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Parish Council Update, September 2020

Update from East Garston Parish Council meeting 2 September 2020

The Parish Council met via Zoom on 2 September and among items discussed were the following. You will be able to see the draft Minutes of the meeting on the website in due course, along with the agenda for the next meeting which is on 4 November.

Community grants: We were delighted to award grants to the Over 60's coffee club for a marquee to support their outdoor activities and to the Village Hall to replace their broken cooker.

Community funding towards the cost of a replacement swing:

We have an application on The Good Exchange to raise funds for the replacement of the swing in the Jubilee Meadow playground.  Anyone wishing to donate to this project can do so here.

Any amount you donate will be doubled as the project is eligible for match funding under the Greenham Trust top up scheme.

Parish Plan: We reviewed the 2010 Parish Plan for East Garston and were pleased with the significant progress against the original objectives drawn up by Martyn Wright and his team. We identified some areas where progress had been quite limited for various reasons, including drawing up a Village Design Statement and a Housing Needs Assessment as well as assessing provision and needs of young people in the village. We are talking to West Berkshire Council about how we can get some technical advice and financial support to progress these items, as we believe they are still important objectives for the village to achieve. Outcomes will be shared with the parish before anything is finalised, hopefully at next year's Annual Parish Meeting, assuming that Covid-19 protocols allow.

Speeding: Many of you will have seen the speed indicator on the Newbury Road again over the last few weeks. This is all part of the trial being run by West Berkshire Council with our support. WBC are reviewing the results and we are still awaiting detailed findings, but the headlines are (as if we didn't know) there are still too many speeding vehicles, but the presence of the indicator is having a positive effect.

East Garston website: Government regulations about accessibility of .gov.uk websites like ours have been introduced this month and we are required to make reasonable adjustments to our website so they are accessible to people with various disabilities. We are also required to publish an Accessibility Statement and have a plan of action by 23 September. We are fortunate that our 'webmaster' Alan Breadmore has carried out an audit of the website on our behalf and made a number of adjustments to improve accessibility. We have also adopted a Website Accessibility Statement and agreed a plan of action. You can view the Accessibility Statement here https://www.eastgarston-pc.gov.uk/Accessibility_Statement.aspx If you have any comments about the accessibility of the website, we would really like to hear from you so we can try to meet your needs. Please email any comments to news@eastgarston-pc.gov.uk or phone Alan Breadmore on 01488 648851.

David Ruse

Chairman, East Garston Parish Council

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