• Welcome from Sonning Parish Council
  • A lovely part of the Thames
  • With magnificent old buildings
  • and green fields
  • home to an historic church
  • a very old watering hole
  • with scenes reminiscent of 3 Men in a Boat
  • and a nature reserve
  • and concern for the environment

Notice of Road Works

UPDATE: 16:54 pm. Thu 19th March 2015

1. Reading Bridge (the one by the Thames Water HQ) will be fully closed to all traffic from May 18th for two weeks for major strengthening works. It’s very possible that our little bridge here in Sonning will find itself carrying some of the diverted traffic, adding further to congestion in commuter hours and Oracle shopping queues at weekends.

2. The flyover leading into Thames Valley Business Park from the A329 will close to all traffic from March 29th to April 20th for structural works..

News & Announcements

Updates on Highways & Planning

Sonning Parish Council has asked Wokingham Borough Council’s highway engineers to take a look at the state of the roadway in Pound Lane, particularly the northern section from the Sonning Primary School crossing to its junction with Pearson Road. Highlighting the poor state of the roadway will hopefully result in some urgent repairs if not a full re-surface, budgets permitting.

We understand that the old redundant ‘bell/siren pole’ from the former Fire Station site will be re-installed shortly. Not until the pole was taken down for safe keeping during development of the site was it realised that the bell/siren platform was roofed by and old and very rickety kitchen table! For health and safety reasons, the table is being replaced with a sturdier replica.

Although we had a firm promise back in November 2014 from Wokingham Borough Council that Sonning’s mostly blocked rainwater drains and gullies/culverts would be cleared in time for winter, after some more persuasion, the job is promised to start today, March 18th.

Information In The New Phone Box

Since BT sold the old phone box outside Pearson Hall to your Parish Council we had a vital Defibrillator installed, followed by another at Beech Lodge next to the school, covering the playground, school and recreation area, plus the neighbourhood.


The phone box in Pearson Road is an Information Point, a totally free facility for local businesses and organisations to display their services and make any kind of leaflet, brochure, business flyer etc. available to locals in visitors alike. Panels are also provided to house suitably sized posters. Contact Pat Doyle (on 0790 513 7857) or email pat.doyle@sonning-pc.gov.uk for size details.

Oxfordshire Mineral Sites
Land East of Spring Lane, Sonning Eye

We are all aware of recent sand and gravel processing by La Farge Tarmac in the ‘triangle’ between the B478 and Spring Lane. Permission was granted towards the end of last year by Oxfordshire County Council for the next phase on land east of Spring Lane (towards Shiplake – about half way) for excavation and processing sand and gravel totalling 1.89 million tonnes, including the removal of soil. Planning approval is accompanied by a total of seventy six conditions covering such elements as Archaeology Mitigation, Flood Management Plans, Ground Water Levels, Noise Monitoring and many more.

A rolling conveyor for the movement of excavated material from the site will be installed over its length and will elevate over Spring Lane to join the existing conveyor into the processing plant. Once processed, the materials will be taken from the plant in lorries, the eight wheelers when fully loaded will weigh thirty two tons. To move the 1.89 million tons will entail just over one hundred and eighteen thousand journeys (118,000) duplicated by the lorries returning empty. Lorries will more than likely travel through Caversham and Henley to access A4 and M4.

Your Parish Council received assurances from the company that their lorries or ‘customer’ lorries would not access the processing site via Sonning Bridge. It’s worth noting that heavy penalties await any transgression of the existing Weak Bridge weight limit on our historic bridge.

Full operational production of the site is estimated to begin at the start of 2016 for which a new site access/exit will be constructed adjoining the A4155 Reading – Henley road. Processed materials will leave the existing plant at Sonning Eye. According the current Oxfordshire County Council Minerals ‘directory’ total yield from the site extending towards Shiplake will total 5.5 million tonnes.

Archives of previous front page news can be found on the News Archive page


The civil parish of Sonning lies within the Borough of Wokingham. Responsibilities are split between the two councils, with the Parish Council looking after local interests. The chairman of the Parish Council is Pat Doyle. Mike Haines is the Borough Councillor for Sonning and Warren, and Theresa May is the local Member of Parliament.

Our website is divided into two sections - one with information pertaining to The Council and the other for Sonning Village matters. Under each main heading in the menu you'll find various sub-headings to help you navigate around the site quickly:
About the Council - Aims & Objectives, The Councillors, Policies &Procedures, Reports.
Committees & Working Groups - Agendas and Minutes of Council and Planning Meetings as well as details about the other working groups.
Planning Matters - How the planning guidance functions, Conservation Area Assessment and the Sonning Design Guide.
News - archives of the SPC Newsletter and the front page stories from this website.
Council Amenities - the other projects the Parish Council looks after, from allotments and the playground to the Local Nature Reserve. There is also a Fault Reporting form.
Sonning Village - the history and facilities within the village and the local societies.
Sonning Leisure - information about local sports facilities and other organisations and community groups.
Village Events - details about the annual and bi-annual community occurences such as the Sonning Regatta & Scarecrows and the Sonning Show.

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