There was no Parish Council meeting in December, so this report deals with November matters.
The meeting heard from PC Paul Hancock from the Neighbourhood Policing Team that Weston-sub-Edge continues to be a very low crime area with an average of one crime per month. The main “hotspot” is the car park on Dover’s Hill. One of the main concerns in the North Cotswolds is planned burglaries in properties that have been watched over a period of days or weeks. If you see any suspicious vehicles please phone 101 to make a report. 101 is also the number for any other issues that you need to raise.
Members discussed planning concerns with Lynden Stowe. He explained that, owing to relaxed government guidelines on building density, the development currently in progress on Stratford Road is appropriate to requirements. There was more concern about the work progressing at Canonbourne where planning permission has not yet been granted. Members of the Council have this work under review.
The outside of the telephone box on Church Street has been refurbished. When the weather improves shelves will be fitted and the box used as a book exchange facility. There will also be a container for used stamps and some tourist information.
Used stamps can also be dropped off at Hartwells where they are collected for charity.
Good use is being made of the children’s playground. The equipment is checked on a regular basis and it has been noted that the matting around the multi-activity goal mouth has needed attention. If your children are using this area and there is a problem please let us know.
If you have anything you would like to discuss with a member of the Parish Council we would welcome your views or your attendance at a council meeting. Meetings are held on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 7.15 p.m. in the Village Hall with the exception of August and December.
The next meeting of the Parish Council is scheduled for Tuesday 25thFebruary 2019 at 7.15 p.m. and the agenda will be posted on the Village Notice Board in the bus shelter and on the village website, www.westonsubedge.com.
The Parish Council held the March meeting on the 27thMarch.
Councillor Lynden Stowe briefed the Council on CDC and GCC matters.
- Contractual arrangements for road maintenance and resurfacing had been revised and resurfacing activities were now within a contract let to “Tarmac”. A backlog of pothole repairs was expected to be cleared in the next couple of months.
The “Energy from Waste” plant at Javelin Park (adjacent to M5 South of Gloucester was scheduled to be in service in 2019.
Gritting operations had been called upon four times during the winter.
A new e mail address for contacting the police for non-emergencieswas 101@gloucestershire .police.ukPublic “Rights of Way” issues were now GCC’s responsibility.
Normal business included current planning applications and Council finances.
There were no planning applications to consider.
Your PC is active in reviewing all planning applications within the parish. If you have particular views on applications, please make them known to councilors or engage in the planning process as individuals.
Various village matters were discussed.
- The Village Green Revival sub Group reported great progress on securing grant funding which will allow the installation of equipment etc to commence, the preferred contractor having been selected.Councilors are due to meet GCC Highways dept. on 04 April and the agenda includes A VAR speed sign, Church St. drainage in the vicinity of Dover’s View and the resurfacing of Dover’s View.
There were no County or District Councillors to provide reports to the February meeting of the Parish Council.
Much of the meeting involved discussion of village development projects with an update from the Village Green Revival Group. Plans for a community area with play equipment are proceeding apace with grant applications now being made. Fundraising is also to the fore. The first phase is for a small playground which will be in keeping with the natural and village surroundings and will include a picnic area and shelter.
Parish Council members were delighted to welcome a new Parish Clerk to the meeting held on 23rd January 2018. Lucy Print has officially taken on the role vacated by Chris Tombs last summer. It is good to have a clerk who lives in the village, who is happy to undertake training for her role and who, as a member of the Village Green Revival Group, has already shown willing to involve herself in activities that benefit the community. We wish Lucy a long and rewarding association with the Parish Council. She can be contacted by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
There were no representatives of the District or County Councils at the meeting, though apologies were received from Lyndon Stowe.
Training was approved for both the Parish Clerk and two Councillors.
Councillors heard that there has been a delay in locating the village’s second defibrillator outside the Village Hall as a result of some electrical supply issues at the hall. Once these are resolved the installation will go ahead.
It was reported that funding applications for the proposed children’s playground are under way. Additional information will be provided as it becomes available.
It was with considerable reluctance that the Parish Council took the decision to close the Youth Club at the end of December after more than 10 successful years. There was agreement that it could be replaced later in the year with a Kids After School Club on the first and third Thursdays of each month between 4.30 p.m. and 6.00 p.m. This would be open to all children between 6 and 9 years whether or not they live in Weston-sub-Edge. If you have children who might be interested in such a club please register that interest with Chris Rossington on 01386 849316 or email@example.com. The club would be organised and run by a qualified Youth Leader but parents of members would be expected to join a rota to help out with activities and refreshments three or four times a year.