12 February 2020
South Gloucestershire Council – Report It
Abandoned vehicles, fly tipping, flooded roads and potholes are all problems which directly affect the quality of life in the village. These issues are generally the responsibility of South Gloucestershire Council. If you spot a problem, reporting it online is quick and easy. Visit the South Gloucestershire Council website www.southglos.gov.uk and click on the purple Report online button near the top of the home page. This takes you to a list of issues which can be reported via the website. If you are unsure which agency is responsible for a particular problem, please contact the Clerk who can point you in the right direction.
King George V Playing Fields
As reported in the November/ December edition of the Parish News, a trampoline, see-saw and toddler playhouse will be installed at the King George V Play Area in the spring. These pieces will enhance the play experience for children aged five and under.
Visitors to the Playing Fields in the run up to Christmas and New Year may have noticed drug-related litter in the car park or even spotted people using drugs. It is imperative that if residents witness further incidents, they report these to the Police via the 101 non-emergency number. Beat Officer PC Ken Hill can also be contacted at Kenneth.email@example.com.
It is only through reporting incidents that the Police can build up a picture of any problems and target their resources accordingly. The Parish Council has cleared the litter and contacted the Neighbourhood Beat Team to request extra patrols at the Playing Fields, and will continue to monitor the situation.
Managing ash dieback disease at the King George V Playing Fields
As you may have spotted in the media, ash dieback disease is spreading across the country. The disease, caused by a fungus, kills young trees quickly and older trees are weakened, leading to branch fall. It is expected that 98% of British ash trees will die as a result of the disease. Increasing numbers of dead and dying trees pose a threat to users of footpaths and roads. It is the responsibility of landowners to monitor and maintain trees near these sites.
The Parish Council has assessed the two ash trees at the King George V Playing Fields and unfortunately the tree in the top corner of the Play Area is affected. Given the proximity to children playing, the Parish Council has no choice but to fell the tree as a preventive measure. This will happen during February. We hope parishioners understand that safety must come first, and are reassured that the Parish Council will plant disease-resistant species to replace it. Three semi-mature trees will be planted in the spring along the back fence of the Play Area. These will replace the felled ash tree and provide much needed shade for the Play Area as they grow.
For more information about ash dieback please visit www.treecouncil.org.uk/Ash-Dieback
The Council is delighted to announce that it will be supporting Wickwar Youth Centre for another year, with a grant of £3000 for 2020/21. It is the only remaining village youth club in the county with qualified staff. The dedicated Youth Club committee, made up entirely of volunteers, continues to be successful in obtaining grants from a number of different sources to ensure that this valuable service continues. The Youth Club runs sessions for Juniors (10 – 13) on a Monday, and Seniors (13+) on a Wednesday, 6.30-8.30pm. The termly programme is posted on the Wickwar Village Forum Facebook page.
The Parish Council also awarded a grant of £150 to the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal 2019, which provides financial, practical and emotional assistance to the armed forces.
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 for the financial year 2020/21, or to apply, please contact the Parish Clerk.
Welcome leaflet for new residents
During January and February the Parish Council will be delivering a welcome leaflet to all new residents on the Tyndale Reach estate, providing essential information and contacts. The leaflet will also be available to download from the Wickwar.org website, and is for all new residents of the village, not just those moving into the new estate. If you are new to the village and would like a copy, please contact the Parish Clerk. If you would like to find out more about the Parish Council, and how you can get involved, please contact the Parish Clerk.
Parish Council future meeting dates
The Parish Council meets on the first Wednesday of the month at 7pm in the Town Hall. Members of the public are invited to attend, and raise any issues that we can help with during the first 20 minutes of the meeting. All meetings are open to the public.
Please note that meetings take place in the first-floor meeting room which is only accessible via stairs. If you would like to attend the meeting, but are unable to use the stairs, please advise the Clerk as soon as possible so that the meeting can be moved downstairs.
Upcoming meeting dates are:
- Wednesday 5th February 2020
- Wednesday 4th March 2020
- Wednesday 1st April 2020
- Wednesday 6th May 2020
- Wednesday 3rd June 2020
- Wednesday 1st July 2020