M4 Road Closures - October
M4 Junctions 12 to 13 Hermitage (West Berkshire) – Bridge Refurbishment Works – Upcoming Closures
Preliminary works along the M4, between junctions 12 and 13, is progressing well and in October the narrow lane traffic management is scheduled to be installed. To assist with onsite activities and the installation of the traffic management, the following full overnight closures of the M4 have been programmed:
· Monday 2 October for 5 nights – full EASTBOUND closures from junction 13 to junction 12
· Monday 9 October for 5 nights – full WESTBOUND closures from junction 12 to junction 13
· Monday 16 October for 5 nights – full EASTBOUND closures from junction 13 to junction 12
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Or you can visit our website at www.highways.gov.uk/roads
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Claire Williams (Police, Co-ordinator, West Berkshire)
Witness Appeal Distraction Burglary London Road Thatcham near Texaco garage
This is an allegation of distraction burglary. It has been committed against an elderly gentleman with limited mobility.At approximately 1700hrs on 12th September, a male knocked on the victims door and said there is a problem with the water and his stopcock will need to be turn off. The victim said he cannot physically do that and the offender said he has a friend that can help. The offender called a second male who entered the address and the first male went with the victim and sat in the kitchen. The second male went under the stairs and it appears at some point the second male snuck upstairs and made a brief search. Both males soon left the address. The victim later noticed that around £120 was missing from two envelopes in a drawer in the bedroom.
Description of the offenders:
Male, white, 6ft, in his 40s, slight build, local accent, wearing a black baseball cap and black jacket. Also has a cleft lip.
Male, white, in his 50’s, Stocky build, faint Irish accent, short grey hair.
If anyone has information about this incident please contact the 24 hour Police Enquiry Centre on 101 (Ref 43170271478)
David - Neighbourhood Watch Coordinator
Closure of A338 Great Shefford
West Berkshire Highways have informed us that the A338 Wantage Road through Great Shefford will be closed from Monday 25th Sept while the road is resurfaced. The closure will be between Newbury Road and Station Road and will be in place between 9:30am and 3:30pm each day. The works are expected to take up to 4 days (weather dependant).
Access for pedestrians and emergency vehicles will be maintained during the closure. Residents will be able to gain access to and from their property but should expect short delays while the road is made safe for them to pass.
The signed diversion route must use the same class of road so will be via A338, A4, A34, A4185, A417, A338 and vice versa.
All enquiries should be directed to West Berkshire Highways Maintenance Team on 01635 519080
A plan of the closure and further information can be found at www.roadworks.org
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Brenda Begbie (Police, Admin Support Officer, West Berks)
Between 8pm 9/9 and 9am 10/9 offender(s) drove across fields in Winterbourne causing damage to unharvested crops.
If anyone has information about this incident please contact the 24 hour Police Enquiry Centre on 101 (Ref 43170268671 )
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Tracie Stone (Police, Neighbourhood policing admin, West Berks)
This is a reminder on behalf of Angela Money BEM, Thames Valley Neighbourhood Watch Committee Member representing West Berkshire.
A Neighbourhood Watch meeting is being held in Hungerford Town Hall on Tuesday 19 September 2017 from 7.00 pm – 9.00 pm and I will be speaking about Neighbourhood Watch and the benefits of having a scheme in your road, advise on crime prevention and how we can help the Police.
Inspector Chris Ward and Sergeant Alan Hawkett will also speak at this meeting and we will be available to answer any questions. Also attending will be the Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Barber, Hungerford’s Deputy Mayor Helen Simpson and Rev Mike Saunders.
If you have any queries, Angela can be contacted via her e-mail address:
email@example.com or by phoning Newbury 40866.
Anyone is welcome to attend this meeting, so please come along and bring any neighbours or friends.
Very many thanks.
David - Local Neighbourhood Watch Coordinator
Hopefully you may have noticed the two new bright yellow boxes in the Parish... the Parish Council has recently installed two public access defibrillators. One at Wickham Village Hall and the other at Weston Farm Barns in Weston the bright yellow cabinet stores the portable device.
What is a defibrillator you may ask.... a defibrillator is a device that gives a high energy electric shock to the heart through the chest wall to someone who is in cardiac arrest. This high energy shock is called defibrillation, and it's an essential life saving step in the chain of survival. If you come across someone who has had a cardiac arrest, it’s vital to call 999 and start CPR. When you call 999 they will advise you on where the nearest defibrillator is and how to access it. Within the carry case are scissors, chest pads and everything you will need to use it. The defibrillator itself will talk you through how to use it, anyone can use it without any prior training.
However, to give you confidence before you need it in an emergency why not watch the training video? Training Video.
You shouldn’t be afraid of using a defibrillator if someone has had a cardiac arrest, it could save their life.
The Parish Council do hope to organise a public training session, if this is something you would be interested in attending please let Sarah know at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Ellie Selby (Police, Digital Communications Officer, Thames Valley Police)
Do you know when to ring 999 and when to ring 101? We've devised a short survey for all ages across Thames Valley, to better understand how you use these services. Please take this short survey: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/101or999
Easton Hill will be CLOSED from the 11th to 13th September to allow repairs to a leaking water main.
The alternative route for all traffic affected will be via B4000 Baydon Road, High Street and Rood Hill.
All queries should be forwarded to Torid Bastien of Thames Water on Tel: 02035 777 740.
For more info follow the link Easton Hill
Ms Speciosa Nakavuma | Technician Traffic & Road Safety| Transport & Countryside|
An order that has been made by West Berkshire Council to divert a section of public footpath in Easton, Welford.
The landowners have agreed to physically create the new route to the west of Easton Farmhouse – if there are no objections then the order can be confirmed by West Berkshire Council,but only after the new route has been created to West Berkshire Council’s satisfaction. The part of the diversion north of Easton Farmhouse is already available for public use.
Full details can be found here:
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