Join a District Group

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We have seven District Groups across the Royal County of Berkshire. We are keen to recruit new volunteers to these groups to help increase our effectiveness in monitoring planning proposals and inappropriate development that affect the countryside. We would also like to recruit to specific roles which focus on rural transport, light pollution, hedgerows, historic heritage, climate change, and more, that will help make us a constructive and effective voice to protect Berkshire’s countryside, the Green Belt, and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

There are seven District Groups covering the six unitary authorities that form the historic Royal County of Berkshire: Bracknell Forest, Reading, Slough, West Berkshire, Windsor & Maidenhead, and Wokingham.

The seven District Groups are:

Ascot & Bracknell District
Chairman: Rebecca Murphy
This group would like a volunteer to cover the Ascot side of the District. The Bracknell side is currently focusing its attention on a large-scale housing development proposal of 4,000 homes on Green Belt land at Jealott’s Hill.

Bradfield District
Chairman: Edward Golton
Recent campaigning has focused on West Berkshire Council’s Minerals and Waste Sites Consultation report for the extraction of sand and gravel at three potential sites in Chievely, Sulhamstead and Wasing. We also strongly objected to a proposed site at Brimpton Hill due to landscape impact and loss of water for surrounding woodland, and the major impact of lorries on the narrow lane and bridges to the A4, leading to this site being subsequently dropped from the Consultation.

Cookham & Bisham District
Chairman: To be appointed
Due to a recent bereavement this District is without a Chairman. The area is currently being covered by the Executive Committee.

Newbury & Hungerford District
Acting Chairman: Gloria Keene
Protection of the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Beauty is the highest priority for the area, and protecting it from inappropriate development. Rural transport, maintaining the dark night sky, protecting ancient woodlands and the impact of climate change are the District’s main issues to help preserve the amenity of the area.

Slough District
Chairman: To be appointed
We are currently seeking a new Chairman to lead and re-establish this group. If you would like to get involved and make a difference in this area, please see below. The area is currently being covered by the Executive Committee.

Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead District
Chairman: To be appointed
Although this area is currently being covered by the Executive Committee, we are currently seeking a new Chairman to lead and re-establish this group.
It has been a busy year initiating a Judicial Review to the High Court in London to challenge the borough council’s decision to grant planning permission to Legoland, for a large development of 450 holiday homes and associated infrastructure. The proposed development in Windsor Forest and Windsor Great Park would have resulted in the destruction of many ancient and veteran trees. The Park has the highest number of these trees not just in the UK, but in the whole of Europe. It has also recently successfully campaigned against an inappropriate housing development of 150 new homes in the Green Belt at Lodge Farm, Holyport.
If you would like to get involved and make a difference in this area, please see below.

Wokingham District
Chairman: Dr Peter Wilford
New members are welcome to join this District Group.
The publication of Wokingham Borough Council’s draft Local Plan has been released for consultation. Our District and Planning Consultant has submitted a comprehensive objection for consideration. The proposal in Wokingham, is for one of the government’s Five Garden Towns to be located at Grazeley, south of the M4 and stretching over three districts. The plan and consultation, which ran from 3 Feb to 3 April 2020 can be studied here. It could bring 15000 new homes to the area, with 10000 in the Wokingham area, mainly west of the A33.

We are particularly looking for two new Chairs for Slough, and Windsor & Maidenhead. Do you:

  • have a genuine love for the countryside around you: the hedgerows, dark skies, heritage sites and our threatened Green Belt;
  • possess tact, diplomacy and the powers to influence;
  • have a little knowledge of the planning system;
  • have the skills to run a meeting;
  • and the confidence to liaise with other groups and local authorities?

If the answer is yes, we would love to hear from you. Please get in touch with Gloria Keene, Branch Secretary, via email or by calling the main office on 0118 930 6756.

The English countryside is wonderful – help us to look after it.