Thames Water work in Little Lane and Briff Lane

Replacement water mains

Thames Water are replacing the water pipe in Little Lane and Briff Lane - the work will begin on Monday 4th December and will be complete by Tuesday 13th February. The works will require the roads to be closed, and diversions will be signposted.

Briff Lane (ref BB 233245)

From outside 3 & 4 Briff Lane to the junction with Little Lane

  • Monday 4th December 2017 to Tuesday 13th February 2018

Little Lane (ref BB 233244)

From the junction with Broad Lane to the junction with Byles Green  

  • Friday 15th December 2017 to Friday 12th January 2018

From the junction with Byles Green to the junction with Briff Lane  

  • Friday 12th January 2018 to Tuesday 13th February 2018

Festive period

Work will cease week commencing 18th December and will restart Tuesday 2nd January 2018. The roads will be re-opened again during the festive break.

For more details please see the folowing notices from Thames Water.

Thames Water

**NEW** M4 Junctions 12 to 13 – Bridge Refurbishment Works

M4 weekend closures

As with the previous scheme, during work to demolish and install the bridge deck beams, specialist working methods and equipment will be required which will include larger cranes that will sit across all lanes of the motorway.  We will therefore need to fully close the M4 east and westbound carriageways between junctions 12 and 13 for entire weekend periods (9pm Friday through to 5am Monday).

The first of these closures is expected to be in late-November 2017 – confirmed dates will be advertised in advance on signs along the M4, on the Highways England website and via the media.


Furze Hill, the B4009 to the north of Manor lane, Hermitage

Single night closures: 

  • 14th October 2017
  • 13th January 2018

Frilsham Manor Farm Brocks Lane, Frilsham to Everingtons crossroads 

Single night closures: 

  • 21st October 2017
  • 10th February 2018 

Tanners Copse.  Stanford Dingley To Burt Hill

Single night closures:

  • 4th November 2017
  • 3rd February 2018

 Full Weekend Closures (for all 3 above locations and the M4 J12-13 in both directions)

  • 25th November 2017
  • 9th December 2017
  • 16th December 2017
  • 13th January 2018
  • 20th January 2018

Significant delays are expected during these weekend closure periods, and it is advisable that you plan ahead of your journey to allow for extra time or avoid this route where possible.

During all closures a clearly signed diversion will be in place via the A4 (through Newbury, Thatcham and Woolhampton).

We would like to apologise in advance for any inconvenience or disruption during the closures; if you have any questions, or if you’d like you know about our work please contact us on 0300 123 5000 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it... Or you can visit our website at

Highways England

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:

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).