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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:

Following Government advice the Parish Centre is 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.

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 and prescriptions. We really are very grateful to each and every one of you.

Click the link below to view our dedicated web page about Covid-19, here you will find the latest information and guidance, and see what is on offer from local businesses.

Coronavirus and support in the community

Would you like to become a Councillor? We have VACANCIES in Bussage and Hill wards.

Parish Casual Vacancy Bussage Ward – Covid-19

Parish Casual Vacancy Hill Ward – Covid-19

Co-option poster Bussage Ward July 2020

Playgrounds are now open: here’s how to help your children enjoy them safely 🥳

Wash hands before you go & when you get home

Wipe surfaces down prior to and after use

Avoid touching your face

If it’s busy limit your time so everyone has a go

Don’t eat or drink in the park

Practice social distancing, keep your distance from others

If anyone in your household has Covid-19 symptoms you must stay at home

The Parish Council will also sanitise play equipment on a weekly basis.

🥳 HAVE FUN! 🥳

Please remember that the virus spreads through litter, so please make sure you put your litter in the bins provided. Many thanks.

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.

Play Gloucestershire

We greatly regret having to announce that we are not able to run any Community Play sessions during the Summer Holidays this year, due to the restrictions upon public gatherings due to Covid-19.   Please see attached poster No Summer Play Poster

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

Temporary changes to Emergency Care in Gloucestershire in response to COVID-19

Please click the link below for full details.

Hospital Services Covid-19

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.

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.

Important Information for tenants: Please click the link for the most up to date information regarding allotments and Covid-19 https://www.nsalg.org.uk/news/covid19-information/

Mobile Library: This service is currently suspended

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.

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

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.

UPCOMING MEETINGS

Works:
Wednesday 15th July 2020 at 2pm via Zoom

Planning:
Thursday 16th July 2020 at 9.30am via Zoom

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 2020-07-09 to 2020-07-19

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