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Annual Parish Meeting Agenda for 2021 can be found here.

Parish Council Report issued by our ward members is available here.

Planning Applications:
21/01484 Leyfield, Upper Green - replacement dwelling and associated works. Previous planning application
21/00233/FUL was withdrawn; revised plans have now been granted by WBC;
21/01745/FUL Walbury Cottage, Upper Green - removal of existing dwelling and garage. Erection of replacement dwelling and garage with associated parking turning, landscaping, private amenity space and access – Refused by WBC.
All planning details and reports can be found on the WBC website

Fly – tipping is illegal:
What is fly-tipping? It is the illegal deposit of any waste onto land which does not have licence to accept it & includes garden refuse, household waste, domestic items and more. Everyone has a duty to dispose of waste properly. The Parish Council has been advised that trees, covered by a Tree Protection Order, in Folly Rd. are in danger of disease affecting the roots due to decomposing vegetation, if nothing is done to prevent the fly tipping. Please help to protect the environment by not fly-tipping and disposing of waste responsibly. Fly-tipping is a serious criminal offence.

Inkpen Footpath Appeal:
On 28th August 2018 Inkpen Parish Council applied to West Berkshire Council for a Definitive Map Modification Order to record a public footpath over land at Inkpen Great Plantation, from Byway 47 to join public footpath 27 at the footbridge. An Appeal has now been lodged to the Planning Inspectorate against the decision taken by WBC to refuse the application. Many residents, who have regularly used this footpath, have made contact with the Planning Inspectorate to support the Appeal giving evidence of use of the route by the public. A decision is now awaited from the Planning Inspector.

Responsibilities for Riparian Ditches and flood risk:
Please can landowners make sure the ditch adjacent to your property on the road side is clear to accept the natural flow of water during the winter months. The water must not be diverted or obstructed in any way without the permission. Where the water course is sited between two or more properties, each owner is equally responsible. You may be held liable if your obstruction causes a flood to a neighbouring property.

Defibrillator Awareness:
Awaiting a date for the session to start: Please contact the Parish Clerk for a session on awareness in using the defib. at the Inkpen pavilion for a session to be organised in September. You can significantly increase someone’s chance of survival – it’s a life saving device located at the Inkpen pavilion, that can be used for both adults and children over 1 year old.

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

Speeding Vehicles:
All Parish Councils have been offered the opportunity to use the SID (Speed Indicator Device) which monitors the speed of passing traffic/vehicles. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer SID operator, please let the Parish Clerk (contact details below) know of your interest i.e Name, Address, Email, contact phone number. Volunteers will be offered on-line training by WBC and the equipment can be loaned and set up on those roads which have experienced passing fast vehicles. If you have incidents to record, please make the Parish Clerk aware.

Changes to the local bus services:
From Monday 31st August there will be some changes to the local bus services in West Berkshire- timetables for routes operating in Newbury and surrounding areas will change. Please check the WBC website or the bus operators.

Dog Warden:
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.

Inkpen Parish Council meetings:
These are advertised on the village notice boards and on the official village website in advance of the meeting.
The draft minutes of all meetings are recorded here.

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

It is down to us to see how we can make a difference individually and as a community.

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