Dog Bin – Churchdown Community Centre

The Dog Bin situated in the corner of the car park in the Community Centre has been sealed ready for relocation to Parton Road (by the bus stop).

Please do not place any dog waste bags on top of the bin (or around it) as this will not be cleared.

Many thanks for your assistance

Geraldine Connor, Clerk to the Parish Council.

Churchdown Park Car Park Proposed Closure at Night

The Council is saddened to report that the Churchdown Park Car Park is being used by members of the public who clearly race cars over the tarmac and turfed areas, leaving clear damage to our ground surface and lawns which will now need remedial work. Further, a huge amount of litter is deposited on the ground rather than in the rubbish bins provided – despite the goodwill of volunteer litter pickers and paid staff who seek to tidy the car park daily, the littering issue is becoming severe and insurmountable, without the use of further Parish Council funds.

Consequently, the Council is considering the closure of the car park gates at night, from 9.30 pm to 6.30 am.

The Council welcome any views on this proposed course of action from residents and users of this amenity, including all the parks within this site and the allotments. Any proposal would not take effect until March 2017 and only after an appropriate period of consultation with our residents and users. If you would like to make any comment regarding this proposed course of action, please contact:

Geraldine Connor

Clerk to Churchdown Parish Council
Parton Road, GL32JH

14th December 2016

Churchdown Firework Extravaganza 2016

Churchdown Firework Extravaganza returns on Friday 4th November 2016. Gates open at 17:00. Fireworks scheduled to begin at 19:15.

Buy Tickets Online Now!

Tickets are available to purchase from Local Outlets including the GL3 Community Hub, Council Offices & Badham Pharmacy – buy early to avoid disappointment!

ADVANCE TICKETS
Adult £4 / Child £3 / Family* £12

ON THE GATE TICKETS
Adult £5 / Child £3 / Family* £15

*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 4 – 16. Under 4’s are Free (No Ticket Required)

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.

Clerk’s Newsletter September/October 2016

CHURCHDOWN MAGAZINE ENTRY FOR PARISH COUNCIL Sept-Oct 2016

VACANCIES ON THE COUNCIL.
There are still 2 vacancies on the Council, both 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.

ADVICE AND INFORMATION CENTRE.
This is held on Thursday mornings (9.15 to 1 pm) when a very knowledgeable and helpful Customer Service Officer from the Borough Council comes to advise on Borough services, and especially to assist with benefit claims.

COUNCILLOR SURGERY.
This takes place 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.
Work is continuing on the Plan, with the first draft of the Plan policies almost completed, Once this is done the policies are reviewed by the Borough Planners by means of a Strategic Environmental Assessment, after which the first round of public consultation takes place.

SUMMER ACTIVITIES.
At the time of writing, 3 coach trips have been held and a good time had by all. We are now preparing for the Day in the Park on the 16th August, with all the usual activities for families. The weather forecast is for a brilliantly hot, sunny day, so we are fervently hoping that this is accurate and it will be as successful and well attended as previous years.

ACTIVE TOGETHER GRANTS.
This grant scheme is run by the County Council and funding can be used encourage sport and physical activity projects in order to get people more active. This year an application was made for match funding to support the Day in the Park, for Minibus trips for the Wednesday Walkers and to improve the mini football field next to Oakhurst Close Play Area. The grant bid was successful and the monies will help to improve these local activities and facilities.

WILDFLOWER PLANTING.
Last but not least, many Residents of Churchdown and visitors to the area have admired the wonderful display of wildflowers on the Cheltenham Road East at Dancey Road. The scheme was funded by the Parish Council and carried out by Ubico. The seed mix used was Meadow Breeze, containing species such as Bishops weed, cornflower, golden tickseed, mallow, red hornweed and common poppy. The effect has been stunning and has undoubtedly been beneficial for wildlife, as shown by the numbers of insects and bees on the flowers. Many compliments and thanks have been received by both the Parish Council and Ubico, and it has even been said that these wildflowers are the “best in the County”.

Ruth Warne, Clerk to the Council, Council Offices, Parton Road, GL3 2JH
Tel: 01452 713528,
Email clerk@churchdown-pc.gov.uk
Website www.churchdownpc.gov.uk
Follow us on Twitter @churchdownpc

 

Clerk’s Newsletter July/August 2016

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.

SPEEDING TRAFFIC.
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.

OVERGROWN FOOTPATHS.
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.

COUNCILLOR SURGERY.
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.
FIREWORKS EXTRAVAGANZA.
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.

Clerks Newsletter – April/March 2016

March – April 2016

The Parish Council is busy as ever both with its own projects and also supporting other groups and organisations in the Parish with their good work:-

NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN.  Following extensive consultation with the residents of Churchdown and Innsworth, and further work by the Steering Group, the draft neighbourhood plan policies are now being drafted by our planning consultant, Navigus Planning, and will be published for a formal 6 week consultation in the spring. Members of the Steering Group will be out and about to publicise and explain the policies, so please watch out for further details on notices, in the press and, of course, on the Plan website:- www.churchdownandinnsworthplan.co.uk.

CHURCHDOWN PARK PONDS.   New trees, hedges and shrub beds have been planted by Community Payback who have done a splendid job, helping to create a really special place for residents to enjoy.

WILDFLOWER PLANTING.   A large area of wildflowers will be planted soon on the long green in front of Dancey Road. This should make a welcoming and colourful “entrance” to Churchdown, complementing the extensive bulb planting which has been done around the Parish.

TRAFFIC SPEEDS.   Concern is often expressed about the speed of traffic in Churchdown and the Council has been pushing the Police to carry out enforcement, especially in the 20 mph zones.  We still have some wheelie bin stickers available promoting the 20 mph scheme. So, if you want one or more please call the Council Offices.

ADVICE AND INFORMATION CENTRE.  This operates at the Council Offices on a Thursday morning from 9.15 am to 1 pm.  It is staffed by a Customer Services Officer from Tewkesbury Borough Council who can advise on Borough services. This is a very good facility and can save an unnecessary trip to Tewkesbury.

Ruth Warne
Clerk to the Council
Council Offices, Parton Road
Tel: 01452 713528

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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Clerk’s Newsletter March 2015

Parish Precept.
The Council has now set its budget for 2015/16, which is £232,599, and this is a slight decrease on 2014/15 which was £232,798. This is used to run all the Council’s services, such as grass cutting, provision of street furniture, provision of parks and play areas, sports facilities, allotments, small grants, running of public toilets, taxi voucher scheme, community events and activities, and major grants to the Library and GL3 Community Hub youth and community centre.

Active Together.
This is the name of the grant scheme currently being operated by the County Council which is providing funds for services and facilities all over the County. The aim of the scheme is to encourage more people to play sport and generally be more active. The Council has been successful in obtaining funds for the Outdoor Exercise Equipment at Tudor Mead (now installed and free to use), Tai Chi classes at Churchdown Park (to be held in Churchdown Park Ponds Area on Friday mornings at 11 am starting on 8th May, £2 per session, and minibus hire for the Wednesday Walking Group (see below). The Council is grateful to the County for this funding.

Community Events.
By the time this is read, the Wassail in the Community Orchard will be over (a new and unusual event for us) and we will be looking forward to our annual Skatejam on Sunday, 21st June from 12 to 4 pm at Churchdown Park. Maverick will be here as usual and there will be competitions for skaters and bikers with lots of prizes. In August
Churchdown Park.
Improvements continue in the Park with tree planting in the ponds area to be done shortly. This will add interest and help to create a really beautiful place for all to enjoy.
Taxi Voucher Scheme.
The Council is running the taxi voucher scheme again this year. As a reminder, the scheme is intended for those who cannot use public transport, by reason of disability and who do not have access to a car. Each recipient will get £60 worth of vouchers this year, and the closing date for new applications is 30th June. Those who have previously received taxi vouchers and have sent in their travel diaries will receive the vouchers again automatically. If you have not received taxi vouchers before and think you may be eligible please contact the Offices for further information.
Wednesday Walkers.
This group continues to meet at 10 am on a Wednesday outside the Council Offices for long and short walks. It is a very friendly group and welcomes new members. As a result of grant funding (see above) it will be offering walks further afield, by use of a minibus. These walks will take place one day a month (generally the 4th Thursday) and will be suitable for those who have already had some experience walking with this group and who can walk 4-5 miles. For further details please contact Brenda Vines on 01452 713161.