Hungerford Town Council

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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.  

Office opening hours are:

Monday - Closed.  

Tuesday - 10am-2pm.  

Wednesday - 10am-2pm.  

Thursday - Closed.  

Friday - 10am-2pm.

  • Town Council Office, Hungerford Town Council, The Library, Church Street, Hungerford RG17 0JG
  • Tel: 01488 686195
  • Email: admin@hungerford-tc.gov.uk 

Council elections take place on 2 May 2019

Elections are set to take place to elect councillors to the district council as well as town and parish councils.

The nomination process is now open and anyone wanting to stand for election either to West Berkshire Council or their local council has until 4pm on Wednesday 3 April to submit their nomination to the Returning Officer. West Berkshire Council has produced a guide to the elections which includes more information on the nomination process and eligibility criteria for potential candidates. This can be viewed online: www.westberks.gov.uk/elections2019. A list of candidates standing for election will be published online by 4pm on Thursday 4 April.

Candidates wishing to stand for election, please see the attached nomination pack.

Nomination pack
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SAVE THE DATE - Annual Town Meeting Wednesday 20th March 2019 7.00pm

TOWN MEETING WEDNESDAY 20th MARCH 2019 7PM:

Our town meeting will be held in the Town Hall, doors will open at 6.30pm for refreshments. We would really like to see more residents support this event. It is your annual meeting and your views are hugely important to us.  This is your opportunity to meet your councillors, share your ideas and let us know what you would like us to do.   We intend to invite representatives from other areas of the community to include West Berks Council, Town and Manor of Hungerford, Chamber of Commerce and our Neighbourhood Plan team, in order to showcase and celebrate all things Hungerford.  Also the Hungerford in Bloom Competition 2019 will be launched and entry forms will be available.

Hungerford 2036 Neighbourhood Development Plan Aims and Objectives

The draft vision, aims and objectives of the Hungerford 2036 Neighbourhood Plan are summarised in the attached document. They are based on the results of the community survey in July 2018, the Hungerford Town Plan (2013) and additional research by the project team.  Residents will have the opportunity to meet with the H2036 team who will have a display and stand at the annual Town Meeting and will be encouraging comments and feedback on these aims which will eventually form the policies of the NDP.  

 

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Annual Grants Award Scheme 2019 / 2020

Hungerford Town Council operates an annual grants scheme whereby grants are awarded to local organisations offering services to Hungerford residents.  Applications are now invited for this year's scheme.  Grants are usually awarded in May / June with an awards ceremony taking place in July.  HTC administers its grants scheme via The Good Exchange website and encourages all applications to be made directly on The Good Exchange website in order to be considered for matched funding. Simply copy and paste the link below to take you to the application page. 

https://thegoodexchange.com/what-is-the-good-exchange/for-applicant-organisations/

Another benefit of applying on line is that other funders will also be able to consider donating to your cause. If you are unable to make an application on-line we do have paper application forms available for collection from Hungerford Town Council office in the Library, Church St. 

Details of grants awarded for 2018/19 can be found on our Finance page.

Thank you

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We would like to say a very big thank you to everyone who made a contribution towards the cost of this year’s amazing Christmas lights display.  There were so many generous donations from local residents, businesses and organisations that it is difficult to write to everyone individually.  We have been so pleased that many residents and visitors have come forward to say how much they have enjoyed the display this year and your generosity has helped this to happen.  This was the first year that people were able to donate through The Good Exchange and this proved to be a great success.  We hope to continue with the excellent standard of the display which transforms the town in December 2019. 

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Hungerford Foodbank

The Hungerford Foodbank Centre is located at Hungerford Methodist Church in Bridge Street and is open on Wednesdays from 13.00-15.00.  Contact number is 07955 626621.

For details about the West Berks Foodbank visit https://westberks.foodbank.org.uk/

The Crisis Foodbank telephone number is 01635 760560.

If you would like to donate to the Foodbank, there are donation points in Hungerford at the churches, Tesco and Co-op.

The Foodbank website includes information about how you can volunteer. 

Hungerford Nursery School Centre for Children & Families report to Full Council meeting 7th January 2019


Report

Smarten up Hungerford

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West Berkshire Council Press Release: Removal of unwanted green bins

We have received the following press release from WBC:

West Berkshire Council will be arranging collection of unwanted green bins over the next few months. Residents who do not wish to subscribe to the garden waste service or use their green bin to recycle food waste can request a collection online to have their green bin removed from their property

We would encourage residents to use their green bin to recycle food waste or to use them for something other than garden waste. Some residents have chosen to use them for extra storage, or to convert them into a water butt, wormery or composter.

Request for a green bin to be collected at www.westberks.gov.uk/unwantedgreenbin

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.

Responsibilities

Hungerford Town Council works alongside West Berkshire District Council to provide a variety of local services.  Listed below is a summary of the responsibilities and services provided by HTC and WBC.

Hungerford Town Council is responsible for:

The Mayor of Hungerford

Planning (HTC is a statutory consultee on Planning Applications in Hungerford and although the Town Council’s comments will be considered, the final decision lies with West Berkshire Council)

Highways & Transport (HTC's Highways and Transport Committee lobby WBC for changes they see as required through their local knowledge of the town, but ultimately WBC are responsible.  In particular potholes, slips and trips on the footway should be reported directly to them through customerservices@westberks.gov.uk)

Allotments

St Saviour's Cemetery

The Croft Field Centre

Play Areas

Hungerford Youth & Community Centre

Triangle Field

CCTV

Defibrillators

Hungerford Library

Community Events

Bridge Street War Memorial

Public Toilets


West Berkshire District Council is responsible for:
Leisure, Parks and Countryside
For help relating to any of the above, please contact the WBC website on www.westberks.gov.uk


In addition to the above, the Town and Manor of Hungerford is a charity responsible for protecting the Commoners' rights and the lands and rivers of the Town and Manor.  Their areas of responsibility include:
The Town Hall
Local markets and other events
Hungerford Common, The Croft, Freeman's March, the John O'Gaunt Inn
For help relating to any of the above, please contact the Town and Manor website on www.hungerfordtownandmanor.co.uk