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Monday 27th April 2020

7.30pm: CANCELLED: Annual Parish Meeting
Jubilee Hall, Alveston

NOTICE OF ANNUAL PARISH MEETING

ON MONDAY 27TH APRIL 2020
AT 7.30 IN THE JUBILEE HALL

CANCELLED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS PRECAUTIONS
REVISED DATE WILL BE ADVISED ASAP

THE PLANNING MEETINGS IN APRIL AND PARISH COUNCIL MEETING ON 20TH APRIL HAVE ALSO BEEN CANCELLED

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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

Street Lighting

South Gloucestershire Council (SGC) needs to make significant revenue savings and reductions in CO2 emissions over the coming years.

LED lighting, due its reduced energy consumption and maintenance requirements, plays a crucial role in contributing to these savings.

The South Gloucestershire Council LED street lighting replacement programme is coming to Alveston Parish from July 2020

This programme shall be replacing all of the non-LED street lighting lanterns to an LED type. The works will take place over a two month period with each street light taking twenty minutes to replace to LED via a “Cherry Picker Vehicle”. There will be minimal disruption to residents.

Alveston Police Matters - January – Area Police Report

Crime is still decreasing and ASB is still considerably low at 8 incidents compared to previous years. Due to this reduction and the positive impact of the Beat Team within the community a pride award from Sue Mountstevens was received. Congratulations to all involved.

A security bike marking event in The St Mary Centre took place in January which was a huge success. 51 bikes were marked and the details and photos are now recorded with BikeRegister (The National Cycle Database). Tamper proof stickers are placed on the bikes one overt and one covert, this often deters theft of the bikes but if ever stolen and found they can be checked in the database to re-unite owners.

Police Beat Surgery takes place monthly in the Thornbury Town Hall and Wyevale Garden Centre (now known as Dobbies) If you have any issues you wish to discuss or just want to come and say Hi please attend next month’s surgery - Thornbury on 3rd & 31st March or at Dobbies on the 11th March (12.30 – 1.30PM).

Police have been advised that people are sometimes too worried to phone 101 or report online for fear others will find out. Residents can be assured that everything is treated with absolute confidentiality and do not disclose the caller information Police will most likely speak with the caller first to get more information before taking any action. If however you are still not confident you can always report to police as ‘anonymous’ and not give your details. Crimestoppers is another option, online or phone 0800 555 111 this too can be anonymous.

Visit the Thornbury team page to find out who's fighting crime in our area, along with their calendar of events, current policing priorities, and tweets.

Alveston Parish Council – Community Grant Payments

Alveston Parish Council has awarded grant payments to the following community groups.

Helmet Magazine£400.00
Citizens Advice South Glos£345.00
Alveston Community Forum£250.00
Alveston Litter Bustersm£67.90
Thornbury Stroke Support£500.00
Alveston Defibrillator Fund£130.00
Alveston Cricket Club£340.80
AJHMC£2,750.00


Potholes

At a recent Parish Council meeting our district Councillor Matthew Riddle informed the Parish Council that South Gloucestershire Council are undertaking works to repair potholes within the Parish.

Several have now been identified however, if you are aware of dangerous potholes in your street / road these can reported by following this link.

Tree Planting

At the Parish Council meeting in January Councillors agreed to support the Community Forum with additional tree planting at available space on Parish Council land.

The Parish council has set aside £500 for the planting of new saplings scheduled for later in the year.

Councillors have requested that we all look to trying to take action on climate change by tree planting in our gardens and if any landowners within the Parish have space for the Council to plant trees then please contact the Parish Clerk.

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).

New Play Equipment Earmarked for Lime Kiln Play Area

The Parish Council has approved the proposal that New Play Equipment be installed into the Lime Kiln Play Area and initially the Council is looking to replace the large frame situated at the centre of the play area which was installed some twenty years ago.

Over the next couple of months a sub-group of the Council will be investigating options and would welcome any input from residents as to what Multi use equipment could be installed. Maybe you have seen equipment at other play areas which you like? We would like to hear from you! Please contact the Parish Clerk with any ideas you have! Thank you.

Greenhill Parade Telephone Box

The Parish Council is delighted to announce that it has secured the Telephone Box situated at Greenhill Road from BT for community use (The telephone within will be removed by BT).

The Parish Council has now handed the maintenance and use of the box to the Alveston Community Forum and their decision as to how they wish it to be used for the benefit of the Community will be reported in due course.

St Helen's Speed Reduction Measures

Members of the Alveston Parish Council Working Group observed the arrival of school children at St Helen's School and the surrounding traffic movements on 20th and 22nd of November from 8am onwards. (Homeward bound observations are due), a summary of observations and comments from the working group were discussed and reported at the Parish Council meeting on the 16th December.

School Governors have also set up a school working party; (students, governors and staff), to draw up a new “Green” Travel Plan.

Further information will be published on alveston.org as it arises.

Parking Issues

Alveston Parish Council recognise residents’ concerns relating to both the issues of parking at Quarry Road and those of parking at St Helens School at pick up and drop off times, along with speeding traffic coming off the A38 through Greenhill Road.

In conjunction with South Gloucestershire Council councillor representatives it was decided that two separate working groups be set up to investigate the issues and work toward solutions to these problems which are a cause of concern to residents.

Updates of progress will be posted onto Alveston.org on a regular basis as and when the working group meetings have taken place.

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.

Click here to read the NOTICE OF CONCLUSION OF AUDIT 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 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.

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.

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 is on the eastern slope away from the river Severn, Rudgeway straddles 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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