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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.


Finance & Management:  Tuesday, 2 October 2018, 2pm at The Parish Centre


Full Council: Thursday, 4th October 2018, 7pm at the Parish Centre


Plans Assessment: Thurday, 11th October, 9.30am at The Parish Centre (For the list planning applications to be discussed click here)

NB. Planning meetings may be subject to change, please contact the Parish Centre if you wish to attend


Works: Wednesday, 17th October 2018, 7pm at The Parish Centre


See all past meeting minutes

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.

LATEST INFORMATION ON ROAD CLOSURES AND RAIL WORKS

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

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.

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.

PARISH COUNCIL MATTERS

CONGRATULATIONS TO CHALFORD BAND
The Senior band managed a very credible 7th out of 17 in the 1st Section National finals this month. So they are officially 7th best 1st Section band in the Country. In 2019 they will be promoted to the Championship Section.

FOOTPATH GROUP:  Back to work after the summer break
The Footpath Volunteers are having a summer break, but as September progresses we’ll be getting to work again with our usual enthusiasm. We’ve some jobs lined up already, but 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.

FOOTPATH GROUP:  Back to work after the summer break
The Footpath Volunteers are having a summer break, but as September progresses we’ll be getting to work again with our usual enthusiasm. We’ve some jobs lined up already, but 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.

BOULES COURT

Residents approached us asking if they could have a Boules Court.  This was agreed and we will be installing a Boules court in Bussage Pleasure Ground. This should be in place in the next couple of months. We will be keeping the court in good order but will not be providing equipment, players will need to provide their own sets.

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.

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.

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

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