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Crack down on fly tipping

Crack down on fly tipping

Wokingham Borough Council continues to crackdown on fly-tipping across the borough, reminding offenders that ‘We Are Watching’ – and we are catching!

But the Council needs your help to catch even more people responsible for this criminal activity.

The pictures above from Commonfield Lane in Barham and Kingsbridge Hill are some of the most recent reports of fly-tipping that we need help with.

If you can assist the Council in regards to the waste shown, or want a closer look on its website of these and other examples, please contact the Council with any information you have. All information will be treated in confidence. If the information you provide results in a successful prosecution you will receive a gift card to the value of £100.

Any fly-tipping you spot around the borough can be reported online on the map. And remember, your waste is your responsibility. Ensure you use a licensed waste carrier to remove any household rubbish. You can use the Environment Agency’s quick check tool.

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Easter waste collections

Easter weekend bin collections

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On Good Friday (2 April) and Easter Monday (5 April) bin collections will start earlier than usual, with rounds starting from 5.30am.

If you’re due a collection on either of these days please put your items out the night before.

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Cllr Dave Mills

Cllr Dave Mills

Cllr Dave Mills

It is with great sadness that we announce that Councillor Dave Mills passed away this week. 

Dave was first elected to Woodley Town Council in 2007, when he stood for election in Warren Ward and where he remained for the duration of his time as a Town Councillor.

Cllr Mills was on several committees, including the Town Council’s Planning & Community Committee, Strategy & Resources Committee, Risk Management Working Party, Standing Orders & Financial Regulations Working Party and its Urgency Committee. 

He also served as Town Mayor on two separate occasions during 2015-16 and 2020-21.

Cllr Jenny Cheng said: “Serving the residents of Woodley was very important to Dave. His pride of joy, however, was while in the position of Town Mayor of Woodley, which he held to be an honour. I worked with him for many years and I know he was always willing to help anyone. We shall all miss him.”

Our thoughts are with his family and friends. He will be greatly missed.

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New Covid 19 Rules from 29th March 2021

new covid rules 29 march

Please continue to respect and follow the rules.

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Anti-social behaviour Garden of Remembrance

We are still experiencing antisocial behaviour in the Garden of Remembrance in Woodford Park.

We are in regular contact with the local police team to try and deal with this.

If you have any concerns about antisocial behaviour please let us know and also contact the police team via the 101 phone number or via the Thames Valley Police website.

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Removal of pergola at Woodford Park Leisure Centre

woodford park leisure centre

The old pergola and wisteria at the front of Woodford Park Leisure Centre will be removed during the week beginning 29th March.

The structure has deteriorated over time and will be removed to keep the area safe. We are using this as an opportunity to smarted up that area with new planting in the flower beds and making use of the space for outdoor exercise classes.

Keep an eye out for more information on this via WPLC’s Facebook Page.

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Road resurfacing in Woodley


Wokingham Borough Council’s road resurfacing team will be returning to several sites across the borough for anti-skid works from 29th March, with overnight works, 8pm to 6am at Butts Hill Road and Headley Road.

To find out the exact schedule, please click HERE.

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Charity and community hub to open in the Borough

In September, the first Charity and Community Hub will open in Wokingham town centre.  

This is an ambitious project which builds on from the positive partnership developed between Wokingham Borough Council and the voluntary, charity and community sector during the Covid-19 pandemic.  

During the past year, it has become clear residents have really benefitted from the coordinated way the council and the voluntary, charity and community sector have worked together to ensure people get the help and support they need.   The hub will bring a number of voluntary, charity and community organisations under one roof.  The first hub will be based at Waterford House in Wokingham, and it will provide high quality information, advice and support to enable people to access the right services to meet their individual needs and circumstances at the right time. 

This is the first hub of its kind in Wokingham, and there are aspirations to roll out further hubs elsewhere in the borough during the coming years, as identified in Wokingham Borough Council’s voluntary and community sector strategy agreed in 2020.   

Wokingham Borough Council has submitted a planning application to refurbish Waterford House, ready for the Charity and Community Hub to open its doors later this year. Waterford House would be redecorated, and office space reconfigured to make it more appropriate for the voluntary, charity and community organisations moving into the building. Proposals also includes an application for a change of use – details can be found on the council’s website at and search ‘planning applications’ (planning application number: 210797). Subject to planning permission, refurbishment work would start in the summer. 

Cllr Charles Margetts, executive member for health, wellbeing and adult services, said: “The Wokingham Charity and Community Hub is the first of its kind in the borough and I am delighted we are making progress and turning our ambitions into reality.   “Planning for this hub has got off the ground thanks to the partnership approach between the borough council and the voluntary, charity and community organisations. The first hub’s location is at the heart of the town centre. It will allow the voluntary, charity and community sector to work closely together, sharing resources where possible and delivering services as close as possible to people in their own communities, which is great news for our residents.”

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Woodley Town Council objects to proposed 5G mast in Vauxhall Park

Woodley Town Council Members support local residents in the objection of a planning application for the installation of a 20m high telecommunications mast and ancillary equipment on land to the North East of Vauxhall Drive, namely Vauxhall Park. 

At the Town Council’s Planning & Community Meeting on 23rd March, Members noted there had been in excess of 200 responses to this planning application, the vast majority of which objected to the proposals. Three members of the public attended the virtual meeting to voice their objections. 

Council Members noted these objections related to the siting of the mast in Vauxhall Park, and not the general need to erect a telecommunications mast in the area, which they acknowledged to be a necessity to allow 5G rollout. 

Members also noted the Town Council had previously responded to Wokingham Borough Council’s draft Local Plan consultation recommending Vauxhall Park, amongst other green spaces, be designated as a Local Green Space in the Local Plan update. 

Council Members agreed with the objections cited by residents, both at the meeting and in comments submitted to the planning authority, and fully supported the view locating the mast in Vauxhall Park was not appropriate. 

Woodley Town Council has consequently written to Wokingham Borough Council’s planning authority to recommend refusal of this planning application on the grounds that the proposal will: 

  • Lead to the reduction of available green space for recreation and enjoyment
  • Impact on local biodiversity and wildlife 
  • Compromise the safety of park users during construction 
  • Dominate the local skyline and nearby dwarf trees and houses
  • Have a negative impact on a vital local amenity for residents
  • Be contrary to the Town Council’s recommendation to designate Vauxhall Park as a Local Green Space as part of Wokingham Borough Council’s Local Plan Update. 

The application is 210668, and can be viewed at The consultation ends on March 26th.

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Have your say: new walking and cycling infrastructure in Wokingham Borough

Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan for Wokingham Borough


Wokingham Borough Council is developing a Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan (LCWIP).

The aim is to determine where best to focus future investment in active travel infrastructure to support walking and cycling across the borough. This might include providing new cycle routes, improving footways and crossings, creating ‘school streets’ or reducing the impact of through-traffic in local neighbourhoods.

The Council is at an early stage in the plan development process and would like input from across the local community to help shape the outcome.

This is your opportunity to share your views. The platform provides an interactive map where you can place a ‘pin’ on any location in the borough and leave specific comments.

This engagement platform will remain open for comments until Sunday 18 April. You can access it HERE.

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Wokingham Borough Waste update

Deliveries continue across the borough

Rubbish collection crews are now seeing more and more waterproof recycling bags in use across the borough.

More than 12,000 households have now had their delivery bundle, which includes two waterproof recycling bags, 80 blue general waste bags and 100 food waste recycling bags.

Wokingham Borough Council remain’s on track to deliver to all households by mid-April. Delivery crews will also be working weekends to ensure all residents get their items as quickly as possible – so keep an eye out for yours. 

You can use WBC’s website to check when your delivery is due by and how to report if you think your delivery has been missed. You can also watch its YouTube video on how to use the bags.

Finding a new use for your black boxes

Now thousands of you have your bags and are using them, you might be wondering what to do with your old black recycling boxes.

If you have got your first two bags, you can keep using the black boxes for now but only with non-paper and non-card items. We will advise you in due course how you can order more bags if required.

Once you have enough waterproof recycling bags for all your recycling, please only use these and repurpose your black boxes. Suggestions to reuse the boxes include:

  • Use for storage in the garage, shed or loft
  • Make a garden planter
  • Use to grow vegetables
  • Store your glass for the bottle bank
  • If you don’t want them your neighbours might, ask around to see if others want them

Do not leave your black boxes out for collection if you can’t repurpose them. There will be a dedicated collection period later this year. We will let you know when collections will be.

Renew your garden waste subscriptions

All you green fingered residents across Wokingham Borough will soon be able to apply for a garden waste collection for 2021-22.

Anyone signed up for a collection for 2020-21 will get an email or letter asking them to sign up to use a brown wheelie bin for the new financial year.

Residents will be directed to sign up via our website from next week, with the cost covering the period from 1 May 2021 until 30 April 2022.

The price of a garden waste collection has increased slightly by £5 to £65 for the year. The price of individual brown garden waste sacks, which have a 75-litre capacity, has also increased, from £1 to £1.10. This is the first price increase since the service launched in 2012 and is to cover increased running costs.

How to dispose of a home Covid-19 test

Thousands of children returned to school across the borough this week, with families now being able to access at home lateral flow tests.

If you’ve used these kits at home, you should then dispose of them in the following way:

  1. After use put all the test kit contents, including the sachets, swabs and extraction tubes, into the small waste bag provided with the kit and seal it
  2. Place this bag into your blue general waste bags
  3. The outer packaging, including cardboard box, cardboard sleeve and leaflet, can be recycled in your waterproof recycling bag (or black recycling box until your recycling bags are delivered) once you are finished with the series of tests

These tests are available to households and support/childcare bubbles of school staff and all school pupils. You can order tests online through the website.

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