Hungerford - Open for Business
Hungerford is prepared for reopening its shops on 15th June, with new safety measures being put in place along High Street and Bridge Street. We welcome back custom and encourage your support for our local traders through these challenging times.
The Town Council has been consulting with local retailers over concerns about social distancing in the town as business resumes. It is necessary to widen certain areas so pedestrians can pass each other safely and leave room for queuing on the pavement.
The following temporary changes will be implemented:
· A few parking spaces are being suspended. These being the 3-4 spaces outside Coffee1, the bus stop outside the Kebab shop and about half a space on Bridge Street.
· A series of signs will be erected, and social distancing markings will be sprayed on the footways to help pedestrians to keep 2m apart.
West Berks Council will be implementing these changes and attached is a plan of where the new signage and ground markings will be placed, along with the location of the suspended parking spaces.
Town Council volunteers will be on hand with a measuring wheel and tape if help is needed to mark-up areas outside shops for queuing.
A variety of posters available to businesses to help guide their customers around their shop safely, are being supplied free of charge. These are available to collect from Hungerford Town Council office on Fridays between 9am and 12 noon and on Mondays between 9.30am and 11.30am. If you cannot make these times please email email@example.com and we will arrange a drop off.
Whilst all the above should be in place for Monday we will continue to press for a reduction in the speed limit to 20mph of which many traders and residents have expressed support.Hungerford Signage and Ground Markings Plan
One central point of contact for all residents of Hungerford who have to endure periods of self-isolation is as follows:-
Please get in touch with local co-ordinator Geordie Taylor if;
What can a volunteer do for someone in isolation?
He will need the following basic details from you;
For their new Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/CommunitySupportHubGroup/Contacts for help or for those that wish to volunteer is: 01635 503579 firstname.lastname@example.org
Updates for residents including services and financial supportwww.westberks.gov.uk/coronavirus-residents:
Link to poster that you can display in your shops https://info.westberks.gov.uk/article/36919For businesses https://www.westberks.gov.uk/coronavirus-business Waste collections will continue, although WBC are now asking residents to ensure their bins are placed outside their property by 6am instead of 7am.
A refund will be given to those who have bought a farepayer seat on home to school transport for the two weeks from 23 March 2020 to 3April 2020. To qualify for this refund parents and carers will need to complete the dedicated refund form available online:
Keyworkers who require assistance with essential travel can contact us for help on 01635 551111.
WBC’s Emotional Health Academy has launched a helpline for young people 01635 503587.
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 to Friday 10am - 2pm
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.
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
For contacts for businesses in Hungerford, please follow the link to the Hungerford Chamber of Commerce website
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:
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 email@example.com)
Bridge Street War Memorial