Welcome to Sulhamstead & Ufton Nervet Community Website!

WELCOME to the Sulhamstead and Ufton Nervet (SUN) community website.

You will find lots of interesting information about our 2 villages, including our history. the work of our Parish Councils, community activities, groups, clubs, schools and businesses. 

We want to keep you informed about current activities and emerging news items of interest that are likely to affect the residents who live and work here. We have added a community events calendar and hot topics section which will be regularly updated. Everyone is invited to contribute to the website. so please send us anything of interest if you are involved in a local group.

Essentially this is a live site that we hope you will find useful.  If there are things you want to include yourself, or items you would like to see on the site that are not featured at present, please use the contact form.

Happy Browsing.

UNPC Agenda

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Latest Update on Covid-19 3/6/20

Parish Active Support Group

There is an active support group in the parish which is at the following facebook site - you will have to join to access the page as it is a closed group.

If you are just in need of some assistance and wish to go directly to our form requesting some help then please click the link below - thank you.

West Berkshire Libraries News

As you are aware all the West Berkshire libraries have been closed for the past few weeks in line with Government guidelines. We are making plans to restore the library service to the public in phases, but in the meantime we would like to share with you our Libraries customer newsletter which was sent out last week – see link below.

We are hoping that the newsletter will reassure customers who have not been able to return their library loans that there is no need to worry about this – no fines will be charged during this closure period.

You can still join West Berkshire Libraries online to get free access to our e-library and range of digital resources such as Ancestry and Britannica. There are thousands of titles available including e-magazines and e-newspapers too. We’ve also got a range of digital activities for families and an online book group.

UPDATE Recycling Centres Open

Now that both Recycling Centres have been open for 5 days, a review of the traffic management has taken place.  

 

A339 Newtown Road, Newbury

A northbound lane closure was installed last week on this section of road near the Recycling Centre to slow and control traffic entering the site. It is felt that traffic is coping better with this new addition and both the 30mph speed limit and lane closure will remain in place until further notice.  

 

Padworth Lane, Padworth

Traffic is coping very well at this site and traffic volumes are less than expected, mainly due to the effective implementation of a booking system for Recycling Centre customers. As a result, the road closure on Padworth Lane and the 30mph speed limit on the A4 will be removed as of Wed 20th May (tomorrow). All traffic for the Recycling Centre should still approach from the A4 wherever possible and bookings will now be checked at the access into the Recycling Centre. Please note that there is also a planned closure of Rag Hill/Sopers Lane on Wed 20th May which may affect access to or from the Recycling Centre.

 

Both locations will continue to be monitored and any further changes may be implemented with very little or no notice if and when necessary. Bookings are still necessary to visit both sites and trailers are not permitted at either site.

 

We would like to thank motorists and residents for cooperating with us to make the changes work successfully.  

Glass Recycling Banks

From 1st June 2020 all glass banks will be removed from:

 

·         Hillers Garden Centre, Hermitage

·         WBC Station Car Park, Hungerford

·         Waitrose, Newbury

·         Station Car Park, Theale

·         Willink School, Burghfield

·         Waitrose, Thatcham

 

Residents will still be able to recycle their glass bottles and jars in their kerbside box or at one of our recycling centres (Newtown Road, Newbury or Padworth – www.westberks.gov.uk/recyclingcentres)

 

Additional green kerbside boxes for their glass (or any other recycling materials: plastic bottles, aerosols, cans/tins, paper and card), can be requested online – www.westberks.gov.uk/requestabin

Information from West Berks Council

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Covid-19

The next stages in a major Covid-19 action plan aimed at ensuring local patients, staff and communities are guaranteed first class health care and support have been outlined by hospital leaders today.

The far reaching plan builds on work already in place at the Royal Berkshire Hospital Foundation Trust and is aimed at reassuring people that everything possible is being done to make sure they are kept safe and well during the current Covid-19 outbreak.

There are four main strands to the plan:

·         To reduce the number of people – patients, visitors and staff – on hospital sites

·         To increase and enhance the RBH’s capacity to treat patients

·         To reduce demand so the focus is on the patients most in need of help

·         To look after hard working staff and make sure they have the equipment and facilities they need

Measures have already been put in place to tackle these critically important areas.

  • Many more people are being offered virtual outpatient clinic appointments to receive healthcare over the phone or via a laptop.
  • Visitors have been restricted to one per patient per day.  
  • The hospital layout has been revised to establish separate zones to deal with the differing needs of patients and keep everyone safe
  • Intensive care capacity has increased from 14 to 34 beds
  • Elective surgery has been suspended to free up time for key staff to be retrained in other more urgent areas of work

Now the next phase of the action plan is being implemented and this will mean more changes to the way the hospital works and the way patients and visitors will be asked to operate.

In a bid to further reduce the number of people coming on to the hospital site, some services may be deferred, and other services may be moved to alternative private hospital settings. Children under the age of 12 will no longer be able to go to the RBH as visitors.

To increase capacity to deal with Covid 19 patients, there are plans to increase intensive care beds to 56 and health managers are in talks with the independent sector to move urgent surgery to private hospitals.

Demand in A&E has seen a fall recently but more needs to be done to ease the pressure on staff and an ‘Ask A&E’ online helpline service is being explored.

The welfare of staff is paramount in the action plan and senior management teams are looking at what more can be offered to ease the unprecedented demands facing all those working in the hospital – the clinicians and vital back up and support teams like cleaners, porters and admin employees.

Trust Chief Executive Steve McManus, said: “Whilst we’re all in very new territory with this virus we have a huge amount of tried and tested experience of planning for and dealing with major outbreaks like this. There are national and regional systems in place to support us and this, coupled with the work we’re doing at the Trust, is all aimed at keeping everyone safe and making sure we can sustain this level of care for the period of this outbreak.

“We all know now that this is a marathon, not a sprint, and it’s crucial we plan and operate in a careful, measured way over the next few weeks and months so our resources, both staff, equipment and facilities, are able to continue providing exceptional standards of care.

“We have amazing staff with many, many years of expertise, experience and knowledge behind them and I want people to know they are in safe hands.

“This incredible wealth of healthcare expertise is being enhanced by the really outstanding support from our local communities and partners and we can’t thank them enough for all their on-going support,” he said.

“We recognise we’re asking a lot of people, often at very difficult times in their lives when they are unwell or wanting to be with people who are ill. Our staff too are facing all sorts of difficult day-to-day issues and this is why the support and understanding we offer to each other is so important.

“With this in mind, I really do hope people will appreciate why we’ve had to take some of the decisions we have taken, for example around visiting family and loved ones in hospital. I know this will be extremely hard for some people but we can’t say it enough -  If we are to successfully deal with this virus, stop its spread, treat those affected and free up the hospital’s resources to do so, then we have to take these sort of serious steps now. 

“So my message to them is please think again just how much they really do need to make that visit. Can they keep in touch with their loved one over the phone for now? By choosing not to come into the building they are doing a huge amount to help our staff,” he added.

Roadworks, closures and traffic interruptions alert 29/6/20

M4 Junctions 12 (Theale, West Berkshire) to 15 (Swindon, Wiltshire) – Weekend Closures

 

Further to my letter in May, I wanted to advise that resurfacing work along the M4 between junctions 12 and 15 is ongoing and progressing well.

 

In July we have the first of our weekend closures along the M4. These are required as some sections of resurfacing will replace all layers down to the foundations. To allow time for the materials to harden, we will undertake this work whilst closing the M4 over entire weekend periods.

 

The first weekend closure is scheduled to take place from 9pm on Friday 3 July through to 6am on Monday 6 July 2020, and will be a closure of the M4 westbound carriageway between junction 13 and junction 14.

 

Further weekend closures have been scheduled for the following dates, but are subject to change:

 

  • Friday 4 to Monday 7 September – M4 westbound between junction 13 and junction 14
  • Friday 11 to Monday 14 September – M4 eastbound between junction 15 and junction 14
  • Friday 2 to Monday 5 October – M4 eastbound between junction 13 and junction 12

 

Significant delays are expected during these weekend closures. We advise you to plan your journey and allow extra time or avoid this route if possible.

 

Please be aware that due to the current Covid-19 Pandemic, all our works are subject to change due to available resource by our Supply Chain, as well as possible adverse weather conditions – confirmed dates/timings for all closures will be displayed in advance on large yellow signs alongside the M4.

 

We would like to apologise in advance for any inconvenience or disruption during our work. If you have any questions, or if you’d like you know more about our work please email us at info@highwaysengland.co.uk or call us on 0300 123 5000.

 

Alternatively, to view our weekly report of full closures please visit https://highwaysengland.co.uk/roads, scroll down and under Roadworks click on ‘Check for Roadworks’, then scroll down and under Planned full closures click on ‘Check for Roadworks’ (this will open a Microsoft Excel file that will allow you to filter by day and road).

Hangar Road in the Parishes of Burghfield & Theale, will be closed

Hangar Road in the Parishes of Burghfield & Theale, will be closed from the 30th  June to 2nd July 2020, the closure will be from its junction with Arrowhead Road and its junction with Unnamed Road from Hangar Road to Hose Hill. 

The alternative route for all vehicles affected, is via Unnamed Road from Hangar Road to Hose Hill, Hose Hill, Theale Road, Hermits Hill, Reading Road, Hollybush Lane, Whites Hill, Kingston Lane, Unnamed Road from A4 to Sulhampstead Hill, A4 (Bath Rd), The Green (Theale) Church St, Station Road, and vice versa.

The above diversion is not suitable for HGV’s due to width restriction along the route, therefore HGV’s can access Arrowhead road and surrounding industrial area via their normal route – A4 / Waterside Drive Roundabout.

The purpose of this closure is to enable works to take place on or near the highway, namely for Thames Water to carry out maintenance/repairs to a Fire Hydrant

Residential access will be maintained throughout and the diversion will be signed on site.

Please Note: Whilst Blue light access will be maintained, approach with caution as plant may have to be moved

All enquiries should be directed to: KCD on 0800 316 9800

A plan of the closure can be found at: (click on link) https://one.network/?tm=117525982

 

30 June - 02 July

Delays likely - Diversion route

Name: Diversion

Location: Hangar Road

Description: Streetworks / License - Streetworks

Responsibility for event: West Berkshire

Current status: Planned

 

 

Hangar Road, Sulhamstead, West Berkshire

30 June - 02 July

Delays likely - Road closure

Name: Hangar Road

Location: Hangar Road

Description: Streetworks / License - Streetworks

Responsibility for event: West Berkshire

Current status: Planned

 

30 June - 01 July

Delays unlikely - Road closure

Name: Berrys Lane

Location: Berrys Lane

Description: Streetworks / License - Streetworks

Responsibility for event: West Berkshire

Current status: Planned

 

 

Road Known As Burghfield Road, Burghfield, West Berkshire

30 June - 01 July

Delays unlikely - Diversion route

Name: Diversion

Location: Road Known As Burghfield Road

Description: Streetworks / License - Streetworks

Responsibility for event: West Berkshire

Current status: Planned

 

30 June — 01 July

Delays likely - Road closure

Works location: From Junction with Burghfield Road to 80.0 m south east

Works description: Highways Improvement Programme 2020

Responsibility for works: West Berkshire

Current status: Planned work about to start

Works reference: JV00500011357

 

Goring Lane, Mortimer, West Berkshire

24 June — 25 June

Delays likely - Road closure

Works location: 50m West of Lockram Lane to Surface Change approx 260m East of Goodboys Lane

Works description: Road Stud Replacement

Responsibility for works: West Berkshire

Current status: Planned work about to start

Works reference: JV00500012080

 

Hangar Road, Sulhamstead, West Berkshire

30 June — 02 July

Delays likely - Road closure

Works location: 80 M FROM SWINGBRIDGE COTTAGES, HANGAR ROAD, SULHAMSTEAD, READING, RG74AP

Works description: Fire Hydrant Standard Repair Cway in Carriageway.

Responsibility for works: THAMES WATER

Current status: Planned work about to start

Works reference: MU305000031382708-001

 

Road Known As Burghfield Road, Burghfield Bridge, Burghfield, West Berkshire

29 June — 01 July

Delays likely - Traffic control (two-way signals)

Works location: OS HOLLYBROOKE FARM CELL SITE and near no 2

Works description: FURTHER PHASE OF WORKS TO EXCAVATE 1 X HV JOINT HOLE IN THE VERGE ON PREVIOUSLY LAID CABLES, READY FOR JOINTING ON THE 16-3-2020 2 WAY TEMP TRAFFIC LIGHTS WILL BE REQUIRED WHILE TEAMS ARE ON SITE DURING THE DAY 9;30AM TO 3;30PM

Responsibility for works: Scottish and Southern Power Distribution

Current status: Planned work about to start

Works reference: LP705S30001633

 

The following events have been cancelled, mostly due to Covid-19 virus

7/6/20 Kintbury 5 (running race)

8/8/20 TVP Open Day, Sulhampstead  

 

This list is by no means complete.

COMMUNITY INFRASTRUCURE LEVY (CIL)

SULHAMSTEAD PARISH COUNCIL

 

What is CIL?

CIL is a general levy on all new development, designed to raise funds for infrastructure needed generally as a result of an increase in development in the area. The developer pays CIL to the District Council and a percentage is given to the Parish Council. CIL can then be used to provide or improve infra- structure and to then operate or maintain that infrastructure within a community.

West Berks Directory

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Thames Water Priority Services

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Longer opening hours for Padworth Recycling Centre

West Berkshire residents will soon have more time to recycle and dispose of their rubbish at Padworth Recycling Centre.

The Recycling Centre will be open every day from 8am to 6pm as part of a pilot scheme beginning next month. The additional hours will give residents more flexibility to access waste services at the site, including taking their general rubbish and bulky waste.

The pilot scheme will run from 1 April 2019 until 30 September 2019.

Councillor Hilary Cole, Executive Member for Waste Services said:

"Last year Padworth Recycling Centre began accepting general waste and now the site will be opening earlier too. With longer opening hours and the site able to handle more rubbish it's now even easier to dispose of excess rubbish and recycling.

"These improvements are part of our commitment to residents in the east of the district to improve our facility at Padworth. Comparatively the site is not used as fully as Newtown Road and we hope that the new opening hours will increase use of the site. This pilot will help assess demand for the site and we will be reviewing use throughout the summer before deciding whether to make the change permanently."

Residents are reminded to display their permit in the windscreen of the car to help minimise queuing. A list of materials accepted and a user guide for the site can be found at www.westberks.gov.uk/recyclingcentres

Smart Water and Immobilise

Smart Water

 

  • Property marking liquid
  • Each bottle has a unique code that can be traced back to the owner
  • No need to register every item individually
  • Lasts for a minimum of 5 years including property outdoors
  • Only a small amount required and very difficult to remove
  • Only visible under UV light
  • Can be used on anything including jewellery and machinery

 

See more at: https://smartwater.com

 

Immobilise

 

  • UK national property register
  • Free registration
  • When an item registered on Immobilise has its status set to @lost@ or @stolen@ the details of the item are viewable by all UK policy forces via their own computer systems on the National Mobile Property Register
  • Second-hand traders and members of the public will be alerted not to buy or sell lost/stolen items via CheckMEND, the national second hand stolen property database.

 

See more at: https://www.immobilise.com

Police Support Volunteers

Police Support Volunteers are key members of our policing family and provide support and assistance to officers and staff across the force. Individuals in the community are encouraged to become volunteers and use their skills, experience and knowledge to support us in our work.

As part of all of the initial training programmes, we utilise volunteers to act out pre-planned scenarios.

The PCSO (Police Community Support Officer) and IPLDP (Initial Police Development Programme) courses are largely classroom based, and the training scenarios give the students the opportunity to practically apply their theoretical knowledge.

The scenarios are generally all run from the force training centre at Sulhamstead, however there are other opportunities to take part in some large force run training operations. Please note:- all of the training at Sulhamstead is undertaken outside, in all weathers.

Our volunteers come from a variety of backgrounds and cultures and are aged 16 and above. 16 to 18 year olds will need the permission of a parent or guardian. We will pay your out-of-pocket expenses and there are no minimum amount of hours you have to complete.

For More information and to apply. https://www.thamesvalley.police.uk/join-us/volunteers/

Activity for Older People at Theale Library

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Recruiting Bank Garden Centre Assistants

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Current Whats On

Parish Transport Posters and CT Leaflets

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Sue Ryder News

Please click on the graphic above to take you to the Sue Ryder News page - thank you.

Household Waste and Recycling

Click here for latest info on the permit scheme for Padworth and Greenham sites.

West Berkshire Community Broadband

West Berkshire Community Broadband was born out of a desperate need for better connectivity across the communities of Sulhamstead and Ufton Nervet including the School, Greens, Hamlets and isolated homes within the parish. 

 

We are a business run on a not for profit basis by a team of volunteers which means all the money goes into providing a great service.

 

While we know that there is a high speed fibre solution coming to the main areas of the parish in a couple of years, we have no committed dates and it is likely that only the higher population areas will be provided with service.

 

We are starting off with providing a 100Mb/s service shared across the community. This is a dedicated service that will provide a service that is comparable or better for each user than a 100Mb/s residential service provided by BT.

View of a lake adjoining Sulhamstead A view of the lake adjoining Sulhamstead.

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Community Updates or Contributions

Do you have something you would like put  on the new community website? Or maybe something you feel is missing from the information provided?

Why not let us know?

Send your comments via our contact page or just send a note to the Parish Clerk at sulhamsteadparishcouncil@gmail.com