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Welcome to Chalford

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 & EVENTS

Coronavirus and supporting the community:

The Parish Centre has now closed to the public. Although no face to face discussions are taking place, we are here to support our parishioners through this uncertain time. Do get in touch by phone or email and we will answer your concerns as soon as possible.

If you are self-isolating, do you have friends, family or neighbours who can provide your everyday needs?  IF NOT, Do you need help? Do you know someone who needs help?

Chalford Parish Council has organised help for those with no support. Please call us on 01453 887204 (if there is no answer please leave a message and we will return your call) or you can email info@chalford-glos.gov.uk

A huge thank you to all of the volunteers that are working with us to deliver shopping, prescriptions and so much more. We really are very grateful to each and every one of you.

Please remember to check on your neighbours.

We have a dedicated page providing the latest information and guidance about Coronavirus. There are also links to posters which you can print and display.

A list of services that are available to you during this uncertain time is also available on this page.  Please click the link below to view details.

Coronavirus and support in the community

COVID-19 SAFETY ADVICE: ALL PLAY EQUIPMENT IN BUSSAGE, FRANCE LYNCH AND THE VALLEY IS NOW CLOSED AND NOT TO BE USED. THIS INCLUDES THE GYM EQUIPMENT & SKATE RAMPS. SAFETY INSPECTIONS WILL NOT BE CARRIED OUT DURING THIS PERIOD.

Message from the Chair of Chalford Parish Council

The last two months have been a challenging time for all within our Parish and we are certainly not out of the woods yet.

The Parish could not have survived so effectively without the many volunteers who have given up their time to collect food and deliver prescriptions to the elderly and isolated within the Parish.

I would like to personally thank all of you who have gone out of your way to assist our residents, driving to supermarkets, queuing at the pharmacy and have given up your time to help others. Without you, those who were unable to leave their homes would have been in difficulty.  Your help will still be needed until, finally, we can say that Covid 19 is under control.

So, my thanks and the thanks of the people of Chalford to all those who helped, who organised, who delivered.  You are the heroes of Chalford.

Paul Lilly, Chair – Chalford Parish Council

Covid-19 and bonfiresPlease be a good neighbour and do not burn waste on bonfires during the current crisis. 

Covid-19 is a respiratory disease. It is well known that smoke from bonfires may cause particular problems for people with underlying health conditions such as asthma, bronchitis and heart conditions. During this pandemic, more people than normal are at home, working, caring for their family and/or self-isolating. People in your area may already be suffering breathing difficulties due to the virus.

People with underlying health conditions have been advised to self-isolate in their homes for 12 weeks. They need to go out into their gardens for fresh air and they need to be able to open their windows for ventilation; they have nowhere else to go. Smoke will increase their breathing difficulties and place a further burden on the NHS.

You may be tempted to dispose of some additional household and/or garden waste by having a bonfire.  As the lockdown throws up new challenges for us all, we ask everyone to be a good neighbour and to not burn any of this waste.

We thank you for your cooperation in doing all you can to protect the health of your family and that of your neighbours, many of whom may be more vulnerable to the effects of bonfire smoke than ever before and who are presently restricted to their homes. Any waste that cannot be collected as usual can, in the case of garden waste, be composted or it can simply wait – store it for now until the current emergency is over and do not burn it.

For more information, click the link below.

https://www.stroud.gov.uk/environment/environmental-health/pollution-and-nuisance/bonfires-and-smoke-smoke-control

The Church of England.

Daily Hope offers music, prayers and reflections as well as full worship services from the Church of England at the end of a telephone line. The line – which is available 24 hours a day on 0800 804 8044 – has been set up particularly with those unable to join online church services during the period of restrictions in mind.

Please forward details of this phone number on to anyone that is not online.

There are also other live services that can be accessed via the Diocese of Gloucester and the Church of England websites. BBC1 is broadcasting worship on Sunday mornings and there are a wide range of radio services available.

ALLOTMENTS- IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR TENANTS:

We know that tending to your allotment during this uncertain time is probably more important to you than ever, and we are pleased that the current advice does allow this. However, in the interests of keeping everyone safe it is vitally important that strict guidance must be followed. Please click the link below to view the most up to date information and advice.

https://www.nsalg.org.uk/news/covid19-information/

Bus Service -Our bus service is now running on a two hourly cycle. Please click the link for the latest timetable.

https://tiscon-maps-stagecoachbus.s3.amazonaws.com/Timetables/West/Temp/61.pdf

Local footpaths, coronavirus, and the immune challenged

It has been drawn to our attention by a parishioner with a compromised immune system that people taking their one form of exercise a day on our local footpaths are putting others in danger of catching the coronavirus. Many of our local footpaths are narrow, making it impossible to keep 2 metres apart when meeting people coming in the opposite direction.

Please do not use footpaths where it is not possible to keep 2 metres apart – stick to routes where passing 2 metres apart is possible.

Frith Youth Centre Closure

For the time being, FYC will be closed. This means that all classes, the breakfast and lunch clubs and the Community Cafe will not be taking place until further notice.

BUSSAGE, BROWNSHILL AND EASTCOMBE NEWSLETTER 

We have been asked to advise that due to the current situation, the April and future editions of the newsletter will not be published until further notice, at which time annual subscriptions will be due.

Dry Stone Walls:

Do you own a dry stone wall? Are you interested in how dry stone walls add to the charm to our parish? This new illustrated publication describes their history, the responsibilities of owners, and tips on maintenance.

Its main message is simple ”a little effort spent keeping walls in good repair and free of vegetation (particularly ivy and weed trees) will save major expenditure and other possible liabilities in the future”

Please click the link to have a read. Dry Stone Walls of Chalford v5 050320

ALLOTMENTS

We have three allotment sites within the parish, Brownshill, France Lynch and Middle Hill. All three sites are currently full, but if you would like to be added to the waiting list then please get in touch with the Clerks at The Parish Centre either by phone during opening hours on 01453 887204, or email  us. Visit our Allotments  page for more information.

Mobile Library: This service is currently suspended.

Since the problems with the mobile library vehicle last year, Gloucestershire Library Service are introducing community access points from January 2020. We are pleased to say that we will be able to offer this service in Chalford, at the Parish Centre, Geralds Way. You will be able to reserve books to collect, return items and browse a small selection. Please click the link to read full details.

Library@Chalford&Bussage

Don’t forget we also have a good selection of books in the Parish Centre, so come along and have a browse.  In addition, we have satellite book swap kiosks located on Silver Street, Lynch Road and in Brownshill (by the noticeboard) We are always in need of more books so please bring them along to the Parish Centre if you have any that you no longer need.

Chalford Parish to be Carbon Neutral by 2030

At Full Council on the 4th July, it was agreed that Chalford Parish Council declares a Climate and Environmental Emergency and pledges to do everything within its powers to make Chalford Parish Community carbon neutral by 2030 at the latest.

Follow Chalford Climate Action Network for more updates.

Chalford Climate Action Network

At the Parish Council meeting on 2 May 2019 it was agreed to set up a working group to address the need for urgent action at a community level to combat climate change, biodiversity loss, pollution and the change to a zero waste economy.

Following the public meeting in July, the Climate Action Network now has four sub groups helping to pursue its objectives more effectively. The sub groups are addressing BIODIVERSITY, ENERGY, TRANSPORT, FOOD & WASTE.

Click the link below to read more and view meeting notes.

More Information & meeting notes

MIDDLE HILL DEVELOPMENT S.18/2698/FUL

The Stroud District Council Development Control Committee reached their decision with regard to the development of 31 houses at Middle Hill. The Committee decided to permit the development. The vote was very close, 6 to 5 in favour.

We would like to thank everyone who attended on the evening to support the Parish Council in their bid to object to this plan.

At Full Council on the 5th December it was unanimously agreed that the Parish Council would send a formal complaint to SDC regarding the manner in which this plan was considered at the SDC Development Control Committee meeting of 15th October 2019.

Please click the link to view a copy of the letter.

Middle Hill Complaint

Mobile Post Office Service – Change to times in Chalford. The mobile service behind 1 Belvedere Mews, Chalford, GL6 8PF will have new opening times commencing from Monday 9th September. The new opening times will be Monday 12.30 – 13.30 and Thursday 12.30 – 13.30.

Footpaths

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.

We’re always pleased to take on new Volunteers, so if you’d like to contribute to footpath maintenance, 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.

Visit the Footpaths Group page on the website for more information and where you will find details of 11 short walks around our beautiful parish.

IMPROVEMENTS TO THE PLAY AREAS IN FRANCE LYNCH PLEASURE GROUNDS

Good News!! We are delighted to inform you that we have been awarded a £10,000 grant from the National Lottery Awards for All and a £10,000 grant from the Growing Our Communities Fund, which is provided by GCC via our County Councillor Rachel Smith. We are putting these towards the cost of new play equipment at France Lynch Pleasure Ground. We have met with various suppliers and are pleased to say that we have now placed the order for the new play equipment. Installation was expected to start in February 2020, however due to the wet Winter this was pushed back to April. However, installation is now on hold due to the current outbreak of Coronavirus. We will keep you updated as to when we have a new date for installation.

SPEED SIGN
The Parish Council road safety group received funding from the Gloucestershire Police and Crime Commissioner for a speed sign which is 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.

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, or if you know of anyone who would benefit from visits, then please contact the Parish Centre and we will arrange for someone to call. (DBS checks are carried out on all our volunteers.)

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).

MONTHLY PARISH COUNCIL NEWSLETTER

The monthly parish council ‘newsletter’ is included in the local publications –  The Herald, Bussage, Brownshill & Eastcombe Newsletter twice a year in Valley News, the text for each month can be read here

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: EMAIL

All face to face Parish Council meetings are cancelled until further notice.This includes our annual parish meeting and annual general meeting.

All decisions will be made by email or zoom. Public contributions are welcomed, You can view all agendas by clicking the link below.

See all meeting minutes & agendas

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

EMERGENCY CLOSURE

Highways have advised of an emergency closure of a footpath on Rack Hill due to a collapsed wall – please click the links for full details.

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Gigaclear 

We have been advised that the sequence of works that Complete Utilities are carrying out commences on 28th October 2019. Please click the links below for the schedule of road closures and plan.

If you would like to know how it is going, you can register for updates on the progress of your ultrafast, full fibre broadband network. To register for updates go to gigaclear.net/postcode-checker  

For any questions during the build phase, you can contact Gigalclear’s dedicated care team via email networkbuildcare@gigaclear.com or by phone on 01865 591137.

Gigaclear Fastershire Chalford Scheme Plan

Gigaclear Fastershire Chalford Scheme Schedule

Please find attached the order and notice in relation to temporary road closures, click link for schedule.

Road Closures 1.11

Various road closure schedule for roads both within the parish and surrounding areas, commencing 7th November 2019, and updated on a weekly basis.

Road Works Bulletin 2020-05-29 to 2020-06-07

If you require any further information regarding these closures please contact Highways on 08000 514514.