Exciting news of an archaeological site in Greenham being excavated by Thames Valley Archaeological Services with Bronze Age, Iron Age and Roman features!
There this a new housing development building built to the west of New Road, Greenham. Thames Valley Archaeological Services have been contracted to carry out excavations onsite and a wide range of finds have been discovered.
Further information will be added to the webpage http://tvas.co.uk/news/post036-Greenham.html as the work progresses, but there are already several round houses as well as the tantalising edges of two ring ditches on the eastern boundary, which could represent the remains of Bronze Age round barrows, but which cannot be fully investigated at this time. A very Late Iron Age or early Roman burial has also been found, with an unusual flagon. There are also features which are likely to be medieval, or post-medieval.
Many of the pottery and samples have been taken back for analysis by the finds experts, to be written up in a final report, with the archive eventually deposited in West Berkshire Museum. We therefore won’t get the whole picture for a while, but it’s an exciting glimpse into the lives of people who lived in our ward, from over 3,000 years ago up to more recent times.
Proposal for a new sports ground
In February 2020, the District Council approved the Playing Pitch Strategy, which is a strategic assessment that provides an up-to-date analysis of supply and demand for playing pitches (grass and artificial) in West Berkshire.
The District Council would like your views on the proposal for a new sports ground at Newbury Rugby Club. In particular, they would like to know whether you support the proposal and the construction of an artificial pitch, what facilities you would like to see at the ground, and whether this new sports ground would give you more opportunities to participate in sport and physical activity.
For full details of the consultation and how to submit your views visit https://info.westberks.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=37835 the consultation closes on 28th February 2021.
Alternative option at Pigeons Farm Road
Greenham Parish Council understands that the District Council's plan B is to use the John W Mellow Playing Field, Pigeons Farm Road. Greenham Parish Council is opposed to the development of the Playing Field for this purpose. If you would like further details of how to get involved, please contact the Clerk, Lisa Blake.
Community Support Hub update 19 January 2021
West Berkshire Council's Superfast Berkshire Broadband Team announces new scheme
We would like to make you aware government funding is available to help people living in rural areas get better broadband. There are two schemes currently available, Rural Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme and Universal Service Obligation.
Rural Gigabit Voucher Scheme
Up to £1,500 per home and up to £3,500 for each small to medium size business (SME) is available to support the costs of installing gigabit-capable broadband. Funding is provided through the Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme. Gigabit-capable broadband offers the fastest and most reliable speeds available – of up to 1000Mbps or 1Gbps. Final speeds depend on the package purchased, but the aim is to provide enough capacity for now and for the future.
To qualify for the scheme, you must live in a rural area, be unable to get broadband speeds of 100Mbps or more and apply as a group of two or more premises.
Check your eligibility for the scheme by completing the postcode check at www.gigabitvoucher.culture.gov.uk and then follow our simple step-by-step guide located on our website www.superfastberkshire.org.uk
Universal Service Obligation
If you’re receiving 10Mbps or less, you may be eligible for the Universal Service Scheme. For more details and to check your postcode for eligibility go to www.bt.com/broadband/USO
West Berkshire District Council publishes Rights of Way notice
West Berkshire District Council has published a CA17 notice for the areas of land it owns which are managed by the Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust. The notice is a declaration that no additional rights of way over the land marked on the map have been dedicated since the date of the deposit.
To view the legal notice and maps visit https://www.westberks.gov.uk/media/35196/Ref-87-WBC-BBOWT-CA17-Declaration-2020/pdf/87_WBC-BBOWT_CA17_Declaration_2020___maps.pdf?m=637449473381700000
Public Rights of Way in West Berkshire
You can review the public rights of way (footpaths, bridleways and byways) in our area on West Berkshire Council's interactive map on its website. If you believe a right of way is missing from the map then you can contact the Definitive Map Officer at the District Council www.westberks.gov.uk
Greenham Parish Council - Councillor Vacancy
Would you like to get involved with your local community more? Greenham Parish Council currently has one vacancy for a Parish Councillor. If you would like more information about applying to be a Parish Councillor please get in touch with Lisa Blake at email@example.com, or give us a call on 01635 43534.