Due to work and family commitments sadly Stuart Pace has decided to step down from the parish council. We would like to express our thanks to Stuart for his contribution during his time as a parish councillor. As a result there is an opportunity for someone new to join and if you would like more information, either give me a call, come and attend a meeting to find out what is involved or speak to one of the other parish councillors. Help to play an important part in your community – your village needs you!
Key themes from the April meeting:
· Maintenance update
· Joint purchase of a Speed Indicator Device
· Village Hall development project
· Great British Spring Clean up – ‘litter warden’volunteers required
· Proposed traffic regulation order
Wiltshire Council has asked for suggestions from parishes regarding bids for a small amount of additional funding to spend on Highways issues. It has been raised previously, but Alderbury Parish Council has put forward another request for work to be conducted to Lights Lane.
The wooden fence behind the bus shelter outside of the village hall has had a repair completed, free of charge by a local contractor.
Cllr Hartford reported that the new backing boards for the final three road name plates are currently being made.
The four additional grit bins, as recommended by our snow warden, have been installed at specific locations around the village to give volunteers better access to grit during icy or snowy conditions, so that key junctions, pavements and bus stops can be cleared.
The new sign on Southampton Road for the primary school and pre-school has been installed and after several months away, the top of the village millennium sign on Waleran Close is back in place after being refurbished. Our thanks go to Cllr Clarke who delivered and collected the sign from Norfolk!
Purchase of a Speed Indicator Device
It was agreed that a Speed Indicator Device would be purchased with Laverstock and Ford Parish Council, with the aim that the device will be up in the parish for 2-3 weeks at a time and rotated throughout the year between the two parishes. Members agreed to apply to the Southern Area Board for a grant of £800 between the two parishes towards the purchase of the device. Background work to support the scheme is ongoing between the parishes.
Village Hall project
A planning application for the extension and enhancements to the village hall will be submitted, with a decision anticipated at the end of May or early June.
Great British Spring Clean up
Unfortunately litter on the roadside and in public areas is an issue all year round. Coupled with the current advice from Public Health England for Salisbury and the south of Wiltshire which is still ‘if you didn’t drop it, don’t pick it up’, the parish council has decided not to run a one off event this year, but instead would like to recruit a small team of volunteers who can be supplied with litter picking equipment (to include gloves, a litter picker, a bag hoop and bags) to help to keep the parish litter free throughout the year. The annual event has been well supported by residents in recent years and either Cllr John Fuller or myself would be very happy to hear from anyone who would be happy to volunteer as a ‘litter warden’.
Proposed traffic regulation order
The parish council has been consulted by Wiltshire Council regarding a proposal to put double yellow lines (no waiting at any time) along both sides of part of Old Southampton Road (outside the entrance to the new Orchards development and the Oakridge Business Park) and along the south side for 38 metres and the north side for 5 metres of Tozer Way, the entrance road to the 28 new houses. In a pre-consultation response before Christmas, the parish council expressed a number of concerns about the proposals. An increasing amount of vehicles park in this area, which is already extending out onto the bottom of the slip road which is causing a hazard and has been reported to the police and Wiltshire Council. In addition to re-confirming the concerns raised previously in a response, the clerk was asked to find out if a meeting could be arranged with a representative onsite to discuss the matter in more detail.
Annual Parish Meeting for Alderbury & Whaddon – 2019 Please join us for the Annual Parish Meeting on Wednesday 8thMay at the village hall from 7pm. There will be a presentation by the Woodland Trust about trees and their importance as well as a presentation by the RSPB who have a new site on Hamptworth Estate with plans for a new visitor centre and new opportunities for those who may be interested in getting involved as a volunteer.
Village clubs and organisations are welcome to have a display table to promote their activities, encourage new members and share information. Please let me know if you would like to have a table. Refreshments will also be available during the evening – come and join us – it would be great to see you there!
Fun in the Sun 2019 If you have primary school age children and are looking for ways to entertain them during the summer holidays, please put the following dates in your diary…..
Freeactivity sessions for children aged 5-11 years old will be held again this year at the Recreation Ground in Alderbury during the summer holidays. The sessions are run by qualified coaches for primary school aged children and will include a range of sports. The four sessions will take place from 12.30 – 2.00pm on Tuesday 30thJuly, Tuesday 6thAugust, Tuesday 13thAugust and Tuesday 20thAugust. The sessions will still take place even if the weather is against us, as they will be held in the village hall.
Future Parish Council meeting dates for 2019 (7.30pm, St. Marys Hall, Whaddon unless an alternative venue is shown next to the meeting)
Dates for the next few months are as follows:-
Thursday 2ndMay (Annual Meeting of the Parish Council)
Wednesday 8thMay (Annual Parish Meeting) at 7pm - Alderbury Village Hall.
Village allotments available at the Southampton Road site A full size plot and a half size plot are vacant with immediate effect. Please let me know if you are interested and would like further details.
Enjoy the month of May! Until next month…….Alison McGowan, Parish Clerk