Parish Meeting, Parish Council
Chairman's Report for 2023 can be found here.
A List of Councillors and the Archive of Minutes and
agendas of meetings can be found here.
Also, the register of Councillor's interests,
Council financial reports, Code of Conduct, and application forms
for village group grants are available here
Inkpen Parish Council Meetings:
The Parish Council meeting of the 27th November has been cancelled.
Planning meetings are arranged to meet target dates set by West
Berkshire Council. Council meetings are all advertised on the
village notice boards and the Agenda and Draft Minutes placed on
this official Parish website. Gloria Keene, Clerk to Inkpen Parish
Council Mobile 07704 718475 Email:
Inkpen Parish Council
|20th Nov 2023
11th Oct 2023
met on 11th October at St
Michael’s Church parish room, by kind permission of the
Churchwarden, - those present were: Councillor Bates, Chairman,
Councillors Corne (Chairman of Planning), Durham, Lester and Thomas.
The Ward Member, Councillor Vickers was also present.
Parish Council Report
issued by our ward members is available
Inkpen Annual Parish Meeting:
The Inkpen Annual Parish Meeting was held on Tuesday 25th April 2023
– this is an annual meeting as advertised on the notice boards and
website, when Councillors meet residents in the Parish to review the
activities over the past year and respond to questions. A copy of
the reports on activities of the Parish Council and the Inkpen
Memorial Playing Field Trust, for which the Parish Council is both
the Corporate and Custodian Trustees, are placed on this website for
reference following the meeting.
Speeding and changes in the Highway Code:
Speeding continues to be a problem in all rural areas including
Inkpen. WBC will be carrying out some monitoring in Inkpen
shortly. Please keep your speed down and be alert to the wildlife,
dog walkers, children going to school, older residents, ramblers and
horses that are also using the road.
Planning Applications considered by Councillors:
23/02242 Meadowbank, Lower Green: demolition of existing outbuilding
to the side of the house and the construction of single storey
extension with a garden wall elevation forming the proposed roadside
elevation to the extension. Introduction of dormer windows to
existing attic rooms.
Planning applications for consideration are:
23/02373 Land West of Ivy House, Post Office Rd. to erect an
agricultural barn with solar array for storage of agricultural
machinery and materials. 23/02324 The Briars, Heads Lane; Front
single storey extension, rear two storey extension, internal
Planning decisions confirmed by West Berkshire Council:
23/01874/COND Foxglove Farm, Great Common, Inkpen: Application for
approval of details reserved by condition 7 (Waste storage and
disposal) of approved
12/02092/FUL – New all-purpose barn. Withdrawn.
23/00883- 6 Ingles Edge, Inkpen: Construction of rear single storey
extension and formation of rear dormer. Granted.
23/01475 Ivy House: Demolish existing single storey side extension.
Propose ground floor rear/side extension, first floor side extension
and internal alterations. Granted - with conditions to minimise
impacts on biodiversity and protected species ie Habitats &
Species Regulations 2010
23/01980/COND Walbury Cottage: Conditions approved SUDS;
23/00369/FUL Landscaping Plan of planning application
Details of the above applications can be viewed on the West Berks.
Council website – the link is www.westberks.gov.uk
All planning applications can be viewed on the West Berkshire
Council website: www.westberks.gov.uk
Congratulations to all those litter heroes that spoke up on Facebook
last month – the parish and the village are grateful for all the
litter that you pick up and remove from the lovely Inkpen
countryside. We need more ‘litter picking heroes’ to keep our roads
and streets free from the rubbish dropped by others. If you need
equipment for pick up, please let the parish clerk know. Fly tipping
is illegal and please report anyone dumping waste to West Berkshire
Council. If you spot a problem with litter in a public place please
report to: https://www.westberks.gov.uk/litter
More work is needed to clear the ditches on the roadside. If the
ditch borders your property, then you are the ‘riparian landowner’
who is responsible for the watercourse and drainage to channel water
and prevent flooding. There needs to be a clear passage for water to
flow and pass along without flooding. Please make sure the ditch is
clear and will not cause flooding to occur to you or your neighbour.
West Berkshire Local Plan Review 2022-2039 -delayed until 2024
The Council wrote to the Planning Inspector requesting additional
time to respond to preliminary questions about the Local Plan
review. Unlike many other councils, who delayed their Local Plans
pending proposed planning changes, by Government, West Berkshire
Council submitted the review for Examination. The Inspector has now
agreed to delay inspection until 2024. Watch this space. Let’s hope
they include solar panels next time, erected on public buildings and
car parks, to avoid using valuable agricultural land and green
Roadside hedgerows are the responsibility of the landowner and if
you have hedge bordering the roadside, please ensure that it does
not affect visibility for drivers and avoids reducing the narrow
road for passing cars. We value all our hedges and should avoid
cutting in the nesting season from March to August; please check
first if you have nesting birds.
Farming/Hedgerows and Climate Change
A new report will be launched in December highlighting the
importance of hedgerows in the countryside and their vital
contribution to the effects of climate change; a year-round habitat
for nesting and hibernation and an abundance of plant life, insects,
birds and other wildlife. Hedgerows are characteristic of Inkpen
ref. Inkpen Village Design Statement.
Flooding of Roadside Ditches
We are already experiencing areas of flooding in Inkpen where work
is needed to clear the ditches on the roadside. If the ditch borders
your property, you are the Riparian Ditch landowner’ who is
responsible for the watercourse and drainage, to channel water to
prevent flooding. The ditches must not be used for dumping rubbish
or fallen trees. Full details and a leaflet on Riparian ditches is
available are on the WBC website: www.westberks.gov.uk
Cost of living support for pensioners through Household
WBC is also £200k to four local charities to help pensioners
with the significantly rising costs of living. Available via the
Household Support Fund, which is provided by the Department for Work
and Pensions (DWP). his funding forms part of a bigger grant of
£694k received during the pandemic to support vulnerable households
most in need of help with rising living costs and free school meal
vouchers (with pensioners among those likely to be most affected,
some of the grant stipulates that money needs to be set aside
specifically for residents of pensionable age). www.westberks.gov.uk
Ash dieback is prevalent across most of West Berkshire. With
nearly 10,000 ash trees across the district, an annual summer survey
is carried out to monitor the Ash population and, where trees are
identified as needing work, this is then carried out. If you are
concerned about an Ash tree or group of trees, please contact WBC.
Rubbish, rubbish, rubbish.
Please help the Parish Council to keep the playing field free from
harmful litter and plastic waste. Every little helps to keep the
area clean and tidy for all to enjoy.
Conservation Area Appraisal:
The Parish Conservation Area appraisal was discussed at the Parish
Council meeting to update and identify special areas and those of
historic interest of the conservation area is required in
conjunction with the Inkpen History Group. This appraisal details
what makes an area special and will guide the character and
appearance of development in the area and inform the determination
of planning applications.
Bedwyn Trains Passenger Group:
The Paddington direct IET off-peak services are permanently being
axed from May and replaced by diesel shuttle services to Newbury. It
represents a significant downgrading of the train services from
Kintbury & Hungerford to possibly as few as two direct London
services a day and at other times the very real prospect of being
stranded at Newbury for an hour when the evening connection back
fails. If you use the local rail service and wish to know more,
please contact Steve Smith and be added to the email list:
Mobile Library Dates:
14th November 2023; 16th January 2024; 6th & 27th February 2024
and 19th March 2024. The mobile van stops at: Craven Rd. Inkpen
2.20-2.50pm and at Inkpen School at 3.05 – 4pm. Please visit the
library as we are lucky the service has continued to be supported by
West Berkshire Council.
Land Grabbing in Inkpen:
There have a few cases notified recently to the Parish Council where
residents seek to extend their garden curtilage into the Inkpen open
countryside/paddock land. Inkpen is located within the AONB and
conserving the open landscape and scenic beauty is of paramount
importance – any development needs to respect and enhance the
character and appearance of the area. All applications for extension
of the curtilage requires planning permission and must be referred
to West Berkshire Council. Any incidents of encroachment will be
notified to West Berkshire Council for investigation and
enforcement. Effective planning enforcement is important to maintain
public confidence and to ensure that we ‘enhance and conserve’ the
open aspect of the Inkpen countryside for the enjoyment of all
residents and visitors to the area.
The Royal Berkshire Fire & Rescue Service (rbfrs) has recently
updated its website (www.rbfrs.co.uk ) with fire safety content and
gives handy hints on what to do in an emergency situation – we all
hope it will never happen but if a fire starts in your home, you
need to know what to do – it could save your life ! Don’t
investigate the fire or try to tackle it; dont look for valuables,
jewellery, documents, photographs or whatever; only open the doors
you need to; crawl out if there is smoke – smoke is poisonous and
can kill and keep low where the air is cleaner. Call 999 and don’t
go back in leave it to the professional fire and rescue service.
Thames Valley Police
Thames Valley Police are keen for your help in reporting any areas
where you feel unsafe in the District. There is a new pilot service
called StreetSafe hosted via the Met Police website where issues can
be reported. StreetSafe is a service for anyone to anonymously tell
the police about public places where you have felt, or feel unsafe,
because of environmental factors e.g. vandalism and/or because of
certain behaviours e.g. being followed or verbally abused.
Please make reports via the following link: StreetSafe |
Metropolitan Police (see at the end the home page where is says: ‘No
– Continue to StreetSafe’) Please note that StreetSafe is not a
replacement for reporting crime or incidents this should still be
done via 101 or online.
Fly tipping has not ceased & is illegal: the trees in Folly Rd.
are covered by a Tree Protection Order and are in danger of disease
affecting the roots due to decomposing vegetation. Please help to
protect the environment by not fly-tipping and disposing of waste
responsibly. Fly-tipping is a serious criminal offence. Cases of
fly-tipping need to be reported to the local authority.
New Government Planning Policies:
New requirements have been set out by Government in the updated and
published NPPF 2021 (National Planning Policy Framework) and in the
new National Model Design Code documents, which sets out that new
development needs to reflect local character, as well as protecting
and enhancing the environment and mitigate climate change.
Improvements to biodiversity should also be integrated into design.
Development, which is not well designed or fails to reflect local
character/design is liable to be refused. Permission should be
refused for major development within the AONB other than in
exceptional circumstances. An important insertion is the
contribution that trees make to the character and quality of the
environment. For reference www.gov.uk
If anyone has issues with dog fights, dog fouling etc etc. the
Public Protection Partnership has arranged for the animal warden to
be contacted on 01635 519171 to discuss specific issues or problems
that you may have.
Gloria Keene - Clerk to Inkpen Parish Council. Mobile 07704 718475.
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.
If you can't attend the Inkpen training event, visit the St.
John's Ambulance website.
It is down to us to see how we can make a difference
individually and as a community.