13 June 2019
Vacancy for a Parish Councillor
The Parish Council still has a vacancy for the office of Councillor following the recent elections. The vacancy will be a standing item on the Council’s meeting agenda until filled. Are you looking for a challenge? Would you like to make a positive difference, and have the opportunity to influence decisions affecting our community? For an informal chat, or to register your interest in the position, please contact any of the serving Councillors, or the Parish Clerk.
New benches for King George V Playing Fields
The Parish Council has ordered three recycled plastic benches (and three litter bins), to provide additional seating at the Playing Fields. These will be positioned outside the fenced play area at different locations, to provide seating for dog-walkers and anyone not wishing to use the benches in the play area. After much consideration we are trying these “new” recycled plastic benches and hope for maximum comfort and durability, and minimal cost of upkeep. The benches will be fitted as soon as possible. See the Wickwar.org website for updates.
New dog bins
A new dog bin has been installed opposite Wickwar Youth Club on the Sodbury Road, with the aim of encouraging owners to dispose of dog poo responsibly. A second dog bin has been installed on the grassy area at the end of Turnpike Gate, immediately adjacent to the fields. The Parish Council is trialling the bin in this location, and is seeking feedback from residents as to whether to keep it here or move it to the entrance to Turnpike Gate off the main road. Please contact the Parish Clerk with your views, or look out for updates on the Facebook Wickwar Forum.
Freedom of the Parish Awards
At its June meeting, the Parish Council voted to award two recently retired and particularly long-serving Councillors, the Freedom of the Parish of Wickwar. This new award is ceremonial and intended to thank Councillors for both their long service to the Parish Council and their contribution towards improving the quality of life in Wickwar. Martin Summers served on Wickwar Parish Council for 24 years, as well as managing teams for Wickwar Wanderers Football Club and serving as treasurer of Wickwar Community Centre. Ian Aldous served on the Parish Council for 13 years and has been very active in supporting Wickwar Youth Club, Wickwar Wanderers Football Club, Wickwar Social Club, Chipping Sodbury Rugby Club and the Wickwar Community Centre. There will be a presentation evening at Wickwar Town Hall in the summer, at which Martin and Ian will be presented with Freedom of the Parish Scrolls.
At its June meeting the Parish Council awarded a grant of £250 to the 1st Wickwar Scout Group. The money will go towards new tents for the Scouts’ summer camp in July.
The Parish Council awards small grants to support voluntary sector and community organisations, so that residents can benefit from an increased range of services and activities. For more information about community grants, or to apply, please contact the Parish Clerk.
Each summer members of the Parish Council lead walks around the parish footpaths to ensure that they are safe and trouble-free. All residents are welcome to join these walks (dogs on a lead included), which last around two hours. They take place every second Sunday until September, starting at 2.30pm at the Town Hall. If it is raining the walk won’t take place. Please wear wellies or comfy boots. The dates for upcoming walks are:
- Sunday 14th July
- Sunday 8th September
Planning application for land south of Horwood Lane – P19/5258/RM
The Reserved Matters planning application for the Linden Homes development, south of Horwood Lane on the Sodbury Road, was considered by the Parish Council at their meeting on 5th June. Outline planning permission has been approved by South Gloucestershire Council for 90 houses, and now residents of Wickwar and the Parish Council are being asked to comment on the detailed proposals. The application can be found on the South Gloucestershire website. Search planning applications for P19/5258/RM.
A footpath/ cycle path will run from the village along the Sodbury Road and through the two new developments, as far as Frith Lane. The Parish Council has stressed the need for a safe crossing point for pedestrians and cyclists from the footpath to Frith Lane on the opposite side of the road. The Council has also raised concerns about safety for vehicles travelling northwards and turning right into the site.
Update – Traffic calming and road safety proposals for Wickwar
Over the last few months you may have noticed spray-painted white lines appearing on the High Street and the presence of several engineers from South Gloucestershire Council. In a previous edition of the Parish News, the Parish Council announced that that there is Section 106 funding available from the Poplar Lane development south of Wickwar, to address key local traffic and road safety concerns. South Gloucestershire Council is now finalising proposals for traffic calming and road safety measures in the village, including along the High Street. Once their research is completed there will be a formal public consultation period, probably in the autumn, to enable all Wickwar residents to have their say.
Parish Council Future Meeting Dates
The meeting dates for the rest of the year are:
- Wednesday 3rd July 2019
- Wednesday 4th September 2019
- Wednesday 2nd October 2019
- Wednesday 6th November 2019
- Wednesday 4th December 2019
(Please note that there is no meeting in August)