Down Ampney Parish Council
Your Parish Council met on the 7th September.
BROADWAY FARM ISSUES
We were pleased to welcome a representative of Sanctuary Housing Development to our meeting for a question and answer session related to the Broadway Farm ‘development’. It transpires that the company, having agreed terms of the building costs with their preferred contractor were left high and dry when, owing to escalating material costs, the contractor pulled out of the negotiation.
Sanctuary now either have to seek an alternative contractor or consider building ‘in-house’. This was not their preferred option. It will be some time now before construction can start.
Issue was taken with him over the condition of the area, with growing brambles and weeds whilst the fencing has fallen and disappeared under grass. We understand that action will be taken to correct this and a local contractor sought so as to care for the mowing and hedge cutting.
Mr Andrew Scarth advised the committee on matters related to the issuing of the plan for public consultation. Because of holdups with CDC and their need to complete their review of the draft document the proposed public meeting in October has been postponed.
TREE INSPECTION AND RECORDING.
For Health & Safety reasons it is necessary to have all the trees that have become the Parish’s responsibility inspected annually and action taken to ensure that they are safe. The PC has therefore contacted a professional surveyor to undertake this work.
Cllr Ann Higson has kindly taken up the post of Tree Warden and will monitor this work.
Wicksteed have been appointed as contractor to replace the soft play area at the playground. This will mean disruption of access by children for a short period of time. We await a date for works to commence.
QUEEN’S PLATINUM JUBILEE
The PC took the decision to replace the badly damaged bench seat at the MUGA (caused again by vandalism) with another more substantial one (eco-friendly recycled plastic) which will be placed near the village shop, to commemorate the Jubilee – yet another milestone for our Queen
OAK ROAD CLOSURE
Attempts to have Oak Road closed to vehicular traffic has stumbled to a halt. Its closure had been deemed necessary as the road and turning area at the Arnhem Memorial site has been, and remains, a place where unsavoury and illegal activities have been carried out. The main problems have been youths taking drugs and fly tipping.
GCC have denied liability to seek closure stating that it is for the CDC to activate closure on the grounds of misuse.
We shall now be asking GCC to repair the road as it is not safe for walkers because of all the potholes, and CDC to activate its closure.
ARNHEM MEMORIAL COMMEMORATION
On Sunday the 12th September a service was held at the memorial site to commemorate the gallant men and women who fell in action during operations that originated from Down Ampney Airfield.
The site has now been recognised as an official war memorial, thanks to Cllr Matthews efforts, and has been vastly improved by generous help from Hills and Farmcare. The area is a quiet place for contemplation and we trust that people will ensure that it remains clean and tidy, befit for the respect of those lost in action.
However, it must be reported that vandals have, again painted graffiti on the access sign. We question the upbringing of these people and the future they look forward to.