Clerk’s News Letter November December 2017

CHURCHDOWN PARISH COUNCIL CLERK’S NEWSLETTER
November – December 2017

FIREWORKS EXTRAVAGANZA. I am very pleased to advise that this will go ahead on Friday, 3rd November, with fireworks provided by Star fireworks and funfair by Morris Amusements. This has become something of a Churchdown tradition which I know many people look forward to. Advance tickets [ at a reduced rate] available on line and at various venues around the village – please check our website for details www.churchdown-pc.gov.uk.

BUDGET SETTING. The Council will soon be preparing draft revenue estimates in order to set the Precept for next financial year. One item of the budget is grants to local groups and charities; therefore, applications are now invited. If you think you may like to apply for a grant, please contact the Office for further information and a copy of the application form. All applications must be received by no later than 31st October 2017

VACANCIES ON THE COUNCIL. There is currently one vacancy on the Council, for St John’s Ward. Councillors do get involved in many interesting projects, so if you are interested in serving on the Council, or just want to find out a bit more please contact the office and we will be pleased to advise what is involved.

CHURCHDOWN & INNSWORTH NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN. As most residents are already aware, a great deal of work has already been undertaken on the Plan. A draft has been produced containing planning policies and a list of community actions – all based on information gathered during the Community Engagement in 2014 together with research by the Steering Group and reports from specialist consultants. In addition, the Council wants to ensure that concerns regarding traffic/road infrastructure, flooding and housing are addressed as fully as possible and is currently considering the way forward with this. The Council would particularly appreciate receiving any photographs of flooding which has occurred in the last 12 years, whether this be a small-scale event (even including pooling of water on roads) or the larger events of 2007 and 2009. Please email these to Ruth Warne, Neighbourhood Plan Coordinator on projects@churchdown-pc.gov.uk.

NEW PLAY PARKS AND NEW EQUIPMENT. The Council are delighted to confirm the refurbishment of all our local parks is now under way. These are: Churchdown Play Park, Chapel Hay Park, St. John’s, John Daniels, Tudor Mead and Zinnia Play Park.
In addition, Churchdown Parish Council will be taking responsibility for Shamrock Close Play Park and Oakhurst Park in the very near future – any suggestions for improvements to these amenities including ideas for new play equipment would be welcome!!

ORNAMENTAL GARDENS /POCKET PARK. Many of you will have noticed the huge amount of tree and overgrowth clearance undertaken in the Pocket Park and Ornamental Gardens – this has vastly improved light and visibility in this area and will greatly enhance the safety of all children who play there.

SKATEPARK AND CHURCHDOWN PARK PONDS AREA: FIRES AND DAMAGE. We are sad to report that several fires have been set in both the ponds area and on the Skatepark. This is STRICTLY PROHIBITED and the Parish Council WILL PROSECUTE those responsible for any fires set and damage caused.

LAND WANTED. The Parish Council are seeking to acquire a plot of land to accommodate a new burial ground. The plot should be level and approximately 2 acres in size. Please contact the Parish Office with details of any suitable land for sale.

Geraldine Connor
Clerk to the Council
Council Offices, Parton Road www.churchdown-pc.gov.uk
Tel: 01452 713528 email: clerk@churchdown-pc.gov.uk

Accounts for year ended 31st March 2017

Please find attached Notices in relation to the Commencement of the Period for the Exercise of Public Rights for the Accounts Period ended March 2017, in accordance with  The Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015 and The Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014.

Accounting Statement – Section 2.pdf

Accounts for year ending March 2017

Annual Governance Statement

Annual Internal Audit Report March 2017

Declaration of Status – Public Accounts March 2017

Local Audit & Accoutability Act 2014

 

Geraldine Connor

Clerk

Town & Country Planning Act 1990 – Robert Hitchins Appeal – Public Inquiry Meeting

At Council Offices, Gloucester Road, Tewkesbury, GL20 5TT on 20 June 2017 at 10.00am

REASON FOR INQUIRY: Appeals by Robert Hitchins Limited relating to the applications to Tewkesbury Borough Council for

A mixed use development comprising demolition of existing buildings; up to 725 dwellings and a local centre of 0.33ha (A1,A2,A3,A4,A5,D1,D2 uses); primary school, open space, landscaping, parking and supporting infrastructure and utilities; and the creation of a new vehicular access from the A38 Tewkesbury Road. AND A mixed use development comprising demolition of existing buildings, up to 1,300 dwellings and 8.31 hectares of land for employment generating uses comprising a neighbourhood centre of 4.23ha (A1, A2, A3, A4, A5, D1, D2, B1), office park of 1.31ha (B1) and business park of 2.77ha (B1 and B8 uses), primary school, open space, landscaping, parking and supporting infrastructure and utilities, and the creation of new vehicular accesses from the A40 Gloucester Northern Bypass, Innsworth Lane and Frogfurlong Lane.

At Land at Tewkesbury Road, Twigworth, Gloucester, GL2 9PJ and Land at Innsworth, Innsworth Lane, Gloucester, Gloucester GL3 1DU. Planning Inspectorate References: APP/G1630/W/16/3154464 APP/G1630/W/16/3164033  

An Inspector instructed by the Secretary of State will attend at the place, date and time shown above to hold an inquiry.

Members of the public may attend the inquiry and, at the Inspector’s discretion, express their views. If you, or anyone you know has a disability and is concerned about facilities at the inquiry venue, you should contact the council to confirm that suitable provisions are in place. Documents relating to the appeals can be viewed at the Council’s offices by prior arrangement.

Contact point at the Planning Inspectorate: Leanne Palmer, Room 3/O, Temple Quay House, 2 The Square, Temple Quay, Bristol, BS1 6PN Tel: 0303 444 5471 Where applicable, you can use the internet to submit documents, to see information and to check the progress of cases through GOV.UK. The address of the search page is – https://www.gov.uk/appeal-planning-inspectorate

 

EVENING SESSION

At INNSWORTH COMMUNITY HALL, ROOKERY ROAD, INNSWORTH, GL3 1AU

22ND JUNE 2017 – 7 TO 9 PM

ALL WELCOME – PLEASE COME AND GIVE YOUR VIEWS

 

 

For enquiries regarding the Evening Session please contact Mrs Ruth Warne, Clerk to Innsworth Parish Council, on 07493050720

Memorial Seat

CHURCHDOWN PARISH

WORLD WAR 1 MEMORIAL SEAT

This beautiful memorial seat was erected by Churchdown Parish Council this year, in honour of all veterans of the great war – and subsequent conflicts.

Pictured on the left is Mr Ken Plowman who served 18 years from 1942 to 1960. Ken was just 16 when the Second World War broke out. Ken trained and was based in Canada for a year. He trained as a Fighter Pilot and Army Glider Pilot; he now lives in Churchdown.

In the centre is Lt. Col Bernard Barton – Ancliffe. Bernard served from 1969 to 2006 in the Royal Signals and served in operations all over the world including Northern Ireland, Iraq and the former Yugoslavia. Bernard was posted to Churchdown [ Imjin barracks] and liked it so much he decided to stay here! Bernard is now in his second year of serving as the Chairman to the Churchdown Parish Council.

On the right is Roger Western – Roger was just 11 years and 11 days old when the Second World War broke out. Roger left school on a Saturday and joined the Fleet Air Corps on the following Monday! Roger served from November 1944 till January 1947 but was never old enough, in service to draw his tot of rum…..!

Churchdown Parish Council would like to thank Ken, Bernard and Roger for taking the time to allow us to take a picture with those servicemen who remind of us all, of the great service, dedication and ultimate sacrifice paid by all Members of our Armed Services

COOPTION OF COUNCILLOR

NOTICE OF VACANCIES IN THE OFFICE OF COUNCILLOR

PARISH OF CHURCHDOWN

(ST JOHN’S WARD, CHURCHDOWN)

CO-OPTION OF COUNCILLOR

Following the recent advertisement for two Parish Councillors in St John’s Ward, notice is now given that the Parish Council will be co-opting two members at its next Council Meeting to be held on Tuesday, 13th June 2017.

To be eligible candidates must be aged 21 or older, and must in addition

  • either be on the Electoral Roll of the Parish
  • or during the whole of the past 12 months have either lived in the parish, owned or leased land in the parish, worked in the Parish, or lived within three miles of it.

Candidates have been invited to the Council meeting at 7.00 pm on Tuesday 13th June 2017 and invited if they so wish, to address Council for not more than 5 minutes.  Following all the addresses, Council will make a resolution co-opting the successful candidate, who will be required to sign a Declaration of Acceptance of Office and Register of Interests immediately and join the meeting as a Councillor.  Also, the Register of Members Interests must be completed and returned within 28 days the successful candidate will then serve until the elections in May 2018.

For copies of this notice and for further information please contact: –

Miss Geraldine Connor, Clerk to the Council, Parish Council Offices, Parton Road, Churchdown, Gloucester GL3 2JH.  Tel: 01452 713528, email:  clerk@churchdown-pc.gov.uk.

 

 

Churchdown Firework Extravaganza 2017

Churchdown Firework Extravaganza returns on Friday 3rd November 2017. Final arrangements are yet to be confirmed but it is likely that the gates will open at 17:30 with fireworks scheduled to begin at approximately 19:30.

Tickets

Advance tickets will be available to purchase at discount through local outlets -to be confirmed –  and on line. On the gate tickets will be available on the night at the full rate.

Family tickets will also be available again this year  – *A Family Ticket consists of 2 Adults & 2 Children (Discount Applied At Checkout When 2 Adult & 2 Child Tickets are in the basket) Child Prices are for ages 3 – 16. Under 3’s are Free (No Ticket Required)

Price to be confirmed.

We look forward to seeing you again this year for anther fantastic event !

Terms & Conditions:

You may not use our products for any illegal or unauthorized purpose nor may you, in the use of the Service, violate any laws in your jurisdiction (including but not limited to copyright laws). E-Ticketing software is developed by Jack Vockins / Webterior. MyChurchdown is the promoter for the Firework Extravaganza event which is organised by Churchdown Parish Council. Ticket Validation is in use. In the event of cancellation due to circumstances beyond our control, we will endeavour to reschedule the event. If unable to do so, we will issue a full refund.

A breach or violation of any of the Terms will result in an immediate termination of your Services.

Taxi Voucher Scheme

The scheme is open to the vulnerable, elderly and disabled who are unable to access public or private transport. Successful applicants will receive £60 worth of vouchers to use for medical appointments, social visits etc.

Please phone the Parish Council office for an application form. Vouchers will be sent out at the beginning of April.

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Churchdown Parks & Play Areas

Churchdown Park:
Children’s Play and Picnic Area
Skatepark
Multi Use Games Area
Wildlife Pocket Park and Ornamental Gardens
BMX track
Football pitch
Recreational Pond area (dogs on short leads only)

Chapel Hay ‘Rec:
Children’s Play Area
Grassed area for football and walking

St John’s:
Children’s Play and Picnic Area
Grassed area for controlled games

John Daniels Playing Field:
Children’s Play Area
Football pitches (winter)
Cricket pitch (summer)
Cricket Pavillion

Tudor Mead:
Children’s Play Area
Large field for football, games and walking
Basketball Area
Outdoor exercise equipment planned

Churchdown Ponds – Update

The ponds are now a flourishing area, more bulbs have been planted this spring by local school children. Dogs are allowed on a short lead only. We hope to have more wildlife activities in the ponds area this year including the Day in the Park when local falconer Mike Davie will be putting on a fantastic display.