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Tree Saplings

There are a number of tree saplings available, donated by I Dig Trees, to plant in your garden. They are trees suitable for small / larger gardens and are all native species (Cherry, silver willow etc)

If you have room for one or two before end of March, please contact Liz Bellamy to collect. (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

February 2020 Newsletter

Your Parish Council met on the 7 January to discuss various matters as related below.

Cllr Andrew Doherty kindly updated the committee on progress toward rolling out the new waste collection scheme programmed to start during March. It was stated that there will be reductions in green-bin waste collections with a suspension, yet to be decided upon, but most probably in December/January. The cost of an annual license for the bin will also rise with an indication of £5 per year over the next three years. The detail of the scheme is still to be finalised and advisory letters are to be sent to residents.
It was also stated that the bag to take cardboard waste was to be bigger and that the refuse collectors may not take any cardboard, left at the roadside, outside of this bag.

Indicated also was that parking charges are to rise and the system to become ‘cashless’.

The Parish has received a quantity of tree saplings from the charity “I dig trees”. It is envisaged that the majority of the trees will be planted in the new graveyard but some also to augment the planting scheme along the permitted footpath between the Hub and Linden Lea.


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.

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