Hungerford Town Council

Notice of HTC Office Closure

The HTC Office will be closed for refurbishment from Tuesday 29th May 2018.  It should reopen on Monday 4th June 2018 subject to the works being completed on time but there may be some delay.  If you need to contact HTC during this time, please send an email or phone 01488 686195 and leave a message.  Emails and the answerphone will be continuously monitored.

Events for week beginning 21st May 2018

Tuesday 22nd May 7.00pm Recreation, Amenities & War Memorials Committee meeting in the Main Library Room

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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.

Hungerford 2036 - Shaping our future

Hungerford is launching an exciting project – Hungerford 2036 - to guide the way our town and its surrounding area will evolve.

The Hungerford 2036 Project Team  aims to identify how Hungerford wishes to develop over the next 20 years and document this vision in a Neighbourhood Development Plan which will:-

●        Conserve and enhance the town and countryside,

●        Identify and address challenges facing our area now and in the future,

●        Ensure our town and its surrounding area is a thriving, attractive and welcoming place to live, work and visit.

 

Hungerford 2036 will demand a lot of work from us all and will keep the Project Team busy for at least the next two years. Everyone will be kept informed throughout this time and will be encouraged to contribute their ideas and opinions at various stages. Engagement and help from residents living or working in all parts of the town and its surroundings is vital to the success of the project. Contributions will be welcomed from the entire community, from all backgrounds and age groups.

Once the Plan is ready a local referendum will be held and more than half of those who vote must choose “yes” for the Plan to be finalised. If all goes well, the Plan would then become part of the planning framework for our area. This means it must be used by the local Planning Authority (West Berks) when making decisions.

The Plan will also provide a clear summary of the community’s aspirations and priorities to guide the Town Council and other organisations’ decisions.

More information can be found for now on the Town Council’s website although a dedicated Hungerford 2036 website will be set up shortly. If you would like follow and be kept informed about progress on the project please email claire.barnes@hungerford-TC.gov.uk .

The Project Team is very much looking forward to working on this project and your suggestions, comments and questions will always be welcome - as well as your offers of help!

John Downe,

Chair of Hungerford 2036 Project Team

Hungerford in Bloom 2018

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Vacancy for a Councillor

Due to the resignation of a Councillor, we currently have a vacancy on the Town Council.  If you would be interested in applying for this role, please contact the Town Clerk on townclerk@hungerford-tc.gov.uk

Notice of Public Rights and Publication of Unaudited Annual Governance & Accountability Return for year ended 31 March 2018

Salisbury Road - Update

Back in April the outline planning for a housing development at Salisbury Road was passed by West Berks Council. Strong public feeling against this was expressed at Town Council meetings. Alternative options had been suggested by the Town Council that had less impact on the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The Town Council felt compelled to act. 

A call in to the Secretary of State about the application resulted in a delay to the period to challenge the application. Meanwhile WBC obtained official approval of their Development Plan Document, containing many of the issues that apply to the Salisbury Road site and HTC responded by challenging this as to not do so would have seriously compromised any case against Salisbury Road.

Having raised money through crowd funding and by contributing themselves, HTC got as far as the permission stage of a Judicial Review but then the case was dismissed by the judge as not strong enough.

The only possibility left was to challenge the planning application decision. However, after considerable thought the Town Council decided it couldn’t afford to go down the Judicial Review process again. Professional advice obtained also advised against this. The failure of the JR against the DPD would harm a challenge against the planning application and our chances of success were much lower than before. We would be up against an adopted DPD and the support of the town was waning.

On Tuesday 6th February we will meet with the developer Cala to hear about their plans. Entering dialogue may be our only chance to influence the design and layout etc. of the housing at Salisbury Road. 

Neigbourhood Watch Hungerford

Following a meeting led by Angela Money, Thames Valley 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

Police & Crime Summary

 

A summary version of the Police and Crime Plan of the Thames Valley 2017-2021 has now been published detailing the five strategic priorities for policing and crime for the next five years.  Please see attached document.Summary

Age UK Berkshire - Easy Shop

Easy Shop is a service provided by Age UK Berkshire in association with the leading supermarkets to give you regular and reliable supermarket shopping delivered to your home.  If you find it difficult to get to the shops, can't or don't want to shop on-line: whether you're older or a person with disabilities, Easy Shop is designed for you.  Please follow the attached link to Penny Post for more details about this helpful scheme:   
http://pennypost.org.uk/2017/12/easy-shop-shopping-made-simpler-berkshire-age-uk/
or contact Age UK Berkshire on 0118 959 4242 or 01635 522255, easyshop@ageukberkshire.org.uk, www.ageukberkshire.org.uk.

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

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.