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There is now guidance on our COVID 19 webpage but for the most up to date infomation try https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus and www.gov.uk/search/news-and-communications? for latest COVID 19 news

Have Your Say! Have your say – for the neighbourhood plan – click on link to survey below.

http://chedworth.org.uk/bigsurvey/

Chairmans Report

Chedworth Parish Council Hill and Valley July 2021

 

VACANCY FOR COUNCILLOR

 

There is currently an opportunity for someone to join the Parish Council.   CDC were notified that a vacancy had occurred and they have given the PC the all clear to co opt a new member.   If you are interested in joining please feel free to contact any councillor for advice regarding what the role entails.  Most residents are eligible, through being on the register of electors, and some others who work or own property in the village, may also be eligible.  If you feel this is something you would like to do please email the clerk at    clerk@chedworthpc.org.uk     Supplying a short resume or CV would of course be very helpful.

 

WILDLIFE TRUST

 

Thanks to the overwhelming response from the article in the Hill and Valley and from Nextdoor, the PC has agreed with the Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust to adopt the Chedworth Nature Reserve. The Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust were satisfied that its priorities of wildlife preservation and open access for the community will be met by the Parish Council.  Due to the positive community response, it was felt that adopting the Reserve was a once in a generation opportunity to preserve the valuable site as a community asset.  The Parish Council are satisfied that owning Chedworth Nature Reserve will not be financially onerous or labour intensive to run. It will be exciting working with Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust over the coming months to ensure a successful transition period. Thank you to all those who have said they may be able to help with running the reserve.  We will be in touch!

 

POP UP CAFE.

 

The Parish Council were delighted to join with the Village Hall to financially help with the launch of Chedworth’s Monday morning Pop-Up Cafe.

 

During the seemingly interminable lockdowns many  have been starved of company and stimulation. We have also lost the Farm Shop and its café. The Pop-Up Café will help the community to reconnect; to meet old friends and get to know the new residents who have arrived in the area during the pandemic.

 

We understand that the café venture may evolve, in time, into a weekly hub for the swapping of plants and produce, opinions and information, and a place where local businesses may present their services or wares.

 

So do pop in for coffee  and help launch Chedworth into the new, post-Covid era.

 

 VERGE CUTTING

 

The Parish Council has arranged to have visibility splays and bends in the village cut by our usual contractor Brian Brazington and the Tuns Hill Triangle cut by Bibury Landscaping. The Visibility splay at the A429 Chedworth Turning is not our responsibility so Glos Highways continue to maintain the verges at this location.

 

 

 

DOG FOULING

 

There have been persistent complaints of dog mess being left on the playing field.  The PC is looking in to whether a Dog Poo bin can be provided, and more importantly emptied, but the message is “Please do not allow your dog to foul the playing field.”  It is used extensively by children and Dog Poo is not compatible with a safe environment for children to play in.

 

 

NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN

 

The survey forms have been distributed and are also available on the home page of the Parish Council’s website        www.chedworthpc.org.uk

 

BIG LORRIES ON COOK’S HILL.

 

There have been a number of incidents involving large lorries trying to get up or down the lower stretch of Cooks Hill and becoming jammed against the walls.  There is an  8ft 6“ width restriction but less than 8ft 6“ between the hedge one side and the wall the other.  The signage is ambiguous and not fit for purpose so the PC have written to Glos County Council to request better signage. 

 

 

 COUNCILLORS

 

David Broad (Chairman)                     01285 720313

 

Bella Amory  (Vice Chairman)             07808 724972

 

George Broad                                        07895 177961

 

Tony Kingsley                                       01285 720743

 

Alan McLellan                                       01285 720642

 

Ian Morgan                                             07778 168822

 

Elizabeth Broad (Clerk)                        01285 720313

 

www.chedworthpc.org.uk

Council Changes.

At the annual meeting on Monday 17th May  David Broad was elected to the role of Chairman of the Parish Council and Bella Amory was elected to the role of Vice Chairman. 

The Council is currently one member short due to the resignation of Mrs Ros Jess so if anyone is interested in joining the team please contact any Parish Councillor or apply to the clerk, Elizabeth Broad 720313 or email clerk@chedworthpc.org.uk

 

Wildlife Trust

Thanks to the overwhelming response from the Parish Council’s article in the Hill and Valley and from Nextdoor, the Parish Council has agreed with the Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust to adopt the Chedworth Nature Reserve. The Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust were satisfied that its priorities of wildlife preservation and open access for the community will be met by the Parish Council.  Due to the positive community response, it was felt that adopting the Reserve was a once in a generation opportunity to preserve the valuable site as a community asset.  The Parish Council are satisfied that owning Chedworth Nature Reserve will not be financially onerous or labour intensive to run. It will be exciting working with Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust over the coming months to ensure a successful transition period. Thank you to all those who have said they may be able to help with running the reserve.  We will be in touch!

 

Pop-Up Cafe.

The Parish Council are delighted to join with the Village Hall to financially help with the launch of Chedworth’s Monday morning Pop-Up Cafe. 

During the seemingly interminable lockdowns many  have been starved of company and stimulation. We have also lost the Farm Shop and its café. The Pop-Up Café will help the community to reconnect; to meet old friends and get to know the new residents who have arrived in the area during the pandemic.

We understand that the café venture may evolve, in time, into a weekly hub for the swapping of plants and produce, opinions and information, and a place where local businesses may present their services or wares.

So do pop in for coffee on 7th June and help launch Chedworth into the new, post-Covid era.

 

Verge cutting.

At the May meeting the Parish Council agreed to have the visibility splays in the village cut by our usual contractor Brian Brazington and the Tuns Hill Triangle cut by Bibury Landscaping. The Visibility splay at the A429 Chedworth Turning is not our responsibility so Glos Highways continue to maintain the verges at this location.

H&V April 2020

A FRUITFUL PROJECT?

How would you like to pick your own apples, pears and plums in a lovely community space that houses owl boxes and encourages the proliferation of wild flowers? A Village Cider press? Super-healthy cider vinegar? Fresh apple juice for all?

The community orchard project is moving up a gear. The planned site is parish land near the mobile phone mast. We can get the twenty to thirty trees we need with complementary fertility cycles and we can prep the ground, but we need some volunteers who can make a solid commitment to nurse the saplings in their early stages, carry out annual pruning and process the crop.

If you are interested, please email the clerk (chedworthpc@hotmail.co.uk)

 

NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN

Where you park, where you work, the footpaths you use, where you live, where your children play, your favourite green spaces, your favourite valley views, your school, and the shops/businesses you use are all the result of planning. The neighbourhood plan is community-led and that means researched, written and voted on by the people who live and work in Chedworth.  We need to identify issues and themes that concern the parish.  Here’s your chance to have your say. We will shortly be sending out a questionnaire and it would be great if everyone could fill it in as the Neighbourhood Plan can only be based on the views of the parish as a whole. We will arrange delivery and collection of the questionnaire or alternatively we anticipate that you will be able to fill it in online.  Watch this space…

 

THE GLOUCESTERSHIRE WILDLIFE TRUST SITE CHEDWORTH WOODS.

The Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust (GWT) is consolidating its sites.  As a consequence, it is looking to transfer Chedworth’s Nature Reserve (some 4.8 hectares of land along the old railway line) to a new owner by the end of 2021.  The Reserve is home to rare species: including butterflies (the Duke of Burgundy), bat (lesser horseshoe) and the dormouse.  Ideally it would like a community organisation to take over the Reserve in order that the footpath that runs along it will remain a footpath open to the public to use.  If transferred to a private owner, the GWT cannot guarantee that the Reserve will be retained as a community facility. Private owners have come forward to purchase the Reserve.  The National Trust has been approached to see if it could manage the Reserve due to its proximity to the Roman Villa, but the National Trust is unable to do so as Covid-19 has severely drained its resources.  The GWT would like Chedworth Parish Council to become the new owner of the Reserve and has stated that it could be transferred to the Parish Council for a peppercorn.  The costs for running the site in 2019 amounted to £1,143.  The GWT stated that this sum was the most that has been spent in recent years due to some infrastructure (new gates and a fence) and tree work.  The GWT has also confirmed that any repairs to the tunnels at either end of the Reserve remain the liability of the railway company.  The Parish Council want to hear your views.  Do you think the community should take on the responsibility of running the Reserve.  Please do get in touch.

VACANCY FOR COUNCILLOR

 

Mrs Ros Jess has stepped down from the Parish Council. Mrs Jess had been a member of Chedworth Parish Council for some 20 years, initially from 1991 until 2003 and then from 2015 until the present. She served as Chairman of the Council for much of that time. Cotswold District Council have been informed and they will instigate the procedure to fill the vacancy. 

 

NEXT MEETING

 

The next meeting will be on Monday 17th May at 7.30 pm at the Village Hall as we should be back to face to face meetings. The meeting is a week later than usual to fit in with the scheduled easing of Covid 19 restrictions.  We may need to have social distancing, hand sanitising, one way system etc. so please bear with us as we will not have details until the week before the meeting.

 

ANNUAL PARISH MEETING

 

The Annual Parish meeting will be held on Monday 24th April, again at the Village Hall at 7.30 pm. This is a chance for residents to bring up any items they wish which ae relevant to Chedworth and also features charity reports and an annual report from the Parish Council.  The Chairman normally allows AOB in addition to items on the formal agenda but it is helpful if people give notice of items they wish to raise or discuss.

Please contact the clerk at:- chedworthpc@hotmail.co.uk 01285 720313

 

Councillors

David Broad (Chairman)                     01285 720313

Bella Amory  (Vice Chairman)             07808 724972

George Broad                                        07895 177961

Tony Kingsley                                       01285 720743

Alan McLellan                                       01285 720642

Ian Morgan                                             07778 168822

 

Elizabeth Broad (Clerk)                          01285 720313

21-22 Budget Report

We are in the process of creating a new website so some documents have yet to be uploaded. We ask that you are patient but if you need to see any missing documents please email the clerk at clerk@chedworthpc.org.uk or call on 01285 720313