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:
Please view our dedicated Covid-19 web page. Here you will find the latest information and guidance, the dates and locations of the mobile testing unit, and you can also see what is on offer from local businesses.
Remembrance Sunday – An Act Of Remembrance on France Lynch Pleasure Grounds at 10.45am on 8th November.
For 2020, to allow social distancing, this will take place outside on France Lynch Pleasure Ground.
A short 30 minute service of remembrance with the roll call of names and last post at 11am.
Please gather by 10.45am and note that Covid rules rules will be in place. Please wear face masks where appropriate.
We have a ‘Freezer of Love’ at the Parish Centre – Provided by The Long Table.
If you, or someone you know could benefit from a home cooked ready meal, then please click the link to find out more about the Freezer of Love
Gloucestershire County Council launched a new Waste Less Recycle More campaign this month, as 60% of black bag waste destined for the Javelin Park incinerator has been shown to be composed of recyclable materials. Tricia Watson, Chalford resident, has put together a summary of the range of plastic items not dealt with by council schemes that can be recycled locally – via Chalford Hill School or the Greenshop, Bisley – through the Terracycle scheme.
Improvements to play equipment in France Lynch Pleasure Ground.
We are pleased to say that the installation of the new play equipment is complete! and it now open for use with the exception of one piece of equipment which is currently fenced off. Grass seed has been sown in this area and needs to be protected to allow time to grow.
This project has been funded by Chalford Parish Council, Gloucestershire County Council Growing our Communities Fund, Stroud District Council, section 106 payment in respect of small developments, Broadband Action Group & National Lottery Awards for All.
We are grateful to all the above for making this installation possible.
Temporary changes to Emergency Care in Gloucestershire in response to COVID-19
Please click the link below for full details.
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
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.
Mobile Post Office Service – Change to times in Chalford. The mobile service behind 1 Belvedere Mews, Chalford, GL6 8PF. Please click the link for the most of to date information.
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.
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.)
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
WEBSITE ACCESSIBILITY STATEMENT
The Parish Centre is open from 10am until 3pm Monday to Thursday. If visiting the office, for the protection of staff and members of the public, we please ask you to wait in the foyer for attention. On entering the building please wear a face mask, sanitise your hands, check in using the NHS Test and Trace QR code or enter your name and contact details and practice social distancing. Many thanks for your cooperation.
If you need to get in touch and would prefer not to visit the office, then please call (01453) 887204 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
In response to the restrictions resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic, council and committee meetings were cancelled from March onwards. The Government has now given councils new powers to hold public meetings ‘remotely’ using video or telephone-conferencing technology.
Members of the public are welcome to join any meetings. For further information please contact the Clerk.
Finance & Management: Tuesday 27th October at 2pm at The Parish Centre.
Plans Assessment: Thursday 5th November at 9.30am to be held via Zoom.
Full Council: Thursday 5th November via Zoom, time tbc.
You can view all agendas by clicking the link below.
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
TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURE
Coppice Hill to Woodlands House Road outside the property known as Oaklands for a total distance of approximately 20 metres. The reason for the closure is for urgent repairs to the carriageway due to a crowning defect. This Notice comes into force on the 22nd October 2020and will continue for up to 5 days. However, if the works to remedy the problem have not been completed during this time scale it will be necessary to make an Order. Pedestrian access and emergency access will be maintained at all times.
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.
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 email@example.com or by phone on 01865 591137.
Please find attached the order and notice in relation to temporary road closures, click link for schedule.
Various road closure schedule for roads both within the parish and surrounding areas, commencing 7th November 2019, and updated on a weekly basis.
If you require any further information regarding these closures please contact Highways on 08000 514514.