NEW CHAIRMAN & NEW MEMBERS.
Cllr Lt Col Bernard Barton-Ancliffe was elected as the new Chairman of Council at the Annual Parish Council meeting on 11th May. Then, at Full Council on 14th June 2 new Members were coopted. They are Cllr Richard Smith and Cllr Gill Blackwell who are both representing Brookfield Ward and have served on the Parish Council previously, so welcome back to both of them. There are still 2 vacancies on the Council, which are for St John’s Ward. 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.
Many residents have expressed concerns about this and the Council undertook a Community Speedwatch survey which indeed showed that many drivers are exceeding the limit in both the 20 and 30 mph zones. The results of the survey have been passed on to the Police with a request for enforcement. The Vehicle Activated Signs are now in place at some of the gateways to Churchdown and it is to be hoped that this will make a difference. The Council still has a large supply of “20 is plenty” stickers to put on wheelie bins, so please contact the offices if you want some.
It’s now the time of year when vegetation is growing fast on the public footpaths and can make access difficult. If you encounter this problem please report it to Amey Gloucestershire on 08000 514 514. The more reports the better (please give as exact a location as possible), as this will help to prioritise the works.
SUGGESTION FOR A PUBLIC SEAT ON INNSWORTH LANE.
This has been mentioned a number of times at Council meetings, as it is thought one is needed. Suggestions are invited for the exact location.
ADVICE AND INFORMATION CENTRE.
This is held on Thursday mornings (9.15 to 1 pm) when a Customer Service Officer from the Borough Council comes to advise on Borough services, and especially to assist with benefit claims. It is well worth making use of this service, to avoid a trip to Tewkesbury.
This is held on the first Tuesday of the month at the Council Offices, from 9.15 to 11.15 am (except September). If you have a problem or worry, please do call in to talk to Cllr Sherry Piper who will do her best to help.
NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN FOR CHURCHDOWN AND INNSWORTH.
Navigus Planning have now produced the first draft of the Plan policies, which is a big step forward. These are being studied by the Steering Group, and some amendments have been made. The Steering Group is very keen that the Plan truly reflects the desires and aspirations of residents and is working hard to achieve this. It really is a long and labour intensive process to produce a Neighbourhood Plan, and the Council is indebted to the members of the Steering Group for their work.
CHILDREN’S SUMMER ACTIVITIES.
The Council is running various coach trips again this year: West Midlands Safari Park – 28th July, Bristol Zoo – 4th August, Drayton Manor Park – 11th August, Swindon Swimming and Skating – 18th August. All trips depart from Churchdown Park. The booking in day is Saturday, 9th July at the Parish Council Offices, 10 am to 12 pm. It is possible to book after this, just give the office a call to make sure that there are still some spaces on your preferred trip, and then come in to pay (all trips must be paid for at time of booking, cash payment only). On the coach your baby or child will need their own seat, plus a car seat/booster seat if this is what they use in a car. The booking forms are available to download on the website.
DAY IN THE PARK.
This will be held again this year, on Tuesday, 16th August, from 12 noon to 4 pm. There will be a falconry display, pony rides, pond dipping and nature activities, fair rides, inflatables, circus skills, Punch and Judy and more. Entry is free but there is a small charge for some activities. This is an enjoyable day out for families and we look forward to a good attendance, weather permitting of course.
I am very pleased to advise that this will go ahead on Friday, 4th November, with fireworks provided by Sandlings and funfair by Morris Amusements. This has become something of a Churchdown tradition which I know many people look forward to.