Council’s ‘Branching Out Fund’ is now accepting
applications! You can apply for funding to support planting projects
(trees and hedgerows) up until Sunday
3 December 2023. Applications for amounts ranging
from £250 through to £2,500 will be welcomed. You will find everything
you need to know on the Tree Council’s website, from the types of
trees that qualify, to recommendations around protection. There are also
some success stories highlighting planting projects that have benefitted from
‘Branching Out’ funding in the past….these may give you some ideas!
The fund is specifically for community groups, schools, charities and town and parish councils.
West Berkshire regularly review all taxpayers receiving discounts, with the latest review looking at the single person discount for Council Tax, using information from a National Fraud Initiative data matching exercise. Some of you may have received a letter from us about this.
Local Authorities are required to take reasonable steps to confirm whether a discount is still applicable, which is why this letter has been sent out. If you have recently received a letter, we'd like to reassure you that this is standard procedure.
It is often the case that there has been no change of circumstance, however issues arise when the local authority is not advised of any changes of occupancy in the household. This is why their staff encourage all who have received this letter to complete the form, sign the declaration and return it to West Berkshire Council by email or by post within 14 days so that the records can be updated.
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West Berkshire Council are responsible for around 1,190 kilometres (740 miles) of public footpaths, bridleways, restricted byways and byways. These paths are important for West Berkshire residents to access and enjoy the outstanding countryside and natural areas of the district. They are also important for health, mental wellbeing, travel and the economy. West Berkshire want public rights of way to be available for everyone.
The new Rights of Way Improvement Plan (ROWIP) sets out how they will look after public rights of way and make sure they meet the needs of the public, now and in the future.
You can read the new draft ROWIP and have your say here.
Make sure you let them know your thoughts by 5pm on Thursday, 23 November 2023. It should take about 10 minutes.
Next week, 3–7 October, is National Cycle to School Week and we’re encouraging you to get out on your bike and pedal off! We’ve got lots of cycle routes across the district, which you can find here, to make it easy to get about.
Need help improving your cycling? We run frequent cycle training session for children, adults and families. 85% of West Berkshire schools are involved in Bikeability training which has led to 3,188 young people being trained this year alone. Find out more and sign up here.
Let's make our school journeys greener, healthier, and more enjoyable! There are also free resources and prizes to be won at bikeability.org.uk/cycletoschoolweek