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