Five planning applications were tabled for consideration:
- One was for the construction of an extension at ground floor level.
- One was for the temporary siting of a farm shop and office accommodation for a five year period.
- One was for the demolition of existing cattery buildings and construction of new buildings.
- One was for the change of use of land to garden.
- One was for the replacement of redundant buildings with secure storage.
Curridge Road Flooding Matters
The Parish Council received a report regarding flooding on the Curridge Road and an update on actions being considered to reduce/mitigate further instances of flooding. The Parish Council will continue to monitor progress and implementation of actions by West Berkshire Council.
The Highways Agency Notification:- Junctions 13 to 14: Bridge Maintenance Work
The Highways Agency will be carrying out essential bridge maintenance schemes to ensure the long-term integrity of the Welford Viaduct (between junctions 13 and 14) and the Junction 13 Chieveley Interchange. The schemes will be undertaken in two phases: In brief works will include waterproofing the Welford Viaduct and Chieveley Interchange, replacing central beams in the central reservation and resurfacing both the Chieveley interchange and Welford Viaduct.: Further information available at www.highways.gov.uk/m4chieveley, www.mychieveley.co.uk or from the Parish Clerk on request.
Chieveley Parish Annual Assembly
The Parish Annual Assembly will take place on 14 April 2015 at the Curridge W I Hall, Curridge RG18 9DZ. The evening will start at 8pm. All welcome.
Preliminary Budget 2015/16 discussion
The Parish Council commenced early discussions to identify the projects that may be required for the next financial year. The budget/precept for 2015/16 was considered at the meetings of the Parish Council in December 2014 and January 2015
Precept for 2015/16
The Parish Council agreed the 2015/16 Precept figure of £31,790. Band D property equivalent for Chieveley Parish of £28.40, which represents a £1.60 increase over last year to meet increasing costs for staff and administration.
Parish Council has two vacancies, one in Chieveley Ward and one in Curridge Ward due to councillors moving out of the area or work commitments overseas.
Spotlight… Chieveley and Curridge Ward
The Parish Council is looking to fill Chieveley vacancies by co-opting so we have a full Council representing the Parish. Serving as a Councillor on behalf of your Parish can be both rewarding and give a sense of achievement. Councillors have the opportunity to listen to the concerns of the local people, support the community by having a voice, influencing changes and protecting what the Parish values and treasures. If you feel you have some spare time and wish to be considered for the role please contact the Parish Clerk by email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01635 247507.
FAQ…of the month
Question – Who funds the Parish Council?
Answer – The Parish Council receives funding in the form of the precept collected by West Berkshire Council as part of the Council Tax. Each year the Parish Council agrees how much it needs to carry out its duties and to support awards to successful grant applications it has received.
The next meeting of the Parish Council will take place at 7.30pm on 10th February 2015 at the Chieveley Village Hall and Recreational Centre, High Street, Chieveley, Berkshire, RG20 8TE.