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Planning Applications:
Planning Applications this month were:
21/00333 New Mill, Inkpen – retention of temporary access road for a further period until 31st December;
21/00164 New Mill, Inkpen – siting of 6 underground gas tanks and pipework, new internal access track and repositioning of tennis court etc;
21/00360/LBC Manor Farm – retention of unauthorised works, removal of external staircase and installation of internal staircase and other works.

Planning application for consideration are:
21/00632 Broadway Copse, Sadlers Rd.-conversion of stable buildings to single dwelling with associated alterations, removal of outdoor riding area;
21/00576 Chase End, Craven Rd. Inkpen – to construct a two-bay garage/workshop and home office.

Details of all planning applications are available to view on the West Berkshire Council website. The Parish Council is not a statutory consultee but is an advisory body to WBC as all final decisions rest with the local authority and reflect current planning policy.

Inkpen Traffic:
Please slow down when driving through Inkpen - as we move into the seasonal better weather there are walkers, riders, children on bikes and visiting ramblers on our narrow rural roads. If you need to report speeding please take the number plate of the vehicle and pass it on to our PCSO Joanna King who can be contacted on the Police Enquiry centre on 101

Grass Verges and stones on the highway:
Please keep the area free from obstacles. Normally the grass verge between a road and a property boundary, is Highway. The legislation is contained within the Highways Act 1980 for the removal of things deposited, which are nuisance i.e stones and other obstacles. If you place items on the grass verge and an accident occurs, you will be held responsible.

WBC - Environment Strategy Draft Delivery Plan:
This has been published to complement the Environment Strategy 2020-2030 – it lays out the framework to reach the challenge of carbon neutrality for the district by 2030. Please read and provide feedback via the online survey by 26th April 2021. See www.westberks.gov.uk/EnvironmentDP. You can all help to combat climate change by retaining hedges and planting trees.

Lateral Flow Tests
Lateral Flow Tests are available at Hungerford Rugby Club for community testing and offered to key workers, carers and tradespeople entering people’s houses on a regular basis, who do not have symptoms – if you have symptoms you should not visit the site but self-isolate - you cannot go outdoors and must stay at home for the required period. Please check the Inkpen village website for booking details for the tests.

Surviving to Thriving fund
Surviving to Thriving fund has been announced by West Berkshire Council and Greenham Trust to help charities and volunteer organisations carry out small, meaningful projects that can help to reduce the impact that Covid-19 has had on mental health and wellbeing in the district. The deadline for applications is 30 September 2021. http://info.westberks.gov.uk/survivingtothriving

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: streetcare@westberks.gov.uk. Use this email address to also notify of pot holes.

Inkpen Parish Council meetings:
Virtual meetings are advertised on the village notice boards and on this website in advance of the meeting. The next meeting is subject to councillor’s availability. Anyone wishing to submit comment for Councillors are requested to do so by 2pm on the day of the meeting. The draft minutes of all meetings are recorded on the Inkpen website.

All Councillors can be contacted via the Clerk, Gloria Keene, at parishclerk@inkpenvillage.co.uk. Alternatively, Cllr. Mark Bates can be emailed directly at mark.ipc@outlook.com and Cllr. Simon Hanna at simon.hanna@outlook.com.

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.

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