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WBC Autumn Report 2023


There have been no new active travel projects announced by West Berkshire Council as the new Lib Dem Council takes office and new committee members and portfolio holders are appointed.

The next West Berkshire Cycle Forum is on Tuesday 12 September 2023.

If there are any matters about cycling or active travel in West Berkshire that you would like raised at the meeting, contact Rob Hill via this email: wbc@readingcyclecampaign.org.uk

Whitchurch Bridge

PAWS (Pangbourne & Whitchurch Sustainability) has had positive discussions with WBC officers about proposals to improve the approach to Whitchurch Bridge. The photograph, taken recently, illustrates the problems that face all users of the bridge.

Plant Locks

Plant Locks have been installed by WBC in front of Yattendon Village Stores. They provide attractive and secure bicycle parking and are simple to install as there is no need to dig up tarmac or paving. If you know of other locations in West Berks that would benefit from these let Rob Hill know.

Mend the Gap

The Mend the Gap programme aims to enhance the areas of the Chilterns AONB and North Wessex Downs AONB that have been negatively impacted by the electrification of the Great Western Railway.

There is a budget of £3,000,000 for enhancement projects within the programme area which is shown on the map.

There is a small grant scheme of up to £15,000. Details can be found on this website: mendthegap.uk/enhancement-projects/

The types of projects that may be supported through the small grant scheme include those that bring about benefits for:

  • Landscape
  • Nature and biodiversity
  • Access, engagement & understanding
  • Heritage
  • Sustainable tourism and the local economy

Cycling projects could be covered by the sustainable tourism criteria.

If you know of any schemes or have any ideas that might benefit from this scheme, let me, Rob Hill, know via wbc@readingcyclecampaign.org.uk.

Rob Hill
WBC Campaigner for RCC

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