The March meeting agreed a 3.6% increase in the annual budgeted expenditure.
Income for this year (included in the overall rates bill) was reduced 50% by the Parish Council on a one-off basis to assist villagers in these difficult times. The shortfall will be met from film monies as already announced.
Yatton Keynell Post Office is now remaining open within the shop premises after the success of the vigorous campaign by Bybrook residents - well done!
We have arranged to enter The Best Kept Village once more and await further news.
Police representation is changing again. Heather Barham is returning in place of Toni Evans but will be covenng a wider area tnan previously. We have expressed reservations on resource levels but have been assured that the change will not be detrimenta1.
The outcome of the County-wide B road review has been deferred until mid-year wnen Speed limits may be amended including the B4039. Police are liasing with Lackham College management following adverse comments on students' driving locally.
The upper playground re-surfacing has been completed and the grass mesh protection on the lower area has been re-laid where necessary. Grass is now starting to hide the mesh.
Quotes are awaited for silt removal in the Bybrook. This may prove more problematical than first envisaged. The Council has agreed a subsidy of £200 for inflatable sandbags.
Regrettably the Combe Sunday event has been cancelled due to the time limitations on the organisers' already busy lives. The meeting thanked Will Lawton and his colleagues for their past and present efforts.
A useful meeting was held with circuit management to ensure that disruption to local residents is minimised wherever possible.
NEXT MEETING - THURSDAY 21ST MAY - 7.00 p.m. PLEASE NOTE-THIS IS THE ANNUAL PARISH MEETING-FOLLOWED BY THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
All are welcome and refreshments will be provided!
PARISH COUNCIL MEETING 29th JANUARY 2009
There was an attendance of three parishioners
Prior to the meeting a presentation of a traffic speed survey on the B 4039 was given by the police. The readings taken on the length of highway opposite the racing circuit, revealed the majority of vehicles to be travelling within the 50 m.p.h. limit, 15% exceeding the limit. In the opinion of the police, these results did not warrant speed enforcement action. It was suggested by a councillor that this survey should be repeated within the 40 m.p.h. zone in Upper Combe with a view to reducing the limit to 30 m.p.h. Any such action would not be undertaken until the results of the Wiltshire County Council's review of speed limits is published this year. The attention of the community police officer was drawn to the complaints by residents of Westway Close of careless driving by students from the college at the racing circuit. She agreed to address the matter.
The chairman was pleased to report favourably on the format of the Area Committee Meeting held in Grittleton Village Hall on 12th January. A short film directed at young car drivers to illustrate the accidents which result from excessive speed was screened.
A "Day of Action" will be organised within the next few months, to draw the attention of drivers passing through the village of the necessity to drive with due care. The chairman proposed erection of signs as a reminder to drivers of the need to moderate their speed.
Funds obtained from filming have been expended on a complete resurfacing of the childrens' play area at Whitegates. Also on the laying of plastic matting on the village hall field.
Enforcement of the parking restrictions in the village had been unsatisfactory, this will be brought to the attention of NWDC.
An open meeting to discuss the proposed closure of Yatton Keynell Post Office will be held in the Y K Village Hall on 5th February.
A seat outside the church is now in place after requests by residents, and wooden bollards replaced near the Market Cross.
Following an offer by Wiltshire County Council to provide limited funding for silt removal from the ByBrook, it was agreed to approach contractors for estimates.
It was noted that an explanatory meeting took place in the village hall with the organisers of Combe Sunday. From this, it would appear that they have yet to secure the land required for the proposed allotments in Yatton Keynell, which will be funded by the proceeds of the event.
The allotments would be used jointly by residents of Y K and the school children.
Due to the heavy recent frosts, a burst water pipe in the Sports Pavilion has caused considerable damage. The insurance will cover the costs of repair. The Castle Combe Colts committee to be made aware of the necessity of ensuring the water supply turned off after fixtures have been played. Graffiti from visiting teams has also appeared on the changing room walls.
In view of the recent application by Castle Combe Circuit for an alteration to a week end event permission, the District Council had been approached for details of the present usage. These they appeared to be unable to provide. Following complaints from residents of Westway Close regarding inconsiderate driving by Lackham College students, the college principal has been approached to address the matter.
Repairs have been carried out on the floor of the village hall.
It was agreed the Clark's salary be at the appropriate scale. An increase in the chairman's allowance was also approved.
The death of John Roberts, for many years clerk to the council, was recorded with sorrow.
As a tribute, a donation of £100 to Dorothy House Hospice will be made.
DATE OF NEXT MEETING - THURSDAY 19TH MARCH - 7.30 p.m.
PARISH COUNCIL MEETING 20th NOV 2008
At its November meeting the Parish Council agreed unanimously to reduce its Rates Precept from April next year by 50% to help householders in these difficult times. This is made possible by using some of the funds received from The Wolfman filming to make up the shortfall. Whilst the reduction will be for a single year, it will benefit all parishioners and hopefully will be very welcome news. However the Parish Council element of the overall Council Tax bill is already very small and we have no idea how the remainder (the vast bulk) of the Council Tax charge will turn out.
We have been successful in obtaining grants from North Wiltshire District Council to improve both playgrounds. Again Wolfman funds are being used to provide our share of the costs. Start dates are weather dependant but work should be completed by March.
The annual safety Inspection for both playgrounds by The Royal Sodety for Prevention of Accidents has been completed successfully.
The periodic Village Hall Health and Safety review has been completed including electrical appliances, gas and fire extinguishers.
The Environment Agency has agreed to clear vegetation in the Bybrook, hopefully this month. We have requested that the County Council then arrange removal of the silt by the bridge although a positive response is still awaited.
The police will attend the January meeting to discuss the outcome of their speed checks on the B4039. The County Council review of "B" road speed limits is still awaited.
We are still not satisfied with the interactive warning signs at the Biddestone crossroads (towards which we made a financial contribution) and have made our views known to Highways.
There is still no firm news on the future of Yatton Keynall Post Office.
The Circuit has confirmed that its marshals have been reminded of the limitations on early morning noise and will take action accordingly.
The Museum has been awarded a Car Boot sale day at the Circuit next August.
The organisers for next year's "Combe Sunday" outlined their plans at a Village meeting as arranged and are now progressing with their proposals.
Various planting of troughs has been completed around the village. Many thanks to Liz Taylor for contributing some of the plants.
The next Parish Council meeting will be at 7.30pm on Thursday 22nd January in the Village Hall
PARISH COUNCIL MEETING 25th SEPT 2008
There was a disappointing attendance once more for the September meeting, with no parishioners being present for the majority of issues under discussion.
NWDC has already exhausted its direct grant funding for 2008-2009 but we are hopeful that our applications for grant assistance to improve the two playgrounds can still be met from other NWDC funds.
A site meeting with The Environment Agency has confirmed a number of actionswhich could be taken to reduce flood risks in he lower village and these will be progressed over the next few weeks.
The WCC review of "B" road speed limits is now due to report in the Autumn.
Police speed checks on the B4039 over two separate weeks indicate that 15% of drivers are exceeding the 50mph speed limit. Will shall discuss this further with the authorities.
The interactive warning signs at the Biddestone crossroads have now been installed but will need refinement to maximise their effectiveness.
Despite various rumours there is still no firm news on the future of Yatton Keynall Post Office, nine months after closure was first mooted.
Concern re early morning noise at the circuit will be discussed with them at the next liaison meeting.
The organisers for next year's CombeSunday will be holding an open meeting in the Village Hall to present the format; all villagers are welcome to attend. All concerned have found this a useful session on previous occasions.
The next Parish Council meeting will be at 7:30pm on Thursday 20th November in the Village Hall.
PARISH COUNCIL MEETING 17th JULY 2008
There was an disappointing attendance for the July meeting, with no parishioners being present for the majority of items under discussion.
A grant application has been submitted to North Wiltshire District Councit to enable us to resurface the Whitegates playground before it deteriorates below safety limits. Several quotations were obtained and a local supplier has been chosen at a cost of £4950, of which half is being sought from NWDC. The balance will be funded from part of the monies received from The Wolfman firming. A further grant application has been submitted to North Wiltshire District Council to enable grass protection mesh to be laid in the lower village playground area to improve the surface during the winter months. 50% of the £2185 cost is being sought, with the balance again being funded from The Wolfman receipts.
External advice is being sought to identify whether any serious potential flood risks exist and to recommend preventative measures if required.
The outcome of the Wiltshire County Council review of "B" road speed limits is still awaited. The B4039 is expected to be amongst the earliest to be reviewed. Traffic calming remains of concern and Councillor Bishop is considering ways in which a concerted village approach to the problem can be undertaken with police support.
A further meeting with senior Post Office Limited management took place in early July to discuss the future of Yatton Keynall post office. They are yet again considering their options.
We came third in the Best Kept village competition with most areas receiving complimentary comments. Many thanks to all those who helped to achieve this standard.
Combe Sunday has proved to be a success previously and has raised substantial monies for charity. We have been approached regarding another such event on the second Bank Holiday in May 2009 and the organisers will as usual hold a village meeting well beforehand.
The 2007-08 accounts and 2008-09 budget were confirmed.
The next meeting will be at 7.30pm on Thursday 25th September in the Village Hall.
ANNUAL PARISIONERS MEETING & PARISH COUNCIL A.G.M. 15th May 2008
There was an excellent attendance for the Annual Parishioners' meeting on 15th May.
Parish finances are healthy and once again the Parish Council element of the Council Tax charge has remained unchanged. Unlike other elected councillors, Parish Councillors are volunteers who receive no remuneration for their efforts and indeed are frequently out of pocket due to travel expenses etc.
The Village Hall had another successful year but the number of craft fairs will reduce in 2008 and expenses will rise. A modest increase in hire fees will be necessary.
The lower village TV system is now maintained by a new company whose response performance to date has been good. The system will need some improvements during the coming year and the annual subscription will increase to £45 to ensure that sufficient funds are in hand to cope with any contingency expenditure.
We await the outcome of a recent meeting with the Police, District Council and County Council representatives to discuss traffic calming measures particularly in relation to the B4039 bend and speed limits. We hope that a 30mph limit can be imposed at that spot.
A small working party will be formed to review the potential for other traffic calming measures.
Post Office Limited have now proposed a second consultation period regarding the future of Yatton Keynall Post Office. This is despite the fact that the original consultation produced overwhelming support for retention of the current format. It would seem that public consultation results are simply ignored until they produce the desired outcome. The current proposal is for a periodic "out-reach" service which is unacceptable to the Postmaster and unlikely to reach fruition.
We still make every effort to minimise the parking problems in the lower village with regular chasing of NWDC officers to improve performance. It may be possible for this to be delegated to parish level once the new Unitary Authority is in place next year.
NWDC have now confirmed that closure of the public toilets is no longer on their agenda.
The suggestions for usage of the film company proceeds were debated further and it was agreed that a Flood Risk Assessment could be added should this prove necessary once initial discussions with the Environment Agency and County Council have taken place.
Further costings regarding other suggestions are being pursued with the benefit of helpful suggestions from attendees.
We have again entered the "Best Kept Village" competition and should be grateful if all residents could set aside the evening of Friday 30th May for the Village Tidy. If unable to make that date, it would be very helpful if the areas immediately adjacent to each home could be tidied during that weekend in readiness for the judging.
Our District Councillor Jane Scott will raise with NWDC the concerns expressed by Whitegates residents regarding inadequate maintenance at District level.
The mobile library visits the Market Cross on 11.45 am Thursdays at fortnightly intervals i.e. 5th June, 19th June etc. It is well stocked and books are not subject to the same hiring period limits as the town library.
The next meeting will be at 7.30pm on Thursday 17th July in the Village Hall.
PARISH COUNCIL MEETING 20th MARCH 2008
The Parish Council met on 20th March 2008.
Still no official news regarding the future of Yatton Keynell post office but together with other Bybrook parishes we have given full support to Yatton Keynell Parish Council in discussions with Post Office Limited and Postwatch.
A total of twenty suggestions were received from parishioners regarding possible usage of funds being received from the filming of "The Wolfman" in the lower village during April. Several were selected for more detailed consideration including playground improvements at Whitegates, all-weather surfacing behind the Village Hall, funding of traffic calming studies in Lower and Upper Combe and purchase of various recreational equipment for community use.
The council agreed to contribute £1000 towards the installation of interactive warning signs at the Biddestone Crossroads. The same level of contribution is being made by Biddestone, Chippenham Without and Yatton Keynell parish councils, with the remaining 50% coming from the County Highways Authority,
Our local police officer Toni Evans has convened a very useful meeting with relevant County authorities at which it was agreed that measurements of traffic volumes and speeds would be taken on the B4039 to assess whether lower speed limits would be appropriate. Results of a separate study are also due within the next two months.
We shall be meeting the Highways Authority regarding correction of the yellow lines on the hill and a date for their proposal for road resurfacing.
We have received verbal advice that the public toilets will remain open. Formal written confirmation is being sought.
We shall again be entering the Best Kept Village competition later this year.
The annual parish meeting will take place on Thursday 15th May at 7.00 p.m. in the Village Hall followed by the Parish Council A.G.M
PARISH COUNCIL MEETING 17th JANUARY 2008
1. In conjunction with Yatton Keynell, Grittleton and Biddestone Parish Councils, meetings have been held with Postwatch and Post Office Limited to oppose proposals for closure of the Yatton Keynell post office and its replacement by an inadequate "Outreach" service. Following the most recent meeting, Post Office Limited have agreed to review the basis of their decision and to submit a revised proposal to the Yatton Keynell postmaster. They still appear reluctant to change however and pressure from users (as suggested in our recent fliers) remains very important. The deadline is 31st January.
2. The Parish Council will receive a donation from the producers of "The Wolfman" film ( a re-make of the 1941 classic) which is provisionally scheduled to be filmed in the lower village this Spring. Any suggestions (small or large) as to how such monies might be used for the benefit of the community generally would be welcome, and will assist the Council in coming to its conclusions once the funds are received. Ideas can be given direct to Malcolm King for Whitegates, Jane Halliday for Upper Combe, and Fred Winup for Lower Combe.
3. The County Council has now agreed to consider installation of interactive flashing speed signs at the A420 Biddestone crossroads, which are used regularly by Castle Combe residents and which have been the scene of a number of collisions including fatality. Quotations are being sought by them from a number of suppliers. Somewhat surprisingly, recent police radar speed checks on the B4039 and the lower village found no drivers exceeding the limits. We are advised that these speed checks will continue at regular intervals.
4. The Manor House hotel management have apologised for the inconvenience caused during a "celebrity" wedding and will ensure no repetition.
5. Last but certainly not least, many thanks indeed to Christine Molano as retiring editor of the Castle Combe Newsletter for her sterling efforts on behalf of all residents, which are very much appreciated!
6. The next Parish Council meeting will take place on Thursday 20th March at 7.30 p.m. in the Village Hall and all parishioners are very welcome to attend.
PARISH COUNCIL MEETING 15th NOVEMBER
An approach has been received for the village to be featured in another film after the success of "Stardust". Likely dates late February/early March 2008. The location manager (Emma Pill, who orchestrated "Stardust") will be making a preliminary presentation to villagers as with the previous film. This will be in the Village Hall at 7.30pm on Tuesday 4th December and all villagers are welcome to attend.
The Museum was successful in obtaining the July 2008 car boot sale date in the Circuit draw. The trustees will be seeking help on the day in due course!
Several parishes met on-site with the Highway Authority to consider safety improvements at the A420 Biddestone crossroads. Costings are awaited.
Our local Community Police Officer has now received speed control training and will soon be operative regularly on roads in our vicinity.
The District Council is recruiting additional parking attendants and also extending hours of working to include evenings and weekends.
The 1937 Coronation bench at Whitegates has been refurbished and will be back in place shortly. The temporary replacement will then be placed in the lower village.
The annual ROSPA playgrounds inspection has confirmed no major issues.
The next Parish Council meeting will take place on Thursday 17th January at 7.30pm in the Village Hall.
PARISH COUNCIL MEETING 13th SEPT
1 The September meeting extended a warm welcome to Toni Evans and Norman Webster, our new Community Police team, who attended outside of their working hours in order to meet councillors and villagers personally. We are most encouraged by their obvious enthusiasm for their respective roles.
Meetings with District Council parking authorities have resulted in more frequent visits by wardens; now including weekends. Figures are received monthly showing the number of visits, observed offences and tickets issued. Vehicles causing obstruction will also be ticketed. Various options for traffic calming are being investigated.
2 The draw for 2008 Car Boot days at the Circuit takes place on 10th October. The Village Hall Committee has agreed that its place in the draw can on this occasion be taken by the Village Museum, whose income has been less than normal this year.
3 Decorative work on the Whitegates bus shelter has begun with the aid of local children and will hopefully be completed shortly. The replacement bench for Whitegates has been purchased and should be installed this month.
4 Fly tipping around the Whitegates play area is a concern and consideration will be given to a suitable location for a composting facility. Any views on this please to Malcolm King at 65 Whitegates.
5 Composting arrangements in the lower village playground area are to be modified by removal of the two rarely used end stores. The three main bins will remain.
6 The District Council has still not decided its policy regarding potential closure of public toilet facilities within North Wiltshire. We have sent a comprehensive list of issues to be considered before a decision is made.
7 The next Parish Council meeting will take place on Thursday 15th November at 7.30 in the Village Hall.
PARISH COUNCIL MEETING 19th JULY 2007
1. The July meeting extended a warm welcome to Malcolm King, our newly appointed Councillor, who will keep an eye on the needs of our Whitegates parishioners.
2. Mr Eels queried the District Council's proposed naming of the dairy development site as "Laurel Close" and it was agreed that we would write confirming no objection to "The Old Dairy Drive" as an alternative. The District has since confirmed its agreement to such a change. Clarification will also be sought as to the reasons for delay in development.
3. The Whitegates bus shelter refurbishment should be completed next month, with the very active participation of local children.
4. The village came fourth in this year's Best Kept Village competition. The judges described most areas as being very well maintained with very few blemishes. Our grateful thanks to all those residents who helped with the tidy day.
5. The District Council is to review the ongoing provision of all public toilet facilities due to budget problems. We shall write emphasising the need for such facilities to remain in tourist areas such as ours, which provide substantial income to the district.
6. We welcome and appreciate the Manor House Hotel's apology for the two occasions on which firework displays took place recently. They have checked existing bookings for the next four years to ensure there is no repetition. The previously agreed policy will remain, limiting displays to 5th November and 31st December.
7. The District Council has now agreed to increase the frequency of traffic warden attendance, including evenings and weekends. A meeting will also be arranged with local police and the County Council regarding other traffic issues such as speeding and road obstructions.
8. We are advised that any complaints about environmental issues (noise, waste etc) should be made direct by residents to the Environmental Health Officer on 01249 706454 (or 08450568035 out of hours or weekends).
9. The next Parish Council meeting will take place on Thursday 13th September at 7.30 in the Village Hall.
ANNUAL PARISHlONERS' MEETING 24th MAY 2007
Prior to the commencement of the meeting, a presentation was made to the present Chairman, Councellor Adrian Bishop; Having held the post of chairman in excess of 30- years, he had stated his intention not to seek re election. Making the presentation on behalf of the Parish Council, Councillor Fred Winup, Vice~Chairman, thanked the Chairman for his services to the village over such a long period of time.
A large number of parishioners were in attendance, the refreshments provided by lady councillors and a councillor's wife, being much appreciated.
The Chairman's Annual Report - He regretted that the environmental enhancement work in Upper Combe which had been proposed by NWDC, would not now take place due to lack of finance. Road safety measures on the B4039, part funded by the parish council, had been carried out by WCC Highways. On the subject of excessive vehicle speeds through the village, it had been hoped to have a presentation on methods of traffic calming by a specialist in this field. Due to other commitments this was not possible in the near future, but a study would be made of his unconventional proposals, and how they could be apptied to the vi1lage. Local drivers were invariably the speeding culprits, and they should drive with more consideration for other road users. Since NWDC assumed responstbility for parking enforcement there has been stgntftcant reduction in illegal parking. Problems still exist at week ends and evenings, and it is hoped to have these periods also covered by traffic attendants. The Castle Hotel has shown co-operation in bringing the parking restrictions to the attention of their guests. The "Green Village" project has seen the introduction of a composting unit, and residents are urged to consider methods of conserving energy".
As a change gf venue for council meetings the Chapel in Upper Combe was used on an occasion in 2006. It is hoped that this diversification of venue will continue in the coming year. Reference was made to the intention of WCC seeking to become a unitary authority. The purchasing of village properties as second homes and holiday 'lets' is becoming endemic, to a degree which is harming the community. At the May elections, the roundl members were re-elected unopposed due to a shortfall of nominations. It is hoped that a member to represent Whitegates may be aropted. Councillor Jane Scott was congratulated on her success in being re-elected to NWDC, and she has thus become both our District and County Coundllor. Her support over the years is very much appreciated, particularly in view of her extensive commitments. The new Community Police Officer, Hazel Anderson, hoped to attend the meeting to make herself known to the Parish Council and to explain her new role
The Chairman said that this would be his last report, having decided not to seek re-election as Chairman, but he would be remaining as a member of the Coundl. It had been a privilege to be allowed to serve the village, but the chairmanship would be passing into very capable hands. In condusion, he thanked pll those councillors, past and present, who had supported his efforts, and also those invaluable parish clerks.
Village Hall - In the absence of the Committee Chairman, Cllr Winup was able to report a healthy financial situation and satisfactory bookings. He gave thanks to Gareth Hare, the Chairman, and Julie Hare for thelr hard work in the running d the hall.
Sports Field and Recing Circuit - Cllr Mackelden reported a satisfactory liaison between the Coundl and the Football Club and Cricket Club which resulted in a large number of children throughout he local area being able to use the facilities and enjoy their sports. The recent race meeting at the circuit created heavy traffic; poor and possibly dangerous management of the temporary traffic lights on the B4039 was noted
TV Relay Committee - As Chairman of the Committee, Tim Boucher said that the system in the lower viltage was working well after recent works, but in certain areas more work would be necessary in the future.
Open Forum - A parishioner raised concerns about the amount of litter deposited on the hill into the village. It was felt that little could be done to solve the problem.
PARISH COUNCIL ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
Election of Chairman &. Vice Chairman - Elected - Cllr Fred Winup (Chairman) - Cllr Adrian Bishop (Vice Chairman)
Village Public Toilets - Cllr Bishop reported that, folrowing his representation at the Area Committee Meeting, a reply had been received from NW DC to the effect that the toilets would remain open.
Bus Shelter at Whitegates - Details of the proposed refurbishment had been received from Mrs Batten. A budget figure of £250 was agreed for the work.
Traffic Calming - Cllr Bishop reported that Mr Hamilton Baillie was now unable to give the presentation, but had sent copies of his talks given elsewhere.
Best Kept Village Competition - A village tidy will be held on Friday 1st June at 7.00 p.m. The co-operation of all residents to clean the areas round their property and elsewhere is requested.
Play Areas - Cllr Halliday reported that she had cleaned the play equipment and surface tiles at Whitegates. She was congratulated for the successful conclusion. Attention will be given to the lower village play area.
Green Village - Due to the resignation of Cllr Knights there has been no further action.
Village Environment - Cllr Ruggles has replaced the plants stolen from the car park display and also put a protective coating on the upper village bus shelter. He noted that rubbish and builders' surplus was now being dumped at the recycling centre at the car park. The District Councillor agreed to request NWDC to provide a 'No Rubbish' sign be put in place. The Parish Warden is to be asked to dear the gutters of weeds at Whitegates.
Village Hall - Cars being parked across the entrance to the hall are preventing access. It was suggested that a criss-cross area to indicate no parking be painted outside the entrance.
Parish Council Vacancy - This is open to any resident of the parish; interested parties should contact the Parish Clerk - 782668.
Date of next meeting - Thursday 19th July @ 7.30 p.m. in the Village Hall
PARISH COUNCIL MEETING 22nd MARCH 2007
1.The chairman has made cootact with the developer of the Old Dairy srae to request their undergrounding of the overhead wires. Although no commitment was given, it will be given consideration if possible.
2. Refurbishment of the Whitegates bus shelter will hopefully be carried out in the school holidays.
3. A presentation by a traffic consultant on the methods of reducing the speed of traffic in this and adjacent parishes has been arranged for the early spring.
4 It was agreed to enter the Best Kept Village Competition. A date for the village tidy will be announced.
5. Application forms for The NWDC Free Bus Pass & Token Scheme can be obtained from post offices.
6. Consideration was given to a letter from Mrs Gale in regard to additional road signage to improve road safety at Quarry Corner on the B4039. WCC Highways is not prepared to make any changes, due to the low number of recorded accidents. It was noted that there has been a spate of thefts of road signs, the original chevron signs at Quarry Corner having recently suffered thus. These are now replaced, and hopefully any suspicious characters seen to be engaged in this anti social act should be reported to the police.
7. Cllr Mackeklen reported on the liaison meeting with Castle Combe Circuit. With no adverse comments in the first year of Rally School operation, a planning application for it to be a more permanent event is to be submitted. The Lackam College engineering centre is now up and running.
8. Cllr Halliday reported that the rerommendations of the ROSPA inspection of the play areas have been fulfilled. The advice from ROSPA re the proximity of the composting centre to the play area in lower Combe had been that no safety risk exists.
9. Cllr Winup is to advise the Parish Steward of highway matters requiring attention. Weeds in the gutters on Whitegates to be removed. It was noted that vehicles at Circuit Motors are being parked along the verges of the B4039. A letter to be written reminding the owners of the terms of their planning permission. The 'ticketing' by NWDC traffic attendants has been effective in reducing the number of illegally parked vehicles.
However the service bus is stll having trouble in turning due to overnight parked cars near the Market Cross. A letter to be sent to the Castle Hotel requesting their visitors be advised against parking in the area round the Market Cross. Arrangements are being made for the traffic attendants to visit in the evenings and at week ends.
There are certain anomalies regarding yellow line parking restrictions, this to be taken up with WCC.
10. Cllr Ruggles reported that vandals had destroyed many of the flowering daffodils at the entrance to the village, and also plants had been stolen from the flower trough at the car park. Following a complaint from Whitegates residents regarding litter and rubbish outside the Po1ice House, the matter was drawn to the attention of the Manor House Hotel manager. Assurance has been given for no reoccurrence of the problem.
11. Cllr Winup reported that a fire and safety assessment of the village hall had been completed. A new season's booking of the hall for craft fairs had been conduded.
12. Cllr Knights announced a meeting to be arranged for discussion of 'Green' issues. This will include presentation of a proposal by Mr Lysley for a wind turbine in Upper Combe.
13. The proposal by NWDC to dose the village public toilets in 2008 was discussed. It was agreed to resist this vigorously.
14. Concerns have been raised regarding possible flooding in the lower village. The Chairman to discuss mqnagement of the Bybrook sluices with the Manor House management.
15. County CounciHor Jane Scott: was congratulated on the award of a 4 Star rating awarded to WCC by the government.
16. District Councillor Sherry Meadows to investigate provision of recycling 'black boxes' for Upper Castle Combe.
THE ANNUAL PARISH MEETING WILL BE HELD IN THE VILLAGE HALL ON THURSDAY MAY 24TH AT 7.00 p.m. THIS WILL BE FOLLOWED BY THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING OF THE PARISH COUNCIL.
PARISH COUNCIL NEWS
EXTRAORDINARY MEETING OF TIlE PARISH COUNCIL
13TH JANUARY 2007
1. The meeting was convened to address concerns which have arisen since the introduction
of a composting centre adjacent to the lower village children's play area. Points discussed included, concerns for safety of children, possible rodent infestation, impact of the structure on the local environment and implications of shredding tree prunings.
2. It was agreed for usage of the centre to proceed, with a review of the operation in September. Cllr Knights to distribute to all residents a guide line for usage.
3. Cllr Halliday to request opinion of Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents re children's safety issue.
MEETING OF THE PARISH COUNCIL
25th JANUARY 2007
1. Cllr Halliday presented the scheme for renovation of the Whitegates bus shelter submitted by Mrs Batten. The council approved the costing and the innovative decorative proposals suggested by the local children.
2. Works by Wessex Water in the lower village are reported to be on schedule.
3. The council confirmed the parish precept to remain at £4,250.
4. Refurbishment of the public toilets by NWDC has been completed to a very satisfactory standard.
5. Annual donation of £25 to SPLASH agreed.
6. An excessive amount of litter on the Upper Combe sports field was reported. Cllr. Mackelden to contact CC Colts chairman.
7. In response to complaints to the PC of parking obstruction outside Rose Cottage in Upper Castle Combe, Mr Harvey addressed the meeting. After an exchange of views, Mr Harvey agreed to keep the footpath clear of vehicles.
8. Discussion took place on various correspondences from Mr Middleton regarding the recently installed composting centre. His concerns were noted, and will be borne in mind during the initial period of operation. Cllr. Knights has now produced guidelines for the usage of the composting facility; these are being distributed to residents.
9. Cllr Ruggles reported satisfactory clearance of the golf course footpath, and his personal attention to litter clearance in the pound and on the north hill. The grass picnic area alongside the upper village car park has been vandalised by vehicles being intentionally driven across it; NWDC to be informed.
10. In the absence of Cllr Winup his report on the village hall was read. Funds were satisfactory, and a donation of £180 had been received from Mrs Chapman.
The grassed area adjacent to the hall has been badly churned up during the recent wet weather by vehicles. Attempts to prevent this by keeping the access chain padlocked have not been successful due to hirers neglecting to relock the chain. Consideration is to be given to keeping vehicles off the grass during the winter period. In the longer term other solutions to the problem will be reviewed.
11. County Cllr Jane Scott gave a presentation on the proposals by wce to create a unitary local authority in place of the present two tier administration. This has been led by a government white paper, requiring more efficiency in local government. If accepted, it will mean the abolition of district councils. Implementation will only take place after consultation at all levels, and at least two years hence.
12. The problem of traffic travelling at excess speeds throughout the parish was raised by the chairman. He has contacted a firm of traffic consultants who will visit the village to assess the problem and make recommendations. A joint meeting of local parish councils to address the problem of speeding in villages will be arranged by the chairman.
NEXT MEETING OF THE COUNCIL - 22- MARCH @ 7.30 pm.1N THE VILLAGE HALL
PARISH COUNCIL NEWS
CASTLE COMBE PARISH COUNCIL MEETING
21ST SEPTEMBER 2006
As an alternate venue to the village hall and to facilitate the residents of Upper Castle Combe, the parish council held this meeting in the Congregational Chapel, by kind permission of the Chapel Trustees. In spite of all properties in the upper village receiving flyers to notify of the venue, the attendance of only eight parishioners was a disappointment.
1. NWDC Area Committee Meeting 9th October. To be attended by Chairman and Vice Chairman. The failure of NWDC to respond to letters, 'phone calls and e-mails to be raised.
2. Enforcement of Vehicle parking Reaulations. After much 'chasing' a reply has been received in respect of the issues raised with NWDC councillors and officers at a recent meeting. NWDC parking attendants will be carrying out enforcement duties in Castle Combe at irregular times, including evenings and week-ends. A number of 'tickets' has already been issued to offenders. The District Councillor was thanked for her help in this matter.
3. Bus Shelter Refurbishment - Whitegates. This work, which was to have been done during the summer school holidays by volunteer labour, did not take place. Investigation of the present position will be undertaken.
4. Village Flag Pole. This is now installed in the War Memorial Garden. It was agreed that the Union Flag is to be flown.
5. Correspondence Received
(1). NWOC request comments / views re parking enforcement issues by 27th October - Action Cllr Winup
(2) Event at Neeld Hall Chippenham 23/27 October re Energy Saving Week
(3) Boundary Commission Survey consultation document - Action - Clerk to the Council
(4) Wilts Police Authority Consultation Meeting, Wootton Bassett, 16th October: possible attendance Cllr Halliday.
6. Planning Applications It was noted that an Appeal has been lodged with the Planning Inspectorate against the refusal of permission for works at Preedy's Cottage. Parish Council to send views Action Chairman and Cllr Clegg.
7. ReDorts From Portfolio Holders
(1). Sports Field - Cllr Mackelden - no problems to report, field tidy.
(2). Play Areas - Cllr Halliday reported on contents of recent ROSPA visit inspection. Investigation of methods of treatment of slippery surface at Whitegates PA to be made.
(3). Highways - In the absence of Cllr Winup, the Chairman reported that in view of WCC's lack of response to the request for re-painting of parking bays in the lower Village, he had completed this work himself.
(4). Energy Friendly Village Project - Cllr Knights reported on joint meeting with Mike Roberts and NWDC officers. It is intended to consult with all residents as to their approach to energy saving, waste disposal etc., by way of a questionnaire. It was noted that an exhibition is to be held in Coleme School on Sunday 24th September re that village's Energy Efficiecy programme.
(5). Village Environment - Cllr Ruggles reported clearance of golf course footpath required. Action Cllr Ruggles - Green keeper to be informed. Willow trees growing in the Bybrook, volunteer working party to be convened.
8 Villaqe Hall Parking restriction notice agreed Action - Cllr Winup.
9. Estate Yard Parkinq The increase in unauthorised parking in the yard is causing concern and a private parking notice at the entrance would alleviate the problem. Mr Lysley, as owner of the yard, to be contacted for his views. Action - Chairman
10. Telephone Exchanqe and Manor House Hotel ProDertv on Whiteqates The attention of the council was drawn to broken fencing at the Exchange and the condition of the house owned by the Manor House Hotel on Whitegates. Action- Clerk to the Council to write to both parties.
NEXT PARISH COUNCIL MEETING THURSDAY 21sT NOVEMBER
IN THE VILLAGE HALL AT 7.30 p.m.
Annual Parishioners Meeting - 25th May 2006
Unfortunately there was a very poor attendance at this meeting
Items in the Chairman's Annual Report.
1. The recent filming in the village was an interesting event for residents and disruption to life kept at a minimum.
2. Refurbishment work during the last year induded, the public toilets, war memorial, village hall and new notice boards. In this year together with NWDC it is hoped for undergrounding of overhead wires in Upper Combe.
3. The parish council supported NWDC at the appeal by the Racing Circuit against the imposition of a noise abatement order, the appeal was dismissed.. Representation was made in regard of the new permitted opening hours for licensed premises. With the extended hours permitted, the village licensees have continued to act responsibly.
4. Following pressure from the parish council, WCC Highways filled in potholes and top dressed village roads. In consultation with WCC some new road safety signs have been installed on the B 4039 with others to follow. There is . great concern regarding excessive speed of vehicles through the village and on the B 4039, many of the culprits are local drivers.
5. Illegal and inconsiderate parking in the Lower Village is at an all time high. Representations have again been made to the police. Hopefully enforcement will increase following the introduction of traffic wardens in September.
6. The parish council is considering measures to make the village "Environmentally Friendly" in conjunction with Wiltshire WiJdlife. This may involve calling a village meeting ]ater this year.
Village Hall Report
The hall is now in excellent condition following decoration and general refurbishment. It is hoped to extend the outside
store when funds permit. Report by Cllr Winup.
Sports Field Report
CaStle Combe Colts Football Oub and the Cricket Club are making extensive use of the field and clubhouse facilities. The lease arrangement with the parish council has proved very satisfactory. Report by Cllr Mackelden
TV Relay Report
The TV relay system in the lower village is in good working condition. The present maintenance engineer is retiring and a replacement is being sought. Report by Tim Boucher
Parish Council Annual General Meeting
Election of Chairman - Cllr Bishop elected
Election of Vice Chairman - Cllr Winup elected
1. Complaints have been received regarding traffic problems and vehicle noise arising from the recent Japfest event at the Racing Circuit. Circuit management to be approached.
2. The chevron sign requested at the Upper Combe X Roads will Qe installed in August, and a 'gateway' at the eastern 40 mph limit on the B 4039 promised by WCC. '
3. A sum of £250 is allocated to the village museum funds from the fiJm company donation to the PC. A decision on the spending of the balance has not be finalized, options being for enhancement works in Upper Combe and payments for a traffic warden.
4. NWDC Cleansing & Amenities to be approached by district councilor for clearance of rubbish near Whitegates play area.
5. A reply still awaited from NWDC re cost of undergrounding cables in Upper Combe.
6. A meeting to be arranged with the Leader of NWDC re enforcement of parking regulations in the village.
7. Response still awaited from NWDC and Westlea Housing Association re affordable housing proposal in Upper Combe 8. Two letters referring to the CorTIbe Sunday event were noted by the PC.
9. Concern was expressed re the unauthorized parking on the village hall field. It was agreed for the entrance chain to be locked whenever events were not taking place at the hall.
10. It was agreed to purchase a flag pole, to be located near the war memorial.
11. Investigations will be made to hold occasional PC meetings In Upper Combe and Whitegates.
12. Consideration was given to a request from surveyors for the Racing Circuit to make a sewer connection at Westway Close. Wesssex Water to be contacted re this proposal.
PARISH COUNCIL MEETING 23RD MARCH 2006
Prior to the meeting two short presentations were received.
Liz Nimmo-Scott, Energy Project Officer, Wiltshire Wildlife Trust gave information about the establishment of dimate friendly communities, and how Castle Combe could be involved.
Preliminary details for a possible affordable housing development in Upper Combe were given by lan Morgan Jones of Westlea Housing.
1. HIGHWAY MATTERS: Another attempt to remove loose gravel from the road through the village by the contractors had only been partially successful. In Upper Castle Combe the road centre marking had been done, and speecllimit gateways on the B 4039 have been promised by WCC.
2. COMBE SUNDAY: The question of an entertainment licence for the event was raised. Organizers to be contacted.
3. FILMING IN THE VILLAGE: This is scheduled for the second week in May, when on one day the road into the village from the B 4039 will be closed. The film company will be requiring extras.
4. CHILDRENS' PLAY AREAS: Thanks wre extended to District Councillor Meadows for chasing NWDC to cut back trees near the Whitegates play area. 'No dogs' and other signage is on order for the two play areas.
5. VILLAGE ENHANCEMENT: NWDC is to be asked to re-start this programme. Undergrounding of cables and overhead wires in Upper Combe as a requirement.
6. VILLAGE HALL: It was noted that the cost of maintaining the hall was a high proportion of the council's precept. This was considered acceptable for the facility afforded. Painting of the hall had now been completed to a very high standard
7. PARISH LENGTHSMEN: The work of the WCC Parish Lengthsmen was discussed, communication with the force considered to be unsatisfactory.
8. BEST KEPT VILLAGE COMPETITION: It was agreed to enter this year. A date for a village tidy to be announced later.
9. GRANTS: £50 was awarded to North Wiltshire Citizens' Advice Bureau.
10. CHANGES TO ELECTORAL WARDS: The council will not support the proposed change to link Castle Combe with the parish of Chippenham Without.
11. NWDC PLANNING TRAINING COURSE: Councillors Bishop, Winup, Knights, Ruggles and Clegg agreed to attend on 19th April at 6.30 pm.
12. AFFORDABLE HOUSING: The presentation by Westlea Housing was discussed, doubts being raised as to the local demand figures obtained from a survey in 2005. It was agreed to question these with Community First and to inform Westlea Housing of the council's concerns as to the requirement for the scheme.
13. VILLAGE STREET SIGNS: The possibility of erecting street name signs to ensure the traditional
names were not lost was discussed. Cost and administrative problems were considered too great, but investigations would be undertaken.
14. A Whitegates resident Carley Batten brought attention to the disrepair of the bus shelter. She proposed an adult supervised childrens' working party in the school holidays to carry out the repairs. Council were enthusiastically in favour, undertaking the necessary funding.
PLEASE NOTE :- The Annual Parish Meeting will be on Thursday 25th May at 7.00 p.m. in the village hall. Refreshments will be provided. It will be followed by the Parish Council A.G.M.
PARISH COUNCIL MEETING - 19th JANUARY 2006.
The chairman welcomed the new District Councillor for the Nettleton Ward - Cllr Sherry Meadows
1. The next NWDC Area Committee Meeting is at Monkton Park on 6th February, chairman and councilor will attend.
2. A report was presented on meeting between WCC Highways officers, chairman and vice chairman, to discuss failings in surface dressing of the road through the village. WCC agreed to attend to deficiences and collection of loose chippings. At request of parish council WCC are to consider 'gateways' at speed limit points on B 4039 and on C 151. Also to place chevrons at crossroads in Upper Combe..
3. Consideration was gjven to a report from Graham Harris WCC re pedestrian safety on road from the car park to the lower village. The proposals were rejected as not viable.
4. The next visit of the Parish lengthsmen wi1l be on 7th February. Work allocated is dearance of mud from road verges, removal of debris covering surface drains and cutting back of vegetation from Utter bins.
5. NWDC Conservation Team will be asked to consider enhancement work in Upper Combe, Involving the 'undergrounding of.overhead cables.
6. It was noted te planning application for seven houses on the Old Dairy site had been refused by NWDC.
7. Representing the interests of Castle Combe Cricket Club, Rod Pratt reported on relationships between his club and the Castle Combe Colts Football Team. Cllr Mackelden reported on his involvement in this process. He was thanked for his work in this matter.
8. Cllr Winup presented a village hall update. Internal decorating to take place shortly.
9. The PC Budget for 2006 was considered, and precept set at £4,250.
10. A letter received from Shaun Ryan in reply to the PCs request for removal of the skip from the road near 'Gates' was read to the councillors. It was noted that removal may take place on January 20th.
11. Filming of a 'big screen' produdion is likely in early May. This will be in the lower village and may last for a week.
12. A repeat of the 2004 'Pop Concert' by the Market Cross is proposed for the second Bank Holiday Suriday in May.
13. A meeting will be held shortly in the village hall by the organizers to define their programme.
14. A small sub committee headed by aIr Winup will be formed to consider making Castle Combe an environmentally friendly village.
PARISH COUNCIL MEETING - 17TH NOVEMBER 2005
1. The content of a letter from WCC Assistant Director of Highway Services was considered in respect of the PC's complaints of unsatisfactory recent re-surfacing and other road works in the village. An on site meeting with the service providers concerned will be arranged to address the problems.
2. In response to the PC's on-going efforts to improve road safety on the B 4039, WCC has agreed the installation of 'gateways' into the 40 mph limits and, in addition, a chevron marker at the Upper Combe cross roads.
3. A report was received on the recent scheduled liaison meeting with the Racing Circuit management. The PC agreed the inclusion of advance notice in the village newsletter of items which could have an effect on the local roads, and which would be of general interest. The Circuit notified its intention to submit a planning application for a training centre for motor racing engineering students.
4. Traffic Calming in the parish: A promised meeting with WCC has not materialized, County Councilor Jane Scott is to chase.
5. It was noted that license applications for the consumption of alcohol have not yet been submitted to NWDC by The Salutation and the Manor House.
6. Following the PC's request for vehicles not to be parked on the pavement at Upper Combe crossroads an improvement was noted. This now appears to have been short lived, and it was resolved that an informal approach would be made to the parties concerned.
7. Planning Applications. NWDC has agreed to a wood recycling centre at East Combe Farm.
8. Consideration was given to the NWDC Statement of Community Involvement. .
9. Aspects of the pc's lease of the sports field to the Castle Combe Colts FC were discussed. It was agreed to write to the Cricket Club re their obligations.
10. Proposed Pop Concert. The PC agreed a tacit approval for a repeat of the event which was held around the Market Cross in May 2004. The proposed date to be Spring Bank Holiday 2006.
11. Safety reports for the two village play areas from ROSPA were generally satisfactory. Points which arose will be or have already been addressed.
12. Councilors Bishop and Winup will attend the NWDC Area Committee Meeting on 5th December. The imposition of charges for the village car park will be raised.
13. A request to film in the village for approximately one week in March 2006 has been received. Further information is awaited.
14. It was agreed that the PC would in future lay a wreath at the war memorial on Remembrance Day.