Parish Meeting Agenda for 2022 can be found here.
Parish Meeting, Parish Council
Chairman's Report for 2022 can be foundhere. Minutes of the meeting
Parish Council Report issued by our ward members is
Inkpen Annual Parish Meeting:
The Inkpen Annual Parish Meeting was held on Thursday 28th April
2022 – 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, for which the Parish Council is both the
Corporate and Custodian Trustees, are placed on the Inkpen website
for reference following the meeting.
Inkpen Annual Parish Council Meeting:
Inkpen Annual Parish Council Meeting was held on Thursday 19th May
2022. This is an annual meeting as advertised on the notice boards
and on this website. At this meeting, which is always held in May,
the position of Chairman must be the subject of an election every
year, even if the same person ends up being elected. It is helpful
to elect a Vice Chairman to chair meetings if the Chairman is
Those elected for 2022/2023 are:
Parish Council Chairman: Dr David Thomas;
Parish Council Vice Chairman: Councillor Claire Jones;
Planning sub-committee Chairman: Councillor Mark Bates;
Planning sub-committee Vice Chairman: Councillor Robert May.
It was noted that people need to be encouraged to get involved with
village life as it was disappointing that more residents did not
attend the Annual Parish meeting or the Annual Parish Council
meeting, especially as there will be Parish elections in 2023.
Various ways of communicating were discussed, and the Parish Council
will be evaluating all forms of media communication for the legal
notices, to include those without internet access.
Anyone interested in standing for election to the Parish Council in
2023 should contact the Parish Clerk.
Planning Applications for consideration were:
22/00973/House: The Glen, Craven Rd. Inkpen – new roof to existing
garage with conversion of roof space to home office;
22/00959/060 Kirby House, Inkpen – internal alterations and new
22/01192 Ivy House, Post Office Rd. – ground floor side extension,
first floor extension and internal alterations.
All planning details and reports can be found on the WBC website
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:
The mobile library will call at Inkpen on 7th and 28th June and will
be stopping at: Craven Rd from 2.20 to 2.50pm and at Inkpen School
at 3.05 to 4pm. The library service is being reviewed so please use
the service to show if you wish it to continue.
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.
Speeding and changes in the Highway Code:
Speeding continues to be a problem in all rural area as well as
Inkpen and WBC will be carrying out some monitoring in the Inkpen
area 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.
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.
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
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.
Inkpen Parish Council meetings: Inkpen Parish Council meetings are advertised on the village
notice boards and on this official village website in advance of the
meeting. The draft minutes of meetings are available on the website
The next Parish Council meeting will be held in the Inkpen pavilion
on Tuesday 21st June 2022 starting at 7.30pm depending on
Councillors availability. Gloria Keene - Clerk to Inkpen Parish
Council. Mobile 07704 718475. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.