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Page last updated: Nov 2013

Longstanding Councillor Resigns                         January 2013

Jill Plant has resigned from Winnersh Parish Council after many years of active service. Sadly she has recently been admitted to hospital and will then be moving to Swindon to be close to her family.

For the last few years Jill has chaired the Recreation and Amenities Committee and led work to improve the play areas at Bearwood Recreation Ground, including installation of a climbing wall. Her last major project has been the construction of a new public toilet at the Recreation Ground.

At its last meeting the members of the council expressed gratitude for her great contribution and wished her well for the future.

Two New Councillors Welcomed                              April 2013

Winnersh Parish Council is pleased to welcome two new members to its ranks.

Richard Holdstock (left) and Clinton Taylor (right) were co-opted onto the Council at its March and April meetings respectively and will be elected to Committees at the Annual General Meeting of the Council in May.

A full list of Parish Councillors can be found here.

Winnersh Cleans Up                                                  May 2013

The annual Community Litter Pick aims to help keep our parish tidy and to raise awareness that littering is not acceptable. This year it took place on Sunday 19 May having been postponed from March due to exceptionally cold weather.

A good turn out from the Winnersh Beavers and some hardy residents and councillors meant that many of the principal roads in Winnersh were cleared of rubbish. Meeting at Sainsbury’s car park they set off on a dry and mainly bright day to retrieve rubbish left by the less considerate members of our community.

Summer Soccer and Boxercise                              July 2013

There are two opportunities for exercise over the summer at the Winnersh Community Centre and Bearwood Recreation Ground.

====== Soccer @ Six ======

Come and play football for free this summer! Sessions will be delivered by Reading Football Club. Attend at least five out of six sessions and receive an incentive. Just turn up. Aimed at ages 12 to 25.

Venue: Bearwood Recreation Ground, New Road, Winnersh, RG41 5DU.

Dates: July 23, 30, August 6,13, 20 and 27

Time: 6pm to 7.15pm

Thank You for coming to the Winnersh Summer Fete!

Many thanks to everyone who helped to make the fete a great success again this year. The fete is in its sixth year and has gone from strength to strength bringing the local community together.

Stallholders, arena performers and other contributors turned out despite the mid-afternoon rain and residents of Winnersh and Sindlesham, as well as many from further afield, decided to risk the weather and enjoy the event. Those that decided to stay for the excellent dog agility display were rewarded with late afternoon sun.

For more info see here and for pictures of the afternoon see here.

During the afternoon the Wokingham Borough Mayor, Cllr UllaKarin Clarke, presented Civic Awards to Linda James and James Newman for their outstanding service to the Winnersh community.

With special thanks to the businesses and organisations that donated prizes for the raffle and competitions:

Be Wright Fit

Big Apple Bowling

Fencing Products

Magnet Trade

The Mill at Sonning

MOT City

Pets At Home

Pets Plus

Pulse 8


Thames Valley Cars


Winnersh Newsagents

Wokingham Cricket Club

Jazz Band

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Estate Agency

Hands-On-Arts Pavilion from

Major Roads Schemes will Impact Winnersh!  Updated Nov 2013

Public consultations on two major road schemes were held by Wokingham Borough Council (WBC) during October and November. The period for comments has now ended.

Both the roads could seriously impact Winnersh as they will funnel additional traffic into Winnersh. Some of the traffic from the new developments to the north of Wokingham will inevitably travel via the Winnersh Crossroads, and traffic from the new development at Arborfield Garrison is likely to add to the problem depending on which route is chosen for the Arborfield Cross Relief Road.

The North Wokingham Distributor Road will serve the homes and facilities due to be built north of the town and emerge onto the Reading Road east of the motorway bridge. The road could be routed through the current Winnersh allotments although this would not happen for several years and alternative space for the allotments would be provided.

The plans can be viewed on the WBC website. A WBC Highways Officer attended a parish council meeting to answer questions and a follow up meeting has been held to better understand the traffic modelling that has been done and to further explore the likely impact on Winnersh.

As a result WPC has decided that the best options for the majority of Winnersh residents will be Option A for the North Wokingham Distributor Road and Option B for the Arborfield Cross Relief Road as these will lead to significantly less traffic being funnelled through Winnersh than the other viable options. For example it is expected that at peak times 25% more traffic would enter the Reading Road from the east if an option other than Option A was to be selected. In any case the council considers it essential that the Winnersh Relief Road (phases 1 and 2) is in operation before either of the two proposed roads are completed. The council has responded to the consultation accordingly and we expect a decision early in the new year.

Crossroads Traffic Signal Improvements       Updated Nov 2013

An ‘intelligent’ traffic light system has been installed at the Winnersh Crossroads. The new traffic lights react to actual real-time traffic flows and automatically adjust to help reduce congestion through the junction. This is intended to reduce travel times and vehicle emissions.

The new system was activated on 11 Nov. We look forward to seeing the net effect once traffic patterns have settled!