Recycling Centres Re-Open

West Berkshire Council household recycling centres set to reopen

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. 

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Libraries Update

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.

Lawrence Lane Closure

Lawrence Way & Lawrence Lane, in the parish of Thatcham, will be closed on the 22nd May between the hours of 9.30am & 3.30pm. 

The closure will be from its junction with the Floral Way & Foxglove Way Roundabout, and its junction with The Ridge.  

The alternative route for all vehicles affected, is via Floral Way, Heath Lane, Cold Ash Hill, The Ridge, and vice versa.

The purpose of this closure is so BT can carry out a telegraph pole replacement for a new customer connection.

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

Please Note: Blue light access will be maintained at all times.

All enquiries should be directed to: A-Plant on 0370 0500 792

A plan of the closure can be found at: (click on link)

M4 Closures

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

We are resurfacing various sections of the M4 east and westbound carriageways between junctions 12 and 15, to ensure the network remains in a safe condition.

For the safety of our workforce and customers, during the Spring and Summer we will need to close the sections of the M4 eastbound and westbound overnight (between 9pm and 6am, Monday to Friday only).

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Online Parish Council Meetings

Due to the Government’s Coronavirus restrictions, Parish Council public meetings will now, until further notice, be held using the Zoom video conferencing application.

Members of the public are welcome to join these meetings and can do so using the Zoom App on their PC, Mac, Tablet or Smartphone. In addition there is a dial in number for those unable to use the above devices – note however that you will not be able to see us or the planning applications if you dial in by phone.

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Cancellation of Annual Parish Meeting

Dear Parishioners,

Due to the situation regarding the COVID-19 Coronavirus we have decided to postpone our Annual Parish Meeting scheduled for 23rd April 2020. In addition we have decided to cancel our upcoming meeting scheduled for the 24th March 2020. This meeting was due to discuss some planning applications that were of interest to Parishioners (Coley Farm and Sun in the Wood) and we have requested extensions for comments from West Berkshire Council.

The Council is investigating the possibility of holding online meetings in the future that will still allow Parishioners to listen in and take part.

If you have any concerns about COVID-19 Coronavirus, the best advice is on the NHS website:

Best regards,
Richard Marsh
Cold Ash Parish Council

Office Closed to Visitors

Dear Parishioners,

The situation regarding the COVID-19 Coronavirus is constantly evolving and Cold Ash Parish Council has been reviewing how it affects us and how we serve the Parish. As an employer we have a duty of care to our employees, which in our case is the Parish Clerk, Linda Randall. We have decided, with immediate effect, to close the Parish Office to visitors, until further notice. Linda will still work her normal hours and you can contact her by phone, email and by post. We hope you will understand that taking this decision helps us keep the office functioning without duly inconveniencing you, our Parishioners.

If you have any concerns about COVID-19 Coronavirus, the best advice is on the NHS website:

We are continuing to monitor the COVID-19 situation and are seeking advice from West Berkshire Council. I will update you in the future if our meetings or the Annual Parish Meeting are affected. In addition,
if things escalate to such an extent that some in our community are forced to stay at home, we will play our part in helping to keep them safe.

Best regards,
Richard Marsh
Cold Ash Parish Council