Your Parish Council met on 3rd March to discuss village matters as follows;

Cllr Lisa Spivey was quizzed about the changes to the waste recycling collections and comments were made concerning the size of the new ‘blue’ cardboard bag. All agreed that it was too small considering the instructions that boxes left outside the receptacle will NOT be collected. This message must go to CDC for their attention.

We have been advised that Sanctuary will start works at Broadway Farm during May.

Owing to the very inclement weather, we have experienced some flooding in the village roads. The water simply could not get away into the Ampney Brook which was, itself, inundated. This may become a regular occurrence with climate change and Cllr Liz Bellamy has kindly taken the role of
‘Flood Warden’ and will receive training and help from CDC and GCC should the need arise. The DAPC is to purchase sand bags and a receptacle for sand to be located at the resilience store at the village hub. These may be used by homes which are at risk.

Owing to the lack of information coming to us from Bidwells and Wellcome Trust we have not been able to complete the information boards that are in the course of being finalised.

A meeting was held at RAF Fairford to receive an update of how the airfield is to expand and become fully operational.

It was confirmed that a constant build-up of site improvements and numbers of aircraft using the strip will proceed. There were a number of ‘provisos’, given that a decision as to whether or not Mildenhall in Suffolk will close, as this could well affect what aircraft are to be flown from Fairford. A number of questions were asked of the camp Commander, in particular about night flying, noise and fuel dumping. Assurances were given that wherever possible such matters would be addressed and mitigated. However, as the airfield will become ‘operational’ no guarantees could be given.

The Co-op’s Savills agent organised drainage works to the road opposite the Pheasantry which has proved successful. We await other matters to be addressed that have been brought to their attention.

A follow up letter of insistence to GCC that the coping stones be replaced on the bridge has been lodged and we await action on this.

May we thank those responsible for planting the daffodils around the village and the War Memorial for brightening up our village, especially at this time when we all appear beset with the ogre of Coronavirus hanging over us.

You will have received a letter from DAPC related to this subject and we repeat in asking everyone to be vigilant toward your neighbours particularly if they are old and vulnerable.

Finally owing to the ongoing risk to us all that the Coronavirus threatens, all Parish meetings have been cancelled. However, the Council will be addressing issues, using non-face to face communications

Should members of the public require to ask questions or raise issues, would you kindly contact the Clerk or Chairman directly.

We trust and pray that this Coronavirus does not persist and that we may be free to carry on our lives as normal. Please stay safe

Ray Jenkins

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