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, 13th December 2018, 9.30am at The Parish Centre
NB. Planning meetings may be subject to change, please contact the Parish Centre if you wish to attend
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
STURMYES ROAD FRANCE LYNCH
This road will be closed (as per the attached plan) from 10th December 2018 to 12th December 2018. This is to allow for works by Severn Trent Water Ltd.
BROWNSHILL RD, BROWNSHILL~
This road will be closed (as per the attached plan) from 9th January 2019 to 11th January 2019. This is to allow for works by Severn Trent Water Ltd. MAP
BANKSIDE TO HORSEPOOLS HOUSE
Partial closure of road (as per attached plan) Bankside to Horsepools House, outside the property known as Damsells Cottage for a distance of approximately 60 metres. This road is expected to be closed from the 28th January 2019 until 30th January 2019 only, or until the works have been completed. This is to renew a water stop tap within the carriageway.
If you require any further information regarding these closures please contact Highways on 08000 514514.
CHRISTMAS TREE COLLECTION in aid of Longfield and other local charities…
Volunteers will be collecting trees from the 10th – 13th January 2019, just register your tree by 6pm on the 6th January. Please see the poster for full details.
Christmas Opening Times
The Parish Centre will be closed from Friday 21st December until Wednesday 2nd January. We would like to wish all our parishioners a very merry Christmas and a happy and healthy 2019.
Please see the attached poster showing any changes to recycling collections over the Christmas period.
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
PLEASE PARK CONSIDERATELY
We have received numerous complaints about inconsiderate parking, specifically along Tanglewood Way from the shops up to Hill Top View, and from Hill Top View to Alder Way. It causes obstruction of the roundabout and sight lines and this can potentially cause accidents.
ACTIVE FOR LIFE – EQUIPMENT LOAN
Stroud District Council’s Health & Wellbeing Team are pleased to launch their Active for Life – Equipment Loan Scheme.
About the Active for Life Equipment
The Active for Life adapted sports equipment can be used to increased Mobility, coordination, mental health, wellbeing and increased social activity. This might be particular helpful in care settings or community groups aimed at older people. All of the equipment can be used sitting or standing and it easy to set up.
Equipment should be collected from Stroud District Council, Ebley Mill. There is a selection of equipment packs available and more than one can be hired at a time for a £20 returnable cheque deposit per equipment pack. The maximum loan period is 8 weeks.
Provided with the equipment are rules and games ideas.
Our Equipment Packs:-
· 10 x Boccia Sets
· 12 x New Age Bowls Sets
· 12 x Scoring wedge
If you are interested in borrowing the equipment, Please download the information pack HERE
SDC GOVERNANCE REVIEW OF PARISH/TOWN COUNCILS
Stroud District Council are undertaking a review of all Parish/Town Councils and Parish Meetings in the Stroud District.
This survey is intended to collect local residents’ views about how well they think their Parish/Town Council or Parish Meeting works and any information that you provide will be used for the purpose of this review. For more information and to complete the survey click here
If you require information about the structure of Chalford Parish Council, please visit or contact the Parish Centre in Geralds Way (Tel. 887204).
STROUD TOWN COUNCIL – LIFTS AT STROUD RAILWAY STATION PETITION
Stroud Town Council is bidding for a share of £300 million from the Department for Transport (DfT) to improve access at Stroud Railway Station. It needs people to back its campaign in order to secure a nomination for the money.
During the consultation for the town’s Neighbourhood Development Plan, over 2,500 people prioritised a step-free crossing at the station.
In order to ensure Stroud is nominated for funding, please click here to sign a petition. It can be signed by individuals, groups and businesses or letters of support can be sent to the Town Council.
IMPROVING CYCLE AND PEDESTRIAN ACCESS TO VALLEY VIA BLACKNESS
Old Neighbourhood, Toadsmoor and Dark Lane are challenging routes down to the valley for cyclists and pedestrians because of high levels of traffic, the winding nature of the roads and lack of pavements.
There is another route down from Brownshill via Blackness to the bottom of Toadsmoor road which has as traffic free section between the top of Churchill Road and the Monastery. This section is dark with an uneven surface so is unpleasant or impassable for walkers and cyclists but could be improved to make it a more attractive option for people to cycle or walk up and down the hill.
This would be of benefit to residents of Chalford Parish and, more widely, Bisley, Brimscombe and Thrupp and Minchinhampton. These parishes may also be interested in supporting this as part of a wider project to develop a safe cycling route from Chalford through to Stroud.
Highways have looked at the traffic free section and suggested that the following work could be done to improve the route.
• resurfacing the whole section
• adjusting some of the bollards
• environmental work to let more light in but without cutting down trees or removing the banks
The initial estimate for this work is £25,000 – £28,000 subject to any issues found when a site appraisal is carried out.
There are funds we could bid for to provide most of the money to do this but the Parish Council would need to contribute about £2,000. Other Parish Councils would also be approached for support.
We can only bid for funding if we can demonstrate support within the parish to do this. We would really appreciate it if you would fill in one a consultation form and send it back to us. Blackness consultation
If you would like to be kept informed about progress please include an email address or phone number. These will not be used for any other purpose.
PARISH COUNCIL MATTERS
FOOTPATH GROUP: 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.
Also, we’re always pleased to take on new Volunteers, so if you’d like to contribute to footpath maintenance, again 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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.)
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 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