All meetings are open to members of the public. If you wish to attend, please contact the Clerk prior to the meeting.
Full Council: Monday, 5 March 2018 at 7.00pm
Plans Assessment Committee: Thursday, 15 March 2018 9.30am at the Parish Centre
Extraordinary Meeting of the Council Monday, 19th March at 7pm at the Parish Centre
Works Committee: Wednesday 21 March 2018 at 7pm in 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).
This road will be closed (as per the attached plan) from 3rd April 2018 to 9th April 2018. This is to allow for highway works by Amey working on behalf of Gloucestershire County Council.
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.
To contact Amey call 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 and Events
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com
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
Owing to the resignation of Cllr Beacham a vacancy exists in Bussage Ward. Please see the full vacancy notice HERE.
If are interested in becoming a Parish Councillor and would like more information about the role, please contact the Clerks at the Parish Centre.
CHALFORD PARISH COUNCIL ANNUAL PARISH MEETING:
All residents are invited to this meeting to meet their Parish Councillors. Representatives from the police and Stroud District Council are also invited to attend. This year we will using the meeting to launch the 6 week consultation on the draft of the Chalford Parish Design Statement and we need your views to help us complete this official planning document. The time and date is 7.00 p.m. on Tuesday, 27 March 2018 and the venue is the Chalford Sports and Social Club. In addition to this meeting, copies of the Statement will be placed in various outlets in the Parish for you to view and provide your comments.
COPPICE HILL CAR PARK – TREE WORK
Our parish arboriculturist will be carrying out some work to trees bordering this area on Wednesday, 28 March. All vehicles will need to be moved on this day to prevent damage to property and to facilitate work. Regular vehicles parking in this car park have had notices put on their windscreens to this effect and letters sent to vehicle owners, if property addresses are known. In addition, notices are displayed in the area. We thank you for your co-operation
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.
Please note the adopted BT kiosk in Brownshill is principally for the display of the history of the village, and there is a small ‘book loan’. Please do not leave books at this kiosk.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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