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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.

Works: Wednesday 19th February at 7pm  at the Parish Centre.

Planning: Thursday 20th February at 9.30am at the Parish Centre.

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

Full Council: Thursday 5th March at 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

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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Various road closures will be taking place on a rolling programme due to resurfacing which will commence on the 1st October 2019, with an anticipated completion date of 31st March 2020. Please click the link below to view full details.

Various Closures

Coppice Hill

Please see the attached plan. This road will be closed on 20th March 2020 between the hours of 9.30am and 3pm. This is to allow for reinstatement works by Severn Trent.

Coppice Hill3 Chalford plan 21.01

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 2020-02-14 to 2020-02-23

If you require any further information regarding these closures please contact Highways on 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 & EVENTS

WHO IS YOUR CHALFORD CHAMPION?

      The Parish Council has introduced a new award! 

Chalford Champion! The award is designed to recognise and celebrate local volunteers  who go the extra mile in making our community a much better place to live.

  Should you wish to nominate someone, you can print and complete a nomination form.  Hard copies are also available in the Parish Centre. 

Closing Date for nominations is the 28th February.

CLICK THE LINK BELOW FOR THE NOMINATION FORM

https://www.chalford-glos.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/NOMINATION-FORM.docx

Chalfest Community Tickets 2020!

Chalfest takes place on July 18th this year and community tickets go on sale on February 1st at 9am. If you live in the catchment area for community tickets (the catchment area consists of GL6 8 or Eastcombe postcodes) You can buy them on Feb 1st here https://www.ticketfairy.com/event/chalfest-2020-18jul2020/.

Chalfest is also putting on a bonus day on July 17th 4pm to 9.30pm for anyone with a community ticket and there is no extra charge for this!

You can read the terms and conditions for community ticket purchases here https://www.chalfest.co.uk/festival-info/

However, if you wish to register for paper tickets you can do so at the Parish Centre, Geralds Way, from Monday 3rd February. Chalford Community store will also be taking registrations for community tickets. Please bring proof of residency with you. You will not need to pay until you receive your tickets.

If you have any questions or you want to volunteer for Chalfest, please email info@chalfest.co.uk or speak to us in the office and we will get pass your queries on.

See you in July!

The Gloucestershire Local Transport Plan (LTP) review is going out to public consultation for 10 weeks from the 16th January to 26th March 2020. Follow the link to to read more, discover public events and access the questionnaire.

http://www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/ltp-review

Mobile Library 

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

ALLOTMENTS – Would you like an Allotment?

Both the Brownshill and France Lynch sites are currently full, and we have just 7 half plots available at our site in Middle Hill. If you wish to become a tenant or you would like to find out more, then please get in touch with the Clerks at The Parish Centre either by phone during opening hours on 01453 887204, or email  us. 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.

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 and installation is expected to start in February 2020! The design is available to view in the office if you would like to take a look.

Annual Newsletter

Please click the link below to read about some of the things happening in your parish in our annual newsletter. We hope you find it interesting and informative.

newsletter 2019

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