Churchill & Blakedown
Parish Council Newsletter


CHURCHILL AND BLAKEDOWN PARISH COUNCIL

www.churchillandblakedown.co.uk

Clerk: Roger Gurney, 56 Malvern Road, Powick, WORCESTER WR2 4RT

Telephone: 01905 830756 Mobile: 0782 444 7555 email: rogerdgurney@btinternet.com
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MEETING DATES and VENUES  FOR 2011/2012

            2011
Wednesday    18th May        Blakedown Parish Room Committee Room

        15th June            “    “    “    “

        20th July            “    “    “    “
       
17th August            “    “    “    “

        21st September        “    “    “    “
               
19th October            “    “    “    “

        16th November        “    “    “    “

        14th December    Sports Pavilion                            (2nd Wednesday)
           
2012
        18th January        Blakedown Parish Room Committee Room

        15th February            “    “    “    “

        21st March            “    “    “    “

        18th April         Blakedown C of E Primary School
        (Annual Parish Meeting)

        16th May        Blakedown Parish Room Committee Room
        (Annual Parish Council Meeting)

Parish Council Meetings start at 7.30 pm.

Dates and venues AGREED at the Parish Council meeting on 18th May 2011


May 2011        Roger Gurney, Clerk to Churchill and Blakedown PC


2010 ANNUAL PARISH MEETING
A PUBLIC OPEN MEETING FOR RESIDENTS OF THE PARISH OF CHURCHILL AND BLAKEDOWN
Wednesday 21st April 2010 at 7.30 pm

This Meeting will be held in the Blakedown CE Primary School. There will be a presentation of the Churchill and Blakedown Parish Plan by the Parish Plan Group.
The Meeting is an opportunity for electors of the Parish to address a question to the speakers, to give reports and to raise issues of local interest and/or concern.
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REPORT BY THE CHAIRMAN OF THE PARISH COUNCIL

Environment: Mark Jones continues to work in the Parish as the Parish Lengthsman and Handyman. Evidence of his efforts as lengthsman can be seen along the minor roads where water runs-offs and footways have been cleared back. As handyman the general improvement by the removal of litter and tidying up around seats and bus shelters can be seen. Vernon Rudge is contracted to cut the playground and highway verges. The Parish Council aims to improve The Avenue and the Village Green, and now subscribes to the Open Spaces Society.

Finance: The Parish Council agreed to keep the budget and precept at the previous level for the coming year, as this will enable the programme of enhancing the appearance of the Parish (through the handyman/ lengthsman) to continue and to support parish organisations. In 2009/10 grants totalling over £2,000 have been given; this includes churchyard maintenance at both churches (£345 each), Blakedown Bolt signage (£255), Churchill PCC (£600), Churchill and Blakedown Fete Committee (£500), Blakedown Scout Group (£500).

Highways, Parking and the station: The Parish Council has pressed the District Council to retain the Shoppers car park as a suitable parking area to serve the amenities in the centre of Blakedown. Parking around the station continues to cause problems, which may take some time to resolve. The Parish Council is seeking Network Rail’s plan for the level crossing and the signal box.  The County Council is being pressed to introduce a 20mph speed limit near the school. 

Planning: 35 applications have been responded to and comments have reflected the views of local residents. 2 applications needed considerable discussion – proposed redevelopment of Duckpen Cottages; and the retrospective gypsy site in Rocky Lane, Churchill. Representations have been made on 2 planning appeals; redevelopment of Duckpen Cottages and the residential development off Mill Close. A housing need survey has recently been undertaken.

Communication with residents: Gordon Stevens continues to run the Parish web site, which is kept up to date with Parish Council information and other items of interest. Residents are welcome to attend the monthly meetings of the Parish Council and to raise matters of interest or concern. 

Parish Council: The attendance at meetings since May 2009 is as follows (10 meetings):
Mrs Sallyann Cartwright (9), Simon Charman (8), Primrose Coley (6/6), Peter Dearden (9), Tim Gardiner (1/2), Mrs Pauline Hayward (9), Jim Long (10), Brian Pitt (9), Mrs Vicky Swindells (8), and Bob Whiston (8).

Contact: Parish Council web site: www.churchillandblakedown.co.uk


Report of the Chairman of the Parish Council March 2009

Communication with residents:

Gordon Stevens has taken over the running of the Parish web site. He keeps this up to date with Parish Council information and other items of interest. The Parish Council has continued its full support to the Parish Plan Working Group’s preparation of the Churchill and Blakedown Parish Plan. This has recently been the subject of public consultation.

Environment:

Arthur Trow has decided to retire from mowing the grass at the War Memorial, a task he has done since the early 1930s.(see newspaper article via this link)This is a remarkable achievement to have done the same voluntary work for over three quarters of a century. Mark Jones continues to work in the Parish as the Parish Lengthsman and Handyman. Evidence of his efforts as lengthsman can be seen along the minor roads where water runs-offs and footways have been cleared back. As handyman the general improvement by the removal of litter and tidying up around seats and bus shelters can be seen. The Parish Council has continued to take over some litter picking duties from Wyre Forest DC, for which a very modest reimbursement is made. Vernon Rudge is contracted to cut the playground and highway verges.

The Parish Council successfully supported the retention of the Post Office.

Finance:

The Parish Council agreed to budget for £25,000 for the coming year, as this will enable the programme of maintaining the appearance of the Parish (through the handyman/ lengthsman) to continue and to support parish organisations. In 2008/9 grants totaling some £2,092 have been given; this includes churchyard maintenance at both churches (£330 each), Millennium Green Trust (£264), Churchill PCC (£600), Churchill and Blakedown Sports Committee (£468), WRVS (£100). The Parish Council has made a contribution of £1,150 towards kerbing work in Station Drive. The Council has been reimbursed for some grants.

Highways and Parking:

The Parish Council has pressed for work to be done in Station Drive, as a step to solve the problems of parking on the roads around the station, which is having an impact on local residents and the Shoppers car park. The County Council is being pressed to introduce a 20mph speed limit near the school. 

Planning:

48 applications have been responded to and comments have reflected the views of local residents. 4 applications needed considerable discussion – proposed car park at Station Yard; proposed redevelopment of Little Champson; proposed redevelopment of Duckpen Cottages; and the proposed development off Mill Close. Comments have been made on 5 planning appeals.

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CHURCHILL AND BLAKEDOWN PARISH COUNCIL NEWSLETTER JANUARY 2008

Parish Council Members are working towards the Parish Council becoming a Quality Parish Council. A regular newsletter is part of this process, keeping residents informed of its activities.

The Parish Council is supporting the preparation of a Parish Plan, which seeks ideas & concerns from residents. The first period of consultation is to start shortly; please submit any comments or views to the Parish Plan Working Group.

Since the election in May 2007 there are several issues which have been regularly discussed at Council meetings, including;

The Parish Council does give financial support to organisations in the Parish and since May 2007 grants have been given to the Friends of Blakedown Playground (towards the playground refurbishment), Millennium Green Trust (insurance), Sports and Recreation Committee (mowing and pavilion repair) and the churches at both Blakedown and Churchill (churchyard maintenance).

Mark Jones, the parish handyman and lengthsman, works hard to keep the parish tidy and the minor roads clear of standing water, leaves and overhanging branches.

The Parish Council raises most of its revenue through its precept. This coming year the Council is very keen to continue its programme of maintaining the appearance of the whole parish (through the handyman/lengthsman) and to give financial support to parish organisations, and to do so has agreed that the precept is increased by just over £5,000, to £18,000.

Parish Council agenda and minutes: - www.churchillandblakedown.co.uk,

The Parish Council:

Blakedown Ward:
Mrs Sallyann Cartwright (700808),
Simon Charman (700507),
Peter Dearden (Vice Chairman) (700603),
Tim Gardiner (701204),
Jim Long (701168)
Vickie Swindells (01384 440071)

Churchill Ward:
Mrs Pauline Hayward (700476),
Brian Pitt (700819),
Bob Whiston (01384 560606) (Chairman)

Clerk to the Parish Council: Roger Gurney (01905 830756)