Hungerford Town Council

HUNGERFORD POST OFFICE - 6-7 High Street UPDATE

POST OFFICE IS NOW OPEN AT 6-7 HIGH STREET, HUNGERFORD

Hungerford Trade Showcase - Friday 13th October 2017

Businesses attended included:
Benchmark (designers and manufacturers of furniture) 
Berkshire Labels (who create a range of product labeling)
BK Grain Handling (who are specialists in grain handling and milling) 
CDK Global Ltd (who provide IT systems to have vehicles of all types are marketed, sold and serviced)
David Wilson Homes (builders of homes)
Kerridge Commercial Systems (Provide specialist software, services and support to deliver fully integrated trading and business management)
Richard Paget (Apple juicer)
Sulzer UK Ltd (which is a world leading manufacturer and supplier of products and services for liquid application and mixing technology)
Thermatek ( which designs and manufactures systems which protect cold stores against frost heave, condensation and ice around doors and thresholds)
Hungerford Care Home (care home for the elderly) 
Triteq Ltd (provide support for innovators in getting their product to market)
Compressor Products International (who provide operators with quality, precision engineered compressor components and lubrication systems)
Elysium Healthcare (who provide care for those affected by mental health issues)

Neigbourhood Watch Hungerford

Following a meeting led by Angela Money, Thames Valleyl Neighbourhood Watch Committee Member representing West Berkshire with Thames Valley Police, Mayor of Hungerford and Richard Benyon MP, local residents were encouraged to create a Neighbourhood Watch team in Hungerford.

The first priority is to find a Co-ordinator.  If you are interested, please fill out the attached form and send it to The Head of Coporate Communications, Thames Valley Police Headquarter - address on the bottom of the attached form

Application Form
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Welcome to Hungerford Town Council's Website

Our website aims to inform you about the activities of the Council and to invite your comments.

There are 15 volunteer Councillors who are supported by the Town Clerk, Deputy Clerk and RFO. Full Council meets every month and there are five main committees and the timetable for these is listed in the calendar. Town issues are actively debated and actions taken to try and make life better for the people of Hungerford.

If you have any concerns or issues please contact a Councillor, or contact the Town Council Office.

The Town Council office is situated in the new Library building with automatic doors and is next to Church Street Car Park which has disabled parking.

Next Council Meeting

Meeting of the Environment and Planning Committee on Monday 9th October 2017 at 7.00 pm in the Corn Exchange Complex, Hungerford.
Agenda

Judicial Review of Salisbury Road AONB Development

UPDATE - WEDNESDAY 27TH SEPTEMBER 2017

We have received an order from the Judge refusing HTC permission for Planning Statutory Review. This means that having reached permission stage of the JR we are unlikely to proceed any further. The Judge’s decision is to NOT allow the case to proceed to a full substantive hearing. If appropriate we can apply to renew the application to an oral hearing where our barrister can argue before a judge the reasons to grant permission. There would be further costs involved with this. This will be discussed at the Full Council meeting on Monday. 

Judge's Decision
Please see the attached document which outlines the Statement of Facts & Grounds which will be examined in the Judicial Review
Hungerford Town Council are looking to raise £25,000 to pay legal fees to go to court against the development of 100 houses on land at Salisbury Road which is within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Please follow the link for further information. http://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/salisburyroad
We would welcome your pledge to stop this development.
Hungerford Town Council voted to take West Berkshire Council to Judicial Review following many meetings attended by Councillors and member of the public. Please see attached the minutes of the meeting where this decision was voted on to proceed.Draft Minutes
To see all associated documents on the planning application please go to http://planning.westberks.gov.uk/rpp/index.asp?caseref=16/03061/OUTMAJ

Croft Field Garden Room Project

Hungerford Town Council are fundraising to finance a Garden Room at The Croft Field Activity Centre, to further improve the facility.  Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its community funding scheme, which sees  grants of £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000 – all raised from the 5p bag levy and Hungerford Town Council is in the running to receive any of these amounts depending on which project receives the most votes during the months of July and August.  
To help raise the funds needed please put your token in the relevant box at Tesco, Hungerford next time you shop.  For further information about the scheme please see Bags of Help website http://www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp

New Mayor

ImageHungerford Town Council have a new Mayor, Cllr Keith Knight who was elected in at the Full Council meeting on Tuesday 2nd May 2017.   Keith is replacing Cllr Martin Crane who has held the position as Mayor over 5 years since 2011.  Keith has been leading Friends of Hungerford Library to successfully negotiate  terms to keep the Library running with the valuable assistance of Cllr Helen Simpson who was voted as Deputy Mayor.

OUTREACH POST OFFICE

An Outreach Post Office is now up and running in the small room in the Library Building.  It will be open from 9.45am - 1.45pm on Tuesdays,  9.30am - 1.30pm on Wednesdays and 9.45am - 1.45pm on Fridays.

LAND SOUTH OF PRIORY ROAD - AMENDED PLANS

ImageThe major planning application has been submitted to West Berkshire Council for a development of 119 houses with a new access roundabout off Salisbury Road, South of the town, outside the town boundary on a greenfield site has been amended - please see details on letter attached

LAND SOUTH OF PRIORY ROAD

Approx 200 Hungerford residents attended a public meeting to voice their views on the planning application for 119 houses on land south of Priory Road.  The meeting confirmed that the majority of those attended strongly object to the planning application with the main reasons being that it is 100% greenfield and in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and alternative brownfield sites are available; the current road infrastructure is not adequate to accommodate the extra car journeys through the town;  lack of Primary School places;  pressure on an already stretched doctor's surgery as well as concerns voiced by residents adjoining the site regarding flooding.

After listening to the views of the residents, Hungerford Town Council put together their reasons of objection to West Berkshire Council which you can see attached.
HTC Objection Response

Hungerford Town Council's Response to Phase 2 of Budget Cuts

Hungerford Town Council agreed their response to West Berkshire Council's Phase 2 of budget proposals at a meeting held on Monday 29th February 2016.  The formal response was submitted to West Berkshire Council on Tuesday 1st March 2016 and can be viewed by clicking on the PDF.

HTC Response to WBC phase 2 Budget Proposals

West Berkshire Council's Preferred Options Housing Site Allocations - Development Plan Document - Hungerford Area

As part of its preferred Options and Housing Site’s Development Plan Document, West Berkshire Council is recommending that 100 dwellings are constructed south of the town off Salisbury Road.  However, Hungerford Town Council believes there is a better option with less impact.  The preferred Town Council option 'pepper-pots', or spreads the dwellings around the town with some at the rail station area, Smitham Bridge Road and Eddington.

Comments were due by 24th December 2015, and we hope that many of you have submitted your views to be considered.

Please find attached the response submitted by Hungerford Town Council

Hungerford Town Council's response

 

Please also find attached the report submitted by Ashburn Planning whose expertise in town planning is assisting Hungerford Town Council through this process.

Report by Ashburn Planning

Council Reports

Town Council Response to DPD Consultation

From Friday 25 July to Friday 12 September, West Berkshire Council is consulting on their Housing Site Allocations Preferred Options Development Plan Document.

The Preferred Options DPD includes West Berkshire Council's preferred housing sites for Hungerford. For more information on how you can get involved in the consultation process see this link. See the attached response from the Town Council.

Housing Report 2013

Report on the need for housing in Hungerford.

Strategic Housing Assessment

Map identifies sites for potential housing in Hungerford.

Hungerford Station Regeneration

This document has been prepared to provide a clear concept of the potential for improvements to Hungerford Railway Station area, which is the subject of a number of competing pressures for development.

Executive Summary Development Brief

This document is a non technical executive summary of the Hungerford Station Regeneration Development Brief which has been prepared by the Town Council.