Council informationCommittee Structure

Communications
Committee

The Communications Committee meets bi-monthly. The objective is to develop links within the community and to inform parishioners of the aims and aspirations of the Parish Council. The committee’s aims are to develop printed publications, the website and email groups within the community to build stronger communities by way of effective communication.

Committee Members
Nick Morse (Chairman)
Angela Gallagher
David Godwin
Tricia Hipwell
Libby Sharp
Tim Ansell

Community
Committee

The Community Committee meets on the third Thursday every month. This committee focuses on issues such as open spaces, general parish maintenance including litter collection, recreation area maintenance, footpaths, policing within the parish and any management issues at the Willink Recreation Centre. The Committee also embraces the two allotment plots on the Common and Hatch areas.

The day to day running of the village hall is the responsibility of the Hall Manager, Catherine Redding. Catherine is responsible for all hall lettings and the related administrative procedures. The committee oversees the overall management of the hall to ensure business conducted within the various legislative boundaries. The letting and maintenance of the Burghfield Millennium Pavilion also comes under the committee umbrella.

Committee Members
Ian Macfarlane (Chairman)
Matthew Paterson-Borland
Maureen Cresser
Royce Longton
Angela Gallagher
Bill Neilson
Carol Jackson-Doerge
Daniel Kellaway

Finance and Governance
Committee

The Finance and Governance Committee meets bi-monthly, the main purpose being to ensure accounting compliance by way of budgeting and control of public finances. The committee monitors monitor the internal and external audit reports and to ensure that the financial and legal business of the Parish Council is conducted within the various legislative boundaries. The Committee is also responsible for the allocation of financial contributions under the provisions of Section 137 of the Local Government Act, 1972.

The Committee has been given the responsibility of developing the Parish Plan Action Plan following the refresh undertaken this year. Future work is to ensure that the goals set for the Parish Council are met where and when ever possible, and that grant applications are submitted at every opportunity.

Committee Members
Matthew Paterson-Borland (Chairman)
Christopher Greaves
Paul Lawrence
Ian Macfarlane
Nick Morse
Duncan Gooding

Infrastructure
Committee

The Infrastructure committee meets on the fourth Thursday of each month, but not during August or December, when special arrangements are made. It also meets just to consider planning applications after every Parish Council meeting.

The committee’s main focus is on planning, housing needs and ensuring building compliance, transport issues and the promotion of energy conservation and preservation within the parish.

This committee gives consideration to all the planning applications within the parish council area submitted to West Berkshire District Council, and monitors decisions and appeals. Delegated responsibility is given to the Committee Chairman to deal with minor applications.

Committee Members
Christopher Greaves (Chairman)
Ian Macfarlane
Paul Lawrence
Maureen Cresser
Royce Longton
Duncan Godding
David Godwin
Tim Ansell
Daniel Kellaway

Community Hub Committee

The Community Hub Working Party Group meet every third Thursday of the month, except for August and December. The committee is responsible for advising the parish council, liaising with consultants, and the project management team, on specific matters as they pertain in the preparation and delivery of a Community Hub facility in Burghfield.

Committee Members
Matthew Paterson-Borland (Chairman)
Christopher Greaves
Paul Lawrence
Ian Macfarlane
Nick Morse
Libby Sharp

Allotments Sub-Committee

The Allotments Sub-Committee meets bi-monthly.  The Allotments Sub-Committee was appointed by the Community Committee in order to enhance communication between the Council and allotment tenants and to assist with the provision and management of allotments.

Neighbourhood Development Plan Committee

The NDP Committee is made up of local residents and a minimum of 3 parish councillors.  Following the 2011 Act, a Parish council can establish general planning policies for the development and use of land in a neighbourhood. These policies are formulated in a Neighbourhood Development Plan. An NDP does not override the strategic context defined in local development plans. In particular, policies produced in an NDP cannot block development that is already part of the local development plan. However, an NDP can shape and influence where that development will go and what it will look like.

Burghfield and Mortimer
Neighbourhood Action Group

Not a Sub Committee of the Parish Council, but a Partnership Meeting set up in conjunction with the Thames Valley Police, on which the Parish Council has two representatives and also provides full administrative support. Burghfield was selected as one of 16 areas for the introduction of the National Police Reassurance Project, and has been involved in revised police activities in a combined effort to reduce local crime and also the fear of crime. This group has now been extended to include 7 additional parishes, and time will tell if the larger group is successful.

Burghfield
Parish Council

P.O Box 7381,
Reading
RG1 9XP

0118 983 1748
burghfieldparishcouncil@gmail.com