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's team. Full Council meets every month and there are four 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.
Office opening hours are:
Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 10am - 2pm
Town Council Office, Hungerford Town Council, The Library, Church Street,
Hungerford RG17 0JG
Tel: 01488 686195
2021-2022 Meeting Dates
Latest Parish News
Pigeons in Hungerford
Hungerford Town Council recently instructed a contractor to carry out a cull to reduce the pigeon numbers in Hungerford. This was completed by a professional licensed contractor in line with the legal requirements of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. A cull is justified when there is a threat to public health and other non-lethal methods of control are found to be impractical or ineffective.
Surveys have been carried out by professional contractors
and numerous methods of non-lethal control have been used to try and reduce the
well-established pigeon colony. Unfortunately, the number of pigeons in
Hungerford continued to rise and many complaints were being received.
Why did we need to reduce the number of pigeons?
Risk to public health: Feral pigeons act as reservoirs for many micro-organisms and zoonotic organisms which can cause infections and allergic diseases. Pathogens can be transmitted to humans by excreta, secretions or dust meaning that direct contact with the bird is not required. Though risk of transmission to healthy humans is low, there is a greater risk of infection with immuno-supressed people
Accidents: Pedestrians slipping on surfaces/pavements covered in pigeon droppings.
Damage to buildings: The acidic nature of the droppings can cause brickwork and woodwork to deteriorate. Litter from the birds, either through dropping from nest and roosting sites falls onto roads, pavements, and buildings.
Distress to residents: Invasion of pigeons into homes, residents unable to open windows and noise of birds on roofs and windowsills.
Non-lethal steps taken to address the problem
Installation of netting, spikes and fire gel to buildings, roofs, ledges and signs to prevent pigeons settling to roost and breed in the centre of town. Many property owners have pigeon proofed their buildings and Network Rail has proofed under the railway bridge, but this control method just causes the population to move to another building or area of the town. We cannot enforce owners to pigeon proof their properties.
Reduction of food supply.Education of the local population not to feed the birds including press articles and signage. Street traders clearing up food waste as a condition of their license.
Daily cleaning of pavementsby West Berks Council Street cleaner.
Exploration of relocation of birds to a sanctuary
Consideration of the use of dovecotes
HTC Covid Community Champions
In place of the usual Freedom of the Town Award, HTC decided to do something a bit different this year, by asking residents to nominate their “Covid Community Champion”. This was to recognise someone they felt had gone the extra mile to support the community of Hungerford throughout the Covid pandemic. We were delighted that we received a number of nominations for individuals and groups within the town and we would like to thank those who took the time to send in their nominations.
All those who were nominated were invited to attend an event on Saturday 24th July at the Croft Field Centre where they were presented with an award. Mayor, Cllr Helen Simpson, addressed the gathering by saying “I am delighted to host the awards ceremony for the community-nominated Coronavirus champions. The pandemic definitely showcased how incredible our residents are and we are all here today to say thank you to the nominees and to celebrate your selfless acts of kindness and community support. I hope you are as proud of yourselves as the community is of your efforts. Huge congratulations to all of today’s awardees”.
Please see the attached document for details of all the champions.