M4 closures and bridge repairs at Bradfield
Long term monitoring has found that the two bridges which carry the M4 over Ashampstead Road and Dark Lane, near Bradfield in West Berkshire, require extensive repair due to chloride-induced corrosion. Critical repairs are required to address the defects and ensure the structures remain in a safe and serviceable condition.
CLOSURE OF DARK LANE AND ASHAMPSTEAD ROAD (WEST BERKSHIRE)
The local authority roads which run beneath the M4 must be closed for safety reasons due to the restricted height available and due to the activities involved.
- Closure of Dark Lane (beneath the M4) – from Monday 6 March through to Thursday 4 May 2017
- Closure of Ashampstead Road (beneath the M4) – from Monday 13 March through to Friday 26 May 2017
During the closures a clearly signed diversion will be in place via Bradfield, Chalk Pit Farm Road, A340 Pangbourne Road, Tidmarsh Lane, Gardeners Lane and Buckhold Hill, which has been approved by West Berkshire Council.
The programme of weekend closures of the M4 has been revised to not only avoid bank holidays but also the school Easter half term holiday, where traffic flows may increase along the M4. The closures are now currently scheduled to take place from 9pm Friday through to 6am on Monday on the following weekends:
- Friday 31 March to Monday 3 April 2017
- Friday 5 May to Monday 8 May 2017
- Friday 12 May to Monday 15 May 2017
- Friday 19 May to Monday 22 May 2017 (contingency weekend only)
During these closures a clearly signed diversion will be in place via the A4 (through Newbury, Thatcham and Woolhampton).
Confirmed dates for these closures will be displayed in advance on signs along the M4.
On selected weekends in July, there will also be restricted lanes open, from 9pm Friday to 6am Monday, on the following weekends:
- Friday 7 July to Monday 10 July 2017 (Westbound only)
- Friday 28 July to Monday 31 July 2017 (Eastbound only)
Significant delays are expected during these weekend closure periods, and it is advised that you plan ahead of your journey to allow for extra time or avoid this route where possible.
If you have any questions or if you’d like you know about the work please log your enquiry through Highways England’s customer control centre:
- Phone: 0300 123 5000
- Post: Highways England, Bridge House, Walnut Tree Close, Guildford, GU1 4LZ
Vacancy for Parish Councillor
Bucklebury Parish Council is looking for someone to serve as a Parish Councillor.
- Are you interested in local current affairs?
- Do you wish to serve your community?
- Could you provide a voice for residents?
For further information or an informal chat please contact the Parish Clerk.
The position is only open to people that live in the Parish of Bucklebury, or within 3 miles of the Parish boundary, and those that work or own land within the Parish.
Blacklands Copse woodland management 2016 programme
Work will begin on the 2016 Blacklands Copse harvesting programme in July.
Please see the attached map showing the various parcels of timber to be worked. The felling of Cpt 9a will no doubt have the biggest impact with regard to noise & visual disturbance. Timings are somewhat weather/ground conditions dependant but the harvesting works should take in the region of 4-6 weeks and a further 1 to 2 weeks of further machine work to tidy compartment 9a & 7f of brash.
The fencing and planting work will then follow at some point next winter 2016/17.
There will be in the region of 1,500 Tonne of timber being extracted, so the stacking area and harvesting sites will be very busy with machinery. Please take notice of (conform with) all warning & instructional signs, as Health and Safety is of paramount importance.
If you have any questions please contact
Ralph Gascoigne BSc (Hons)
Wessex Woodland Management Ltd
01488 685 007 or 07818 417 824
Broadband Improvement Project - Sept 2015 update
The latest update from the Superfast project team at West Berks is that for phase 2 a contract has been awarded to Gigaclear to provide a fibre-to-the-premise (FTTP) solution across this remaining area before the end of 2017. This will therefore apply to large parts of Bucklebury that are still waiting for a superfast solution.
The project team is currently going through some detailed analysis of properties and postcodes and expect to have a high level roll out plan by the end of September 2015.
We will provide an update as soon as it is available and all information relating to Superfast Broadband can be found at: http://www.
Blacklands Copse woodland management
UPDATE: The Harvester is due to arrive at Blacklands Copse early in the week of the 4th August 2014 to commence work. As you may have seen the loading bay and stacking area is currently under construction and should be completed by the middle of next week.
A public meeting was held on Monday 23rd June at 2pm in The Oak Room for interested parishioners to understand the management plans for Blacklands Copse. Ralph Gascoigne from Wessex Woodland (who will be carrying out the work) gave a summary of the Management Plan and explained how the company works.
The Management Plan and associated maps are available below (note that the Hillfield Estate plan includes Blacklands Copse).