We welcome Lynne Farnden to the parish council following her co-option in October. The Council is now back to full complement and Lynne is looking forward to assisting with our various projects.
Some of you have contacted us about the recent works on Chipmans Platt roundabout; the works are being carried out by Severn Trent Water in relation to the West of Stonehouse development. Unfortunately, Amey Highways and Severn Trent Water both overlooked the detail that the roundabout is a designated “Conservation Road Verge” which means it has a special ecostructure and needs to be protected. A restoration/re-instatement scheme is to be produced and implemented and Gloucestershire County Council is investigating how the mistake was made, to prevent this happening again in the future. If you’d like to know more about Conservation Road Verges, please have a look at this County Council webpage at this short-link. https://goo.gl/AzFmgL .
Planning continues to be a very busy area for the parish council with the recent Local Plan Review and applications for planning consent continue to arrive thick and fast. The most recent being the hotel and restaurant/pub proposed for land at Pike Lock. The parish council’s planning committee meets on the 4th Thursday of each month, usually at 6pm at the village hall. Please do come along and let the committee know your views about any planning matter. Stroud District Council’s upgraded planning website has had a lot of teething troubles and it has been difficult to view the plans online, we’re advised that they are working hard to resolve the issues.
It has been almost 12 months since two of the publically-accessible defibrillators were installed in the parish (one at the community centre and one at Westend Suites). We’re discussing alternative locations at Alkerton Cross for the 3rd defibrillator, originally planned for the Co-op. Some good news, we now have permission to install a 4th defibrillator at the church at Churchend.
The Parish Office will close on Friday 22nd December re-opening on Tuesday 2nd January.
The Parish Council wishes you all a peaceful Christmas and Happy New Year.
Julie Shirley Clerk to Eastington Parish Council 01453 799616