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.
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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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
The Chairman opened the September meeting of the Parish Council with the news that Chris Tombs, the long time Parish Clerk, had resigned after about twenty years of service to the community. His vast experience and knowledge will be sorely missed and, in his absence, Chris was thanked for his many contributions to Weston-sub-Edge.
It was reported that two applications had been received to fill the role of Parish Clerk and that both applicants would be interviewed in the near future.
Apologies were received from Lynden Stowe (County Council) and John Measey. Though he was unable to attend the meeting, Councillors welcomed Edward Stowe to the parish team.
In the absence of County and District Councillors there were no reports.
The healthy state of parish finances was noted with the receipt of grants of £4,000 and £1,000 from Gloucestershire Environmental Trust and Cotswold Preservation respectively towards the cost of draining and levelling the Recreation Ground. Councillor Mike Jelley handed over a cheque for £500 from CDC towards the purchase of a second defibrillator for the village. It was agreed that this should be located on the wall of the Village Hall. Councillors were asked to consider suggestions for the budget for 2018-19 in time for the next meeting. Payments had included over £2,000 for the paving of the seating area at the front of the Village Hall.
The Chairman reported that the Church Street phone box had been purchased for £1.00 and could be used as the location for a third defibrillator once it has been cleaned and repainted. It was agreed that estimates should be obtained for this work.
Concern was expressed about the number of heavy vehicles observed using Dovers Hill recently. It was agreed that weight limit signage should be requested for the junction with Kingcombe Lane. Other outstanding highways issues included shark’s teeth and speed signs for Stratford Road.
The Chairman announced that the Revival Group for the Recreation Ground was in the process of acquiring quotations for play equipment and that a full presentation of progress to date would be made at the October meeting of the Parish Council.
The Youth Club had continued to be poorly attended despite publicity in the village and in surrounding villages. Flyers had been circulated to all Year 7 pupils at Chipping Campden School and members of Years 5 and 6 in Willersey and Chipping Campden. The Youth Leader had prepared a programme of activities until Christmas. It was agreed that a final decision as to the future of the Youth Club would be made at the November meeting.
It was resolved to delay the next meeting of the Parish Council by one week to Tuesday 31st October at 7.15pm. Minutes of all Parish Council meetings are posted on the village notice board at the bus stop and on the village website, www.westonsubedge.com.