Parish Council Notes – April 2020.

There was no Whitminster Parish Council (WPC) meeting in April, for obvious reasons; however, Councillors are keeping in touch with each other, and the Clerk, by email and telephone. Parish Council business will still be carried on with as is necessary, with a video/virtual meeting set up for May 4th. Please watch for notices on the website and the village notice boards.

As we know, all elections for District Council and Parish Council have been postponed until May of next year, with all Members staying in Office until then. The next Term of Office will only last for 3 years, instead of the usual four..There is a vacancy for a Parish Councillor on Whitminster Parish Council, Cllr Nick Peters having tendered his retirement from the Council. Information coming from Government sources suggests that any elections to fill such casual vacancies will be held over until next May. Confirmation of this, or otherwise, will be published as soon as it becomes available.

News from Ebley Mill says that the District Council will do it’s utmost to keep waste and recycling collections operating as normal, through this emergency situation. However, in order to do this, some other operations have had to be suspended, including some street cleaning and grass cutting on District Council administered land. Crews that would normally be out and about with grass mowers have been diverted to the waste collection service, to make up shortages caused by either illness or self-isolation.

WPC is extremely grateful for the response to the appeal to set up a volunteer group to help housebound residents during the current pandemic. Special thanks go to Cllrs Paynter and Hay for organising delivery of leaflets around the village, and setting up the communications needed to take the volunteer group forward. Our group is registered on the County Council/Stroud District Council emergency hub, which can be accessed via www.stroud.gov.uk The group must also take full credit for organising and delivery of the Easter chocolate goodies around the village. It was very difficult to make the decision as to who received them, and apologies go to anyone inadvertently missed out. Sincere thanks also to the shop in Gloucester Quays that donated the chocolates. Feedback received from those receiving them has made enjoyable reading.

The defibrillator located on the end wall of the pavilion on the playing field is available for access via the pedestrian gate at the start of the driveway to the playing field. Following Government instructions, the children’s play area and the playing field have had to be closed until restrictions are lifted, to try to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 virus. [UPDATE: the playing equipment remains out of bounds, the playing fields are re-opened]

More Parish Council notes will follow in due course. Any PC meetings held will be advertised as soon as they become necessary.

Parish Council notes – March 2020. New housing proposed to triple Whitminster.

The March meeting of Whitminster Parish Council focused very much on proposals from developers for several thousand new houses in Whitminster. These proposals were submitted during the the ‘Emerging Local Plan’ consultation period.

While there were no Planning Applications to consider this month, Council noted that both applications for refurbishment of Parklands Farmhouse had been withdrawn, and hoped that solutions can be found to progress the restoration of this historic building.It was noted that Robert Hitchin Ltd has lodged a proposal with the District Council Planning Strategy Department for more land in Whitminster Parish to be included for development in the next Local Plan to 2040. The land identified for inclusion runs northwards of the A419, between the A38 and the M5, as far as Grove Lane, as Phase 1 and northwards of Grove Lane to the Parish Boundary with Moreton Valence, between the A38 and the M5, as Phase 2. The total development would be for 2250 houses, with employment land, a Primary School and leisure facilities included. This proposal was lodged too late to be included in the Local Plan consultation that ended on January 22nd, so will have to be put out for consultation in the coming months.

A parcel of land adjacent to the south of Hyde Lane has also been put forward for inclusion in the next Local Plan, again it was put forward too late for consultation by January 22nd, and will have to be consulted on over the summer months. Council resolved to fight these notifications, and will take professional help if needed whatever the cost! Because of the Coronavirus outbreak, timings of any further consultations, or indeed any further meetings, are extremely difficult to pinpoint at this time, but Council will keep everyone updated when things start moving again. In the meantime, a Notice of Objection will be sent to Planning Strategy at Stroud to inform them of a more detailed objection being made when the formal consultation period opens.

Council intends to progress the Skateboard Ramp replacement, and install some Outdoor Keep Fit equipment on the Playing Field, as the weather and health issues allows, so please bear with us if these do not happen as soon as we hope they will. As everyone is aware, the Local Elections scheduled for May 7th have been postponed until May next year, so the present Council will stay in Office until then. We expect that the April Parish Council meeting will not take place, and will have to wait from guidance from higher authorities as to when meetings will start again. In the meantime, Councillors are keeping in touch by email and telephone to endeavour to keep the wheels turning.

Let us hope everyone in the Parish stays well, adheres to the advice and guidance given out daily in the media, so that we can all get back to our normal lives as soon as possible.

Defibrillators around the village!

The first of three defibrillators for the village has been installed on the wall of the Village Hall. Training for its use will be discussed at the next PC meeting and arranged for any and all interested villagers. We’ll update this website with a map and directions for their use.

The thanks of all in the Parish Council (and everyone in the village) go to  everyone involved in fundraising and donating money towards this – great fund-raising effort from the village, and in particular our thanks go to;

      • Councillor Stephen Davies for the County Council’s donation from their ‘Growing Our Communities’ fund
      • Barbara Brennan for co-ordinating, fundraising,  collecting villager’s donations and presenting the resulting cheque to the Parish Council – thank you Barbara!
      • the Pinching Memorial Trust,
      • Damion Williams for the funds donated from the British Army
      • everyone involved in the Village Hall Management Committee cream tea event held to support the fundraising effort.
      • Last but not least, the British Heart Foundation for part-funding the first of the defibrillators!

If there’s anyone we’ve missed, please let us know on the  village facebook group and we’ll add you to the list!

Thank you again!

Parklands Farm development – update

After comments were received to the Parish Council regarding the Smiths lorries causing congestion whilst reversing into the site from School Lane, the Parish Council has raised these issues with the developer Newland Homes. They have agreed to widen the access to allow the majority of lorries to drive in, and when any do need to reverse in, a Banksman will guide them in every time.

If you see any other preventable issues on School Lane due to the construction traffic, please contact one of your Parish Councillors.

 

A new Neighbourhood Warden

As from Monday 16th July all the wardens areas changed.

For those of you that do not know me my name is Carol Novoth, I have been allocated to your Parish as the neighbourhood warden.  I have been working in Hardwicke, Haresfield, Longney and Elmore for a few years now.

A brief bit about me;
I have been a warden for ten and a half years mainly covering the north of the district. I have covered  additional areas due to sickness, annual leave etc. before becoming a warden I worked all over Stroud district for the then Seviceteam
( now Ubico) contractor. I have lived in Stroud all my life so know the district well.

I am excited and look forward to working with you all and the challenges that will come my way.

Please feel free to contact me at any time. My mobile number is 07970250343 and my email is

carol.novoth@stroud.gov.uk

Community alerts service

The Gloucestershire Constabulary will shortly be launching the ‘real-time’ update service for Community / crime alerts. If you want to receive this info, sign-up here.. service goes live in a few weeks. https://www.yourcommunityalerts.co.uk/

New Neighbourhood Warden for Whitminster

Whitminster News

Andy Beamish takes over as the Whitminster Neighbourhood Warden.

If you require help or advice on Community Safety issues in your Town or Parish please contact me on the telephone number or email address below and I will endeavour to help you where I can or get a colleague to help you should I not be able to.”

As your Neighbourhood Warden, Andy provides support and can help you with many issues a few of which are;

  • Supporting vulnerable people
  • Anti-social behaviour
  • Dog fouling
  • Abandoned vehicles
  • Bogus callers
  • Home Security and Crime Prevention advice
  • Hate Crime & Bullying
  • Litter, Fly Tipping & Fly Posting

Andy Beamish
Neighbourhood Warden

andy.beamish@stroud.gov.uk
01453 754 512 or 07811 263 075