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Vacancy for a Councillor

1. There is a vacancy on the above Council caused by the resignation of Sarah Sinclai

2. A by-election to fill the vacancy will be held if within 14 days (not counting a Saturday or Sunday, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Good Friday or a Bank Holiday) from the date below ten electors for the ward/parish give notice in writing claiming such an election to the Returning Officer. However, due to the current situation, if a poll is requested, the poll will be postponed until the 6th May 2021 under the Coronavirus Act 2020 and the Local Government and Police and Crime Commissioner (Coronavirus) (Postponement of Elections and Referendums) (England and Wales) Regulations 2020.

3. The address of the Returning Officer is West Berkshire Council, Council Offices, Market Street, Newbury RG14 5LD.

4. If no such notice is given the Parish Council will fill the vacancy by co-option.



Helen Broughton, Locum Clerk for Purley on Thames Parish Council

Dated: 11th September 2020

Address: Purley on Thames Parish Council, Parish Office, Goosecroft Lane, off Beech Road, Purley on Thames RG8 8DR

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

Local Outbreak Control Plan published

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This week we published our Local Outbreak Control Plan setting out how we aim to prevent and control any local outbreaks of COVID-19.
This is a very important part of the next stage of the response to COVID-19 recognising that the virus will be with us until a vaccine and or better treatment is available
The Plan details the roles and responsibilities of prevention and management of COVID-19.
As part of the Plan, we’re urging residents to keep up to date with local news by following our social media channels and signing up to this newsletter. If you’re able to share this newsletter and encourage your friends and family to sign up to it, this will help to keep people safe in the event of a local outbreak.
Residents can also play a key part by self-isolating and booking a COVID-19 test if they are suffering symptoms.
Watch a video of what happens at a regional drive in test site such as the one at Newbury Showground.
See a summary of the plans, further information and FAQ’s.

Covid-19: local cases data

There have been seven cases of Covid-19 in West Berkshire this week (27th July to 2nd August).  
On our website you will find a dashboard providing more data for the district including the total number cases since 7 March and the number of cases in your area. 
Visit our website to view more data.

Thank you to our local heroes

Covid-19 Volunteers

The West Berkshire Community Support Hub would like to thank the 90 community and volunteer groups it has been working closely with to support residents during the coronavirus lockdown. The Community Support Hub has been linking individuals in need to the services available from these groups, who represent nearly 3,000 volunteers across the district.

Although shielding has come to an end our Community Support Hub is still working to support people in desperate need of help, and to support and consult with the wonderful volunteers and community action groups that are helping vulnerable people in their local areas.

Read our thank you to the volunteers here.

Supporting your recovery after Covid-19

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A new NHS ‘Your Covid Recovery’ website provides support for those recovering from Covid-19 at home, helping them to understand what has happened as a result of the virus, and what they might expect as part of their recovery.

Do you #ShopLocal?


We’re supporting our high streets by getting behind a new #ShopLocal campaign.

The new Government initiative, which launches on Monday, encourages people to pop out to their favourite greengrocer, bakery or florist, or any other local shop, to support these stores and see how businesses are safely welcoming customers back.

You can take part in the campaign by:

  1. Checking the guidelines and following #EnjoySummerSafely to help you find other ways to enjoy summer safely.
  1. Telling us about your visit/s on social media, using the hashtag #ShopLocal and tagging @WestBerkshire. 
  2. Tagging your local favourite shops and tell them about the campaign.

Throughout Covid-19 we’ve been supporting our local businesses, distributing business grants and providing advice and support to help businesses open. You can find more about our support for businesses online.

Covid-19 – Parish Council Offices and Amenities Update

Updated 4th July 2020

The Playground at Goosecroft and Bucknell’s Meadow are now open.

The Barn, and public WC at Goosecroft remain closed.

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.

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

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