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Notification of the period of public rights and publication of unaudited annual governance and accountability Return 2019/2020

Please see all related documents and 'A summary of your rights' under 'Your Council', 'Accounts' 2019/2020

Full Council Meeting Monday 15th June 7pm via Zoom virtual platform

 The next meeting of Berkeley Town Council will be held on Monday 15th June 2020 via the Zoom Virtual Platform at 7pm. Details of how to join are on the agenda which is under 'Your Council'. 

Members of the public are always welcome to attend a Council meeting and may discuss with Councillors any item of concern. The first thirty minutes of a meeting are set aside for this purpose, and while visitors are welcome to stay beyond that time, they are not permitted to participate in the business of the evening.


 Notice of Council Vacancy 8th June 2020

Due to the recent resignation of Cllr Heaven there is a vacancy for a Councillor at Berkeley Town Council.

If you are interested in filling the role please contact the Town Clerk or any current Councillor to find out more about the role, or send in a written expressions of interest.

Notice of Vacancy 8.6.20


Due to recent Government advice Berkeley Town Council have taken the decision to close the Town Council Office until further notice.
If you need any help or to speak to the Town Clerk the contact details are as follows:
Tel: 01453 511964

If you need to speak to any of the Town Councillors contact details are below:

PHIL STEVENSON 07794 588304
JO SEALEY 07976 980579
TONY TUCKER 07592 027177




The Government recently announced that Play Parks could be re-opened on Saturday 4th July and produced guidance on how they can be managed while minimising the transmission risk of Covid-19.

Berkeley Town Council has carried out a Risk Assessment on both areas and is happy to announce that they can be opened.

There will be a professional wash, disinfect and rinse down of all the play equipment, benches and gates on Friday 3rd July, so we request that you do not enter the parks until Saturday when they will re-open. Please be sensible and act responsibly, the virus has not gone away.

Some of the Government guidance is not practical for a small town like Berkeley. For example, it is not feasible to provide stewards, arrange a booking system, creating waiting areas with barriers, provide cleaning equipment etc, so the Town Council has put together a set of guidelines which must be adhered to. They are displayed on the entrances to both parks and below, please do not enter the play areas until you have read the rules and are prepared to follow them:

Park View and Canon Park Re-opening guidelines


 At the virtual Full Council Meeting on Monday 18th May the Council agreed to re-open Canon Park field ONLY, the Council want local residents to be able to enjoy outdoor space for exercise and recreation but please remember to continue social distancing at all times.  The play equipment and football stand remain closed as there is a risk of close contact and touching surfaces. 

Parents please supervise your children at all times or if they are old enough ensure they are following social distancing guidelines. Park View play area remains closed, Sarah’s Field, the Allotments and the Cemetery all remain open. We will continue to monitor the situation in all green spaces.

Please remember you can meet one other person from outside your household if you are outdoors and stay 2 metres apart. Public gatherings of more than 2 people from difference households are prohibited in law.  If you find the field is already busy then please try somewhere else. Please remember to stay 2 metres apart, stay safe, stay apart.



Following Government Advice, Berkeley Town Council has taken the difficult decision to close Park View and Canon Park playgrounds, football field and the Canon Park football stand, to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

For the safety of others please respect these closures.

The Coronavirus can survive on plastic and metal surfaces, in cold and warm temperatures for up to 3 days, please explain this to your young people.

THE ALLOTMENTS will remain open for now, the gate has been tied open. Please remember to keep 2m apart from other gardeners.

SARAHS FIELD will remain open for now, the gate has been tied open. Please remember to keep 2m apart from other users.

BERKELEY CEMETERY will remain open for now, the gate has been tied open. Please remember to keep 2m apart from other users.

Stroud District Council have reassured us that they will NOT be enforcing the 23 hour car park restrictions in our two car parks (Marybrook Street and the Library) at this time.


Berkeley Town Council are running four competitions to help us get through these trying times and to try to help lift peoples spirits:

1. 'Street Party Poster' - We will be arranging a large street party when the Coronavirus situation changes (with help from residents hopefully!). We would like the children to design a poster/flag which will be used to advertise it when the time comes (leave a blank area for the dates/times etc). There are 2 age groups: up to 10 and 11-16 years

2. Picture of 'Rainbow and/or Bear Windows'. We know a lot of you have already done this, so please ask your parents/carers to post your photos on here

3. Photography - Any age group - Are you a budding photographer, we are asking for photos about 'What kept you occupied during the Coronavirus Outbreak'. Please ask permission if you include photos of people.

4. Ideas for a 'Mural/Noticeboard for the new Canon Park Recreational Ground Entrance' - Any age group - This could be a painting/drawing or digital artwork.

Please post on our facebook page or email to and include which competition number you are entering.
Please ask your parents/carers to post your pictures as we can only accept these, also parents/carers by posting your entries you are agreeing to post on a public page.
The competition will close on 30th June and will be judged by the Mayor and the Councillors. There will be prizes for each category.


About Berkeley

Berkeley is an ancient English settlement, referred to in the Doomsday book as "Berchelai". Berkeley is the birthplace of Edward Jenner, the originator of vaccination, who in 1796 discovered the vaccine for smallpox. The Vicarage, Edward Jenner's home is now  Dr. Jenner's House Museum and Garden, you can still see the hut in the garden where he carried out his first vaccinations. The town is also noted for Berkeley Castle, the site of the imprisonment and gruesome murder of King Edward II in 1327. Berkeley is a neighbour to the site of Berkeley Power Station, the first commercial nuclear power station to enter service in the UK.

The town is located mid-way between Bristol and Gloucester on the south bank of the River Severn. The town sits on a hill, surrounded by marshland which forms part of the flood plain for the River Severn. The central area of Berkeley is a designated conservation area and includes many listed buildings.

Following the 1974 re-organisation of Local Government, the Parish of Berkeley regained its Town Status and its Mayor. Within these pages there is information about the Town Council and the facilities it provides. If you would like to find out more about Berkeley Town Council, please do not hesitate to contact the Town Council Office.