All meetings are open to members of the public. If you wish to attend, please contact the Clerk prior to the meeting.
Plans Assessment: Thursday 29th August at 9.30am at the Parish Centre.
NB. Planning meetings may be subject to change, please contact the Parish Centre if you wish to attend.
Full Council: Thursday 5th September at 7pm at the Parish Centre.
Works: Wednesday September 18th at 7pm at the Parish Centre.
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.
LATEST INFORMATION ON ROAD CLOSURES AND RAIL WORKS
Please be advised that Gloucestershire County Council have a blanket temporary traffic order for resurfacing works between the dates of 1st August 2019 and 7th October 2019.
A419 Cowcombe Hill, Chalford (as per the attached plan) is currently proposed to take place from 27th August 2019 to 30th August 2019, 19.00hrs to 07.00hrs each night. Any date changes will be advertised by advance warning signs on site.
Pudney Pie Lane, Chalford
Please be advised of the following temporary road closure. This road will be closed (as per the attached plan) from 28th August to 30th August 2019. This is to allow for works by Severn Trent Water Ltd.
New School Safety Zone
In order to improve the safety of children attending Christchurch Primary School, GCC Highways will be installing a new school safety zone on the approach to Christchurch School during the school holidays. This will consist of traffic signs and road markings, with flashing wig-wags on the signs operating during the times when children will be arriving and leaving the school. Construction works will take approximately 2-3 days to complete.
Road resurfacing at Cowcombe Hill may take place at the same time, however we have been assured that there will be careful coordination to avoid any problems.
Please see attached drawings.
If you require any further information regarding these closures please contact Highways on 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 & EVENTS
Recycling – Make sure your waste is put out by 6am.
A new collection round is being introduced to cater for the growth in properties across the district. While this won’t affect the day that collections are made on, it does mean that some existing collection times may change, with some now being collected earlier in the morning. Putting your waste and recycling out by 6am will ensure that there is no disruption to your service.
REVIEW OF POLLING DISTRICTS AND PLACES 2019 – Please click the link below for details…
HD Channels through Freeview… is there a problem?
If you can’t get BBC4 HD, please can you let us know. We are trying to gather as much information as possible to take to Freeview.
Stroud Rotary have just launched their community awards for 2019.
This is a programme to support organisations within the Stroud area with a grant of up to £500. If a small grant would make a real difference to your community project, apply for an award. Nothing is too small to be considered.
For more details go to www.stroudrotary.org.uk or email email@example.com
The closing date for applications is 5pm on 30th September 2019.
Frith Youth Centre Car Boot Sale – Please support the Youth Centre to raise vital funds for the running of the club.
The Frith Youth Centre will be holding a car boot sale each month at Bussage Pleasure Ground from 9am until midday. After two successful car boot sales on the 7th July & 4th August, their next car boot sales will be on the 1st September and 6th October.
Sellers to arrive by 8.30am, £5 per car & £8 per van. All commercial sellers to advise beforehand and the cost will be £10 per car & £16 per van.
Refreshments will be available at Frith Youth Centre. Any queries please email firstname.lastname@example.org
UK Hot Air Balloon National Championships
From the 8th to the 14th August the UK National Hot Air Balloon Championships will be taking place from Aston Down. The Bussage and France Lynch Pleasure Grounds are sometimes used for targets. Targets are put on the ground and the balloons have to drop a bag of sand to try and hit the target. (The bags of sand are not large and there are people on the ground to ensure that parishioners are not in the vicinity). It normally takes place at 7am or 7pm.
Chalford Parish to be Carbon Neutral by 2030
At Full Council on the 4th July, it was agreed that Chalford Parish Council declares a Climate and Environmental Emergency and pledges to do everything within its powers to make Chalford Parish Community carbon neutral by 2030 at the latest.
Follow Chalford Climate Action Group for more updates.
Chalford Climate Action Group
At the Parish Council meeting on 2 May 2019 it was agreed to set up a working group to address the need for urgent action at a community level to combat climate change, biodiversity loss, pollution and the change to a zero waste economy.
The first meeting of the group was held on Monday 13th May 2019 at the Parish Centre. Please click the link below to read more about the Chalford Climate Action Group and to read meeting notes.
There will be a Public Meeting on Thursday 25 July at 7.30 pm at the Methodist Church Hall, Midway, Chalford Hill. Please click the link below for further details.
Footpaths If you know of footpaths that need brambles cutting back, encroaching grass and weeds clearing, or hedges that are making a path difficult to use, let us know.
We’re always pleased to take on new Volunteers, so if you’d like to contribute to footpath maintenance, let us know. The tasks vary from gentle to demanding, and Volunteers can come as often or seldom as they wish. We’ve settled into two hour sessions on Thursday mornings.
The Parish Office can be contacted on 01453 887204.
Visit the Footpaths Group page on the website for more information and where you will find details of 11 short walks around our beautiful parish.
Annual Canvass 2019 – The annual canvass is a yearly process undertaken to update the Electoral Register held by each local authority. You will receive a Household Enquiry Form around Thursday 8th August. You must respond to this form even if you have no changes to make in order to avoid a visit from a canvasser. Please see the attached poster for more information.
IMPROVEMENTS TO THE PLAY AREAS IN FRANCE LYNCH PLEASURE GROUNDS
Good News!! We are delighted to inform you that we have been awarded a £10,000 grant from the National Lottery Awards for All towards the cost of new play equipment at France Lynch Pleasure Ground. During the summer we will be meeting with suppliers to consider suitable equipment.
Please click the link below to read about some of the things happening in your parish in our annual newsletter. We hope you find it interesting and informative.
Stroud to Chalford Cycling Feasibility Study – Have your say!
Consultants Witteveen+Bos and Clifton Emery Design have been commissioned to investigate the potential of upgrading the A419 into an active, green transport corridor with more safe walking and cycling.
The main A419 road is currently a busy motor traffic corridor characterised by speeding vehicles, high levels of heavy goods vehicles and congestion at critical junctions.
Levels of walking and cycling are low, and cannot be considered particularly safe or attractive. As such, the A419 does not provide many options for other forms of transport.
By balancing movement and place, the study will outline the potential to transform the A419 into an active, green transport corridor that will provide quality of life for todays and future generations.
Please click the link below to read details about two drop in events which are being held. There is also a link to the questionnaire where you will be able to give your valued views and opinions.
A hard copy of the questionnaire is available to complete at the Parish Centre.
ALLOTMENTS There are still a few allotment plots available at Middle Hill. 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 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
Mobile Library – The Mobile Library has been off the road with a significant electrical failure. It has now been decided to purchase a new hybrid or electric vehicle which will deliver pre-selected books to customers. In the meantime a vehicle is to be borrowed from Gloucestershire Fire & Rescue Service on a temporary basis and Gloucestershire County Council will shortly be writing to every person on their records who has used the mobile library in the last year to advise them of this decision. They will also be making contact with customers who used the mobile library service to discuss their preference for continuing to access library services, this may be through home deliveries, library clubs, community access points or a mobile device. Where a need for a community access point is identified GCC will work with us and the local community to help identify a suitable location.
We have a good selection of books in the Parish Centre, so come along and have a browse. In addition, we have satellite book swap kiosks located on Silver Street, Lynch Road and in Brownshill (by the noticeboard) We are always in need of more books so please bring them along to the Parish Centre if you have any that you no longer need.
The Parish Council road safety group received funding from the Gloucestershire Police and Crime Commissioner for a speed sign which is 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.
If you live in the Parish and would be interested in joining our road safety group could you please contact the Clerk at the Parish Centre.
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, or if you know of anyone who would benefit from visits, then please contact the Parish Centre and we will arrange for someone to call. (DBS checks are carried out on all our volunteers.)
THE GYM AT THOMAS KEBLE SCHOOL HAS RE OPENED!
GYM MEMBERSHIP IS NOW AVAILABLE!
With an introductory offer of £9.99 per month with no contract or sign up fee. The sign up process is very quick and easy to complete online by clicking the link below or alternatively, you can call 0800 107 6397 for more information.
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).
MONTHLY PARISH COUNCIL ‘NEWSLETTER’: The monthly parish council ‘newsletter’ is included in the local publications – The Herald, Bussage, Brownshill & Eastcombe Newsletter twice a year in Valley News, the text for each month can be read here