Parish Council News
Wellcome Trust and Broadway Farm Update
10th July 2018
Down Ampney Parish Council
Your Parish Council met on the 3rd July and welcomed Mr. Richard Quinn from Farmcare who gave an update on the Estate's affairs at Down Ampney.
He confirmed that The Wellcome Trust had indeed pulled out of directly managing farms within their portfolio and have entered into an agreement with a company, as yet no name released, to take over the day to day running of the farming interest. Mr. Quinn also confirmed that the existing staff will be retained with James Taylor as farm manager.
Due to the cost of the proposed project to develop Castle Hill Farm Farmcare withdrew its application from CDC and are now looking at alternative schemes to utilise the area in a sympathetic and sustainable manner. They have undertaken to restore the listed buildings including the old cottage and barns whilst removing all the fire damaged barns.
Use of "Giant Voice" tanoy at RAF Fairford
21st June 2018
You may be aware that RAF Fairford has a tanoy system (called the "Giant Voice") which is used to relay messages across the base during times of emergency.
To ensure the system is working correctly, the base is introducing a monthly test of the Giant Voice system. The first test will take place on Thursday 12th July, and will then take place routinely on the first Thursday of each month. The test will take place around 10:30 to 11:00am and will start with the words "Test Test Test" before going on to make a number of noises with different tones, and will finish with the words "test concluded'.
Castle Hill Farm - Update
25th April 2018
We are doing some work to tidy the place up and are proceeding with the refurbishment of the listed cottages this year.
The remaining development site though, to be candid has just created issue after issue. Following our planning application judgement, we have done some extensive work on the site and invested time and money into quantity surveying and a supplier tender to find that the cost of the work is hugely prohibitive, to the extent where we would lose circa £1m as a result of undertaking such work.