West Berkshire Council
West Berkshire Council Offices
Tel: 01635 42400
West Berkshire makes up over half of the geographical area of the county of
Berkshire - covering an area of 272 square miles. The district is primarily
made up of
chalk downlands, loosely centred along the lower reaches of the river
rises in Wiltshire and flows through to join the Thames at Reading.
The flat floodplain of this river is bordered by fairly steep slopes on each
people within the district live within this valley. To the south, the land
rises steeply to
line of scarps which form the border with Hampshire. The majority of the
however, lies to the north of the Kennet where the land rises to the
Marlborough Downs. This is an area of gently rolling, chalk downland,
part of the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).
area is famous for its involvement in horse racing and the consequent ever-
The district of West Berkshire lies on the western fringe of the South East
region. It is
centrally located, at a crossroads where the South East meets the South West
where the south coast comes up to meet the southern Midlands. As such, the
lies at the convergence of two key road arteries in the south – the M4 and
Both provide direct road links in all directions, with all the key urban
southern England (London, Reading, Southampton, Portsmouth, Bristol, Oxford,
Swindon) within an hour’s drive.
The district has good rail links, with London less than a hour by train and
connections, via Reading, to all the mainline routes throughout the country.
also has very good links to international transport hubs: Heathrow and
airport are 40 miles away, as are the ferry terminals in Southampton and
providing links with the continent.
What do we do?
Our primary role is to provide a high level of protection to the community
in West Berkshire. We do this through enforcing a range of laws and
providing advice and education. In addition to protecting the interests of
consumers and reputable businesses we work with key partners such as the
Police and Primary Care Trust to support a number of key priorities
- A Safer and Stronger West Berkshire
- A Cleaner and Greener West Berkshire
- Promoting Healthier Lives
- Promoting Independence
- Protection of Vulnerable People
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