West Berkshire Council


  • Councillors will continue to have free and frank cross-party discussion about the district's policies on planning, following a meeting of the council last night.
    09:59am - Yesterday
  • A total of 4,472 people took part in the recent consultation on proposed sites for new housing in West Berkshire, making it the most successful planning consultation in the district ever run.
    09:43am - Yesterday
  • West Berkshire Council's Public Health and Wellbeing's Physical Activity Co-ordinator will be hosting a spooky walk on Halloween (Friday 31 October) at the Nature Discovery Centre in Thatcham.
    03:16pm - 29 Oct 14
  • Local people are being asked to look out for their neighbours to help crackdown on doorstep crime as part of a national campaign 'Good neighbours stop rogue traders'
    11:12am - 29 Oct 14
  • This year for the first time, parents and carers joined in with their own Summer Reading Challenge - called 'Grown-ups2!' - which was run at West Berkshire Council libraries.
    09:21am - 29 Oct 14
  • It is with sadness we have to announce that West Berkshire Councillor David Betts passed away at the weekend. He had been suffering from cancer.
    01:06pm - 28 Oct 14
  • A young person from West Berkshire who suffers from severe epileptic fits has received a prestigious climbing award.
    05:08pm - 17 Oct 14
  • The autumn round of apprentice recruitment has been launched by West Berkshire Council. The council works in partnership with West Berkshire Training Consortium to help apprentices achieve an Intermediate Apprenticeship award during their year in employment.
    09:43am - 15 Oct 14
  • Ten car parks in West Berkshire have been awarded the 'Park Mark' award this year for the second year running.
    10:18am - 13 Oct 14
  • EVENT Friday 10 October at the Lecture Hall, Newbury United Reformed Church, Cromwell Place, Newbury RG14 1AF between 10am and 2pm
    01:14pm - 9 Oct 14
  • Newbury Visitor Information Centre (VIC) is selling Christmas cards from Cards for Good Causes (CFGC) again this year.
    11:01am - 9 Oct 14
  • West Berkshire Council's new Community Champion Awards have been launched.
    10:40am - 9 Oct 14
  • West Berkshire Council has been officially recognised by Walking for Health and awarded national accreditation for its walking scheme. The accreditation endorses the quality of experience and support that walkers can expect when taking part in one of the scheme's 18 weekly and monthly walks.
    01:38pm - 8 Oct 14
  • In the first full week of the new academic year, Parsons Down Infant School in Thatcham has just been assessed under the brand-new Ofsted framework - for the youngest children, this was on their first day in school!
    10:54am - 7 Oct 14
  • West Berkshire Council's Public Health and Wellbeing Team are inviting sixth forms in the area to take part in a competition to design and create a sexual health awareness campaign aimed at 16-25 year olds.
    02:21pm - 23 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 27 October 2014


    Draft Health and Wellbeing Strategy
    Hosted by Healthwatch West Berkshire on behalf of the Health and Wellbeing Board
    Start: 31/10/2014
    End: 20/11/2014
    Results: 11/12/2014
    Draft Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA) follow up consultation.
    A Pharmacy needs assessment describes the local provision of pharmacy services and describes areas for development over the next 3 years.
    Start: 22/10/2014
    End: 16/12/2014
    Results: 30/4/2015
    Expressions of Interest for a New Primary School in Newbury
    West Berkshire Council is seeking Expressions of Interest to run a new primary school located in Newbury
    Start: 1/10/2014
    End: 12/11/2014
    Results: 29/5/2015

    Who To Contact

    Contact details for West Berkshire Council's Public Relations Team

    (01635) 519125