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Welcome to Chalford

Forthcoming Meetings

All meetings are open to members of the public. If you wish to attend, please contact the Clerk prior to the meeting.


Full Council: Thursday 5 July, 7pm at The Parish Centre


Plans Assessment: Thursday 12 July , 9.30am at The Parish Centre


Works: Wednesday 18 July, 7pm at The Parish Centre


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REPORT IT

Visit our REPORT IT page to find out how to contact (online and by phone) the appropriate authority for any problems affecting you or your local area.

UPCOMING ROAD CLOSURES

HIGH STREET
We have received official notification from Highways that the High Street is temporarily closed for a distance of 60m from Thanet House towards the A419.  This is owing to a burst water main and the work will take some weeks.  While pedestrian access will be maintained, there will be no emergency access.

High Street map

CHALFEST 2018 – TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURES IN CHALFORD HILL

Please be advised of the following special event temporary no parking/no waiting order:

The  plan below shows roads where this temporary traffic order will be in place, from 18.00hrs 20th July 2018 to 06.00hrs 22nd July 2018.  Please also see here for a list of streets (restrictions will not apply to residents in these areas who will receive a permit from Chalfest organisers).

If you require any further information regarding this traffic order please contact  08000 514514.

Chalfest 2018 map


CHALFORD FASTERSHIRE SCHEME
The attached schedule lists various roads in Chalford that will be subject to closures on a rolling programme between the dates of 29th May 2018 to 12th July 2018. This is to allow for the installation of cables for superfast broadband by contractors working on behalf of Gigaclear.

Chalford Fastershire Schedule 2018

If you require any further information regarding these closures please contact Highways on 08000 514514.

 


KEBLE ROAD, FRANCE LYNCH

This road will be closed (as per the attached plan) on 9th July 2018. This is to allow for a new water connection on behalf of Severn Trent Water Ltd.

Keble Road2, France Lynch map

If you require any further information regarding this closure please contact Highways 08000 514514

Welcome to the official website of Chalford Parish Council giving details of the services and activities of the Parish Council and also providing some information about the local area.

The Parish of Chalford is located in Gloucestershire in the South Cotswolds between Stroud and Cirencester. It covers the settlements of Chalford Hill, Chalford Valley, Bussage, Brownshill and France Lynch and is known for its steep terraced hillsides,stone walls and traditional buildings.

Information, News and Events

VEGETATION WORKS

Network Rail have advised that they will be undertaking vegetation work on the railway line through the valleyin the near future.  Letters are going out to residents advising them of this.  If we receive any further information regarding schedules we will publish them on this website.

LATEST ROAD CLOSURE INFORMATION 

The High Street is closed for a distance of 60m from Thanet House to the A419 owing to road damage from a burst water main. The road is likely to be closed for some weeks as the water has caused subsidence.  We will publish more details when we received further updates from Severn Trent and GCC Highways.

PARISH COUNCIL MATTERS

PLAY RANGERS IN BUSSAGE

The Old Common, Bussage on Monday, 6 August  10am – 4pm.  Play Rangers activities (aimed at the age range 7 – 14 years) take place outdoors in all weathers and are open access (i.e. no registration), children are free to come and go as they please (under 7s are welcome, but should be accompanied by a parent/carer.  Activities include arts and crafts, sports and a range of playful games.

ALLOTMENTS

Allotment tenants: Owing to the hot weather we would request that you do not light bonfires in the allotments as a temporary arrangement.

We are very grateful for you co-operation in this matter.  All the best with your plots during this growing season!

BOULES COURT – CONSULTATION
We have received a request from a resident for a Boules Court in Bussage Pleasure Ground and we are currently investigating the idea.

If you have any comments you would like to make before we make a final decision on this, please provide feedback by 25 June by emailing or visiting the Parish Centre.

NEW SPEED SIGN
The Parish Council road safety group has had funding recently from the Gloucestershire Police and Crime Commissioner for a speed sign which will be moved to various locations around the parish gathering valuable data to help us make our roads safer.

The sign also displays the speed cars are travelling at and hopefully will make those driving too fast slow down.

During the first week, when the sign was on the stretch of Middle Hill from Fourways towards Burcombe Road speeds of over 6000 vehicles were recorded:  more than half of these vehicles were driving faster than the 30mph speed limit with significant numbers exceeding 40 and even 50mph;  16 drivers went over 60mph and between 3pm and 7pm on 1st May a vehicle was driven over 70mph.

The sign is now positioned east bound on Middle Hill and already recording cars exceeding the 30 limit

If you live in the Parish and would be interested in joining our road safety group could you please contact Christine at the Parish Centre.

CONSULTATION ON IMPROVEMENTS TO THE PLAY AREAS IN FRANCE LYNCH PLEASURE GROUNDS
The Parish Council in conjunction with parishioners are looking at raising money through grants to improve the play area in France Lynch Pleasure Ground.

Your views on this would be appreciated.  Please click on the link below to access the survey.

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/S55F2VG

BOOK SWAP

In addition to a book swap at the Parish Centre, there are  ‘satellite’ book swaps at adopted kiosks in the Parish. We have had so many comments from parishioners about how much they enjoy the two adopted kiosks/book swaps in Chalford Hill on Silver Street and France Lynch, that we would like to thank those involved in starting them up and keeping them going.  The kiosk in Brownshill is shared use – a local history display and book swap.  Please do not leave too many books at this kiosk, (if you have a great quantity please feel free to bring them to the Parish Centre and we will keep them here or distribute them further to the other kiosks).

VOLUNTEER VISIT

We have a group of parishioners who have volunteered to visit elderly and housebound people in the Parish. If you would like an occasional visit, perhaps for a chat over a cup of tea or to share an interest, contact the Parish Centre and we will arrange for someone to call. (DBS checks are carried out on all our volunteers.) We would also like to hear from people with time on their hands who would be willing to visit.

COPPICE HILL CAR PARK
 Over the past few years the Parish Council has been carrying out research into the ownership of the Coppice Hill Car Park.  We have been in contact with both County and District Councils who have confirmed they have no responsibility, and a Land Registry search shows that the land is unregistered.  We erected signs in the car park area asking people to come forward if details of ownership were known, but there was no response.

We have agreed to take control of this area with immediate effect and will commence maintenance.  Before we can carry out any required major work to trees, we need to establish ownership of any parked vehicles so they can be moved to avoid damage.   If you are an owner or know owners of any of the vehicles in the car park please contact the Clerk.

PARISH COUNCIL STRATEGIC PRIORITIES:  Alongside their regular roles and duties  the Parish Council discussed and agreed in September 2016 the following strategic priorities for the coming year.

Street naming: Providing signs for streets which don’t currently have name-plates at all.  See the latest update for NOVEMBER 2017

Interpretation Boards:  The plan is to put up interpretive panels in the Parish to celebrate the rich history of this area.  Read more information and updates on progress here.  Also please respond to our consultation on the look of the proposed panel (see an example for the valley and more details below).

Footpath Working Group:
This highly successful and active group has its own webpage.   Visit the Footpath Group page for  information and pictures about the latest work.  Call the Parish Office on 01453 887204 if you’re interested in joining this group.

MONTHLY PARISH COUNCIL ‘NEWSLETTER’: The monthly parish council ‘newsletter’ is included in the local publications –  The Herald, Bussage, Brownshill & Eastcombe Newsletter and every 4 months in Valley News, the text for each month can be read here

ALLOTMENTS There are still a few available allotment plots at Middle Hill (and one or two at Browshill and France Lynch).  If you wish to become a tenant please get in touch with the Clerks at The Parish Centre either by phone during opening hours on 01453 887204, or email jacky@chalford-glos.gov.uk  Allotment rents are incredibly reasonable, so growing your own is very economical, not to mention all the added benefits of fresh air, exercise and the company of friendly like-minded neighbours! Visit our Allotments  page for more information

Local Events

CHALFEST 2018
For information about Chalfest go to their Website

Tickets for Chalfest 2018 (Saturday 21st July, France Lynch Pleasure Grounds) are now on sale and cost £5 plus a booking fee if you live in Chalford Parish, Eastcombe or your children attend one of the schools in those two areas. Under 11s go free.

For a full listing of local events visit our Local Events Page. To advertise a local event on our website, please contact us at the Parish Centre: jacky@chalford-glos.gov.uk