will take place on Saturday 1st April. Please let Wendy know if you are coming. Meet at Village Hall at 10am, bangers at 12.
Notice of County Council Election.
If you wish to stand as a candidate at this election please read this Notice.
Vacancy on the Parish Council
Owing to the recent death of John Brailey, a vacancy exists on the Parish Council. An election has not been called, so the council can co-opt a new member. If you are interested in becoming a Councillor, please contact a current councillor, or the Parish Clerk. See list on Council page
Cotswold Water Park Society News
As local authorities have now all withdrawn all funding for the Society, CWPS has reluctantly decided to introduce parking charges at all its car parks, except Gateway, which is owned by the Co-op. This has now taken place, we understand, and charges have gone up for longer stays, and includes 24 hour and up to 3 day parking, but in the meantime you can join the Society if you are not already a member, for free parking. Members must let CWPS know their vehicle registration by 24 March to avoid a fine.The Society has also offered the lake set aside for a 1.5km rowing course for sale, as it realises it does not have the ability to move this forward with its current skill set or resources.
Lower Mill Estate
The estate has made a planning application to erect a fence along Minety Lane from Flagham Brook north to its proposed new entrance -(17/00338/FUL). We had hoped that a footpath would be created from Swillbrook lakes footpath up to the Spine Road. There is plenty of room in the undergrowth for it to be separated from the road, which gets busier as the years go by.
A new page has been made describing how the new Emergency Plan works. Do read it in a quiet moment.
Keynes Country Park
The Country Park is changing operator. It currently remains closed. There is NO parking access. Do not attempt to use the toilet or play grounds.This does not affect footpath access, the other businesses, Head for Heights, Waterland, and the clubs that operate from there. Take care. Report any damage.If you are a visitor and wish to walk or cycle the Park, please park at Neighbridge Car Park and not on nearby roads or in the Village. Thank you. [If hiring bikes, you can park at Go-by-Cycle]
Poldark comes to Somerford Keynes
The production visited the church and churchyard for filming a short piece on Wednesday 30 November. See what David Crofts had to say about the visit.
Red Telephone Box Staying, but no phone.
The phone box has a notice posted 3 October giving 42 days notice of removal. It does still work at the moment! The Parish Council are going through the legal motions of adopting it. We understand that we get a can of the proper red paint. What should we use the box for? We use it to describe how to find our house.
Issy was in Rio
Issy Bailey, who lives in Somerford Keynes when she has time, has represented TeamGB in shooting at the Paralympic games. Her competition was on the afternoon (our time) of Friday 9th September, when she came 14th, though she was, very briefly, on the leader board. At her first Paralympics, Issy was by far the youngest of her competitors, many of whom have probably competed at this level several times. She is on Twitter and Facebook. Issy graduated from Exeter last summer.
Warning - Cirencester Hospital Parking
If you park however briefly at Cirencester Hospital, you must register your licence plate inside the hospital or expect a £100 fine, administered by an automaton.
We have noticed an archaeological test of Yew Tree Farm field, that runs from behind Water Lane down to Village Lake. No planning application has yet appeared, but neighbours were invited to a presentation some months ago, where a number of semicircular large houses, some small houses and allotments were proposed. There is limited access to this field, by one field gate.
The bridleway forming our new boundary with Poole Keynes to the south of Lake 63 (across the Spine road from Neigh Bridge Park) has been cleared by its owner, who has put up an otter-proof fence along one side, and around the fishing lake to the south. The owner claims otters eat birds as well as fish, and that since the fence was completed, birds have returned to the lake - not all the right birds, as a cormorant landed on the lake while we were talking. He also said that beavers were about, and chomping trees on his land. There is a beaver-chomped tree visible from the road on the bank of lake 63.
Cullimore Gravel Application
Cullimore now seeks permission for its drainage. See PC Minutes. Currently the site is being dewatered into the top lake of Keynes Park. Large lorries are moving between Spratsgate Lane and the Ashton Keynes site. There is a current application to increase the number of lorry movements per day.
Flood/ Insurance Advice
As the Parish Clerk has had several enquiries about flooding and
insurance, correspondence to our MP, and responses from the
Association of British Insurers (ABI) and the Environment Agency
(EA) are published on the Council Publications page for 2014.
Unfortunately 1100 litres of oil spilled into the ground in January 2014 from a leaking tank next door to the village hall. Their water pipe has had to be replaced, as oil can seep though plastic pipe. All the contaminated soil has now been removed and replaced with clean soil. Several trees and much treasured planting were lost in the process. It is extremely fortunate that none of the oil went under any building, as the fumes would have made them uninhabitable. Do take this as a warning to check your tank and pipes regularly. Metal tanks tend to weep slightly before a major spill. I know, mine did. If you see this, get your tank changed fast. It is said that plastic tanks give less warning, though we are told rubbing any weeping crack with soap may delay things enough to get a tank changed.
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