All meetings are open to members of the public. If you wish to attend, please contact the Clerk prior to the meeting.
Works: Wednesday 27th June, 7pm at The Parish Centre
Plans Assessment: Thursday 28th June 2018, 9.30am at The Parish Centre (Plans 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.
UPCOMING ROAD CLOSURES
CHALFEST 2018 – TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURES IN CHALFORD HILL
Please be advised of the following special event temporary no parking/no waiting order:
The attached plan shows roads where this temporary traffic order will be in place, from 18.00hrs 20th July 2018 to 06.00hrs 22nd July 2018.
If you require any further information regarding this traffic order please contact 08000 514514.
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.
We are informed that OLD NEIGHBOURHOOD is currently closed (Tuesday 19 June) as part of the scheme (see above) to install cables. We have no information at present when the road will re-open.
If you require any further information regarding these closures please contact Highways on 08000 514514.
KEBLE ROAD, FRANCE LYNCH
This road will be closed (as per the attached plan) on 9th July 2018. This is to allow for a new water connection on behalf of Severn Trent Water Ltd.
If you require any further information regarding this closure please contact Highways 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
STREET LIGHTING IMPROVMENT WORKS – remaining LED conversions
As you will be aware, the County Council has been undertaking a major project to upgrade streetlighting, with the main aim being to meet its carbon reduction target of 60% by 2020.
Skanska UK PLC has been engaged to carry out these works.
Work to upgrade the lighting within your area has been taking place during the last 24 months in residential areas. They are now returning to your area to complete these conversions along with traffic route lighting.
Work may necessitate the need to temporarily reduce the pavement width and to use barriers to ensure they can work safely. Where wall mounted units are to be converted on private properties, individual owners will be informed of the necessary works, prior to starting.
During this period, on-street parking may be affected. Residents and pedestrians are asked to be patient and they will do our best to minimise any inconvenience to you.
PROPOSED HOUSING DEVELOPMENT – MIDDLE HILL
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 an public exhibition of the proposal was held on 25th May in Chalford Hill. The display drawings can be viewed HERE
The developer has also said he is happy to be contacted via email – if anyone would like a copy of this information or has any specific queries.
CHALFORD YOUTH VOICE
If you are interested in being a voice for young people in the community, between the ages of 13 and 19 and want to have a voice and be heard on matters on your local area why not think of getting involved with Chalford Cubed, the youth forum for your area.
Meeting fortnightly you will have the opportunity to be influential in local adult decision making, as well as designing and running your own community projects, learning new skills and making new friends.
HORSLEY TIP: Pyke Quarry Household Recycling Centre, near Horsley, will be temporarily closed from Monday June 4 to Friday 22 June inclusive. During the closure, the county council will be carrying out important improvement work at the site.
PARISH COUNCIL MATTERS
BOULES COURT – CONSULTATION
We have received a request from a resident for a Boules Court in Bussage Pleasure Ground and we are currently investigating the idea.
If you have any comments you would like to make before we make a final decision on this, please provide feedback by 25 June by emailing or visiting the Parish Centre.
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.
During the first week, when the sign was on the stretch of Middle Hill from Fourways towards Burcombe Road speeds of over 6000 vehicles were recorded: more than half of these vehicles were driving faster than the 30mph speed limit with significant numbers exceeding 40 and even 50mph; 16 drivers went over 60mph and between 3pm and 7pm on 1st May a vehicle was driven over 70mph.
The sign is now positioned east bound on Middle Hill and already recording cars exceeding the 30 limit
If you live in the Parish and would be interested in joining our road safety group could you please contact Christine at the Parish Centre.
KINGS HEAD PUB
The Parish Council was asked by a group of parishioners to take out a loan in order to buy the King’s Head Pub to ensure its future as an asset for the parish. A lot of time was spent looking at the pros and cons for this course of action, including a detailed assessment of the financial implications, and the decision was taken that, as the pub is not in any immediate danger of closure, and there is a good chance it will be bought by new prospective landlords, the Parish Council would not try to take out a loan at this point. However, if the need arises at some point in the future, it will be considered again.
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, 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:
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 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
OPEN GARDEN IN BUSSAGE (THE RIDGE)
Mike and Gerry Carter will be opening their beautiful garden at Hampton View, The Ridge, on Saturday 30th June and Sunday 1st July, 2-5pm. There will be wine, tea, coffee, and cakes on sale and Mary Brownbill will be selling plants. All proceeds will be given towards installing loos and kitchens in our churches – St Michaels, Bussage, and St Augustines, Eastcombe . Do please come along.
For information about Chalfest go to their Website
Tickets for Chalfest 2018 (Saturday 21st July, France Lynch Pleasure Grounds) 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