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Alveston Parish Council

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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.

Latest News

Update on progress with plans with the Alveston Down Road Space

We continue to explore ideas with South Glos to minimise the risk of encampments on the Down Road Green Space. On Tuesday 5th August a second meeting was held with residents, parish and and South Glos Councillors and South Glos officers to refine ideas.

Currently proposals include the usage of a raised bund that will both act as a deterrent and increase the opportunity for bio diversity as well as being cost effective in terms of build and operating costs. Matthew Riddle and Keith Burchell our South Gloucestershire Councillors will now work with South Glos Officers in providing more detail and identify costs for the work.

Matthew and Keith aim to provide us with an update for our September Parish meeting. We understand similar encampment deterrent schemes whilst largely funded by South Glos have also been partially funded via parish council budgets so the council may be asked to contribute to the scheme. Agreement on a contribution will be discussed and agreed by the parish council.

We’re confident that a resolution can be found with the support of South Gloucestershire Council, the Parish Council and residents of Alveston.

St Helen's Speed Reduction Measures

Matthew Riddle our South Gloucestershire Councillor has updated us that the removal of speed cushions in Greenhill / outside St Helen's School has been undertaken in advance of the grip fibre programme (premium micro asphalt road resurfacing).

The grip fibre is due to be completed week commencing 19th August and then they’ll reinstate the cushions week commencing 26th August.

Greenhill needs a road closure (to put the cushions back in place) and is outside a school, so if weather delays do occur, then reinstatement of the cushions is likely to be October half-term.

SGC Protocol for unauthorised traveller sites

With the advent of further traveller incursions onto the Down Road green space the Parish Council remind residents that this land belongs to South Gloucestershire Council who have recently updated their procedures and protocol.

Click here for more information.

Parish Council Accounts

Click here to read the NOTICE OF PUBLIC RIGHTS AND PUBLICATION OF UNAUDITED ANNUAL GOVERNANCE & ACCOUNTABILITY RETURN.

Click here to read the ANNUAL GOVERNANCE STATEMENT.

Click here to read the ACCOUNTING STATEMENTS 2018-19.

Changes to the South Gloucestershire Council Planning Process

As from 1st of November South Gloucestershire Council have changed their procedure in the way in which they administer, inspect and review planning applications. A vast majority of the process remains unchanged however, the process for review and representation on applications which are contentious i.e. between that of the residents / developer and the planning authority (SGC) has changed and public are no longer permitted to attend on-site meetings of the SGC scrutiny committee to air their opinion.

Any views from the public at these meetings must come through the Parish Council representative (who will attend meetings on behalf of residents). This means that the Parish Council Planning committee urge residents to keep a watchful eye for applications which feel may affect them via the SGC Planning Portal or to review Alveston.org “planning applications to be considered”, which is posted prior to the Planning meeting which takes place on the first and third Monday of each month. Early engagement with your Parish Council is now essential.

Also note that South Gloucestershire Council meetings for application consideration will no longer take place at Turnberrie’s in Thornbury and all meetings have been relocated to Kingswood. However the Parish Council have been assured by SGC Head of Planning that if an application is contentious enough and a large enough amount of Public object then the SGC Committee meeting could be relocated to review that application.

For a full insight into the changes to the SGC planning process please click here.

New Play Equipment

Alveston Parish Council

The Parish Council is pleased to announce the completed installation of new play equipment at the Lime Kiln Field.

This replaces the old logs and is a professionally designed wooded trim trail for a variety of ages of children (although for the very young (3 – 5 years) we recommend that supervised play on the new Clatterbridge, Weaving Beam and Balance Beams and Step logs is ideal).

This and the remainder of the equipment are also designed for ages from 5 – 10 years.

An update – on our burned out play tunnel. Regretfully this piece of equipment is no longer in use after being burnt down!

Alveston Parish Council

This is currently in the hands of the Parish Council Insurance with the hope that the cost to replace may be met.

Over the coming years the Parish Council will be looking to upgrade other equipment and will be holding a public consultation to reach out to residents and ask what is ideal for them.

If you have any comments in the meantime please contact the Parish Clerk via email: .

New Structure for Your Parish Council

It was decided by Councillors at their last meeting that the Parish Council focus on a number of community projects and to this end use the first Monday of the month, usually devoted to committee meetings to focus on projects,

It was decided that the Parish Council sub-committees be disbanded and be replaced with a “Responsible” Councillor to oversee issues within their areas and to head discussion groups which will report their findings to the Parish Council Meeting on the third Monday of every month in the Jubilee Hall. The Planning Committee will continue to meet at 7PM on the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month as usual.

Parish Council Public Surgeries

After the success of the previous surgeries held by the Council Clerk and a Councillor it has been decided to make the Surgeries a permanent feature. In view of the restructuring of the Parish Council it has been decided that a Parish Surgery be available the first Monday of every month (excluding Bank Holidays) between 7.30 – 8.30PM at the Bush Room at the Jubilee Hall.

Any resident wishing to raise any concerns or issues informally and out of meeting or confidentially with the Clerk or Councillor may turn up to this session. Or just come along for a chat about your community.

Alveston Police Matters

The general message is to ask residents to be vigilant and to raise awareness of anything suspicious through the local Police and Neighbourhood Watch.

Police will always attend upon request from residents to give crime prevention advice.

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.

Councillors Wanted

We are looking to recruit new councillors and encourage all residents to consider joining this small group of local people who help to make the Parish a better place to live. This is a very good time to become involved in developing our community as there are many challenges and new and exciting opportunities for the year ahead.

Parish Councillors must be over 21, a British National or a Citizen of the Commonwealth or European Union and fulfil a local residency requirement. You are not a paid employee of the Council as the law forbids it and you don’t have to have a political affiliation.

The Parish Council encourages its ideals of Equal Opportunities to be more visible in its membership and no one should feel excluded or concerned that they wouldn’t know what to do. We operate a fairly informal approach and help and support as well as training is available to all.

If you are interested and want to find out more, contact any Parish Councillor or the Clerk at the Parish Office (contact details at the top of this page).

Dog Fouling and Vandalism

The Parish Council is disappointed to report that they have received several complaints relating to both dog fouling and vandalism.

It is obvious that neither individual Councillors nor the Parish Clerk have resources available to rectify this problem but would please ask residents to be responsible and proactive in maintaining Alveston‘s wellbeing.

Dog fouling and Graffiti can be reported to South Gloucestershire Council on the “report it” section of their website or alternatively inform the Parish Clerk and he will do this for you!

Alveston Parish Play Equipment

Alveston Parish Council

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.

Greenhill Parade Telephone Box – Use it or lose it!

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.

Courtesy to Disabled Pedestrians

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.

Designated green space in Alveston Parish (Local Green Space Designation)

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.

Introduction

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.

Public Rights of Way – in a nutshell

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]





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