7.30pm: Annual Parish Meeting 2017
Jubilee Hall, Alveston
This is the annual meeting of the people of Alveston, Rudgeway and Earthcott.
It is your opportunity to ask questions of the Parish Council. Come and have your say!
In attendance, the Parish Councillors, your local South Gloucestershire Councillors, representatives of the Jubilee Hall, the Youth Club, Alveston Charities, St Helen’s School, the Police and many local residents.
Join in the discussion.
Welcome to the official site for Alveston Parish Council. We hope you find it easy to use and the information informative and useful.
The Council is delighted to be working in partnership with Alveston.org to inform and to promote the activities of the community, its groups, the businesses and the people of the Parish.
You can now find minutes of Parish Council and committee meetings on this site.
For further information on any matter contact the Parish Office by email or phone 01454 413550.
The Parish Council is pleased to announce that the bus shelters within the parish are being upgraded over the course of the year, the first being Thursday and Friday 9th & 10th March at the David’s Lane southbound bus stop on the A38.
SGC are intending to remove the bus shelter and prepare the area ready for the new bus shelter. The replacement shelter is due for installation the week after therefore this bus stop will be without a shelter for a short period.
Further upgrades will take place throughout the year with the estimated timetable as follows (RTI – means real time information notice board).
|SGC Ref||Bus Stop||Proposed Works (Planned works completion)|
|15||Washingpool Hill NB||Raised bus boarder kerbs (June 2017)|
|16||Washingpool Hill SB||Raised bus boarder kerbs (June 2017)|
|17||Rudgeway Park NB||Raised bus boarder kerbs (June 2017)|
Replace bus shelter (Sept 2017)
RTI (Dec 2017)
|19||Church Road SB||Raised bus boarder kerbs (June 2017)|
Replace bus shelter (Sept 2017)
RTI (Dec 2017)
|20||Masons Arms NB||Raised bus boarder kerbs (June 2017)|
Replace bus shelter (Sept 2017)
RTI (Dec 2017)
|22||Alveston Church NB||Raised bus boarder kerbs (June 2017)|
|25||Davids Lane SB||Replace bus shelter (March 2017)|
RTI (Dec 2017)
|26||Ship Inn NB||RTI (Dec 2017)|
|27||Ship Inn SB||RTI (Dec 2017)|
Click here to download a list of Full Council and Committee meetings for 2017.
Each year the Parish Council are required to have all play equipment checked by an independent authority to ensure that all equipment is safe for children to use. (ROSPA Inspection - Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents).
The Clerk reported to Councillors at the recent Playing Fields and Open Spaces meeting that the inspection had been completed and there were no major issues or faults to rectify.
The ongoing Play Equipment maintenance schedule for 2017 had been approved by Councillors at that meeting.
The Parish Council had approved a process whereby South Gloucestershire Council may apply to relevant utility companies who have infrastructure buried beneath the surface of the Down Road Green Space for permission to install boulders. This is underway and the Parish council recently received an update from South Gloucestershire Council (land owners).
South Glos Council (SGC) informed Councilors that their first step was to meet with the affected statutory undertakers to better understand the more specific details of the apparatus that they have present as the initial drawings that they provide do not always display all of the required information. This process often takes at least four weeks, however on this occasion BT Openreach took eight weeks to arrange a site meeting due to their workloads.
In order to ascertain the exact position of the apparatus SGC undertook trial holes in four locations and from this they established accurate location and depths for the Surface Water Drain, Telecommunications Cables, Electric Cables and a Water Main, all of which are in vicinity of the proposed boulders.
SGC have placed this information on a drawing along with proposals and are now in the process of sending this to the statutory undertakers who own the apparatus and they (SGC) expect their responses before the end of March to confirm whether or not they are affected by the proposals.
A final decision relating to the two public telephone boxes within the Parish had been received from South Gloucestershire Council: the telephone box located on Thornbury Hill (opposite the Ship Hotel) will be removed, but the box located at GREENHILL ROAD will remain.
67 calls were made from this box within the past 12 months and whilst this is not near the 120 calls benchmark set by BT for frequent usage, it does demonstrate that the payphone is used on average at least once a week, and therefore substantiates the consultation feedback.
South Gloucestershire Council have recommended that British Telecom reviews call volumes over the next 3 years and another proposal for removal of the payphone may be submitted if usage drops significantly.
Please note that South Gloucestershire Council Footpaths Ranger has cut a new Footpath around the boggy area of the above footpath / bridle path.
However, whilst some people are using this new walkway others are still putting wood onto the muddy area. Please note that this is dangerous for the horses using the bridle path as they could step on the wood and slip, or alternatively they could step on the end of the wood which could flip up and injure the leg.
Therefore we request that walkers please refrain from doing this and to use the newly cut footpath provided. Thank you.
Further to a request for applications for the 2016 Parish Council Grant Aid advertised on both this website and the Helmet the Parish Council have awarded the following payments to local groups or charities/organisations which assist local residents.
The Green Britain Foundation is the independent charitable arm of Ecotricity, set up in 2012, to help realise the company’s vision of a Greener Britain. This foundation supports charity-led and community projects within the areas that their windfarms are located. The vision of Green Britain is simply one where everyone can live far more sustainably. The three big issues they wish to tackle are; Energy, Transport and Food – hence these are the three main themes of the work of the Green Britain Foundation who are committed to support and undertake initiatives to promote sustainability in each of these areas.
Also The Green Britain Foundation aims to address another aspect of Greening Britain through supporting the creation of new wildlife habitats and making room for birds, bees and other creatures that are essential to Britain being truly green. Their mission is to inform, educate and empower people to take the small and the big steps towards living in a greener Britain.
Once the Alveston Wind Farm is up and running Alveston Community Groups will be able to apply for Community Benefit funding. Ecotricity will set aside £1,000 per megawatt (MW) of capacity per year. The scheme is for three 2.3MW wind turbines (6.9MW) making the total level of funding available to be £6,900 per annum for 25 years.
If your organisation is a registered charity or an organised community group within the Parish of Alveston, Rudgeway & Earthcott and your idea is going to materially advance sustainability across one of more of these themes:- Energy (the promotion of green energy in Britain). Transport (the promotion of green transport in Britain) Food (the promotion of sustainable food in Britain) and/or Nature Conservation (the conservation of wildlife and habitats), Ecotricity is now inviting Community Benefit grant applications.
It’s easy to apply. Simply read through the details on this form to check whether your application will fit with the funding criteria and complete the details and either submit via the Parish Clerk or direct to Ecotricity. If you would like to informally talk this through please contact the Parish Clerk (who has been briefed by Ecotricity) by email on: or phone 01454 413550.
The Member Awarded Funding scheme is a new way for South Gloucestershire Councillors to support their local community.
In February 2016 South Gloucestershire Council resolved to replace the previous Community Grants programme with a scheme that gives Councillors the opportunity to make awards to projects and services that benefit residents in their ward.
How will Member Awarded Funding work?
Under the new arrangements, each Councillor has £3,000 to award to local projects and services before 31 March 2017.
If you have an idea for a project or service that will benefit your local community, contact your councillor to discuss your plans.
For more information, see the MAF information on the Community Engagement Forums page.
It has come to light recently that residents’ cars and delivery vans have been parking entirely on the pavement causing an enormous inconvenience to wheel chair users, blind pedestrians and other disabled residents as they are required to divert their route onto the road and in some cases (for wheel chair users, where a drop kerb does not exist) a lengthy detour is required.
Could residents please show courtesy, respect and some common sense and ensure that free access to our pavements is available to all.
This month Ecotricity commenced the construction of the Alveston Wind Park located at the South of Earcthcott Green adjacent to the B4427 (Old Gloucester Road). It is expected that the three turbines will be erected and operating by the end of March 2017. Earlier this year Ecotricity received planning consent for a new grid connection to ensure that the already consented wind park could go ahead.
For further details and to stay updated visit – www.ecotricity.co.uk/alveston.
Due to a lack of interest in both community involvement and nominations over the past year the Parish Council considered at their July meeting the future of the John Dyer Award. A sub committee was formed comprising of a previous committee chairman and two Councillors and are due to meet over the next couple of months to discuss new ideas and initiatives.
Under the recent consultation South Gloucestershire Council designated the following areas as “local green space”: - Jubilee & Limekiln Fields, Alveston Allotments, Thornbury Cricket Club Pitch, Paddock Gardens, Beanhill Crescent and Church Road, Old Village Green.
This committee was formed as a result of a public consultation relating to the appearance of travellers at the green space alongside Down Road last year. Their remit being to discuss a secure and cost effective way to prevent further vehicular access to this land (which belongs to South Gloucestershire Council). The committee comprises of Cllrs from Alveston Parish Council and three members of the public.
Four meetings have taken place to date and the committee is awaiting a reply from South Gloucestershire Council to confirm that approval has been given to place a line of boulders along this open space in order to deter vehicular access.
Once approval has been obtained the Parish Council is required to commission a survey of utilities to prevent damage to existing infrastructure prior to the boulders being placed.
Visit the Thornbury and Alveston team page to find out who's fighting crime in our area, along with their calendar of events, current policing priorities, and tweets.
From a quiet January the situation has changed recently to a busy February:-
In addition to this report other caravans have been stolen from the area around the parish, and also thefts of Horse box trailers. Also further afield there have been several thefts from vans overnight and power tools taken. As it stands, there is concern over the rise in crime in the area but Police do not think the groups responsible are local, and probably travelling in from other areas. Please continue to report anything suspicious on either 101 or 999.
Alveston Parish which includes Rudgeway and Earthcott is situated around the Ridgeway between Bristol and Gloucester. Earthcott on the eastern slope away from the river Severn, Rudgeway straddling the ridge and Alveston, the newer village clusters to the east.
Situated in the district of South Gloucestershire, Alveston is approximately 3 miles to the south of Thornbury with excellent road links to Bristol, Gloucester and easy access via the nearby M5 and M4 to major routes in all directions. Express and local bus services provide excellent links to adjacent communities and services.
Alveston is a compact medium sized village with much of the settlement comprising properties built in the 60’s and 70’s. At the hub of the Parish’s vibrant community the village of Alveston is well supported by a range of shops, churches, cemetery, pre-school and nurseries, primary and secondary schools, community buildings, several pubs and hotels, recreation grounds, children’s play areas and a multitude of community groups to cater for all ages.
The 1894 Local Government Reform Act enabled Parish Councils to be set up and Alveston Parish Council held its first meeting in December of that year. The early Council role was to “oversee the poor,” provide low cost properties and maintain redundant churchyards.
There are now some 8,500 parish councils in England and Alveston Parish Council represents approximately 3,000 residents in Alveston, Rudgeway, Earthcott Green and the surrounding countryside.
The Council has an overall responsibility for the well-being of the local community with their work falling into the three main areas of representation, delivering services and striving to improve quality of life in the parish. This work is achieved using the funds collected from all residents by the setting of a Precept which is collected through the Council Tax system.
Services provided and maintained by the Parish Council include the Cemetery, play areas and playing fields, footpaths, dog and litter bins and planning consultation.
Alveston's footpaths are there for all of us to enjoy, but who owns what, and who is responsible for their upkeep?
Click here to download a handy guide from South Gloucestershire Council's Public Rights of Way team. [.pdf]