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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Find information about community support and our services during the coronavirus pandemic, on our information for residents pages, our information for businesses pages, and our community support hub page which has guidance to help coordinate community organisations.

See a summary of our Local Outbreak Control Plan and read our frequently asked questions. 


  • Delays to repairs mean the lido cannot reopen this year
    11:44am - 10 Jul 20
  • The Strategy, which will be considered at Executive on the 16 July, sets out the priority areas the Council will focus on to help the community recover as quickly as possible from the effects of the Covid-19 outbreak.
    03:46pm - 9 Jul 20
  • Residents' views on the impact of Covid-19 on West Berkshire have been received and are being analysed.
    03:02pm - 9 Jul 20
  • The West Berkshire Lottery celebrates one year since its first draw and a £2,000 winner!
    03:57pm - 4 Jul 20
  • A unique way to invest with West Berkshire Council in a greener future
    01:52pm - 3 Jul 20
  • The number of Covid-19 cases in West Berkshire stands at 471, according to new data
    12:26pm - 3 Jul 20
  • Today we are publishing our Local Outbreak Control Plans for Covid-19.
    05:45pm - 30 Jun 20
  • A drive-through coronavirus testing facility has opened at the Newbury Showground in Newbury, as part of the Government's UK-wide drive to increase testing.
    05:31pm - 19 Jun 20
  • 03:48pm - 19 Jun 20
  • The Summer Reading Challenge is now on
    03:34pm - 15 Jun 20
  • West Berkshire Council has been awarded £124,000 from the Department for Transport to help us introduce pop-up and temporary interventions to create an environment that is safe for both walking and cycling.
    12:38pm - 10 Jun 20
  • West Berkshire Council have taken the decision to assist parents and carers during this time by offering the option to apply for a refund on fares paid for school transport for terms 5 and 6.
    07:54pm - 9 Jun 20
  • West Berkshire Council is to host a free webinar for town centre businesses.
    04:22pm - 4 Jun 20
  • Head teachers across West Berkshire covering all provisions have been working exceptionally hard in the background to fully understand the large volumes of guidance for the wider opening of schools that has been published by central government recently.
    08:17am - 2 Jun 20
  • Plan to create wild flower verges is underway
    10:54am - 1 Jun 20
  • West Berkshire businesses can access posters and advice to help them to re-open safely.
    03:27pm - 26 May 20
  • Paying for parking across West Berkshire to be reintroduced from Monday 1 June
    03:26pm - 26 May 20
  • Scheme is aimed at businesses affected by Covid-19
    11:11am - 22 May 20
  • Towards the end of the first day when both of West Berkshire's household waste recycling centres (HWRCs) reopened (Thursday 14 May), we want to thank all those who visited for playing their part and being patient with our staff.
    07:00pm - 14 May 20
  • West Berkshire Council's Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs) are set to reopen to allow residents the opportunity to dispose of waste and recycling that cannot be safely stored at home. This follows publication by the government of updated guidance indicating that visits to recycling centres can be considered essential under certain conditions.
    09:52pm - 12 May 20
  • A Coronavirus mobile testing site will be running from the Henwick Worthy Sports Ground in Thatcham for up to three days this week - starting on Friday 8 May.
    02:14pm - 7 May 20
  • West Berkshire Council is working to reopen its recycling centres as soon as arrangements can be made to do so safely.
    01:52pm - 7 May 20
  • Council pays tribute to dedicated staff across the district
    04:53pm - 6 May 20
  • West Berkshire Council has introduced virtual meetings to ensure it can continue to advance its plans, take decisions and provide scrutiny whilst maintaining social distancing.
    04:47pm - 6 May 20
  • West Berkshire Council is to receive additional funding following an announcement by the Secretary of State for Housing Communities and Local Government (MHCLG), Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP.
    10:53pm - 23 Apr 20
  • Advice Bot now live on West Berkshire Council website to handle popular Council related queries
    12:12pm - 22 Apr 20
  • Highwood Copse will not open until 2021 due to work being suspended due to coronavirus
    01:33pm - 15 Apr 20
  • We know its Easter weekend coming up and the weather looks to be lovely but this doesn't mean you can ignore the requests of staying at home.
    03:13pm - 11 Apr 20
  • West Berkshire Council has joined a task force established by Thames Valley Berkshire Local Enterprise Partnership (TVBLEP) to support businesses in Berkshire who are struggling with the impact of the Coronavirus.
    12:19pm - 8 Apr 20
  • Enborne C of E Primary School in Newbury has been shortlisted for the prestigious Pearson National Teaching Awards 2020.
    08:33am - 8 Apr 20
  • Partial refund on offer for fares paid on school transport
    05:23pm - 6 Apr 20
  • Emotional Health Academy Helpline for young people aged 11-18 has been set up during Coronavirus (Covid-19)
    02:03pm - 3 Apr 20
  • A number of businesses in West Berkshire will be receiving grant funding of between £10,000 and £25,000 from Monday 6 April.
    09:02am - 3 Apr 20
  • We have successfully accommodated 22 individuals into self-contained rooms.
    11:26am - 31 Mar 20
  • West Berkshire Council's Willows Edge Care Home in Newbury has been rated as 'Good' in all domains by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).
    11:06am - 27 Mar 20
  • The Council's waste collections may start earlier than normal to give them a chance to finish rounds.
    05:48pm - 26 Mar 20
  • West Berkshire businesses affected by COVID-19 can now access a wide range of support, following action from government and West Berkshire Council.
    10:46am - 24 Mar 20
  • West Berkshire is a very popular place to live with a limited supply of social and affordable rented properties.
    11:26am - 23 Mar 20
  • A partnership is bringing the community together to help those in need.
    03:39pm - 22 Mar 20
  • West Berkshire Council and local organisations are supporting rough sleepers
    04:45pm - 20 Mar 20
  • Updated advice from Government and NHS
    11:48am - 13 Mar 20
  • The award recognises, celebrates and builds on the work in school to support children, young people and the wider school community's health and wellbeing.
    08:26am - 18 Feb 20
  • Local good causes benefit from almost £8k in grants from the West Berkshire Lottery Community Fund
    03:17pm - 23 Jan 20
  • The winners of the 2019 West Berkshire Council's Community Champion Awards have been announced at an evening awards ceremony at Shaw House on Monday 13 January 2020.
    04:38pm - 14 Jan 20
  • West Berkshire delivers pioneering travel app for parents and young people
    03:56pm - 15 Nov 19
  • In a joint venture, West Berkshire Council have supported the development of pioneering smartphone app, RouteGuard
    01:23pm - 30 Oct 19
  • West Berkshire Council have supported the development of a pioneering smartphone app
    11:20am - 18 Sep 19
  • Blogs

    The South East Thatcham Flood Alleviation Scheme Blog
    Latest post: South East Thatcham FAS - COVID-19 Update
    A4 Hambridge Road and Lower Way Improvements
    Latest post: Traffic Signal Loop Installation
    Market Street Development and Wharf Bus Station Blog
    Latest post: Market Street development in progress
    Houses at Highfield Avenue demolished
    Health and Wellbeing in Schools Blog
    Latest post: Health and Wellbeing in Schools - update June 2020
    Planning Policy News
    Latest post: Local Development Scheme
    Digital Services Blog
    Latest post: Asking for help from our Community Hub
    A new digital service to help support residents during the coronavirus pandemic
    West Berkshire Health and Wellbeing Blog
    Latest post: Infection control matters


    Covid-19: Residents' Survey
    We'd like your views on the local social, economic and environmental impact of Covid-19 on our residents
    Start: 2020-05-22
    End: 2020-06-08
    Results: 2020-09-08
    Draft Housing Allocations Policy
    Have your say on our draft Housing Allocations Policy
    Start: 2020-03-17
    End: 2020-05-03
    Results: 2021-01-18
    Proposal to introduce a new Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) in Newbury Town Centre
    Have your say
    Start: 2020-02-24
    End: 2020-04-06
    Results: 2020-07-17
    Public Path Order: Extinguishment of public footpath Holybrook 6
    Have your say
    Start: 2020-01-13
    End: 2020-02-08
    Results: 2020-02-10
    Public Path Order: Extinguishment of public bridleway East Ilsley 18
    Have your say
    Start: 2020-01-13
    End: 2020-02-08
    Results: 2020-02-10
    Public Path Order: Extinguishment of public footpaths East Ilsley 31 and 35
    Have your say
    Start: 2020-01-13
    End: 2020-02-08
    Results: 2020-02-10

    Who To Contact

    Contact details for West Berkshire Council's Public Relations Team

    (01635) 519125