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.
Heatwave alert level 3
A Heatwave alert level 3 has now been issued from 12:00 Thursday 6th August - 09:00 Sunday 9th August. This means that temperatures are very likely to rise to levels that increase the risk of ill health among vulnerable adults, particularly older people, the very young and those with long term conditions. People with breathing conditions such as asthma or COPD may be more affected when there are high air pollution levels together with hot weather.
“Stay out of the sun. Keep your home as cool as possible – shading windows and shutting them during the day may help. Open them when it is cooler at night. Keep drinking fluids. If there’s anybody you know, for example an older person living on their own, who might be at special risk, make sure they know what to do.”
Please also refer to the Beat the heat: staying safe in hot weather (leaflet) attached to this email.
Key Headlines from PHE in relation to Heat and Covid-19:
- COVID-19 amplifies the risks of hot weather
- Fear of COVID-19 should not prevent action to tackle the risks from hot weather and heatwaves
- It is critical that actions to prevent health harms from high temperatures continue, with necessary adaptations in line with coronavirus guidance to keep everyone safe (i.e. shielding and self-isolation advice)
- Do not use a fan if anyone in the home is unwell with symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19).
Latest Update on Covid-19 3/6/20
SPC Notice of Public Rights
UNPC Notice of Public Rights
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/
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/
Information from West Berks Council
Public Protection Partnership on the increase in reported cases of bonfires
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 0300 123 5000.
Alternatively, to view our weekly report of full closures please visit https://highwaysengland.co.uk/
20 July — 31 July
Delays likely - Contra-flow
Works location: A340 Roundabout to Arlington Roundabout - East Bound
Works description: DFT Re-Surfacing
Responsibility for works: West Berkshire
Current status: Planned work about to start
Works reference: JV00500011796
22 July — 04 August
Delays likely - Traffic control (two-way signals)
Works location: ent to track to haycroft by bleak cottage
Works description: Joint hole on the edge of road outside entrance of track to Haycroft to connect new pole. Works will likely occupy one lane of traffic so proposing 2-way signals
Responsibility for works: Scottish and Southern Power Distribution
Current status: Planned work about to start
Works reference: LP231S30004049
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
Thames Water Priority Services
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/
Smart Water and Immobilise
- 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
- 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
Recruiting Bank Garden Centre Assistants
Current Whats On
Parish Transport Posters and CT Leaflets
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.
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 email@example.com