Down Ampney News
DRAFT FROM DOWN AMPNEY PARISH COUNCIL
The members of DAPC wish you all a very happy New Year.
In this new year we shall see many changes to how the UK fares in the leaving of the EU and what the new Government will try to do within their power and available money. We are promised better funding for the NHS, road repairs and much else. Let us hope some of this rubs off on Down Ampney.
There has been one or two successes over the past month in that the damaged bridge has, at last, been repaired following its demolition earlier in 2019 and we are pleased to say that communications have been restored between the Co-op and DAPC. A meeting with their Property Director proved rewarding and a direct line has been established to allow us to discuss matters, such as planning and property maintenance, with senior management and local surveyors. It was stressed that there are a number of areas of land, still in their ownership, which are basically wastelands and do nothing to enhance our village. We have asked that these are tidied up and where possible let out to graziers.
FROM DOWN AMPNEY PARISH COUNCIL
Your Parish council met on 5 November and missed bonfire night!
We welcomed two representatives of the police who gave a report on how policing happens in the area. Funding cuts and vacancies have meant that ‘manpower’ has been stretched with only one warranted police officer covering our Parish together with 29 others. He is assisted by two PCSO’s whilst awaiting another to join the area. Two recent burglaries were discussed, however no arrests have been made.
We are to receive regular contact with the police at future meetings to consider, and be advised of, any problems in our Parish.
Cllr Lisa Spivey brought the meeting up to date on the activities of the A419NAG group (the group of local villages fighting to have the A419 concrete section re-surfaced to reduce noise). She requested more people respond to the Highways England proposals to complete the ‘Missing Link’ (a dual-carriageway by-passing the Air Balloon pub on the A417) and to make issue of the fact that they are disregarding public concerns about the noise levels emanating from the concrete section of this road. Your Council has responded.
“Giant Voice” Tanoy System at RAF Fairford
I contacted you some time ago to let you know that there would be a monthly test of the “Giant Voice” tanoy system at RAF Fairford. The Giant Voice is a mass alert notification system, able to send a message across the base to all personnel in the case of an emergency.
The system has recently been upgraded, and will now be tested on a weekly basis, taking place at 1200 noon every Wednesday. The test will start and end with the words “exercise, exercise, this is a test of the giant voice system”, with a solid tone between. The whole test will take around 30 seconds.