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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. 


  • West Berkshire placed into 'high' tier of restrictions
    01:10pm - 26 Nov 20
  • £2.3 million invested to provide best possible learning environment
    12:21pm - 26 Nov 20
  • Council tackles litter hotspot
    05:06pm - 24 Nov 20
  • Schemes will protect around 600 homes from risk of surface water flooding
    05:10pm - 23 Nov 20
  • Up to 60 new jobs could be created for under 25s through 'Kickstart' scheme
    04:20pm - 20 Nov 20
  • West Berkshire Council has been awarded £3.17 million from national Government to support businesses across the district that are not covered by other grant schemes or where additional funding is needed.
    10:42am - 20 Nov 20
  • Working to ensure our care home residents stay connected with loved ones
    11:26am - 19 Nov 20
  • Newbury's newest school is complete
    04:13pm - 17 Nov 20
  • A ground-breaking scheme to protect vulnerable children is being hailed a success
    05:07pm - 16 Nov 20
  • Christmas gift giving campaigns show people in need that others are thinking of them
    11:53am - 16 Nov 20
  • Additional grants will be available from today to local businesses who have had to close as a result of the new national restrictions.
    04:47pm - 6 Nov 20
  • New one-stop shop for new national restriction rules and local data across Berkshire
    12:23pm - 5 Nov 20
  • Community Champion Awards 2020 to recognise the amazing contributions local residents make to West Berkshire
    04:05pm - 14 Oct 20
  • Community bidding process to be approved on October 15th
    04:09pm - 12 Oct 20
  • Payment will support people on low incomes who are required to self-isolate
    11:19am - 9 Oct 20
  • West Berkshire Council are looking to invest millions in Sport and Leisure and we want you to have your say.
    09:53am - 9 Oct 20
  • 08:29am - 9 Oct 20
  • Residents and stakeholders are invited to share their views by 1 November 2020
    09:38am - 2 Oct 20
  • 03:23pm - 8 Sep 20
  • We have developed a draft Cultural and Heritage Strategy which sets out our vision for the next 10 years to ensure that culture and heritage continues to be an important part of everyone's daily life in West Berkshire.
    05:21pm - 7 Sep 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.
    12:38pm - 27 Aug 20
  • An ambitious project to redevelop an industrial estate in Newbury has taken a step forward with the publication of a draft development brief for the site.
    12:18pm - 27 Aug 20
  • New Digital Strategy to further improve service delivery and pave the way for 5G, ultrafast broadband and full fibre connectivity
    02:28pm - 21 Aug 20
  • 04:27pm - 13 Aug 20
  • West Berkshire Council is holding a public consultation on extending the current Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) at Speen Lodge Court, Newbury.
    05:08pm - 10 Aug 20
  • Beat the heat safety advice
    11:24am - 7 Aug 20
  • More than 750 people have visited West Berkshire Council's leisure centres since they opened last weekend
    02:39pm - 4 Aug 20
  • A big thanks to everyone who took part in our Name that Bot Survey!
    09:36am - 24 Jul 20
  • Subscriptions for the 2020/21 garden waste service are now open (as of Tuesday 21 July) for West Berkshire residents.
    06:11pm - 21 Jul 20
  • West Berkshire Council is to launch its ambitious new Environment Strategy 2020-2030 today.
    02:15pm - 17 Jul 20
  • Sign up and stay informed about council services
    10:36am - 16 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
  • Today we are publishing our Local Outbreak Control Plans for Covid-19.
    05:45pm - 30 Jun 20
  • 03:48pm - 19 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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: Consultation on the draft Compton Neighbourhood Plan
    Digital Services Blog
    Latest post: Using Data to Combat Depression
    How we're using data from a digital service to combat depression and isolation


    Oxford Road, Chieveley - proposed 50mph speed limit
    Proposal to introduce 50mph speed limit on Oxford Road in Chieveley
    Start: 2020-11-12
    End: 2020-12-03
    Results: 2021-03-03
    Definitive Map Modification Order: Newbury, Donnington Square claimed public footpath
    Have your say
    Start: 2020-10-21
    End: 2020-12-04
    Results: 2020-12-10
    Draft Leisure Strategy 2021-2031
    We'd like your views on our draft strategy
    Start: 2020-10-08
    End: 2020-11-19
    Results: 2021-01-31
    Draft Housing Strategy 2020 - 2036
    Have your say on our draft Housing Strategy
    Start: 2020-09-18
    End: 2020-11-01
    Results: 2021-02-28
    Draft Development Brief for the London Road Industrial Estate (LRIE)
    We'd like your views on our draft development brief for the LRIE
    Start: 2020-09-09
    End: 2020-10-20
    Results: 2020-11-30

    Who To Contact

    Contact details for West Berkshire Council's Public Relations Team

    (01635) 519125