From DAPC May 2022


Easter has come and past and we have been lucky to enjoy some glorious weather over the last week.  Long may it continue into May and beyond.  It is so nice to see so many people out and about enjoying this glorious village that we live in.

With the warmer and longer days comes the explosion of growth in our gardens and hedges with such beautiful colours to be seen by all.  Just a polite reminder, for those living on the main road, to keep hedges trimmed back from the pavements so as not to cause an obstruction once the nesting season is finished.

With COVID numbers on the increase, again, please take precautions when in public spaces.

The May council meeting is approaching us and as always, is a special occasion as it also coincides with the Annual Parish Meeting where we welcome so many of you who run clubs, societies, and other notable organisations to the meeting.  It is also a time when we nominate and elect the Parish Councillors to those important roles that help support the Village, liaise with the many clubs, Village Hall and Shop and run the Parish Council.

The GCC ‘safety officer’ will be inspecting Church Lane to identify all major potholes with the view of getting them repaired.

PLANNING

Millennium Field

Those that commented on the application would have received notifications from CDC firstly that it was going to a Planning Inspectorate and then secondly, stating that CDC would be reviewing the application by Committee on Wednesday 13th April.  This was to allow CDC to decide on the application and submit a report to the Planning Inspector of what their verdict would have been if it had not gone to appeal.  Councillors Gareth Cope spoke on behalf of DAPC and Cllr Lisa Spivey as the Ward Councillor also spoke.  There were several good points raised by the committee and they all voted in favour of rejecting the planning application.  What this means is that they will submit their report to the planning Inspectorate for review with the rest of the original comments.

Rooktree Farm

Cotswold Homes has applied for 9 bungalows on Rooktree Farm and the Parish Council has commented raising several points that are not covered within the application. 

FIREWORKS

We received several reports of fireworks being let off recently and we would like to remind people that during lambing season, it is unsympathetic to be letting fireworks off.  I understand that the Sheppard is aware of who it was.

Down Ampney Village Clean Up

Many thanks to those that turned up for the Clean Up on Sunday, 27th March. Although we had fewer helping than on some previous occasions, partly due to some ‘regulars’ having Mother’s Day commitments, the sixteen of us involved managed to collect 25 black bags of rubbish, much of which came from the western approach to the village, beyond the bridge over the brook. In addition, we found a steel wheel, a DVD player and a few plastic ‘under engine’ covers!  Our new equipment, including hi-vis vests and gloves, met with general approval, and especially the robust and versatile ‘pickers’ that have a wide claw for grasping bottles etc stuck in the undergrowth. We hope to have a bigger participation in 2023 but in the meantime, if you see any litter in the vicinity of your property or when out walking, please collect and dispose of it whenever feasible, to keep our village looking cared for.

PLANTING OF THE JUBILEE TREES

You may have seen, adjacent to the Community Garden that we have now planted the Queen's Jubilee trees.  They are Himalayan Birch that will grow up with striking white bark.

We would like to thank Andrew Higson and Anne Jenkins for helping to plant the trees.

We are awaiting delivery of the new bench.

PARICH CLERK

We are pleased to announce that Julia Kilminster has been appointed as the new Parish Clerk and will formally take over from Gail after May’s meeting.  Julia really shone through in her interview and everyone felt that she will be a great asset moving forward.

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