Spine Road B4696

posted by Robert Cowley

Following the Parish Council’s letter to Highways and others about various safety issues along the Spine Road, a response has been received from Highways, which was regarded as wholly inadequate.  This will be published shortly along with the Parish Council's response.  The assertion that the 40mph speed limit is only needed from the A419 to the Station Road junction and not to the county boundary as this second section of the Spine Road has different usage was regarded as completely wrong.  The Parish Council will continue to press for a 40mph speed limit along the full length of the Spine Road in Gloucestershire, along with other safety improvements. 

Also the recent work carried out by Amey’s contractor is not up to the required standard and will be re-done at Amey’s expense very shortly.

Fenton's Community Centre Cafe

posted by Robert Cowley

The Parish Council is pleased to report that a lease has at last been signed with Triple 222 Coffee of Swindon to operate the café at Fenton’s.  It is hoped that the café will re-open for business in mid-January 2018.  More details will be published in due course.

New Parish Councillors

posted by Robert Cowley

At its meeting on 13th December the Parish Council co-opted two new Parish Councillors to fill the casual vacancies brought about by the resignations of Mrs Deborah Farrant and Mrs Elaine Simpson.  Those co-opted are Mrs Rachel Tolhurst and Mr Geoff Swann.  They will be formally welcomed to the Parish Council at its next meeting on 10th January 2018.

Temporary Closure of Spine Road - UPDATE

posted 26 Oct 2017, 09:03 by Robert Cowley   [ updated 26 Oct 2017, 09:08 ]

Gloucestershire County Council's recent Temporary Road Closure Order for part of the the B4696 (Spine Road) from 6th to 10th November 2017 to enable resurfacing work to take place has been amended.  The section affected is from the Gateway Centre to the Broadway Lane junction.  Access (including for HGVs) to and from the Spine Road south of Broadway Lane junction will now be maintained.  A letter to residents with a map of the affected section may be down loaded below.  This work will also include creation of a new traffic island at the junction of Station Road and Spine Road.  Please make any comments via the contact details given in the letter.

Temporary Closure of Spine Road

posted 5 Oct 2017, 00:43 by Robert Cowley

Gloucestershire County Council has issued a Temporary Road Closure Order for part of the the B4696 (Spine Road) from 6th to 10th November 2017 to enable resurfacing work to take place.  The section affected is from the Gateway Centre to the County boundary beyond the Broadway Lane junction.  The order and map may be downloaded below.  Please make any comments via the contact details given in the order.

Upper Up Car Park Closure

posted 3 Oct 2017, 06:44 by Robert Cowley   [ updated 3 Oct 2017, 06:44 ]

The car park at Upper Up playing field will be closed on Friday 6th October for essential maintenance works.  A roadsweeper will also be operating in the car park on Thursday 5th October in preparation.  We apologise for any inconvenience.

R-Way Youth Club RETURNS!

posted 29 Sep 2017, 08:24 by Robert Cowley   [ updated 29 Sep 2017, 08:40 ]

South Cerney Parish Council is delighted to announce that Cotswold Forest School will be running the R-Way Youth Club!

Initially aimed at children and young people aged 7 to 13 years old.  Every Tuesday evening during term time 5.00-6:30 PM @ Fenton’s Community Centre, Teal Way, South Cerney, GL7 5WL.

Only £1 per session - This term starting on Tuesday 3rd October. We aim to offer a really exciting mixture of activities including sport, bush craft and creative sessions!  Don't forget to b
ring a pair of daps or other indoor shoes (i.e. not worn outside) to change into whilst at Fenton's.

In order to assist the team to get an idea of numbers please could you simply send your child's name, age and whether any allergies to either: or text 07738 708880

We very much look forward to welcoming you all!

Becky, Johno and the CFS team

South Cerney Neighbourhood Plan

posted 26 Sep 2017, 03:16 by Robert Cowley

The Neighbourhood Plan steering group hosted the second public consultation event on Saturday 16th September from 10.00am until 4.00pm at Fenton’s community centre in Teal Way.  A number of interested residents came along to view and comment on the draft Vision and Objectives for the Neighbourhood Plan, which will lead to the formulation of the Policies for future consultation.  The steering group has also appointed a consultant to prepare the final version of the Plan for submission in March 2018.  It should be noted that the costs of preparing the Neighbourhood Plan are expected to be covered by a grant.

Gladman Appeal

posted 22 Aug 2017, 11:34 by Robert Cowley   [ updated 22 Aug 2017, 11:43 ]

The Parish Council is very disappointed with the decision of the Planning Inspectorate to grant outline permission for 92 houses behind Berkeley Close.  South Cerney has no allocation for such housing developments in either the current or the emerging Cotswold District Council Local Plans.  However, the emerging Local Plan has not yet been adopted, and the Inspector was influenced by the inclusion of a high proportion of affordable housing as part of the application.

The Parish Council submitted very detailed concerns regarding the flood risks of this development.  These include the history of flooding around the village, the high groundwater, and the increase in flood risk from the River Churn and the Shire Ditch due to climate change, and from to the proposed large housing development in Cirencester. 

The Parish Council also raised the concerns of local residents about all the existing parking and traffic issues, and the narrowness of the access to this site through Berkeley Close.  However, those concerns were not supported by Gloucestershire County Council highways department.

Whilst many of the flooding concerns were acknowledged by the Inspector, the Inspector did not regard them as sufficient to justify refusing the application.

The company behind the planning application (Gladman) is not a builder. They would arrange sale of the land to such a company, who would then apply for detailed planning with a view to building properties.  The developer will be obliged to provide ‘up to’ 50% affordable housing.  ‘Affordable housing’ in this context has a technical meaning, and is supposed to meet the needs of those who cannot afford housing on the open market, either to rent or buy.  When the detailed planning application is submitted by the development company that will carry out the development, the Parish Council will consider pressing for the full 50% to be ‘affordable housing’.

The development company will also be obliged to make financial contributions to the provision of library facilities, playschool and local school facilities.

The Parish Council, with particular support from Cllr Juliet Layton (CDC Ward Councillor), tried its best to oppose this planning application.  However, there is a statutory presumption in favour of development in ‘sustainable’ locations, to meet housing needs.  The Parish Council will be giving qualified support to the Chesterton development in Cirencester, as that is a more sustainable location than a village like South Cerney.

The Planning Inspector's Decision Notice and Costs Decision may be downloaded below.

R-Way Youth Group - Parish Council seeks new service provider

posted 15 Aug 2017, 04:09 by Robert Cowley

R-ways’ last session with Young Gloucestershire at the helm was on 18th July, and the Parish Council is now seeking someone else to take on the running of this popular youth group from September on a self-employed basis.  Sessions take place on Tuesdays in the Fenton’s community centre in Teal Way, where the facilities include the meeting room, sports hall with various equipment including table tennis, tennis, badminton, etc., and the café seating area.  Anyone interested is asked to contact the Clerk by email or by phone 07983 202015 for the tender document.

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