From Down Ampney Parish Council


Spring lambs in the fields bring much happiness to many and the appearance of the Jacob sheep with their beautiful offspring in the field opposite the school, particularly so.  Harbingers of spring are also bringing relaxations of restrictions and the chance to get out and about to see friends and relatives again. Do please though, stay safe.

Mineral Extraction in the Upper Thames Valley

The ‘Cross Boarder Upper Thames Parish Councils Committee’ is pursuing local County Councils and MPs to try to establish a better liaison between Oxfordshire, Wilts and Glos mineral planners regarding condition enforcement, restoration and opening of new quarries.

The committee is engaged now with senior mineral planning officers, Sir Geoffrey Clifton Brown MP and James Gray MP.

Also on the agenda is local flooding caused by extractor’s activity, damage to roads caused by heavy goods traffic and potential bird strike as more large waterfowl roost on unrestored areas.

Arnhem Memorial update

Preparation is in hand to have an information board located at the Memorial site giving a brief history of the airfield and those who were actively present at the time of the Second World War. This has been compiled with the help of local knowledge and contribution by ‘The Normandy and Market Garden Association’ for which we are most grateful

Fund Raising for the Hub play area

The PC is already receiving some donations towards the cost of resurfacing the play area. Cllr Ann Higson, who heads this initiative, has lodged an application for funds via CDC’s ‘Crowd-funding’ portal where we have hopes of receiving money towards this project.

Should any villagers wish to donate, please get in touch with her directly.

Planning

BROADWAY FARM

There is still no update on when Broadway Farm development will start. Some small works have been undertaken to establish where water and electricity cables are located whilst a further ‘example board’ has been set up to show details of stone, cement coursing and tiles ready for planners approval.

DUKE’S FIELD

A full application has been submitted to CDC and your PC has commented on this. Full details can be seen on CDC’s website.

We await applications to be submitted on Rooktree Farm and the Old Airfield when Hills will submit for consent to extract gravel from this area.

Litter

Whilst not unexpected, the amount of litter discarded is appalling. Our countryside is not a litter bin. These are provided by the council.

HRH His Royal Highness Prince Phillip

At the time of writing, His Royal Highness, Prince Phillip has been laid to rest.

On behalf of Down Ampney Parish Council and all residents, we send heartfelt condolences to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth and Her family.

God Save Our Queen.

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