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 April 2018 at 7.00pm at the Parish Centre
Works Committee: Wednesday 18 April 2018 at 7pm at the Parish Centre
Plans Assessment Committee: Wednesday, 25 April 2018 9.30am 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.
UPCOMING ROAD CLOSURES
Emergency Footpath Closure
Jacobs Ladder MCH70 From Commercial Road to Marle Hill closed due to an unstable wall.
This will be closed from 21 March for 21 days (with an extension if required).
COWSWELL LANE, BUSSAGE
This road will be closed from 1st March 2018 to 1st May 2018. The closure is outside a property know as Vine Cottage for a distance of approx. 40 metres. This is allow for building works taking place adjacent to the highway.
See Transport Page for more detail.
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.
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.
Chalford Parish Design Statement
The consultation for the Chalford Parish Design Statement opened on Tuesday, 27th March and will run for the next 6 weeks until 8th May. A Design Statement is a document which describes the distinctive characteristics of the locality, and provides design guidance to influence future development and improve the physical qualities of an area. During the 6 weeks your feedback on this document is important to us. An online copy of the document can be downloaded (see below). The document booklet will also be available for viewing with comment forms at the Community Shop, the Methodist Church (Midway), France Lynch Church Rooms and the Old Neighbourhood Pub from 28th March . The comments form can also downloaded below. Please return to the Parish Centre or alternatively email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Design Statement (low res) This document is suitable for viewing on your computer/device and will download quickly. It is not suitable for printing
Design Statement – suitable for printing This version may take longer to download (Powerpoint format), but is suitable for printing on one side of A4 per page.
Consultation: Improvements to the play areas in France Lynch Pleasure Ground
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.
Information, News and Events
Message from the Footpath Working Group – Rack Hill
“We have widened the walkable part of the paths, which we are sure you will welcome. However, the recent wet weather meant the paths unavoidably became muddy while we worked. We swept all the paths twice, but were unable to get them as clean as we (and, no doubt, you) would like. We expect to return to Rack Hill next Thursday when, after what promises to be dry weather, we will clear up again if the paths are still not clear.
Our apologies for any inconvenience caused.”
For updates on the latest work in the parish go to the FWG webpage
Proposed housing development
A developer has come forward with a scheme to build on land adjoining Middle Hill. This will be for 30 houses of which half will be affordable. A formal planning application has not yet been submitted but there will an exhibition of the proposals in the Methodist Hall, Chalford Hill, on 25th April from 3-7pm and an opportunity to talk to the developer and comment on the proposals. Let us know your views.
Toads need your help! Very soon hundreds of toads, frogs and newts will be making their often perilous migration journey to their breeding ponds. In Chalford we have a large migration around Bakers Mill and another on the stretch of Coppice Hill towards France-Lynch. Every year a group of hardy ‘toad patrollers’ set off on mild wet evenings in February and March to assist these beautiful creatures safely across the road. If you are interested in supporting the Chalford Toad Patrol this year either contact Gloucestershire Toad Patrol directly on email@example.com or Karen Pitney on Karen_pitney@hotmail.com.
Last year in the county we safely crossed 6,500 toads, frogs and newts…..with your help it could be even more this year!!
Chalfest Ticket Information
Tickets for Chalfest 2018 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.
If you feel that the £5 charge will stop you attending, please email the Chalfest organisers at firstname.lastname@example.org
You can only buy tickets for the people that permanently live at your address. Any visitors will need to buy full price tickets at £30 plus booking fee. Under 11s from outside the area also attend for free. Tickets for 12 to 16 year olds from outside the area are £10 plus booking fee. Everyone coming needs a ticket and the Chalfest organisers will be checking adult IDs to ensure it matches the tickets.
Get your tickets here Online ticket website
If you are unable to purchase tickets online you can register for paper tickets between March 5th and 11th at the Chalford Community Shop. You will need to take your ID and proof of address. The Chalfest organisers will then contact you with your tickets, at which point you will pay for them
Any questions, please get in touch at email
PARISH COUNCIL MATTERS
CHALFORD PARISH COUNCILLOR VACANCY
There is a vacancy on the Parish Council for Bussage Ward to be filled by co-option. If you require information about the role of Parish Councillor, please contact the Clerks at the Parish Centre. Those interested in this vacancy should send their application to the Parish Centre by Monday 23 April 2018. In your application please outline your interests and say why would like to become a councillor and what you would bring to the council.
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, but 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, 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:
Footpaths: You don’t have to be called Peter …
On one of the recent Parish Footpath Volunteer regular Thursday morning sessions, five of the ten people barrowing 4 tonnes of stone to improve a footpath in Bussage were called Peter. Other names are welcome! (Call the Parish Office on 01453 887204 if you’re interested.)
This highly successful and active group has its own webpage. Visit the Footpath Group page for information and pictures about the latest work
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 email@example.com 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