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UPCOMING ROAD CLOSURES
Road Off Randalls Green to Side of School, Chalford – NOW OPEN!!
This road will be closed at the rail bridge from 10.00hrs on 19th February 2018 to 15.00hrs on 19th February 2018. This is to allow for a bridge examination by contractors working on behalf of Network Rail.
If you require any further information regarding this closure please contact Highways on 08000 514514.
See Transport Page for further details
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
Stroud District and Chalford Parish Councils have agreed that Chalfest 2018 can be held on the France Lynch Pleasure Ground on July 21st 2018. The times will remain the same from 11am until 9.30pm
If you were emailed a ticket in 2017 you will have already received an email from Ticket Fairy with a ‘register’ button at the bottom to obtain your discounted tickets (£5 plus booking fee for over 11s – free for under 11s)
Many of you received your tickets directly from the organisers this year and you will need to get yours differently this time. You can log on to the Ticket Fairy website https://www.theticketfairy.com/event/chalfest-2018/ as of 8am on Wednesday 13th December to get your discounted tickets. Even if you are getting free child tickets you must tick the number you are having. For more information go to the Chalfest 2018 website
STROUD DISTRICT COUNCIL MATTERS
STROUD DISTRICT COUNCIL LOCAL PLAN REVIEW
The District Council is now starting the process of reviewing the current Stroud District Local Plan. The first stage will be a series of issues and options public consultation events to be held during the autumn 2017.
Have a look at the Issues and Options Discussion Paper, which poses a series of questions to help focus consultation feedback. This is your chance to let the District Douncil know your views or suggestions about particular topics, issues, needs or opportunities mentioned (or missed!) by this Discussion Paper.
Click HERE to access the page on Stroud District Council’s website for details of the Discussion Paper, Public Events and consultation form (PDF, online)
CHRISTMAS TREE COLLECTIONS During this festive season STROUD DISTRICT COUNCIL will be supporting a local hospice, Longfield, to recycle Christmas trees. For a donation, however big or small, the trees will be collected from residents doors saving the inconvenience of transporting them to the skips normally located throughout the district. For this reason, the council will not be providing Christmas tree skips this year.
The organisation, ‘Just Helping’, working on behalf of Longfield, will be collecting trees in the Stroud District on 5th, 6th and 7th January 2018. All retailers in Stroud selling trees have been provided with literature from Longfield advising residents on how to recycle their tree. The information can also be found on the SDC website (click here) and will be included in their Christmas advertising campaign.
Once the trees are collected they will be shredded at the hospice and used on their gardens.
To arrange a collection, residents can visit Charity Xmas tree collection or call 01453 886868 and a Longfields advisor will be happy to assist
There have been reports in Stroud (Uplands area) of individuals posing as representatives of the Independence Trust calling door to door to ask for donations. The Independence Trust is an organisation that provide community well-being services and do not call door to door for donations and advise the public that this activity is completely bogus. If anything of this nature occurs in this area, please report it to the police on the non-emergency number 101.
PARISH COUNCIL MATTERS
LATEST BT KIOSK ADOPTION: You may be aware that BT have been decommissioning local phone boxes, but before removal BT have offered to sell the kiosks to the Parish Council for a nominal £1.00 if residents could find an alternative use . Les and Janet, who live in Chalford Hil,l took on the challenge of the telephone box in Silver Street and have spent the summer painting the kiosk and building shelving . It is now converted into a mini library using books, a few jigsaws and DVDs all donated by friends and neighbours . The idea being for residents to borrow/swap books etc and donate any spare ones.
There may be a potential to show a few adverts such as items for sale or wanted. Time will tell .
Please leave any donated books etc at Cyprus Villa, Silver Street or leave in the Kiosk
FLYING OF DRONES ON PARISH PLAYING FIELDS: There have been some complaints about drones flying in our pleasure grounds. The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) already has a set of regulations which are still evolving as use of drones becomes more common. – you must avoid flying it within 150 metres of a congested area and 50 metres of a person, vessel, vehicle or structure not under your control. So for practical purposes, this means that you may not fly a drone in any of our three pleasure grounds as the drone would inevitably be nearer than 50 metres to structures, people and vehicles.
For the drone code and more information click here
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.
Areas in the Parish where speeding, vehicle access or possibly parking issues are a problem are being considered. A group has been created to address these matters and identify such sites in the Parish. Once we have established our needs we will be speaking to Gloucestershire Highways about them.
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).
CELEBRATING CHALFORD’S HERITAGE Chalford is a beautiful place with a fascinating and rich history. The Parish Council is exploring the idea of creating some outdoor panels, possibly to be placed in each of the villages, to raise awareness of the local heritage. A small working group has been convened to develop this idea and they have produced a mock-up of what a panel might look like, focussing initially on Chalford Vale. To see this panel click here or come and see it for real at the Parish Centre (or drop into the Village Shop where there is also an example). Please let us know what you think? Is this a good idea? Have we got the content and level of information right? Do you like the design? Please contact us at the Parish Centre by phone (01453 887204) or email firstname.lastname@example.org
FOOTPATH WORKING GROUP
This highly successful and active group has its own webpage. Visit the Footpath Group page for the latest updates on its activities.
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
Valley Community Cafe is on Wednesday 6th December 10:00-12:00 in Chalford Village Hall (next to Christ Church). Free tea, coffee and cake! All very welcome.