Parish Meeting Agenda for 2021 can be found here.
Parish Council Report
issued by our ward members is
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21/00233/FUL was withdrawn; revised plans have now been granted by
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
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 www.gov.uk
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.
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.
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.