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Covid-19 – latest West Berkshire Council Information

We’re working hard to continue delivering services throughout the Covid-19 pandemic and to support our residents – and in particular those who most need our help.

On our website you will find information about where to find support as well as details of any changes we’ve had to make to services.

You can also keep in touch with us online, and on FacebookTwitter and Instagram

Changes to national guidance

The government has set out its plan to return life to as near normal as we can, for as many people as we can, as quickly and fairly as possible in order to safeguard livelihoods, but in a way that is safe and continues to protect our NHS.The government has published staying safe outside your home for guidance on what the new rules will mean.The key advice is:Stay at home as much as you canWork from home if you canLimit contact with other peopleKeep your distance if you go out (2m where possible)Wash your hands regularlySelf-isolate if you or anyone in your household has symptomsFor more information on the Government advice and how to stay alert, read more here:

The key advice is:

  • Stay at home as much as you can
  • Work from home if you can
  • Limit contact with other people
  • Keep your distance if you go out (2m where possible)
  • Wash your hands regularly
  • Self-isolate if you or anyone in your household has symptoms

For more information on the Government advice and how to stay alert, read more here:

Recycling Centres to Reopen

Recycling Centres to open

West Berkshire Council’s Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs) are set to reopen to allow residents the opportunity to dispose of waste and recycling that cannot be safely stored at home. This follows publication by the government of updated guidance indicating that visits to recycling centres can be considered essential under certain conditions.

From Thursday 14 May both of our recycling centres, which are located at Newtown Road in Newbury and Padworth Lane, near Aldermaston, will be reopened. The sites were closed temporarily on 24 March following announcements by the government of lockdown restrictions. In order to manage demand, a booking system is in place and you will not be able to simply turn up at the recycling centres.

The booking system will be live on the morning of Wednesday 13 May and residents need to book their appointment here:

When the recycling centres reopen, and to stay within the government’s Covid-19 guidelines on essential travel, please remember that journeys to these sites during lockdown should only be made if waste cannot be stored any longer at home without causing a risk to your health and safety. The sites will be open seven days a week from 9:00am to 6:00pm, with the last booking appointment available at 4:30pm.

Working with Veolia, who are our waste contractors, precautionary measures will be introduced to help maintain social distancing on our sites for our residents and staff protection. We will also implement a robust traffic management plan which will help us minimise impacts of traffic congestion on the local road network and to control the number of visitors to the site at any one time.

Residents need to book an appointment and be prepared for the possibility of long queues. We are advising delaying a visit until things are a bit quieter in a few weeks’ time or to only visit if you cannot safely store waste at home for the next couple of weeks. Our kerbside waste collections for recycling, rubbish, the garden and food waste subscription scheme and chargeable kerbside bulky waste collection service is still operating normally and residents are advised to make use of them, wherever practicable, in the meantime.

Making your visit run smoothly

The experience of visiting our household recycling centres will be different and you should only visit the recycling centres if you cannot safely store your waste at home.

Please ensure you:

  • Have booked an available appointment online: – this will available from Wednesday 13 May in the morning.
  • Check online to see if all waste materials can still be taken to the site.
  • Check the site layout when loading waste into your car. Use these site maps to help you when packing your vehicle:
  • Check travel times and any restrictions in place. Please arrive at your allocated time that you have booked online and not any earlier. There may be delays accessing the site and possibly queues of waiting vehicles. Please bear with us as we work safely on the site to limit contact between people.
  • Have your permit, or ID and proof of West Berkshire address with you.
  • Have a copy of your booking confirmation with you – either a print out or on your phone.
  • Only bring what you can physically carry as we are operating a one person per car restriction – our staff cannot help with your waste when you are unloading your vehicle. Under exceptional circumstances only, and at the sole discretion of site staff, two people may be allowed to leave the vehicle to dispose of the waste e.g. if they are removing a heavy or bulky waste item.
  • Please follow the instructions that site staff will give you and also be polite to members of staff.
  • All residents visiting the site will need to observe the social distancing measures in place by keeping at least 2 metres apart at all times.
  • In line with Public Health England guidance, residents who are vulnerable, or who are showing symptoms which may indicate coronavirus, should not visit household recycling centres.

For more in-depth information, please read our FAQs


Covid-19 – Parish Council Offices and Amenities Update

The playground, Barn, and public WC at Goosecroft all remain closed, as does Bucknell’s Meadow.

The tennis courts at Goosecroft will be available for use from Friday 15th May, following government guidance regarding social distancing – access and specific guidance via Purley Tennis Club or Amenities Officer below.

Our allotments are open to allotment holders only. 

The Burial ground at Goosecroft is open.

Anyone visiting amenities must heed government guidelines on social distancing and handwashing.  

We regret that, due to Coronavirus (Covid-19), the Parish Council Office continues to be closed.

We continue to deal with parish business so, if you need to make contact, please click on the appropriate link below.

Parish Clerk
Assistant Clerk
Amenities Officer

Alternatively, you can leave a message on our answering machine – 0118 984 4507 – or put a letter in the box outside the office at Goosecroft.

Picture of Bill Ayling

Bill Ayling – a short tribute

Bill Ayling – a short tribute

Just last week we lost someone who had, over the years, become something of a village institution.

Bill Ayling was, in every sense, a gentleman. He was indeed a gentle, soft-spoken character, super polite and friendly to everyone, with a distinctive, well-modulated voice, well suited to his love of story-telling and narrating.

Bill served the village for many, many years – as a Parish Councillor, as a school governor, an active member of Purley Players and Silver Surfers, and in numerous other roles. He chaired a number of committees for the Council, and always gave considered, sage advice about village matters. Most recently, villagers would meet him representing the Council at the monthly Farmer’s Markets, giving out information to residents of Purley on Thames.

In his later years, he was a really keen player of bowls, and we understand, quite competitive but again, always sporting.

He will be missed by us all, and our sadness is expressed to his wife, Eileen, and his family. He will be long remembered.

The Barn

Community Support Groups

Community Support groups

The following groups are able to offer help for people who require assistance during the current crisis.

  • Purley Residents Support Committee
    call 07803 346552
    FaceBook – Purley Residents Support Committee
  • Reading Mutual Aid
    call 07380 248606 for help with prescriptions
    FaceBook – Reading Mutual Aid
  • The Purley Beeches Residents’ Association web site is temporarily being used to share useful information –
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