Clerk, Gloria Keene, at Alternatively, Cllr. Mark Bates can be emailed directly at and Cllr. Simon Hanna at

The agendas and minutes of past council meetings, financial information, details of the council Code of Conduct, Register of Interests of councillors. Grant application forms etc. can be found here.

defibrillator awareness

If you can't attend the Inkpen training event, visit the St. John's Ambulance website.

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climate change

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