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Planning for the future – do you want to be involved?
The meeting arranged by the parish council to look into the idea of
drawing up a Neighbourhood Development Plan for the village gave us all
to think about.
Around 30 people heard Elin Tattlesall, from Gloucestershire Rural
Community Council, explain the purpose of the plans which she said had
far bigger teeth than any other option available to parishes.
She said a steering group of around 8 people plus extra helpers would be
needed to produce the plan which had to be done under the umbrella of
the Parish Council.
In a vote at the end of the evening 12 people supported the idea of a plan
for Chedworth and at our October parish council meeting it was agreed to
investigate how many parishioners would be prepared to be involved if we
decided to go ahead.
It can take up to two years to complete a plan and requires a great deal of
work to ensure that the document satisfies all the requirements and gets
final approval when submitted for an independent examination.
Once the council finds out if there are enough people willing to commit to
the work required then we will decide how to proceed.
If you think it would be a good idea to draw up a plan for Chedworth and
have the time and enthusiasm to get involved then please contact Ian
Morgan who can answer any queries you may have.
Can you help us with our footpaths?
The parish is blessed with many miles of footpaths and bridleways which
offer wonderful places to walk and ride and the parish council is keen to
make sure they are kept in good condition.
We would like to make sure that any problems are reported so that they
can be sorted out and we would like to organise a group of wardens to do
this who would each take responsibility for a particular area of the village.
We have already had two volunteers who are willing to help and we are
now looking for more to join them so that we can divide the village into
manageable areas meaning the job doesn’t need to be too onerous for
any one person.
All we need are people who enjoy
walking and would be happy to
report any problems they find
when they are out and about, so if
you think you would like to get
involved please get in touch.
In the meantime if you encounter
any problems while enjoying our
rights of way please get in touch with us and we will do what we can to
help which could mean contacting the landowner or passing on reports to
the county council highways authority whose legal responsibilities
include:-
 keeping the surface of a public right of way in a fit state to be used
 making sure obstructions are removed
 maintaining some bridges over natural watercourses, including
farm ditches
 providing at least 25% contribution (on completion of the work to a
standard the highway authority is satisfied with) to any landowners’
costs in replacing and maintaining structures
 making sure there are no notices that prevent or discourage the
use of a public right of way
 adding signs where a public right of way leaves metalled roads
 making sure the public’s rights to use a public right of way are
protected
 making sure landowners carry out their duties, and take action if
they don’t.
School finally gets its lines
After many months of begging, nagging and cajoling the county council
highways department has finally painted the extra yellow lines outside the
school which were suggested by the working party set up to improve
safety in the area.
The extra lines were one of the safety measures proposed by
representatives from the parish council and the school who got together to
draw up a Travel Plan which can be viewed on our website.
(http://www.chedworth-pc.org.uk/news.php?template=2&id=480).
Working Out the right area
Plans for creating a fitness area funded by a county council ‘Active
Together’ grant are moving ahead and the equipment has been selected.
The equipment we are proposing includes:
Initially the council had considered locating the equipment on the playing
field but this would cause problems with mowing the area and so add to
maintenance costs – it was also felt the area would be very exposed to
the elements.
We are now suggesting that the land at the top of School Hill by the tennis
courts would be a more suitable location for the equipment as it is more
sheltered.
The land is currently maintained
by the Tennis Club and we are
consulting with them before we
go ahead with the idea, but we
would also like to know what
you think about the location, so
please let us know what you
think about the fitness
equipment being located on this
area of parish land.
Bicycle The Rider Cross Country Skier
The land by the tennis courts – a good
place for the fitness equipment?

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