News & Announcements
SPC - Clean Up Day 2022
Sunday 10th April
Meeting at the Pavilion on King George V field, Pound Lane, Sonning on Sunday 10th April 2022 at 10am.
Please come along and lend a hand but remember to wear gloves, strong footwear and suitable clothing. Please bring along your own litter picker and Hi Vis if you have them otherwise they can be provided while stocks last. Refreshments will be provided.
Just turn up on the day or for further details please contact: Tony Farnese on 07774 494610.
Local Plan Update
Deadline 24th January
All residents will have received a flyer from WBC concerning the latest consultation on their revised growth strategy. Everyone is encouraged to read the leaflet and login to engage.wokingham.gov.uk and look at the survey. You do not have to answer every question. For Sonning residents the important questions are 12b and 13b where you can give your opinions on "Land east of Pound Lane (Sonning Golf Club)" and "Land at Sonning Farm".
If you find the online survey difficult to navigate then you can also send an email with your thoughts to LPU@wokingham.gov.uk.
Protect our Green Spaces
An important part of the Local Plan Update is to ensure that we protect the green spaces that define Sonning. Please visit the Sonning Neighbourhood Plan website and vote for the important areas around us so that we can try to prevent them from being developed.
WBC Launches Garden Forest Scheme
29th November 2021
In celebration of National Tree Week, Wokingham Borough Council is launching a pilot Garden Forest Scheme, which is part of its aspiration to becoming a net-zero carbon borough, and invites residents to apply for a tree, or trees, for their own garden.
Over the next five years, we are looking to plant 250,000 trees across the borough to increase carbon sequestration rates. Carbon sequestration is a process whereby the trees will draw excess CO2 from the atmosphere and store it.
In order to apply to the Garden Forest Scheme, the council invites you to visit its Engage platform, where you will find an application form and more information about the scheme, and the project as a whole.
The scheme is set to initially run for two years, after which it will be reviewed, and a decision made on whether to extend it. The initial application window, open until 31 January, and applicants will be contacted throughout March, with successful residents being given more information on arrangements for collecting a tree, which will be early Autumn 2022 to coincide with planting season.
In order to be eligible, you must have space in your garden for a tree and permission to plant the tree if the garden is not yours.
Councillor Wayne Smith, executive member for planning and enforcement, said: “I am really excited that we are able to launch the Garden Forest Scheme, and offer residents another way that they can help towards reaching our goal of a net-zero carbon borough. We know that as a council we can’t do this alone, so being able to offer residents ways in which they can help is so important.”
John Tucker, Director of Woodland Outreach at the Woodland Trust added: "The Woodland Trust is proud to be supporting Wokingham's Tree Project through our Emergency Tree Fund. Planting new trees is a vital step in fighting climate change and nature loss. By joining in the Garden Forest initiative, residents across Wokingham can play their part and get the lasting benefits of trees to enjoy for years to come."
Annual Parish Meeting
Tuesday 25th May 2021
The annual meeting of Sonning Parish Council will be held this coming Tuesday following the earlier annual Parish meeting, at approximately 8.30pm. Due to the uncertainty about Covid variants it will be held this year via Skype. This meeting is open to the public and you should contact the Clerk with your email and/or Skype name by midday on Monday if you would like an invitation.
The SPC Annual Reports are available to view: here .
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