West Berkshire Council


  • A public consultation has been launched on the wider roll-out of superfast broadband, which should see the service reach more than 95% of Berkshire by the end of 2017.
    03:56pm - 19 Sep 14
  • Keith Chopping has been appointed West Berkshire Executive Councillor for adult social care, following the decision of Joe Mooney to stand down from 1 October 2014.
    09:45am - 19 Sep 14
  • The first phase of West Berkshire Council's scheme to resurface a stretch of Newbury's Western Avenue and Oxford Road roundabout by the Waitrose supermarket will start on Monday 29 September.
    11:56am - 18 Sep 14
  • As part of a consortium of Councils and the National Energy Foundation, West Berkshire Council has launched Green Deal Together, a Community Interest Company. Green Deal Together is a local Green Deal Provider offering energy saving advice to householders and support to help local people plan ahead and keep a lid on rising energy costs.
    04:44pm - 17 Sep 14
  • West Berkshire Council has launched its 'Green Bag' scheme. The initiative from the Public Health and Wellbeing team is designed to promote physical activity, and encourage the use of green spaces, by providing sports equipment for free hire.
    01:00pm - 17 Sep 14
  • Building on the success of the car seat check event in June, West Berkshire Council's Traffic and Road Safety Team is once again offering parents the opportunity to get their child's car seats checked for FREE.
    03:36pm - 16 Sep 14
  • KPMG, the council's external auditors, have given an unqualified opinion on the authority's financial statement of accounts for the year ended 31 March 2014.
    01:41pm - 12 Sep 14
  • Newbury and District Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), Empowering West Berkshire and West Berkshire Council will be joining forces to provide health information and advice at the Royal County of Berkshire Show on Saturday and Sunday 20th and 21st September.
    01:42pm - 11 Sep 14
  • Ofsted inspectors have found Little Heath School, Tilehurst, to be good in all four categories of their inspection, as well as in their overall assessment.
    01:13pm - 11 Sep 14
  • To tie in with the commemorations of World War I, Newbury Library currently has two stands dedicated to books depicting the First World War.
    11:54am - 10 Sep 14
  • On the 8th September 2014 at Reading Magistrates Court Jamie Warren and Aaron Howe who traded as Bright Sparks Electrical each pleaded guilty to two offences under the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008.
    10:52am - 10 Sep 14
  • All infants at West Berkshire Council schools were offered free school meals at lunchtime this week, in line with new government requirements.
    02:53pm - 5 Sep 14
  • Residents can now recycle aerosol cans in their kerbside recycling collection following an expansion of the service offered by West Berkshire Council and their contractor Veolia.
    01:14pm - 5 Sep 14
  • Work on a flood alleviation scheme in Shaw, Newbury is now complete.
    12:58pm - 5 Sep 14
  • Local Newbury librarian Jacqueline Cooper who works for West Berkshire Council's library service has been named Public Librarian of the Year, a national award made by the Public and Mobile Libraries Group (PMLG) of CILIP, the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals.
    02:26pm - 29 Aug 14
  • Customers contacted as private contractor cuts meals service.
    02:08pm - 29 Aug 14
  • West Berkshire Council's Public Health and Well-Being team is currently offering range of initiatives to help get West Berkshire healthy and active.
    01:07pm - 29 Aug 14
  • All infants at West Berkshire Council schools will be offered free school meals at lunchtime from the beginning of next term, in line with new government requirements.
    03:00pm - 27 Aug 14
  • A review of West Berkshire Council has said the organisation is too modest and does not shout loudly enough about its successes.
    02:37pm - 27 Aug 14
  • West Berkshire Council has been listed as one of the 51 best performing authorities in the country for the government's 'Troubled Families Programme'.
    11:24am - 27 Aug 14
  • Provisional results received from schools show the percentage of West Berkshire students achieving 5A*-C including English and maths is at an all time high, at 65.3%.
    10:47am - 26 Aug 14
  • On the 24 July 2014 at Newbury Magistrates Court Thames Water Utilities Ltd pleaded guilty to two offences under the New Roads and Street Works Act 1991. The prosecution, the first of its kind in West Berkshire, followed an investigation by the West Berkshire Council's Highways and Transport Service in partnership with Trading Standards.
    10:49am - 31 Jul 14
  • The West Berks Mini World Cup was organised by West Berkshire Council's Public Health and Well-being team and provided a fun day for girls, and boys, to try football related activities.
    12:18pm - 30 Jul 14
  • Newbury Visitor Information Centre (VIC) is now hiring out bicycles to give residents and visitors to the area a fantastic way to get out and about.
    12:02pm - 30 Jul 14
  • West Berkshire Council's Arts & Leisure Service, working in partnership with the Youth Offending Team (YOT) and Youth Support Team (YST), has secured £20,000 investment from Artswork, the South East Bridge organisation dedicated to ensuring young people have access to high quality arts opportunities.
    01:55pm - 16 Jul 14
  • Over the summer, all West Berkshire residents will receive a letter through the post telling them about the biggest change to the electoral registration system in nearly 100 years. West Berkshire's Electoral Registration Officer will write to 66,000 households in West Berkshire. The letter will explain that a new, more secure, system of Individual Electoral Registration is being introduced to replace the old Victorian system where the "head of household" registered everyone living in a property. Now, each individual will be responsible for registering themselves.
    11:58am - 16 Jul 14
  • Shaw House in Newbury is holding its popular Summer Fair this Sunday 20 July between 11am and 4pm, entry is £1 per adult, children 16 and under free. The Fair boasts 40 stalls including jewellery, crafts, sand pictures, shabby chic furniture, photography, henna body art, garden accessories, children's activities, a bouncy castle, go karts and a tea cup ride. There will also be an array of tents on display from the fun and funky Boutique Camping.
    11:47am - 16 Jul 14
  • A series of four guided historic walks around Newbury is set to begin this Sunday 20 July at 11.30am. Starting from outside the Visitor Information Centre, David Peacock, author of The Story of Newbury, will guide a walk along Northbrook Street to the Clock Tower to talk about Newbury during the coaching era.
    11:29am - 16 Jul 14
  • Following its recent inspection of The Reintegration Service in West Berkshire, Ofsted has judged the school to be good in all four of its key categories. The report states that the service, which incorporates The Oaks, Kingfisher, The Key, Home Education and an outreach team, is successful in its main aim of getting students who are out of school back into mainstream education.
    11:17am - 9 Jul 14
  • Newbury Visitor Information Centre has once again come up trumps with its 'Summer Action Packs' for 2014. The action pack includes leaflets and offers from local attractions to visit and the fantastic list of '101 Things to Do in West Berkshire this Summer'.
    10:38am - 9 Jul 14
  • Over the past few weeks Newbury Library has been displaying an exhibition of 'Pictures in Stitch'. These fabric pictures were created from initial drawings by people who took part in textile workshops led by artist Wendy Lloyd from Open Studios. These workshops ran during LibraryFest 2014 funded by Arts Council England.
    11:32am - 3 Jul 14
  • Each year West Berkshire Libraries Summer Reading Challenge uses a new theme to inject fun and creativity into reading. The 2014 Challenge is no different and invites children to explore its 'Mythical Maze' and meet a whole host of legendary characters, including Medusa, unicorns, Nessie and dragons.
    11:23am - 3 Jul 14
  • West Berkshire's first ever Service Children's Day was held at Ufton Court, Reading on Wednesday 18 June. It was hosted by the Council's Children's Services Department and was considered a huge success.
    02:44pm - 25 Jun 14
  • This Saturday the Love Food Roadshow will be visiting Sainsbury's in Calcot, to show West Berkshire residents how to save money and make the most of their food.
    01:05pm - 18 Jun 14
  • Three families are celebrating after winning real nappy vouchers worth a total of £200 from a Real Nappy Week prize draw run by West Berkshire Council and Veolia.
    02:54pm - 5 Jun 14
  • Reluctant readers have just completed the Six Book Challenge run by West Berkshire Libraries in partnership with Newbury College.
    12:50pm - 22 May 14
  • West Berkshire Council has been successful in its recent bid to Defra for flood defence funding.
    12:09pm - 22 May 14
  • From the 17 until 31 May, Feelgood Fortnight is being held to give West Berkshire residents the chance to try a variety of different sports, health-related activities and therapies for free or at low cost.
    01:34pm - 14 May 14
  • 'Wish You Were Here?' was a project run by West Berkshire Libraries and Arts and Leisure Services as part of LibraryFest 2014.
    12:15pm - 13 May 14
  • West Berkshire Libraries are now subscribing to four fantastic new online resources.
    01:09pm - 7 May 14
  • West Berkshire Council's Public Health and Wellbeing Team will be aiming to get West Berkshire residents walking during The Ramblers 'Get Walking Week' from 3 - 10 May.
    01:52pm - 30 Apr 14
  • West Berkshire Council is in the process of preparing a Housing Site Allocations Development Plan which will include the allocation of sites for gypsies, travellers and travelling showpeople.
    01:44pm - 30 Apr 14
  • Newbury Library was buzzing on Wednesday evening when a series of events took place to round off LibraryFest 2014, a seven week celebration of arts activities and performances in Newbury, Hungerford and Theale libraries.
    01:39pm - 30 Apr 14
  • West Berkshire Council is offering a 'Get Cycling' course for adults who want to get on their bikes around the district.
    01:45pm - 23 Apr 14
  • West Berkshire Council is supporting the National Network of Children in Employment and Entertainment (NNCEE) 'Child Employment Month' 2014.
    11:07am - 26 Mar 14
  • As part of English Tourism Week Newbury Visitor Information Centre (VIC) is focusing on local food and drink producers to show West Berkshire residents what a fantastic array of products are available on their doorstep.
    01:48pm - 25 Mar 14
  • Gritting on Primary Routes at 19:00 on 25 March 2014 at a rate of 10g/sqm
    12:57pm - 25 Mar 14
  • Gritting on Primary Routes at 19:00 on 23 March 2014 at a rate of 10g/sqm
    01:50pm - 23 Mar 14
  • World Book Day (Thursday 6 March) marked the start of West Berkshire's LibraryFest.
    02:48pm - 11 Mar 14
  • Robert Sandilands Primary School was inspected by Ofsted last month and has been graded as 'requires improvement'.
    02:39pm - 11 Mar 14
  • Figures recently published by the Department for Education (DfE) show a continued increase in offers of a place in education or training made to young people resident in West Berkshire at 95.8% compared to a South East average of 91% and an England average of 92.1%.
    01:12pm - 6 Mar 14
  • Members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community presented the Chairman of West Berkshire Council, Keith Chopping, with a cheque for his chosen charity, Children with Cancer UK, on Monday.
    12:40pm - 6 Mar 14
  • Last night, West Berkshire Council set its budget for the coming financial year, which includes a council tax freeze for local residents.
    01:43pm - 5 Mar 14
  • Gritting on Primary Routes at 19:00 on 04 March 2014 at a rate of 10g/sqm
    12:37pm - 4 Mar 14
  • Hungerford Primary School was inspected by Ofsted last month and has been graded as needing some improvement.
    11:12am - 4 Mar 14
  • Following an investigation by West Berkshire Council's Trading Standards Service (Trading Standards), internet seller, Elifestore Ltd of Unit 2, Chancery Gate Business Centre, St Mary's Road, Langley, Berkshire, pleaded guilty to two offences under the Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations 1994 and two offences under the General Product Safety Regulations 2005. Elifestore Ltd entered guilty pleas to the above offences at Reading Magistrates Court on the 27th February 2014.
    10:48am - 4 Mar 14
  • Library Fest 2014 is a great way to discover that libraries aren't just about books.
    02:56pm - 27 Feb 14
  • Three Olympians were at Northcroft Leisure Centre, Newbury last week to celebrate the official opening of the great new Changing Village.
    12:15pm - 25 Feb 14
  • 9.30am - 5pm every Thursday and Saturday from Thursday 20 February-Saturday 29 March at a 'Pop Up' Shop, Kennet Centre, Newbury (opposite Debenhams)
    12:11pm - 25 Feb 14
  • Six West Berkshire Young Carers aged 10-15, will be performing plays they have worked on as part of a project with the Watermill Theatre at West Berkshire's upcoming LibraryFest which will run from March 6 to April 23.
    02:23pm - 13 Feb 14
  • West Berkshire Council is asking road users to observe road closures which have been put in place due to flooding and NOT to go through them.
    04:35pm - 8 Jan 14
  • Blogs

    The Chief Executive's Blog
    Latest post: Flooding - April 2014
    Choose Digital
    Latest post: Launching Our Site
    We launched our new site on the 19 May 2014, with the timely help of our newest team member, Lizzie Roe.
    Caring for Children and Families
    Latest post: Ofsted Inspections
    Ofsted Inspections of services for children in need of help and protection, children looked after and care leavers
    Planning Policy News
    Latest post: Consultation on Policies for Housing in the Countryside (Preferred Options)
    Safer West Berkshire
    Latest post: Do you know what field parties are?
    Are you aware that field parties are being organised via social networks in Newbury? Do you know if one is happening near you, or anyone you know is organising or attending one?
    A4 Calcot Widening Project Blog
    Latest post: A4 Calcot Works Update - Week Commencing 15 September 2014


    Consultation on Policies for Housing in the Countryside
    Part of the Housing Site Allocations Development Plan Document (DPD) Preferred Options
    Start: 19/9/2014
    End: 31/10/2014
    Results: 31/12/2014
    Proposed Amendments to the Housing Allocations Policy
    Proposed amendments following the publication of new government guidance.
    Start: 1/9/2014
    End: 24/10/2014
    Results: 28/1/2015
    Planning Obligations Supplementary Planning Document (SPD)
    Developer contributions from new development
    Start: 25/7/2014
    End: 12/9/2014
    Results: 31/12/2014

    Who To Contact

    Contact details for West Berkshire Council's Public Relations Team

    (01635) 519125