Parish Council News - Next Meeting: Thursday, 30th November 2017.  7.30pm.  Rushall & Charlton St. Peter's Village Hall.

 

Contact Rushall Clerk: Claire Ridge claire.l.ridge@gmail.com 

Pewsey Vale Councillor

Pewsey Vale Unitary Council Division - CLLR. PAUL OATWAY

Tel: (01672) 564238

E-mail: oatway371@btinternet.com

 

 

Rushall Parish Council.

Minutes of meeting held on Wednesday, 26th July 2017.

7.30pm, Rushall & Charlton Village Hall, Rushall.

**DRAFT**

Attendees:

Mrs. Caroline Larken (Chairperson)

Mr. Colin Gale

Dr. Richard Tilbury

Mr. John Rogers

Mrs. Claire Ridge (Clerk)

1. Apologies:

Sir Michael Turner

2. Minutes of PC Meeting 25th May 2017.

Minutes acceptance proposed by CG and seconded by RT, all agreed. Minutes signed by CL.

3. Declaration of interest.

None.

4. Correspondence.

   · Mr Site – offer of new website. Accepted. Paid invoice.

Invoice for defibrillator – CR to organise.

5. Matters arising from minutes 25th May 2017 meeting.

None.

6. Budget/Precept/Annual Audit.

£ 10,104.31 Current balance

Deductions Due:

Defib £1,812.00

Clerk’s Salary 272.50

Boundary Gates tbc approx. £500

Defib money coming in from area board £500

Pewsey Area Police report July 2017.

Rushall

Hello and welcome to this Community Policing Team report.

Wiltshire Police recently ran a ‘tweetathon’ from the Crime and Communications Centre (CCC) at Police HQ. The event shared some of the calls received by Wiltshire Police to raise awareness of the breadth of work we deal with and to highlight the sorts of calls that are not emergencies.

This was part of wider reaching work, aimed at improving the service that people receive when they call us. We are aware of the issues that some people have experienced, particularly when using the 101 service.

As part of the Community Policing Model, we aim to deploy resources more efficiently. We look to ensure that the right people with the right training are in the right place and that starts with the CCC.

Wiltshire Police is on a journey of continuous improvement and will always seek to ensure that the service we provide is at the high quality you rightly deserve and expect.

Please follow us on:

Twitter https://twitter.com/wiltshirepolice

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/wiltshirepolice/

Or sign up to Community Messaging https://www.wiltsmessaging.co.uk/

COMMUNITY MESSAGING.

Working with our local communities, we have been developing ways to reach out to all our communities and keep everyone up to date with the latest information that matters to you in your area.

Through feedback and working with our local communities, we have developed the use of https://www.wiltsmessaging.co.uk/ and are now sending out daily updates around crimes that matter to you in your area. This is enabling us to reach as much of our community as possible, as quickly as possible and impart any new crime prevention advice or information about incidents that may affect you in your community that we feel you need to know about.

We have received some very positive feedback around this and encourage you to speak to all members of your community and encourage them to sign up to Wiltshire Messaging. It is free and a very good way of keeping all our communities connected.

https://www.wiltsmessaging.co.uk/

CONTROL STRATEGY

Below is our control strategy for your reference. This focuses on where how we conduct our operational Policing based on the Police & Crime Plan. We will continue to align our resources with the threat/harm/risks presented in line with the control strategy.

Child Sexual Exploitation & Abuse / Organised Criminality / Cyber Crime / County Lines & the Criminally Exploited / Dangerous & Persistent Offenders / Modern Slavery & Human Exploitation

PRIORITIES

Dwelling and non-dwelling burglaries.

Over 300 targeted patrols have occurred since this niche priority was created on the 26th October 2016 (at the commencement of CPT). The demonstrated effort from CPT East patrols and work continuing enquiries, has shown an improvement, as since the last Area Board meeting, burglaries in the Pewsey & Marlborough area have decreased from thirty nine to twenty two over the two month period of May and June.

Of the twenty two reported crimes in the total area, 6 were in the Pewsey location.

Two business premises in Pewsey were burgled, one of which the premises was broken into and cash taken from inside. The other was a storage garage owned by a business, from which machinery was stolen.

One residential property was burgled on the 4th of May, suspects entered the property whilst the occupants were away, suspect/s have conducted an untidy search and a small amount of cash stolen.

A large proportion of the burglaries occurred to either sheds or garages during this period, items such as Gardening equipment, power tools and bicycles have been targeted. A total of three types of this crime were reported in the Pewsey area.

Wiltshire Police will be continuing to try and limit the number of offences by pro-active policing and ongoing policing operations in these areas.

A rural crime operation was carried out in early February. This involved local estate managers and gamekeepers, as well as our colleagues from Thames Valley Police, there are more planned in the coming weeks and months alongside our Special Constabulary colleagues.

Community intelligence is crucial for us to achieve this aim so please continue to report incidents, information and any concerns.

Theft from motor vehicles

A determined effort has been made by the east community policing team to deal with theft from vehicles, particularly at beauty spots.

This policing priority has focused upon proactive, preventative interventions including a red route system of targeted patrols, (over one hundred completed thus far), crime reduction work with The National Trust and English Heritage and increased signage and community engagement.

Over 300 targeted patrols have been completed in relation to this priority. Nine theft from motor vehicle offences have occurred within the past month across the Devizes, Pewsey & Marlborough area with locations of Martin Sell Hill, Milk Hill, Pewsey White Horse, Everleigh Road & Roundway Hill White Horse.

Several of the beauty spot locations recently targeted currently have no Police warning signage – having been forcibly removed, which includes our posters. Thank you for funding further metal Police warning notice signage for fitting at such locations, these will alert our visitors of the need to be vigilant and not to leave any valuables within parked and unattended vehicles.

Operation Esso was conducted on Saturday 29th April – this saw nineteen special constables active throughout our area. This was a roads policing operation, involving active ANPR work, the use of UNIPAR machines for speed enforcement and assistance with response policing and this particular policing priority.

Such events are effective in keeping our communities safe. In total, 62 drivers were given words of advice for excess speed and the manner in which they were driving. Seven endorsable fixed penalty notices were issued for speeding during the operation which targeted the main causes of serious collisions on our roads, also known as the Fatal Four:

Update re Rural Crime Partnership

Recent meetings have been held with local farmers in east Wiltshire and the WCC Rights of Way Officer in relation to discussions concerning the use of byways for illegal purposes which is most impactive upon our east Wiltshire community. We are working together with our partners to consider relevant legislation and powers available for our use to robustly manage those offenders and offences identified.

Activity around hare coursing is a focus of concern and our Rural Crime Team are planning forthcoming policing operations.

Operation ASTEN has involved dealing with illegal off roaders on Salisbury plain. These policing operations have continued in recent weeks with engagement and relevant disposal of offences identified.

EVENTS

Devizes Muslim Community are holding Eid Celebrations to mark the end of Ramadan, at Devizes Sports Club, London Road on Sunday the 9th of July between the hours of 12:00 – 17:00. The event will be attended by Devizes MP Claire Perry and the Mayor of Devizes, who will both be providing speeches. The event will include a Celebration lunch, Fund raising, Children’s activities and Henna art, with monies raised going to The Devizes Foodbank. Last year the event received a large turnout.

Our local officers continue to visit The Bouverie Hall in Pewsey for monthly community consultations held the first Tuesday of each month. We invited Karen Pearson; the Safe and Well Advisor from Wiltshire and Dorset Fire Service along to this month’s session which was well received and allowed for information pack distribution and referrals for home visits to be obtained.

EVENT PLANNING

As are now in full Summer bloom, many groups and individuals start to organize various events and gatherings. A toolkit is available from Wiltshire Council which gives fantastic guidance and advice for most types of events, including topics ranging from traffic management to toilets, and gives contact details for which agencies and departments need to be contacted when applying for various licences or road closures.

It can be found at http://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/public-events-toolkit.pdf

In essence, all organisers must be responsible for identifying any risks and putting in measures to remove or reduce them.

Crimes in your area June 2017

21/06/2017 – Theft from shed, Chapel Lane, Upavon.

Your local officer is PCSO Jonathan Mills - Jonathan.Mills@wiltshire.pnn.police.uk

8. Planning Applications Considered

  • Shepherds Hut – retrospective application
  • . No objections.
  • Event Centre - appears to be almost complete. CL to ask Rachel Wookey for a viewing.

Note, WC will not be providing hard copies of planning requests. Unsure how large plans will be viewed, do not have facilities to print them off. Possibly applicants will provide copies to the PC. CG asked if WC will build that into the process. No response.

9. Village Hall Matters

CG & CL attended AGM. Ali Perry asked for PC and VH to work together. All agreed. Coffee morning and Bingo nights are still popular.

10. Community Speed Watch

JR attended meeting, want to keep speed watch simple. Police are asking for more statistics, but may make it more onerous. Police are still encouraging community speed watch. After three ‘tickets’, those speeding will receive a visit from the police. Also had a meeting with Andrew Flack from Upavon. Keen to start CSW in Upavon. Positive in complementing work from Rushall. Has been swapping with North Newton.

11. Community Area Transport Group

  • CG: progressing gates, agreed location. Waiting for drawings to come through. Next part of footpath – received drawing showing Elm Row cottage site for footpath. Also conducted a safety audit – found that crossing the road is dangerous. Only looked at that stretch of foot path and not whole scheme. CG has highlighted this. Will benefit the houses. Waiting for a response from CATG. CG suggested painted footpath if CATG decide it’s not viable. Need PO’s support.

12. Neighbourhood Watch

CG – stay vigilant, has been activity in the area.

13. Newsletter

CG – next due in September.

14. Website

Website appears to be running nicely and up to date, CR & CG maintaining.

Going to have an update to website – improved functionality.

15. Safe Pedestrian Access Scheme

Covered in CATG.

16. AOB

  • Army Rebasing – Still ongoing.
  • PCAP – have a great video put together on Pewsey. Tourist information. Can also be found on You Tube. Have flyers to put in phone box too.
  • Boundary Gates : covered previously.
  • Highways – a lot of discussion regarding Parish Steward at the Area Board Meeting. Two representatives highways made a complaint about the meeting. Outcome – parishes liaise with parish stewards instead of WC. CG contacted steward, will let us know when he comes to Rushall and what works will be addressed. Colin will try and ensure priority list of items to do.
  • Staff Pension: All sorted – remove next time.
  • SID: Rushall will be having after Upavon – remove next time.
  • Community Emergency Plan: make sure its on the AGM
  • Defibrillator:. Received invoice, defibrillator received, JR will notify VH, school and Charlton PC, North Newton.
  • Bus Service: WC passenger transport unit meeting have placed a contract with Salisbury Reds. Not sure of the timetable at this stage. Another change of operator.
  • Everleigh: to remove. Previous declared there would be another consultation post election of the councilors. Put out for the tender and household recycling has been taken away from Hills. Two sites owned by Hills.
  • The phone box: No further discussions. Transfer on window would be useful. JR will go online to see if it’s something RPC can acquire for the kiosk.
  • Donations – cheques for the LINK and Bobbyvan, CAB £50 (check what was agreed)
  • Health and Wellbeing Centre, Pewsey: CG – PO said all going ahead as scheduled.
  • WW1 trees: CG – Graham Morrison standing in initially for Ros’ maternity. Pewsey area is same stage as Devizes. Graham dealing with both Parishes and is putting in a bid. CG to be focal point on the trees. CG has plaque for oak tree, has post, then will install. Approx £113 for the plaque. Walnut tree has not survived. JR would like to acquire new walnut tree. CG – approach Woodland Trust. RT to contact.
  • Lawrence Kitchen: judging took place in July. Awaiting results. Results from best front Garden. ‘Best Front Garden’ went to Ro and Angie Hadley, Nigel and Julie Wookey won ‘Best Tubs and Baskets’. Supports BKV. Have continuing problem with litter at southern end of village.

17. Dates of next meetings; 30th November, 22nd February 2018, 24th May 2018, 26th July 2018 and 22nd November 2018

Meeting concluded at 8.45pm

Signed:

 

 

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Rushall Parish Council.

Minutes of meeting held on Thursday, 23rd February 2017.

7.30pm, Rushall & Charlton Village Hall, Rushall.

 

**DRAFT** 

Dr. Richard Tilbury (Chairman)

Mr. Colin Gale

Mr. John Rogers

Mrs. Caroline Larken

Mrs. Claire Ridge (Clerk)

Also attending; Mr. Paul Oatway.

1. Apologies:

Sir Michael Turner

2. Minutes of PC Meeting 24th November, 2016.

Minutes acceptance proposed by CG and seconded by CL, all agreed. Minutes signed by RT.

3. Declaration of interest.

None

4. Correspondence.

  • Village Hall Letter dated February 4th, 2017.

Disappointed with the VH response, see below.

 

 

5. Matters arising from minutes 24th November 2016 meeting.

None.

6. Budget/Precept/Annual Audit.

£ 6,828.72 Current balance

Deductions Due:

Clerk's Salary

Footpath - CG confirmed cost is lower than expected

7 Police Report

Hello and welcome to this Pewsey Community Area Partnership report. The New Year is well underway and over the coming months and into the future, Wiltshire Police will be continuing to develop its workforce model. The policing landscape that we face is ever more complex and challenging and within that is the reality of financial pressures that continue to present difficulties. With this in mind Wiltshire Police is committed to effective and efficient policing through making sure we have the right people with the right training in the right place. We have reinforced our efforts to embrace diversity, give everybody the opportunity to succeed and be inclusive in all we do. Ultimately, we do this to ensure that you are provided with the service that you expect. Many of you may know that the Police and Crime Commissioner's Police and Crime Plan has been out for consultation. When finalised, it will set Wiltshire Police clear priorities and highlight opportunities for us to work to improve our service. Over February Wiltshire Police will be involved in a number of campaigns revolving around vulnerability as well as youth engagement and will participate in three national campaigns:

· 6-12 February: Sexual Abuse and Sexual Violence Awareness Week

· 7 February: Safer Internet Day

· 27 February: Student Volunteering Week (which will give us an opportunity to promote our successful Police Cadet scheme)

Additionally Wiltshire Police will be attending the Wiltshire Youth Summit, which will take place at Devizes School. We are also delighted to be welcoming police colleagues from across the South West region as it hosts a regional conference for the Black Police Association in February. Wiltshire Police are also seeking members of our community from throughout our area to participate in Independent Advisory Groups (IAGs). Their aim is to allow the community to express views and advice in relations to policies, actions or changes and to build on this information to help our hub commanders set the framework of future policies to meet the needs of all within our communities.

· They must either reside/work or have a significant interest in the South and east Hub areas.

· Meetings will be quarterly likely in a police premises.

· Will need to apply and be vetted (once we have the forms and communications and vetting levels agreed)

We are initially aiming for one IAG to cover both areas at first. This will be reviewed once embedded. The list below shows some of the diverse community members we are looking for, we are welcome to all other options - the list is not in any way complete. Military community Rural community Age - elderly and young Cadets - perhaps could represent the young? Sexual Orientation Transgender Any of our Minority ethnic Groups Disabled groups Faith groups Business community As always we are grateful your feedback; Wiltshire Police is here to serve you and we always like to hear what we have done well or where you think we could improve.

Our free Community Messaging service will also help keep you updated about policing and crime in your local area https://www.wiltsmessaging.co.uk/ Current Priorities Pewsey and surrounding areas. Dwelling and non-dwelling burglaries. One hundred plus targeted patrols have occurred since this niche priority was created on the 26th October 2016 (at the commencement of CPT). During this period we have experienced five non-dwelling burglaries in total and two dwelling burglaries, of which further lines of enquiry have been identified and are continuing. This compares with 26 burglaries in the previous two months to 26th October 2016 to this area. This is most pleasing considering the expanse of area covered by the Pewsey villages. Wiltshire Police will be continuing to limit the number of offences by pro-active policing and ongoing policing operations in these areas. Community intelligence is crucial for us to achieve this aim so please continue to report incidents, information and any concerns. Traffic matters. Officers continue to focus upon this priority which includes speed enforcement. The most recent action in this area was a session in Upavon, by Special Police Sergeant TURNER on 23rd December 2016 in which four warnings were issued to motorists including the driver to a HGV. Hare coursing and poaching. Ninety seven targeted patrols completed within this investigation, again to areas where we have experienced coursing activity. Five males were arrested early hours of the 26th November 2016 on suspicion of hare coursing and poaching offences, currently bailed pending completion of enquiries. Any Current Relevant Series (to February 2017) None. Local Crimes Please continue to report incidents and any suspicious activity via 101/999 as necessary to ensure a timely response to scene by attending officers https://www.police.uk/ This link will allow you to check stats in more detail for your area, and all surrounding areas. Your local officer is PCSO 6093 Jonathan MILLS. Email Jonathan.Mills@wiltshire.pnn.police.uk

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JR - explained his property was burgled in January. Back window was smashed while they were away, jewellery taken. Great response from the police. Working to add security. Awareness to neighbours for any suspicious behaviour. Thought break in took place during the day.

8. Planning Applications Considered

CG - had site meeting with WC on safe pedestrian access, footpaths and boundary gates. During the site visit WC Highways noted the works carried out for the Saplings Forrest School. Highways will revisit but they are worried about the splays, may not be in line with planning. Highways will deal with Saplings directly.

9. Village Hall Matters

None.

10. Community Speed Watch

JR- one new member. Sara Carey has been extremely helpful. The four locations have all been reassessed and reapproved by the police. Old Barnyard, A345, Chudleigh Cottage and Corner of Footpath.

11. Community Area Transport Group

Please see AOB

12. Neighbourhood Watch

CG - confirmed notices are circulated and posted on the noticeboard. The most recent circulation in the last two weeks was the poster on 'Homesafe Security'.

13. Newsletter

CG - putting together Winter copy.

14. Website

Website appears to be running nicely and up to date, CR & CG maintaining.

15. Safe Pedestrian Access Scheme

Covered in AOB.

16. AOB

  • Army Rebasing: PO- a lot of buildings will be demolished, single living accommodation built, refurbishment of messes, redesigning of roads, traffic control across A342. Won't start until 2018.
  • Bus Service Consultation: leading to cuts which will effect Connect. Service will be considerably hit.
  • Everleigh Recycling: Reassurance from Pewsey Area Board there are no plans for Everleigh to be closed. May be further consultation, have recently agreed for further HRC's to be opened for additional days. Correspondence formally sent to council advising them that they didn't conduct their consultation in a lawful manner.
  • Boundary Gates : Covered below with CATG and Safe pedestrian Access
  • Highways: Covered below with CATG and Safe pedestrian Access.
  • Rushall to Charlton footpath: Clean up on March 4th. CR to advertise again.
  • Phone Box: see defibrillator.
  • Donations: to discuss in April.
  • Staff Pension: nothing further to report. CR to monitor.
  • SID: The SID has been in action at 3 sites but has had to be sent to Germany for repair. The unit is expected to be back in service in the next 2 weeks.
  • Health and Wellbeing Centre. New temporary fitness suite at Ford Brook Ind Est. (Under railway bridge, then to the right). JR confirmed classes are full. Presently only have Gym and Studio. 8th March - contract will be formally awarded to contractor. Will have a new centre in 18 months' time.
  • Community Emergency Plan - Nothing more to add.
  • Defibrillators - Dave Harvey provided set of emails that helped formulate the VH's point of view. In following, RT had a phone conversation with Neil Golding (Chair of Charlton St Peter), confirmed they hope to install a defibrillator. Still researching; no decision as yet. Pending further research. Highly complicated: training, costs, installation, maintenance and so on.

JR - Discussed following options:

SW Ambulance £2,100 - defibrillator would not be owned, purely leasing. 4 yr term. Full cost of having a defibrillator. Need to have it installed and connected, approx. cost £150. Cardiac Science - US company. G5 Defibrillator. Within the package from SW Ambulance, any consumables (ie: pads) they have a 2 year shelf life. Cost of £35 per set. Required to have 2 sets, all will be replaced by SWA. They will also replace the batteries, and will replace any stolen or damaged defibrillators. Also provide training every year to anyone in the village. Cost of this training could cost £200 if outsourced.

CL- asked after four years, would RPC be required to pay another £2,100? JL confirmed we would need to pay for a new lease.

Community Heart Beat Trust - many of the defibrillators in Pewsey are purchased through Community Heart Beat Trust. This is a charity. The cost of the defibrillator (may be a G5) £1,650 plus VAT. Purchase not a lease. Does not include consumables. Every two years will need to spend a further £70. Batteries have a four year life. Approx. £200 plus VAT. No training included. Also need to pay for installation.

Julia Dole presented on behalf of SW Ambulance. She explained you do not have to buy the defibrillators. JR asked if RPC can go direct to Cardiac Science to buy the defib that SW Ambulance use. Waiting for costings.

Debbie Douset from Community Heart Beat Trust explained defibrillators are not given free with just installation costs as indicated by VH emails.

CG- suggested need to compare costings. RT- need to look over 8 year period. CG - leasing includes damage and theft. And technology upgrades.

CR - pull BT contract out. Who is the electricity supplier - Kiosk?

JR to look into SSE as recommended by Cassie Fowle in her email.

PO confirmed SW Ambulance Trust's defibrillator is favourable. Modern device, they maintain and may have cheaper options elsewhere but many of these are key coded to open. Not practical in an emergency. SW Ambulance Defibrillator opens when the button is pressed. If its damaged by vandals, SWA replace. Milton Lillbourne's defibrillator is SWA and is the most modern version.

JR asked if VAT on defibrillator will be returned.

CR - needs to look into claiming VAT back on expenses

North Newton has opted for the Community Heart Beat Trust - due to electricity being free for 7 years.

RT- proposed that JR draft a proposal, time verses cost for councilors to digest. RPC can make a final proposal before the next meeting. JR suggested a working group meeting/email discussion.

CG asked PO for grants from Area Board. Need to submit application to the area board before we spend. Normal grant application form. PO - needs to be for May funding.

  • Village Petition: currently names are being collected on a petition. Organised by some of the villagers regarding speeding in the village. Concerns for children's safety, when crossing road and when using footpath. Vehicles are travelling at speed. Planning to present to RPC. Looking for action to be taken by the village to make Rushall safer for its residents.

PO mentioned that the Government is suggesting that all schools have 20 mph limits on nearby roads. This is being achieved at Woodborough. Suggested we apply but RPC would need to pay towards costs. JR: said there needs to be an engineered solution. PO explained costs could exceed £70,000. PO secured £60,000 for Woodborough through funding. PO suggested a bid to be placed with CATG. They would then decide on the solution, and where it should safely be placed within the village.

CL: agreed this would be a good solution. RT: must wait for completed petition.

CG: Agreed with above and went on to explain action that is currently being taken to attack the speeding issue: CATG agreed to assist funding for boundary gates on the outskirts of village, plus safe pedestrian access (extension of footpath). Previously pushed back speed restriction signs. Centre lining in cats eyes have been removed, therefore road narrowing. Full review of village sign posting has taken place. RPC hold CSW every three weeks. SID will be coming to village once it has been repaired.

Meeting with CATG re: boundary gates - discussing location. The south end of the village location is straight forward and will be by the second marker lines. Devizes Road location is a problem with Rushall Mill: don't want to cause problems with visibility. Location now confirmed for this particular boundary gate. North end of village is a problem, there is access to Forest School and then to the field. Will trial mock gates to check visibility. Similar signs to those on the speed signs - "Please Slow Down".

Extension to footpath is facing difficulties due to the banking: taking out trees. First bit of footpath is likely to be on the Elm Row side.

Regarding the speed issue, CG has requested a metro count to assess speed within the village. Provide evidence on the numbers of speeding vehicles and the speeds driven. Issue number 5105 through Area Board. Then we can see what the issue is.

Highways: nominated two routes for freight assessment from Pewsey CATG. One of the areas is the A342 between Rushall and Charlton. Will have to wait to see if it will be chosen when all of the CATG area routes are considered.

Raised issue: footpath sign opposite the Drove - sign is on the ground. Comes under Public Right of Way, but they have no funds.

PO is campaigning for state of crumbling roads in Upavon/Rushall to be repaired.

PO - last 4 years, we have spent millions on roads, haven't been able to repair footpaths. Ie: Footpath in Bottlesford, bad condition. As a result of PO's campaigning £150,000 given to area boards to repair footpaths. Driven down £8 million to spend on local councils. Will stand again in in local council elections.

RPC thanked PO for his support over the last 4 years.

RT: thanked CG for all his work with Safe Pedestrian Access.

3rd Feb: Gazette and Herald: progress made at Lockeridge only after death of resident following incident with a speeding vehicle. Now installing 20mph limit. Raises question, do you need a death before action is taken? CG to continue work with Highways and CATG. RT to wait for petition before RPC progress the issue further via the CATG.

  • 17. Dates of next meetings; 25th May 2017, 27th July, 30th November, 22nd February 2018.

Meeting concluded at 9.25pm

 

 

 

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Rushall Parish Council.

Minutes of meeting held on Thursday, 24th November, 2016.

7.30pm, Rushall & Charlton Village Hall, Rushall.

 


Attendees:

Dr. Richard Tilbury (Chairman)

Mr. Colin Gale

Sir Michael Turner

Mr. John Rogers

Mrs. Caroline Larken

Mrs. Claire Ridge (Clerk)

Also attending;, Mr. Paul Oatway.

 

1. Apologies:

(None)

 

2. Minutes of PC Meeting 28th July, 2016.

Minutes acceptance proposed by CG and seconded by MT, all agreed. Minutes signed by RT.

3. Declaration of interest.

None.

 

4. Correspondence.

  • Letter from HELP Counselling services asking for a donation, CR to respond to explain budgets for charities have been allocated.
  • Email from Kelly Murray-Fagan from SSE, ascertaining the level of people that may require a little extra help should our parish suffer a power outage in the forthcoming winter months. Suggested we ask if they would like to be registered with SSE so they can come out and ensure they are looked after during a sustained outage. It is a free service and any information provided is strictly confidential. SSE will ensure every effort is made to support any residents at risk and where possible provide assistance from generating their house to offering hot meals, drinks and reassurance. In addition to their Emergency Service Centre will call them during the outage, checking they are okay and giving them updates on estimated time of power restoration. CR to ask for flyers to give to those people in community who could benefit. CL to visit/distribute flyers and explain to potential affected residents.

 

5. Matters arising from minutes 28th July 2016 meeting.

 

None.

6.  Budget/Precept/Annual Audit.

There has been a working group meeting to discuss the precept for 2017/2018. The total funds required for the next financial year is £5,122.80. The precept will be £69.87, an increase of £13.14 (23.16%) on the current precept of £56.73 for a Band D property. This is based on Wiltshire Council's proposed Tax Base of £73.32.

PO agreed with proposition. County Hall has a 10 million overspend. Difficult to acquire funding for future ventures. Extra money will contribute towards a defibrillator. £500 grant has been taken into account.

RT: Proposed council formally adopt recommendations: CG seconded: all in favour.

Bankings: £7,174.39

Deductions Due:

Clerk's Salary for November 2016.

7. Police Report

The Community Policing Team (CPT) model commenced in this area on 17 October 2016 and will be followed by Swindon on 7 November 2016.

These follow a successful trial of the new model in Trowbridge, Warminster, Bradford on Avon, Westbury, Tisbury and Mere.

CPT combines Neighbourhood Policing, Response teams and Local Crime Investigators so there is a "one team" approach to community policing. It means there is a bigger team of officers and police staff available to attend incidents and improves communication between teams and departments. It gives the public a better service because issues can potentially be resolved at the first point of contact (101 and 999 call-takers) and provides them with a named officer/police staff member who they will be able to keep in touch with during the investigation. It also encourages officers and staff to take more "ownership" of cases.

There are seven Community Policing Teams: Swindon North, Swindon West, Swindon South, Wiltshire North, Wiltshire West, Wiltshire East and Wiltshire South. Devizes comes under Wiltshire East area.

Each Community Policing Team is overseen by a Superintendent and has an Inspector and a Deputy. The team will be made up of a mix of police officers, community co-ordinators, PCSOs, civilian local crime investigators and Specials.

We will be engaging with the public after the roll-out and will welcome feedback about the new model. Please speak to your local officers to find out more about how Community Policing is affecting your local area. You can also find out more, including videos and infographics explaining the new model, on our website http://www.wiltshire.police.uk/information/community-policing-pilot

Our free Community Messaging service will also help keep you updated about policing and crime in your local area https://www.wiltsmessaging.co.uk/ Please join if not already done so.

CPT - Current Priorities & Consultation Opportunities:

Traffic matters.

In response to ongoing complaints from members of the public, Parish Councils and Speedwatch Teams our Policing Team will be focussing upon traffic matters, particularly speed enforcement, via the use of UNIPAR devices. Positive action has been requested of our team members concerning the issue of fixed penalty notices and reporting for summons offending drivers accordingly, together with words of advice for minor infringements. Such engagement with our motorists for this period may assist in reducing risk and keeping our communities and road users safe.

Details of actions completed will be documented within our priority investigation log detailing location, times, dates and disposal summaries.

Non-dwelling burglaries Pewsey villages.

In recent months there has been an increase in non-dwelling burglaries to farm and other outbuildings in the Chisbury, Burbage, Savernake and Charlton area. In addition to their investigations our policing team are conducting targeted patrols to relevant areas and engaging in stop searches of vehicles and persons when grounds to do so.

These priorities will continue until the end of December 2016.

Dwelling Burglaries Pewsey

There were 2x Burglaries in Pewsey (November) whereby 2x males using a black mini cooper (union jack on the roof and two white stripes on the bonnet) was used. The males knocked on some resident's doors and if someone answered they would say that they thought the resident was selling puppies. These two then went on to commit further offences out of our area. Any information please to police on 101.

Community Consultations.

In relation to our Community Consultations; members of our Police Community Support Officer teams will be attending The Bouverie Hall in Pewsey once per month, to the local Tuesday market. We will continue to provide a monthly presence at this event in addition to our local policing of the east Wiltshire community.

It is also our intention to reinvigorate the local Neighbourhood Tasking Group, to ensure that we are tackling the issues that matter most to the local community.

Community intelligence is the cornerstone to successful policing outcomes. Please continue to report via 101 and directly to your local officers.

Any relevant series for October 2016

None identified for this area. Further afield we have been investigating three thefts of purses and wallets from elderly victims whilst shopping in Waitrose during October 2016. Enquiries are continuing.

https://www.police.uk/

This link will allow you to check stats in more details for your area and all surrounding areas.

Your local officer is PCSO Jonathan MILLS Email jonathanmills@wiltshire.pnn.police.uk 

 

 

8. Planning Applications Considered 

· Saplings Planning Application approved. Set to start In April/May 2017.

Rushall Lodge - no objections. CR to submit response

9. Village Hall Matters

Not aware of any matters. New point of contact for village hall bookings. Marion Harvey is Vice Chair and will be taking the lead while Hilton Richards is caring for his wife Mary.

10. Community Speed Watch

JR: Still active with speed watch. Villagers have noticed an increase in vehicles speeding in the village. Many residents have complained. Footpath has increased safety but vehicles are making use of good visibility and good quality roads.

Two more volunteers: Sarah Parrish and Marion Thompson will be on January's training day. Now have identity badges.

 

PO asked if Rushall record more vehicles speeding than other similar villages, ie: North Newton.  JR thinks Rushall is one of the highest in the area for speeding offences.  PO will speak with Theresa to ask if she can visit and issue tickets. PO will also come and support.

 

SID will be with Rushall W/C 9th Jan.

 

11. Community Area Transport Group

CG: Rushall's Village Gates have been voted through as a priority. Drawings will be finished for next CATG in Jan. Footpath has been completed to Church Lane. Topography for last section to the bus stop will be happening soon.

 

12. Neighbourhood Watch

CG: Request everyone checks their outbuildings, reminder to be vigilant at this time of year.

13. Newsletter

CG: Hopefully in next few weeks. Allotment availability to go in and to mention Rushall to Charlton St Peter footpath: dog mess.

 

14. Website

 

Website appears to be running nicely and up to date, CR & CG maintaining. To advertise allotment availability.

15. Safe Pedestrian Access Scheme

Covered in CATG.

16. AOB

  • Neighbourhood Plans: Army Rebasing: PO: progressing, planning application is about to be submitted for highway outside camp and controlled crossing to airfield. Will be lots of rebuilding within camp and single living accommodation.
  • Bus Service Consultation - CG attended meeting with transport passenger unit. Cabiniet has voted cuts of £500,000 to the subsidized bus transport sector. They will implement cuts where bus services costs for passenger journeys are over the WC set limit . Waiting to hear next stage. However, John Thompson from WC said 97% of bus services will not be affected.
  • Everleigh Recycling - CG: Tracy Carter came to last PAB meeting. Tracy didn't answer all questions provided in advance. Everleigh will stay open, no plans to cut services at the moment. JR attended meeting and found it helpful.
  • Boundary Gates - Gates have been agreed by CATG. Drawings and prices due in January. RPC have budgeted for gates, next discussion: location for gates.
  • Highways - CG: Parish Steward has started. Visited when traffic lights were in the village. CG met with Dan as arranged. Gave him work at North end of village as unable to get to south end. Due again 8th December. Can have more than 5 items on list. Just need to identify what items are a priority. System in place.
  • Rushall to Charlton footpath. RT has received complaints that dog mess is still a problem. CG to check notices are still visible.
  • Phone Box - Step has not been repaired. John McDonnall was going to ask his builder to fix.
  • Donations - to discuss in April.
  • Staff Pension - nothing further to report. CR to monitor.
  • SID - discussed above.
  • Health and Wellbeing Centre. - JR: centre is closing beginning of March. Going to tender before. Completion 2018.
  • Community Emergency Plan -  Still in creation stages.

Defibrillators - RT: Village Hall committee has already met. CR to send letter.

17. Dates of next meetings; 23rd February 2017, 25th May 2017. 

Meeting concluded at 8.25pm

 

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Rushall Parish Council.

Minutes of meeting held on Thursday, 28th July, 2016.

7.30pm, Rushall & Charlton Village Hall, Rushall.


Attendees:

Dr. Richard Tilbury (Chairman)

Mr. Colin Gale

Sir Michael Turner

Mr. John Rogers

Mrs. Claire Ridge (Clerk)

Also attending;, Mr. Paul Oatway.

1. Apologies: Mrs. Caroline Larken

2. Minutes of PC Meeting 26th May 2016.

Minutes acceptance proposed by CG and seconded by MT, all agreed. Minutes signed by RT.

3. Declaration of interest.

None.

4. Correspondence.

First World War Memorial Programme. 

In 2014, the then Prime Minister David Cameron, announced a national programme to survey and conserve the country's WW1 war memorials to ensure that by the end of the centenary, as many war memorials as possible are in good condition and a 'fitting tribute to the fallen'.

 

Since then, Civic Voice, the national body for the civic movement, has been working in partnership with Historic England, Imperial War Museums and War Memorials Trust to inspire civic action and to encourage communities to record the condition of their local war memorial. More information on the First World War Memorials Programme can be found via http://www.civicvoice.org.uk/campaigns/war-memorials-/ 

There are thought to be approximately 100,000 war memorials within the UK, with over 500 across Wiltshire. Currently there is no single, complete national database which records the location and condition of war memorials within England. We are seeking to change this through the programme. There is £2 million of funding available to restore the nations' war memorials to ensure they are tributes fit for heroes, but to access this funding we need to know their current condition. 
The process is quick and simple and can easily be fitted into a busy schedule, but we need the help of dedicated volunteers. Would you be interested in getting involved and being part of a team that goes out to survey local war memorials? 
The next step would be for Civic Voice to organise a workshop in the area, where we will provide full training on how to record the condition of war memorial. I would be grateful if you could let me know if this is something that you or your colleagues would be interested in attending. 
I hope this information has given you a helpful overview of the programme and if you need anything further please do not hesitate to get in touch. 
Feel free to spread the word and pass this information onto friends, family and any groups that you know of that may also be interested in getting involved. The more volunteers the merrier!

 

Rushall has WW1 memorial in Church, it is researched and there is a leaflet and it is preserved. It is listed within the (NADFAS).

· RT would like to attend. CR to respond

Also correspondence from Community First. Claire to renew Membership.

5. Matters arising from minutes 26th May 2016 meeting.

None.

6. Budget/Precept/Annual Audit.

Bankings: £7,479.71

Website invoice paid £50

Deductions Due:

Clerk's Salary for August 2016.

£1,700 for footpath - Rushall's contribution

CG's invoice for Kiosk £62.44

Invoices for Queen's Birthday have been paid, came under budget of £400. Have book tokens that can be used for future event. Net cost £376.80.

7. Police Report

CG - to give CR hard copy of report from PCAP meeting.

8 . Planning Applications Considered

No active planning applications.

9. Village Hall Matters

Nothing to report. Queen's Birthday was a great success.

10. Community Speed Watch

New tabards to use for CSW. Hope to recycle old ones. New volunteers: Jess Jarvis, Sara Parrish Carney and Marion *** from Elm Row.

Community vehicle available, JR insured to drive. Feedback at CATG is that it is effective to use at the speed watch.

PC Teresa Herbert has joined speed watch several times.

11. Community Area Transport Group

CG: work for footpath is progressing. Scheduled date is 7th November 2016. Bob Pointer may need assistance in moving stones outside property. RT to discuss with BP.

Topography survey due, waiting for resources to complete.

12. Neighbourhood Watch

Correspondence is regularly distributed.

13. Newsletter

Summer Newsletter due soon.

14. Website

Website appears to be running nicely and up to date, CR & CG maintaining.

15. Safe Pedestrian Access Scheme

Covered in CATG.

16. AOB

  • Neighbourhood Plans -Army Rebasing - PO met with Commander at Upavon. Existing buildings will be demolished and rebuilt on the east side of the barracks. NCO will be redone with catering and 200 single living accommodations. There will be changes to the access areas of the camp. PO has proposed pedestrian crossings as there will be potentially 1000 troops moving from one side of the road to the other. There will be 106 money, but unsure how much. CG would like to see money allocated to all surrounding villages affected by the disruption.
  • Bus Service Consultation - new time table available. CG has placed poster on noticeboard.
  • Everleigh Recycling - Based on suggestion from Area Board, Tracy Carter (Associate Director of Waste) was invited to meeting. Tracy declined to attend. Asked for questions to be sent prior to meeting. Answers have been circulated. PCAP will continue to support Parish's wishes regarding Everleigh. Contract has been extended to 31st July 2017. WC is looking to charge charities to use the site. Householders with commercial looking vehicles will need permit from the site, and will only be allowed 12 visits per annum. This will also be applicable for households with a certain size trailer. Need to respond to PCAP by 4th Aug. Wish PCAP to continue to keep matter to forefront. To Suzie Brew.
  • Boundary Gates - Still being looked into.
  • Highways - No further action
  • Rushall to Charlton footpath
  • Phone Box - CG has completed refurbishment of kiosk, looking good with leaflets and maps.
  • All donations - No further action
  • Staff Pension - CR to monitor, according to recent communications from govt, this will not apply to Rushall PC.

SID - waiting to receive confirmation all payments are made then batteries etc can be bought.

  • Health and Wellbeing Centre. - No further action
  • Sycamore Tree on Church Lane - No further action
  • Community Emergency Plan - Still in creation stages. CR
  • Defibrillators - JR: following presentation at Pewsey Area Board, advised to purchase/lease defibrillator through SW Ambulance, includes back up and contract lasts for 3 yrs within the scheme proposed. £500 grant from Area Board, but need £1,500 from Budget unless we have assistance from VH. CG has spoken to VH. Awaiting feedback. In agreement with location and power source. PO confirmed SW Ambulance is good option. Links to ambulance service in the area. JR would like to progress this quickly. PO said we are too late for the next PAB round of applications for grants from PAB. Need to apply. For following PAB. MT recommended writing to VH committee to confirm they have shown interest and we look forward to receiving your favourable response. CR to draft.

BKV - we have won first prize in West Kennet. Waiting for results from second round, hoping to complete end July/beginning August. Many of the items they flagged have been dealt with. Agincourt post has been attached regarding Woodland Trust. Doesn't mention Rushall. CG proposed a plaque is installed to highlight the connection with Rushall. CG proposed a brass plague, JR second all in favour. JR to get plaque, CG will circulate description.

17. Dates of next meetings; 24th November, 23rd February 2017, 25th May 2017.

Meeting concluded at 8.30pm

 

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NOTICE OF DATE OF COMMENCEMENT OF PERIOD FOR THE EXERCISE OF PUBLIC RIGHTS

ACCOUNTS FOR THE YEAR ENDED 31 MARCH 2016

 

The Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015 (SI 2015 No.234)

The Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014

 

Notice

1. Date of announcement: 3rd June 2016

2. Sections 26 and 27 of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014 provide for:

* Any person interested has the opportunity to inspect and make copies of the Annual Return and all books, deeds, contracts, bills, vouchers and receipts etc. relating to them.  For the year ended 31 March 2016 these documents will be relating to them.  For the year ended 31 March 2016 these documents will be available on reasonable notice on application to the person in paragraph 3 below. 

* Local Government Electors and their representatatives have rights to:  

- question the auditor about the accounts: and

- object to the accounts or any item in them.  Written notice of an objection must first be gtiven to the auditor and a copy sent to the Smaller Authority.

The auditor can be contacted at the address in paragraph 5 below for this purpose.

3. Person to which you can apply to inspect the accounts (b)

Claire Ridge

Clerk

5 The Old Banyard

Rushall

635052

claire.l.ridge at gmail.com

4. Any rights of inpection, objection, and questioning of the auditor may only be exercised within a single period of 30 working days:

Commencing on (c) 3rd June 2016

and ending on (d) 14th June 2016

 

5. Your appointed auditor is:

Barrie Morris

Grant Thornton UK LLP

Hartwell House

55 - 61 Victoria Street BS1 6FT

Tel: 0117 305 7600 

 

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Rushall Parish Council.

Minutes of meeting held on Thursday 26th May, 2016.

7.30pm, Rushall & Charlton Village Hall, Rushall.

*DRAFT*

Attendees:

Dr. Richard Tilbury (Chairman)

Mrs. Caroline Larken

Mr. Colin Gale

Sir Michael Turner

Mr. John Rogers

Mrs. Claire Ridge (Clerk)

Also attending; Mr. Paul Oatway.

1. Apologies: None

2. Minutes of PC Meeting 9th March 2016

Minutes acceptance proposed by CG and seconded by CL, all agreed. Minutes signed by RT.

3. Declaration of interest.

None.

4. Correspondence.

· Audit 2016 signed and dated.

· Hills Correspondence regarding winning 10 bags of compost for submitting our application for BKV. CG suggested bags could go to villagers who have made a special effort with their garden for BKV. To be discussed at a later stage.

5. Matters arising from minutes 9th March meeting.

None.

6. Budget/Precept/Annual Audit.

Bankings: £8,172.81

Precept has been received.

Deductions Due:

Clerk's Salary.

Queen's Birthday celebrations.

7. Police Report

We note with regret we haven't received a report from Wiltshire Policy.

Claire to ask Theresa if we can have a report. PO to also speak with the PC to ask for clarity.

8. Planning Applications Considered

Chicken Farm - no more developments

Activity Centre - no construction work started.

9. Village Hall Matters

Nothing to report.

10. Community Speed Watch

JR: Theresa Herbert from the PC joined CSW group recently, productive and encouraging. Speed watch team are still working hard. Three more villagers have expressed interest in helping.

11. Community Area Transport Group

CG: Recommended over £14,000 of expenditure - which was approved including extra money for Rushall's extended footpath.

PO: Discussed Woodbridge bridge closure for 4 months (A345). Declared diversion Upavon to Tidworth through to Marlborough. Unrealistic. Matter has been reviewed and there will be a traffic light system with one lane closed at a time.

CG: WC and Atkins are not giving enough notice about road closures and dates changing. MT asked if it's necessary to have an entire road closed. Could be argued it is for the safety of the employees. CG tried to contact WC to discuss these matters and was put intouch with Atkins directly. PO will look into further.

12. Neighbourhood Watch

AGM will be in June, CG will attend.

13. Newsletter

Thank you to CG for Spring Newsletter. Aim for June for next newsletter. Saplings Forest School are interested in having an article in the next newsletter. RT to talk with Jed the metal detector fanatic.

14. Website

Website appears to be running nicely and up to date, CR & CG maintaining.

15. Safe Pedestrian Access Scheme

CG: additional money for Rushall footpath was approved with CATG. RPC's contribution of £1,700 to the footpath. RPC are not contributing to topography survey for the second stretch of footpath - up to the bus stop.

£1,700 covers pathway from Old House to Church Lane.

JR proposed the contribution of £1,700 towards the footpath, MT to second and all agreed.

Future stretches will cost considerably more than existing approved costings for the footpath, budgets will need to be considered and carefully calculated for future works.

16. AOB

  • Neighbourhood Plans -Army Rebasing - Planning in for Trenchard Lines. Not all construction, also includes demolition. Can be viewed on their website.
  • Bus Service Consultation. WC received 10,000 responses from public. Currently considering these responses. Connect 2 Bus - there will be a revised timetable in July to tie in with Pewsey Vale new opening hours. Surveys on the buses to look at usage.
  • Everleigh Recycling -Tracy Carter has been invited to PCAP (Director for waste). They wanted to have access to questions beforehand. PCAP have not yet submitted the questions. CG to meet with Ian Gibbons to discuss way forward. Current status, contract renewed to 31st July 2017.
  • Boundary Gates. CG looked into plastic gates £800 a pair, total £2,400 inclusive of instillation charges. Price from WC/Highways. RPC can buy gates but WC contractor will need to fit gates. CG thinks CATG will provide a grant for most of the cost. Voted, RT to propose purchase of gates second by JR. All in favour.
  • Highways First 6 months, training of stewards, then they will be active in the parishes. Highway verges will only be cut once a year. Currently cut by Housing Ass, Education authority, one by Highways, the rest by householders.
  • Rushall to Charlton footpath - Erection of two signs. CG to mount signs on posts. JR offered to help.
  • Phone Box - Nigel will supply permissive access footpath maps. CG has blown up another map of houses to A2, to act as a key to house numbers and names. Kiosk will also have a leaflet holder for tourist information and bus timetables. Will be fitted next week.
  • All donations - CAB/Link/ BobbyVan. Information from CAB and Bobbyvan have been distributed amongst councillors. Allocated £100 for donations from precept. MT proposed £50 to Link and BobbyVan each, CAB £100. CL proposed £35 to each charity. JR proposed £50 each, £150 in total, MT second. All in favour.
  • Staff Pension - CR to monitor.
  • Queen's 90th Birthday - Working party set up with VC and PCC. Good progress. Last meeting 4pm on Tuesday.
  • SID - Needed a PC to have a treasury role. Manningford have volunteered. Payment will be made in the next few weeks, contractor has been booked. Likely to commence in July.
  • Health and Wellbeing Centre - JR: skateboard park planning to be submitted by end of June. Completion of Sports Centre will be Autumn 2018.
  • Sycamore Tree on Church Lane - tree surgeon has highlighted the tree as hazardous. MT has treated tree - cost of £250.
  • Community Emergency Plan - CR to complete. Dave Wornes first aider, 4x4's RT, CR to return to say it is being filled in.
  • Defibrillators : RT asked village hall about defibrillator, cost to run is about £2,500. CG said Area Board will donate £500. JR explained PC did not allocate money from precept. Need trainees. PO asked that PC visit defibrillator at Milton Lilbourne. Training with installation courtesy of SW Ambulance Trust. JR will visit and RT to discuss possibility of dividing costs with VH. Rob Jones is Milton Lilbourne Clerk.

BKV - first round of Judging mid June. Telephone Kiosk will be ready, Oak Tree signs will be in by then. MT asked for lower branches need to be pruned. MT volunteered to look after Oak Tree and Walnut Tree. Baskets and tubs - CG to clear and trim. CR to send out email. Litter pick on Devizes Road and Bus Stop. Notice Board at allotment needs work. JR will take it down.

  • 17. Dates of next meetings; 28th July, 24th November, 23rd February 2017, 25th May 2017.

Meeting concluded at 9.08pm

 

 

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Rushall Parish Council.

 

AGM 26th May 2016

7.30pm, Rushall Village Hall

Attendees:

Dr Richard Tilbury (Chairman)

Mrs Caroline Larken

Mr Colin Gale

Mr John Rogers

Sir Michael Turner

Mrs Claire Ridge (Clerk)

Also Present: Mr Paul Oatway

1. 1.  Apologies: None

2. Minutes for 2015 AGM CG proposes they are accepted, JR second, all agreed

3. Parish Council Annual Review

RUSHALL PARISH COUNCIL ANNUAL REVIEW 2015-2016

Introduction

Again the year has been relatively uneventful but nevertheless busy in terms of activity by Councillors. The highlight was the commemoration of the 600th anniversary of the battle of Agincourt by the planting of an oak tree.

PC Meetings

Four scheduled meetings were held in addition to the AGM. Project working group meetings were held to review the precept and plan celebrations to commemorate the Queen's 90th birthday.

Pewsey Area Board

Councillors Colin Gale and John Rogers continued to regularly represent Rushall at PAB's bimonthly meetings. CG also sits on the Community Area Transport Group (CATG) and JR on the Campus Board.

Village Events

Many regular events were held again including the Plant Sale, Villagers' Day, Flower and Produce Show, monthly Bingo and Coffee Mornings, the Harvest Supper and Spring Fish and Chip Supper (Village Hall Committee). St Matthew's Church continued to hold weekly Sunday services and the usual seasonal activities, strongly supported by the PCC. A historical display of the history, layout and inventory of St Matthew's Church was held on 20th June.

On 11th December Rushall commemorated the 600th anniversary of the battle of Agincourt with a tree planting event in Church Lane. An English Windsor oak was planted by the Lord Lieutenant of Wiltshire, Mrs. Troughton, supported by Hamish Thomson of The Woodland Trust and Guy Hungerford, a direct descendant of Sir Walter, Lord Hungerford. Sir Walter was a powerful noble who fought alongside King Henry V at the battle and was Lord of the Manor of Rushall at the time. Afterwards Mr. Hungerford provided an enactment of the battle to children from Rushall C of E Primary School, at a reception in St Matthew's Church.

People

There were no changes in the membership of the PC.

The population of the village is now 160, including 30 children.

Planning Applications/Planning Issues

Several Planning Applications were reviewed and approved. The PC lobbied Wiltshire Council regarding the potential closure of Everleigh Recycling Centre and helped to achieve its reprieve. Other issues addressed were the Bus Service Consultation and the proposed temporary closure of the Woodbridge bridge for repairs later on 2016.

Policing

Regular Police reports were received at PC meetings. Sadly there were two incidents: the theft of a stone slab at the entrance to The Drove and attempted theft of a stone lion's head from Chudleigh Cottage. In the latter incident a villager was injured when he attempted to stop the thief. Colin Gale is our Neighbourhood Watch coordinator.

Communications

Colin Gale and Claire Ridge edited and produced four editions of Rushall Parish News. Claire also maintained Rushall's website.

The telephone kiosk was repainted thanks to the generous work of Robert Worral. In response to a villagers' questionnaire, the most popular suggestion to provide maps and village information in the kiosk was adopted and is being developed.

Precept

The precept was increased to allow for payment for some services cut by Wiltshire Council, future funding of safe pedestrian access schemes from Church Lane to The Drove, speed reduction measures including "SID" (Speed Indicator Device) and some reserve/contingency funds.

Best-Kept Village Competition.

Rushall came a respectable 3rd in the CPRE Best Kept Small Village competition in the Kennet District and received many favourable comments from the judges. Thanks again to everyone in the village who helped to achieve this. More bulbs were planted throughout the village.

CATG

Colin Gale has continued to work hard in CATG. Extension of the footpath from The Old House to Church Lane, originally scheduled for completion this financial year, has been postponed until later in 2016 by Wiltshire Council following a change of contractor. A feasibility assessment has begun on the path's extension from Church Lane to The Drove, including a topography survey. It is likely that work will be divided into three stages, the first one being Church Lane to the Bus Stop.

Community Speed Watch (CSW)

The team led by John Rogers met regularly (now one week in four) at 2 locations in the village to monitor and record speeding vehicles. The other team members are Colin Gale, Caroline Larken, Dave Johnson, Norman Newport and Richard Tilbury. New members will be welcomed.

Feedback from a village questionnaire was in favour of the concept of adding boundary gates at the entrances to the village. This proposal is being costed.

Acknowledgements

1. The Chairman would like to thank all his fellow councillors and the Clerk, Claire Ridge, for their hard work and valuable contributions throughout the year. Grateful thanks are also due to Paul Oatway our Wiltshire Councillor; his help and advice has been much appreciated. Finally we thank the villagers of Rushall for their support at the various events.

4. Declaration of interests. None.

5. Chairman and Clerk Appointments.

CL proposed RT stays on Chair, JR second and all in favour.

6. Question from floor. None.

7. AOB:

1) Risk Assessment has been performed for 2016 by Claire Ridge.

2) Flood Plan has been completed for 2016

3) End of year accounts have been signed off by Jess Jarvis; Responsible Financial Officer. End of year Balance: £4657.00

8. Dates of next AGM: 26th May 2017.

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Rushall Parish Council.

Minutes of meeting held on Wednesday, 9th March 2016,

7.30pm, Rushall & Charlton Village Hall, Rushall.


Dr. Richard Tilbury (Chairman)

Mrs. Caroline Larken

Mr. Colin Gale

Sir Michael Turner

Mr. John Rogers

Mrs. Claire Ridge (Clerk)

Also attending; Mr. Paul Oatway.

1. Apologies:

None

2. Minutes of PC Meeting 25th November, 2015.

Minutes acceptance proposed by CG and seconded by MT, all agreed. Minutes signed by RT.

3. Declaration of interest.

None.

4. Correspondence.

  • Confirmed we are adhering to transparency code recommendations as set out in documentation from Dept for Communities and Local Government.
  • Commemoration Coin - to be discussed under Queen's 90th.

5. Matters arising from minutes 25th November meeting.

None

6. Budget/Precept/Annual Audit.

Audit - Keep with the external body

Recommended Jess Jarvis for internal audit. CR to follow up.

Current bankings: £4,656.99

Deductions Due:

Clerk's salary next due May 2016.

7. Police Report

  • CR to ask Dave if there is an up to date news letter ( cc Teresa Herbert)

8. Planning Applications Considered

  • The Courts - Passed
  • Wheelright - granted
  • PC has the right to appeal on planning permissions - CG asked for all Councillors to complete survey.
  • Activity Centre - Planning application has been granted
  • Chicken Farm Status no further update.

9. Village Hall Matters

VH is thinking about grassing over some of the shrubs in the carpark area. Suggestions made to try and make room for more parking spaces. Potentially make room for 5 more parking spaces.

It was thought that part of Ken Mundy's legacy would go towards a defibrillator for the village hall. This has not happened. Thought that this is for RPC to fund and organise. No funding allocated for this at present.

10. Community Speed Watch

JR - Rushall Community Speed Watch is being conducted every 4 weeks. Upavon are no longer taking part. JR has been on a driving course with the Police and can now borrow a marked up police vehicle for community speedwatch. This could be extremely effective. Police will begin assisting with Rushall's watch: speeding in the village is a priority for them.

11. Community Area Transport Group

  • CG: freight assessment. RPC have been able to recommended route for freight assessment with CATG, therefore A342 is being pushed forward. Problem with heavy vehicles coming through the village.

12. Neighbourhood Watch

  • CG - receiving community policing emails. Will let us know if there is anything of interest.

13. Newsletter

Next newsletter in June.

14. Website

Needs to talk with CG about downloading photos.

15. Safe Pedestrian Access Scheme

  • CG - Old House to Church lane footpath: new contractor starts in April. Given price to complete works. Old price was: £7,800, with the new contractor this has been reviewed to: £14,200. WC has generated a fund to bridge the financial gap: £2,500. CATG need to find the rest. Will cost RPC another £300. £1,000 in total.
  • Proposal for footpath outside Elm Row- broken down in 3 stages. Topography survey will be done on first stretch to bus stop soon. Funding has been voted through.

16. AOB

· Neighbourhood Plans - Closed

· Army Rebasing - regular newsletter being distributed

· Bus Service Consultation - Formal launch on Friday. Clare Perry launched new bus timetable and cut the ribbon on the footpath. New timetable is from 1st Feb. Please complete survey on Wiltshire Council website. CG has a hard copy of the timetable, to drop in with PC's.

· Everleigh Recycling - still under threat but won't be cut during this financial year. Email from cabinet minister - isn't taking into consideration Everleigh is not the most expensive to run verses the number of people using it. They will continue to monitor. Still closed Wednesday and Thursday and reduced hours for rest of week.

· Community Day - remove. Early April, discussions at Kennet . Losing 'Community Day' and going back to villages being allocated a parish steward.

· Boundary Gates - Price of boundary gates is approx. £800 a pair. If we have 3 pairs total cost could be £2,400. Could ask CATG for assistance, then RPC will pay 10%. Oare will have plastic gates. CG to raise an item with CATG.

· Highways - now a regular monthly report.

· Rushall to Charlton Footpath - CG has not yet erected signs. To do.

· Phone Box - planning to produce maps. CG to ask Sara Deardon for a copy of the Rushall Village map. RT to ask Nigel for a permissive footpath - latest Version. Then we need to purchase some wooden holders for the maps. JR to sort framing.

· Donations - discussion on donations from PC. CAB/Link/BobbyVan. CR: email CAB and ask them what they do with the donation etc. Will continue to support BobbyVan and Link. CR to get information on the Bobby Van. (CR to email PO address as he has brochures from office)

· Pensions - CR to keep on top of things ( check out WALC)

· Queen's 90th Birthday. - RPC conducted Clean for the Queen. CR to send PO photos of the litter picking. Party - RT has reserved hall for Sunday 12th June. RPC organising a street party. Help from PCC. Lunch 12pm onwards on 12th. BYO food and drink. No organized bar or drink. RPC to provide table cloths and bunting and banners. Mugs/medals for children. Church service at 11am - cricket match in the afternoon. CR to organize flyer of some kind and to email locals. RT proposes street party, second by CL, all agreed. RT to liaise with VH about helping on the day and to organize a meeting with PCC.

· SID - RPC have a SID. First version was broken. CG exchanged and tested new SID. 7 Parishes: Rushall, North Newnton, Manningford, Woodborough, Upavon, Alton & Willcot/Oare/Huis. Capital cost £40. Looked into running it from PC's or have a contractor. Contractor is about £30ph. Expect £1,000pa, split between 7 villages. Each parish will liaise with PC to establish location. Couple of contractors are interested. Need £250n per parish to start. Hoping to start 28th April. Two proposed sites in Rushall: outside school and outside Elm Row. Will be in each location for 2 weeks. Over 56 weeks Rushall will have SID four times.

· Community Emergency Plans - discussed different types of plans. Need community emergency plan. There are grants available for communities. CR to look into.

· Health and Wellbeing Centre - plans available in the library. Should be completed 2018. Drawings and plans are exciting. Police and Hotdesk for WC are being removed. New Swimming pool, sports hall, wheel sports undercover, squash, large gym with new equipment.

  • 17. Dates of next meetings; 26th May, 28th July, 24th November 2016.

Meeting concluded at 9.00pm

 

 

 

Rushall Parish Council.

 

Minutes of meeting held on Thursday, 26 November 2015,

7.30pm, Rushall & Charlton Village Hall, Rushall.

Dr. Richard Tilbury (Chairman)

Mrs. Caroline Larken

Mr. Colin Gale

Sir Michael Turner

Mrs. Claire Ridge (Clerk)

1. Apologies:

Mr. John Rogers and Mr. Paul Oatway.

2. Minutes of PC Meeting 30th July.

Minutes acceptance proposed by CG and seconded by CL, all agreed. Minutes signed by RT.

3. Declaration of interest.

None.

4. Correspondence.

Email from Ros Griffith of Wiltshire Council (Community Engagement Manager) regarding a meeting with PC. Richard to meet and anyone else welcome. CR to arrange a date in January.

5. Matters arising from minutes 30th July meeting

· Best Kept Village - in the last newsletter.

6. Budget/Precept/Annual Audit.

Current Balance: £5,010.00

· Budget as presented in the spreadsheet and working group meeting (attached) is approved RT proposed, MT second.

Deductions Due:

CG - Expenses; bulbs

Clerk's Salary - February 2016

7. Police Report

No report

8. Planning Applications Considered

· Activity Centre - still in limbo.

Chicken Farm Status

been approved.

Planning application for a private caravan site at Enford 6 static and 6 mobile. Also brick community centre. Site is bought at old mink farm on boundary of Netheravon and Enford. Other PC's are encouraged to write in. Can be viewed on the Wiltshire Council Website under planning. MT to draft letter. Deadline 10th December. Code 15/5529/FUL

9. Village Hall Matters

Nothing to report.

10. Community Speed Watch

Rushall are now sharing the speed gun with Enford.

11. Community Area Transport Group

CG - waiting for dates for the footpath. Aim for this financial year.

12. Neighbourhood Watch

CG - distributing correspondence.

13. Newsletter

Aim for December for next newsletter.

14. Website

Website appears to be running nicely and up to date, CR & CG maintaining.

15. Safe Pedestrian Access Scheme

Footpath by Elm Row was discussed with Highways. Site survey. Easy option to put footpath through field. Does not help houses of Elm Row. Would need to divert the footpath running to the Church from Upavon. CG to check minutes and to give to MT. PC would prefer footpath on roadside to slow traffic, assist cottages and assist access to bus shelter.

16. AOB

  • Neighbourhood Plans - Pewsey Parish now have their plan which has been adopted by Wiltshire.
  • Army Rebasing - Current status is that Upavon's planning has not yet been submitted.
  • Bus Service Consultation - new timetable for 1st Feb 2016. Progressing marketing of the new service.
  • Everleigh Recycling - seen other local Parish Council's responses as well as RPC's response. Email response from WC was circulated. Jerry Wickham sent an email on behalf of Portfolio Holder for Waste confirming they are working to arrange a meeting to discuss the future of the facility.
  • Community Day - going back to Parish Stewards. No further information at this stage. CG has bought more bulbs, coordinating planting day.
  • Boundary Gates - 62.5% are in favour, only 25% are against. Remainder had other suggestions. Next stage to investigate costs and see if CATG will organize. RPC will then only need to pay 10% of the cost. MT proposes we adopt the gate scheme and investigate the means to do it, as per the votes of the village. CL second.
  • Highways - won't know more until we have submitted precept
  • Rushall to Charlton footpath - still problems with dog fouling.
  • Phone Box - 23.5% return of surveys. 56.35% for Maps etc. For 3. Combination of 1 and 2, only 35% and 4 other ideas 12.5%. CG to provide. To progress this forward, Nigel Wookey has maps. CG to discuss accessing maps with NW. MT to oversee.
  • All donations - previously donated to Link and CAB. Allocated money for donations.
  • Staff Pension - CR to keep abreast of the scheme.
  • PCC - advised that Queen's 90th Birthday, Arch Bishop of Canterbury has nominated 11th and 12th June. RPCC will celebrate on Sunday 12th June. Commemorative Service in the village hall. Followed by street party, joint village hall and RPC and Rushall School. RT proposed we agree to host celebration, MT second. All agree. RT has booked village hall. RT to approach village hall and school. RT will liaise with PCC.

Woodland Trust - booked for 11th December 11.30pm, planting of the Oak Tree by Woodland Trust. Part of the Battle of Agincourt Commemoration. From 25th October 1415, Sir Walter, was Lord of the Manor of Rushall. Planting of the tree will take place opposite the mound in the field near the kissing gate. Liaise with Nigel and Barry on where exactly to plant tree. Waiting for information on who is responsible for digging hole. RT to consult Barry. Brass plaque will be provided, wording from the trust. Commemoration of 6th anniversary of Battle of Agincourt. RPC can add wording re: link to Rushall and Sir Walter. RT to approach Guy Hungerford who will talk in the Church. CG to distribute a flyer. CR to email mums and tots.

  • SID - CG was due to collect on Wed but WC representative was away.

Rushall Parish Councilors would like to thank Claire Perry for the visit to the houses of Parliament. An extremely well organised and informative visit.

  • 17. Dates of next meetings; 25th February, 26th May, 28th July and 24th November 2016.

Meeting concluded at 8.30pm

 

 

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Rushall Parish Council.

Minutes of meeting held on Thursday, 30 July 2015,

7.30pm, Rushall & Charlton Village Hall, Rushall.

Attendees:

Dr. Richard Tilbury (Chairman)

Mr. Colin Gale

Sir Michael Turner

Mr. John Rogers

Mrs. Caroline Larken

Mrs. Claire Ridge (Clerk)

Also attending; Mr. Paul Oatway.

1. Apologies:

2. Minutes of PC Meeting 28th May.

Minutes acceptance proposed by CG and seconded by CL, all agreed. Minutes signed by RT.

3. Declaration of interest.

None.

4. Correspondence.

None.

5. Matters arising from minutes 28th May meeting.

BKV - Rushall came third in Kennet. Awaiting report.

6. Budget/Precept/Annual Audit.

Current balance: £6,166.00.

Precept Received £3,533.10.

Deductions Due:

Village Hall.

Clerk's August Salary.

CR compiled Rushall PC Audit for Grant Thornton. All approved. Signed by RT

JR: John Thomson has experience with self-financing projects within small communities. Councils are coming under further pressure to cut costs and communities are likely to see further restrictions,PC's will be required to fund projects within their communities. RPC needs to be prepared and ensure there is a reserve.

7. Police Report

No report currently available from Wiltshire PC.

Area had two PC's - East and West, two PCSO's. Joe Sadd left, and post has since been cut.

PCAP Police and Crime Safety Group have asked Angus McPherson to attend the next meeting to discuss this cut. Already a lack of local policing.

Otherwise the Police are doing a great job with the resources they have. They are stretched.

8. Planning Applications Considered

Activity Centre, Rushall

. Application is moving forward but there are 10 pairs of breading stone curlews in the area. Nigel created the nesting positions. This has delayed the process. Nigel has spoken to RSPB and they will move curlews. CG: asked PO about the 106 money attached to development.

Rushall Organics Mill - Ongoing

.

Chicken Farm Status - PO supported the pre application. Waiting for the application to come through. CG unhappy with Highways position as it was thought that the village boundary would be expanded. However, the stretch of road outside the development will remain at 50mph. Highways do not see that the size of the development is significant enough to change the speed of the road or the access. Footpath from Upavon to The Drove has been approved. Would like it to stretch to Church Lane. Three power poles in the way - could cost £10k per pole to move its location.

· School House - asked for planning permission for extension. RPC agreed proposal.

· Mill - nothing to report

· Shepherds Hut - Nothing to report

9. Village Hall Matters

Nothing to report.

Clarification is needed on RPC's role. It is thought that PRC are trustees. CG & CR to locate documents. If not found, MT to draft a letter to the Village Hall Committee to check on the covenant.

10. Community Speed Watch

JR: two pages in one hour last week. CR to help out with report. Police visited the village early July and booked five or six speeding vehicles. PC's would like to be kept up to date on progress and will attend again in future.

Suggestion that gates at the entrances to the village will help reduce speeding. It is an established method many villages use and it is approved by WC. Is it something RPC is considering to assist with speeding in the village?

RT suggested consulting the village. CL suggested a ballot with the next newsletter. End of Aug or beg of Sept. RT: Needs to have some idea of a cost. CG: not necessary, could fund in house or RPC could go to CATG for funding.

11. Community Area Transport Group

CG: Last CATG footpath was approved and ratified by the area board so it will be done in this financial year. RPC's contribution £800 (est). RT: Thanks to Colin for pursuing.

12. Neighbourhood Watch

CG: attended AGM on 11th July. Angus McPherson attended. Replacement signs will be a bolder yellow. One scheme they were discussing was the 'safe place', ie: shop or business to go into if there is a problem. Not easily implemented in villages.

13. Newsletter

Thank you to CG for Spring Newsletter. Aim for August/Sept for next newsletter.

14. Website

Website appears to be running nicely and up to date, CR & CG maintaining.

15. Safe Pedestrian Access Scheme

Need find solution for area by Elm Row. To discuss at a later date.

16. AOB

· Neighbourhood Plans - Referendum in Sept. Voting in Pewsey.

Army Rebasing - Newsletter said planning has been submitted for local bases. Northern routes are still not sorted on A342 and A345. Maybe wait until nearer

· the time.

· Bus Service Consultation. CG attended meeting on 16th July. Consultation on all buses. WC looking to make 10% reduction on all departments. Problem with public transport, it is largely statutory. Only £4.6mil budget is non statutory. Unrealistic to make cuts in that area. On Connect2Service, new service will start 17th August. It will meet the trains. Posters advertising service. Great Western will hold a party and will give free tickets to the 100th passengers.

· Green Bin Collection - Close

· Community Day - Email confirming new contacts: David Arnot - Highways. Ros Griffith is new Community Engagement Officer. Ros will attend next meeting. CR to invite with agenda for next meeting. Caroline Brailey has left.

· Waste Water Management. - Close

· Highways - Minor Works Porgramme/ Funding Cuts/Grass Cutting - RPC will need to pay more.

· Rushall to Charlton Footpath - signs for no motor vehicles. CG has not mounted the signs yet but has put up dog fouling signs.

· Phone Box ideas - tourist information, CL suggested a vote in the news letter. Robert Worrall has completed the refurbishment of the kiosk. Looking good. Possibly an art Gallery? Book Exchange? To be decided.

All donations - preparing for the precept. We should work out who RPC will donate to. Always supported Link. Recently assisted CAB. Donations to church and village hall to help with Christmas Trees. Need to have a budget review meeting before the Nov PC meeting. CR to instigate email with ideas.

17. Dates of next meetings; 26th November, 25th February 2016, 26th May 2016, 28th July 2016.

Meeting concluded at 9.00pm

 

 

 

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Rushall Parish Council.

 

Minutes of meeting held on Thursday, 27th November 2014,

7.30pm, Rushall & Charlton Village Hall, Rushall.


Dr. Richard Tilbury (Chairman)

Mrs. Caroline Larken

Mr. Colin Gale

Sir Michael Turner

Mr. John Rogers

Mr. Paul Oatway.

Mrs. Claire Ridge (Clerk)

1. Apologies:

PC Joseph Sadd.

2. Minutes of PC Meeting 31st July.

Minutes acceptance proposed by CG and seconded by CL, all agreed. Minutes signed by RT.

3. Declaration of interest.

None.

4. Correspondence.

 4th October. Bob Montgomery said Charlton PC plan to write to Kathy Revill who provided doggy bags for the village's use, to thank her RT proposed that RPC join Charlton PC in thanking Kathy Revill. RT to write to Bob Montgomery.

· SID's. Future of speed indicator devices. WC have advised that they would no longer be funding this and that if parishes wished to continue they would have to fund the contractor costs to site the SID. Annual cost is £4,300. Unsure of cost to village which will have to come from precept. Speedwatch is every 3rd weeks. SID would only be approximately 4 times a year. Do we need the SID? Interested in pursuing? All agreed yes. CR to notify RPC interest in retaining SID

· 21st November JR submitted list of sites for speed control with Police.

· Carriageway resurfacing of Church Lane, now due Tuesday 2nd, Wednesday 3rd December.

5. Matters arising from minutes 31th July meeting.

· Conservation Area Status - No action

6. Budget/Precept/Annual Audit.

· Proposed increase to clerk's salary to £1,050 pa, to reflect the increased responsibility, website and FO. Also, received information from other councils on rates. Skillset required is not reflected in the current hourly rate. Increase proposed by RT and second by JR. Formal vote, all in favour.

· Tonks: CR advised that she had registered for PAYE with HMRC. CR will give Tonks formal notice of RPC's intent to dis-continue the use of Tonks services.

· Precept. Discussed at working party meeting. CG prepared a budget for future spending and required funds based on the discussions at the meeting for presentation at the PC meeting. ( Attach Colin's Plan) . Projected spending till end of this financial year is £650, which would leave a reserve of £2196.00. . Based on expected expenditure but excluding the potential impact of SID costs and other areas where WC are withdrawing services the proposed precept was for £3,767.00 for 2015. RT was concerned that this represented an increase of 9.9%. After lengthy debate MT proposed an increase in the precept of 3% which was more in line with inflation. The proposal was seconded by JR. The vote was carried with CG abstaining. CG to update the precept using precept calculator based on a 3% increase

Current Balance: £3,312.69

Deductions Due:

Douglas Tonks £255.00

Douglas Tonks £255.00

Village Hall: £11.00

Christmas Tree Donations: £100.00

Expenses submitted by CG and JR: £34.43

7. Police Report

26th November 2014

Good evening Councilors.

The following report runs from 31st August to 26th November 2014.

This evening we have one incident to make you aware of:

Theft - 26th October 2014

A male was witnessed removing a saddle stone from outside of a premises in Rushall. The male was seen to drive away in a blue Land Rover Discovery. Police officers were called to the scene and a search was conducted but unfortunately no one was found at the time. Enquiries have been made since the report but at this stage this incident has been recorded as undetected. If we receive further information then we will investigate.

Further information

Day of action -

Marlborough and Pewsey Neighbourhood Policing Teams have held a Road Safety day on 26th November 2014 this time focusing on speed. The day teams were assisted by Roads Policing and some community speed watch schemes. Residents in Marlborough, Pewsey and nearby villages have voiced concerns over the speed vehicles drive at on the local road network. Multiple sites were set up throughout the day to check motorists speed.

PC 2277 David Tippetts of Marlborough Police said " One of our current priorities is road safety and this operation is designed to show the public that we are listening to their concerns. We want all road users to be able to use the roads through the town and villages safely." Any motorists found to be speeding are either liable for a fixed penalty notice for £100 and three points on their driving licence or being summonsed to court.

Community Messaging-

Please sign up to our free messaging system, by email, text and voicemail in order to receive information relating to policing and crime in our area. The Pewsey region are currently trialing this system, along with several other areas in the county. For more information please visit www.wiltsmessaging.co.uk

Facebook-

You can also receive local updates and information via our facebook page. Please find us by searching for pewsey neighbourhood policing team. Please note that this site is not used to report crime.

Kind regards

Richard & Joe

Pewsey Rural West Neighbourhood Policing Team

8. Planning Applications Considered

Developments at Rushall Organics Mill - Nothing to report

  • Change of use of agricultural land for seasonal siting of Shepherd's Hut. No further news.
  • Chicken Farm Status
  • - new drawings, fewer houses and more bungalows.
  • No formal planning application.

9. Village Hall Matters

Nothing to report. Correspondence regarding thorns, raised by one of the mum's from the school has been passed to Hilton. No response to date.

10. Community Speed Watch

JR - CSW takes place every three weeks which puts a little pressure on numbers. Did not take place last week largely due to weather. Great team. Next speedwatch; week commencing 1st December. Police are turning over letters within a fortnight. Police do visit homes of those breaking 50mph. All three locations in the village, concentrate mainly on the Old Barnyard. Thanks to John and his team.

11. Community Area Transport Group

CG - Two footpaths within Rushall; drawings for proposed path between Church Lane and Old House will be completed this year. Look to proceed in next financial year. Site meeting regarding other stretch of pathway along Elm Row. Potential issues. Both stretches need to be funded. Latter path is subject to Chicken Farm.

- Drawings going through for Pewsey Station footpath. Needs Funding .

- Bedwyn Station, money has been spent on lighting and footpaths.

12. Neighbourhood Watch

-

- CG - nothing to report.

13. Newsletter

Thank you to CG for last news letter, very detailed. Next one due in December.

14. Website

Website appears to be running nicely and up to date, CR & CG maintaining. Spam on the guest web page. Have the option to have the Guest Page removed.

15. Safe Pedestrian Access Scheme

- Same as CATG

16. AOB

  • Neighbourhood Development Plans - The Pewsey Plan has been developed, on public view, needs to go to a referendum. CR to check to see if we have had any plans through from Peter Deck. No action required from PC. On Pewsey Parish Council's website and promoted within Pewsey Matters. There is a link.
  • Army Rebasing - based on the newsletter, initial plans are being submitted this year with more plans for next year.
  • Bus Service Consultation. CG - consultation is going on, finishes on 10th December. Two public meetings, very well supported. Sadly number of surveys being fed back are low. Big push for people to get involved. Wiltshire Council are reviewing Bus Services and are looking to save about £24million.
  • Community Day - these are days highways do works within the Parishes. Rushall has missed 3 rotas from the Parish Steward. Will be addressed next year. We also have not been benefiting from the Community Day. PO suggested PC email beforehand. Confirm works that need doing. Then email 24 hours beforehand to ensure the meeting takes place. PO will take action if our Community Day does not happen following these suggested reminders. CG will initiate these meetings/reminders.
  • Minutes of Meeting Regarding Waste Water Management - no developments. PO has emailed Wessex Water to ask for update.
  • Flood Plan - it has been submitted. CG suggested we cover the annual actions ie: reminding land owners to clear ditches, clear drains ie: at Rushall Bridge and gullies at Elm Row end. JR to check in with Mr. Wookey.
  • Green Bin Collection Consultation - consultation has finished. No news yet.
  • Highways, minor works program, funding cuts, grass cutting etc. Budgets have been cut so areas like the layby, area opposite Village Hall and area near Rushall Bridge will be cut less. Might need to ask villagers to cut the grass. Or JR suggested its left to grow. JR questioning the use/need of the layby. RT: To discuss at the next meeting.

Phone Box - at preliminary meeting, this matter came up, BT have given formal notice, we have to respond by 22nd December. We could fight to retain it. We won it last time, and retain equipment. That was 5 years ago. BT have not maintained the box. CG proposes RPC take it over and BT remove their equipment. Vote to pay the £1, PC would like to buy the phone box, proposed by RT, second by CG, all agree. CR needs to go to website, there is a link , put phone number in and there is an option to buy.

  • 17. Dates of next meetings; 31st July, 27th November, 26th February 2015, 28th May 2015

 

 

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Rushall Parish Council.

Minutes of meeting held on Thursday, 31 July 2014,
7.30pm, Rushall & Charlton Village Hall, Rushall.
Attendees:

Dr. Richard Tilbury (Chairman)
Mrs. Caroline Larken
Mr. Colin Gale
Sir Michael Turner
Mr. John Rogers
Mrs. Claire Ridge (Clerk)

Also attending; Mr. Paul Oatway.

1 Apologies:

PC Richard Barratt

2. Minutes of PC Meeting 27th February.

Minutes acceptance proposed by CG and seconded by MT, all agreed. Minutes signed by RT.

3. Declaration of interest.

None.

4. Correspondence.

• Community First - Nomination Form
• Gypsy Traveller Assessment - RT responded on behalf of PC and mentioned problems in the community from the recent Irish travellers. PO mentioned there wasn't enough local resources to deal with the problems encountered at the time. But Wiltshire Police would have called for assistance if the travellers had not moved on.


5. Matters arising from minutes 27th February meeting.

• Conservation Area Status - No comments.
• Best Kept Village - Pleased with the results, 1st in Kennet area and 3rd in Wiltshire. RT recommended a flyer to inform residents, however, CG recommended an article in the next Newsletter which is agreed. Need to follow up compost offer. Walnut Tree has not survived. MT will follow up with the nursery. CR to give Michael a copy of the receipt.
• Wiltshire Planning Committee - PO mentioned that the Planning Committee will not visit the school. Decision has been made and there is no follow up. PO will meet with Richard Gamble who is on the Planning Committee. MT: if we do not follow up planning decisions they can not be improved. PO invites PC to join with meeting at the school. PO will advise Rushall School.

6. Budget/Precept/Annual Audit.

Current bankings - £3715.84 .

CL recommended we seek alternative accounting services. Douglas Tonks have been unprofessional. Claire will approach other clerks to find out who else is being used; any recommendations.

Deductions Due:
Claire - Mr Site £80
Colin - BKV Garden Vouchers £20
Clerk's Salary - TBC

7.  Police Report.

Good evening Councilors.


The following document details incidents that we need to make the public aware of and that have been reported to us since the 29th May.
We are pleased to advise that we have no reported incidents to make you aware of in this report.
Further information:
Bogus Callers- Please be advised that we recently have had reports of suspected bogus callers in our Policing area.
Wiltshire Police are urging all local residents to follow the below advice to avoid becoming a victim of Bogus Callers and Rogue Traders:
Bogus Callers
• Always be cautious when someone you don't know calls at your door. Bogus callers will often pretend to be someone they are not. They frequently claim to be from the water board, the council, the police, and health organisations or form gas or electricity companies.

• It is important that you check who is at your door by using a spy hole or window and to ensure you do not open the door to anyone you don't know or are not expecting.

• Avoid keeping large amounts of cash at your home; it is much safer in a bank, building society or post office. Purses and wallets are best kept hidden away from windows and doors.


Rogue Traders

Rogue traders may knock on your door and pretend to be legitimate builders or gardeners. These callers will try to convince you into having work carried out that you do not need doing and may also charge you extortionate amounts of money for the work once it is done.
You should NEVER agree to have work carried out by someone who is just passing, or believe them that the work needs to be done at all. If you have agreed for the work to be carried out do not let them pressure you into paying for the work to be done before it is complete and do not let them take you to the bank or building society to take out money to pay them.
The only way to make sure that rogue traders do not try to swindle you is to make sure you do not open the door to them.
If you think you need work to be carried out at home, make sure you get quotes from at least three companies and ask friends and neighbours to recommend a reputable company to you.
We have been working hard to tackle our current priority: drug use in the Wilcot area, for which one person has been arrested and charged.
I am also pleased to say that the number of non-dwelling burglaries has reduced and we will continue to focus on this as an ongoing priority.

If you have any problems that you would like to discuss, please do make contact with us.

Kind regards

PC 2269 Richard Barratt
PCSO 6322 Joseph Sadd

 


8. Planning Applications Considered

• Developments at Rushall Organics Mill- CG spoke with Jennifer Allan from Planning. She is still dealing with it. Work in progress. Hopes to be in touch within a few weeks.
• Chicken Farm - no response from the application. PO thinks decision is being delayed possibly due to the number of objections. With respect to the green field element of the site. The agent has requested an extension to consult with the owners of the site.
• Change of use of agricultural land for seasonal siting of the Shepherd's Hut. No further information. PC responded formally, but no decisions seem to have been made yet.

9. Village Hall Matters

No response from VHC re: refurbishing of the sign.

10. Community Speed Watch

JR - being conducted every three weeks; three speed watches are conducted within that week. Covering all ends of the village. CL announced they had someone speeding at 51 mph on 30th July. JR said that there has been abuse from some motorists. JR thanked the volunteers helping with the watch. New back up from Leannne Homewood and the team has been fantastic, thanks to the Police Commissioner.

11. Community Area Transport Group

CG: previously reported on major road plan; repairs for 2014 - including Church Lane and a 6 year plan which incorporates the other roads in the area. Specifically with regards to Rushall, the Devizes Road end will be completed in September. The drawings for the other two stretches of footpath should be dealt with this financial year. It is possible that the stretch to Church Lane could be agreed late this financial year or early next financial year.

RT Thanks CG for his time and efforts with CATG.

12. Neighbourhood Watch

CG: appears to have stopped receiving information so will contact them. Nothing to report.

13. Newsletter

Aim for late August for next newsletter.

14. Website

Recently paid for a two year renewal with Mr Site. CR & CG maintaining.

15. Safe Pedestrian Access Scheme

Covered under CATG.

16. AOB

• Neighbourhood Plans - CG attends the Pewsey WG in a consulting capacity. The WG is progressively feeding in charges resulting from the Wiltshire's Core Strategy which is still waiting to be approved. Hopefully later 2014. Without this Neighbourhood Plans can not be approved. Plans are in place. No action required from RPC.
• Army Rebasing - CG attended meeting yesterday at the Strategic Planning Committee. There was a revised recommendation; the work performed on the Masterplan to date should be recognized whilst pending the outcome of the listed issues with Environmental Agency. Foul water/River Avon, and recreational pressure on Salisbury Plain. Approval has not been received from Wiltshire Council or Hampshire Highways, and there is no agreement with local water ways. These need to be resolved before planning applications are submitted. With reference to Rushall, the issues are the northern road junctions which have not been addressed. PO will take this up. CG concerned. Andrew Guest said that progress is being made, but concerns over the decision being in- house. Doesn't appear to be another meeting scheduled/planned. RT asked CG to draft something from the PC.
• Bus Service Consultation. CG attended meeting. A task group has been put together. A consultant has been appointed and a consultation meeting took place. Main bus operator has gone into administration. 89 jobs were lost. Connect to Wiltshire is being operated until end of August. Stage Coach and Thames Down are also helping out in other areas. Likely to increase pressure on bidders, plus pressure on late night buses and train connections. Tender will go out in September. JR said campus has been lobbying for a night bus for the youth club, and generally for transport for people to come to the campus. Old and young. Struggling to get WC to take ownership. Campus team is working hard on this. Important for the communities. PO has had a one to one with Jane Scott. Picture will become clearer as the campus project progresses. PO thinks cabinet will support this.
• Community Day - there was a community day but manpower was lower; only had one person here and for only half a day. Expecting two men for one day. Initiative is good. If we need things to be done, please give Claire a list. Steve Matthews gets in touch and CG does a walk round the village.
• Waste Water Management - plan is in final stages of development. PO said it will be replaced by Christmas. Focus on North Newton, but PO thinks part of the problem is also in Rushall and at the pump.
• Flood Plan - MT: ditches along Church Lane are overgrown and full of debris and matter. CG confirmed that Highways have highlighted that PC's are to ensure landowners are responsible for looking after the ditches. PC would like to approach Nigel Wookey re: condition of the ditches backing on to his land. JR to speak with NW. CR to complete the flood plan.
• Green Bin Collection Consultation - closes on 1st September. CG encourages people to go onto the website to vote on whether you pay extra for the collections or have gaps in the collection.
• Highways
- Minor works program. CG; new Highways Meetings. Pewsey Community area has been noted as most 'wingeing' area. Flood was high up on the issues list, plus roads and state of repairs. Highways are using Pewsey as a pilot scheme to see how to resolve problems and gain favour. Seem to have problems tracking minor works. Will try to get more visibility for minor works. Information will come to each parish, available via website
- funding cuts, grass cutting etc. CG noted that 2 years ago we made a mistake; we could have taken on other works by linking onto other councils. WC has cut the level of grass cutting…don't cut deep on minor roads…very little cutting taking place on rural roads. If we apply now we will not get a budget. We might have to look to employ someone as a village to cut verges. PC will probably then need to up the precept in future to fund this.
• Campus - JR, going out to planning by September. Looking at a 16 month contract. Hope to complete by Spring 2016. Funding for Pewsey campus is there for this project. Drawings are completed. Will be tremendous facilities for the area; new swimming pool. Whole area will be refurbished.


• 17. Dates of next meetings; 27th November, 26th February 2015, 28th May, 30th July 2015

Meeting concluded at 8.45pm

Signed: 

 

 ooOOOoo

 

 

Rushall Parish Council.

 

Minutes of meeting held on Thursday, 29th May 2014,

 

7.30pm, Rushall & Charlton Village Hall, Rushall.

 


 

 

 
 

Attendees:

 

Dr. Richard Tilbury (Chairman)

Mrs. Caroline Larken

Mr. Colin Gale

Sir  Michael Turner

Mrs. Claire Ridge (Clerk)

 

Also attending; PC Joseph Sadd, Mr. Paul Oatway.

 

 

 

1. Apologies

John Rogers 

 

2. Minutes of PC Meeting 27th February.

 

Minutes acceptance proposed by CG and seconded by CL, all agreed.  Minutes signed by RT.

 

3. Declaration of interest.

 

None

 

4. Correspondence.

 

Audit 2014 signed and dated.

 

5. Matters arising from minutes 27th February meeting.

 

·           Conservation Area Status - has been on hold, no change.

·           Best Kept Village - Judging taking place mid-May to Mid-June, flyers have been distributed.

·           Wiltshire Planning Committee's invitation to Rushall. - Letter received by email from Wiltshire Council's Kieran Elliot; WC are not willing to visit the school site. PO said he hopes to get some valuable members of the local planning committee to come and talk with the RPC and visit the site.  MT and PC disappointed that Wiltshire Council had not once visited site before reaching a decision.

 

6.  Budget/Precept/Annual Audit.

 

·         Statement Balance on 29th May 2014    - £4,497.34

 

 

Deductions Due:

Colin Gale Expenses: £26.00

Clerk's Wages: exact amount unclear due to increase.

 

Precept: This has been received; £3,300.00

 

7. Pewsey Neighbourhood Policing Team 

 

 

Police Report

Good evening Councillors.

The following report details relevant incidents that have an impact on the parish of Rushall

This report runs from the 27th of February to the 29th of May 2014.

We have one local incident to make you aware of since the last report:

Criminal Damage - 18/05/2014

Overnight, unknown Suspect/s caused damage to a vehicle parked on the driveway of a property in the village.  The suspect/s used a rockery stone to crack the windscreen and smash the sunroof. Our forensic team was called out and took a sample away from the scene.

This incident may be related to another event that happened in Upavon. While there was suspicion on whom the perpetrators were, there was insufficient evidence to link anyone to the incident and there were no witnesses to actual damage in either occurrence. At this stage we have no further positive lines of enquiry but if anything else comes to light then we will reinvestigate.

An input from Sergeant Vincent Logue - 

Pewsey Neighbourhood Policing Team has now enjoyed a good period of stability in terms of staffing and with that comes the benefits of good local knowledge and contacts and therefore a more targeted approach to policing in the area.  A good example of this was in March this year when PC's Barratt and Herbert stopped a vehicle coming from a known area of drug dealing which resulted in an arrest of a male for Possession with intent to supply drugs.  This male is currently on bail and we are hopeful of a charge being made.  Drug use and dealing is also one of our Priorities.

Another of our priorities is rural thefts and PC Herbert has had a good result in this area in the village of Ham.  Through liaising with the community and businesses that were being targeted by criminals, staff at farm estate in Ham were made aware of the issues and given advice on what to do.  As a direct result of this, a male who is well known to police was detained by staff in the act of committing theft and was arrested by PC Herbert.  This male has been charged and has already appeared in court and pleaded guilty.

Crime Statistics

Crime figures for Pewsey are very encouraging with significant reductions in domestic burglary and Criminal damage as well as reductions in non-domestic burglary and anti-social behaviour.  As a result of these reductions there have been 50 fewer victims of crime in the Pewsey area this year compared to the same period the previous year. 

But for a couple incidents in Pewsey Village which accounted for 8 offences, there would have been a reduction in this area too.  These 8 incidents were low level assaults in private places so do not impact on the public or the public at large.

There have been 7 more incidents of vehicle crime and 5 more incidents of violence this year compared to last but the trend is moving in the right direction overall.

EC Pewsey NPT

Crime

 

Detections*

12 Months to March 2013

12 Months to March 2014

Volume Change

% Change

 

12 Months to March 2013

12 Months to March 2014

Victim Based Crime

452

402

-50

-11.1%

 

18%

12%

Domestic Burglary

24

10

-14

-58.3%

 

33%

30%

Non Domestic Burglary

92

83

-9

-9.8%

 

2%

0%

Vehicle Crime

74

81

+7

+9.5%

 

5%

1%

Criminal Damage & Arson

91

68

-23

-25.3%

 

23%

6%

Violence Against The Person

55

60

+5

+9.1%

 

51%

47%

ASB Incidents (YTD)

224

198

-26

-11.6%

 

 

 

 

* Detections include both Sanction Detections and Local Resolutions

 

Sgt1737 Vincent LOGUE

Facebook:

Please be advised that we are (still) on Facebook. You can find us by searching for Pewsey Neighbourhood Policing Team. On the page we post updates on local and countywide issues. Now for the small print... please be aware that the site is not used to report crime.

If you need to contact Wiltshire Police, please ring 101 or 999 in an emergency.

Many thanks

 

Richard & Joe

 

 

 

8. Planning Applications Considered 

 

  • Developments at Rushall Organics Mill -  CG found decision on Rushall Mill for extension for corn storage 14/03092/APD (Agricultural Prior Determination) while looking into paperwork on the Chicken Farm. No Consultation. RPC had not been consulted. Approved on 16th April 2014. ROM has put forward two applications recently, case officer will follow up.   Concern re: processing/dust/noise/traffic.  CG to draft letter to WC. CR to pull out the photocell application. MT; large extension proposed.

  • Chicken Farm Status   - CG saw notice posted but RPC has not been included on the consultation list.  Closing date 5th June.  We have until 14th June to put forward our comments.  CG proposes a working group meeting.  Issues with Wessex Water connections and ability to handle water treatment. Working Group meeting scheduled for Tuesday 3rd June. CL to host.
  • Change of use of agricultural land for seasonal siting of Shepherd's Hut.  PC submitted response. 

  • Cricket Pavilion - Will be finished in 3 to 4 days.  All agreed it's looking good.

 

9. Village Hall Matters

 

Nothing to report. Hilton & Mary have remained on the committee.

 

10. Community Speed Watch

 

MT emphasised problem with speeding through village, people speeding up to 50 m.p.h. leaving the village.   Today's speed watch caught many doing over 40 m.p.h.  Common speed is 37m.p.h.  CSW is doing all it can.

 

PO suggested asking PC Barratt to Rushall. 

 

11. Community Area Transport Group

 

CG attended recent meeting.

 

1) Approach at Devizes Road and vehicle's speed.  Agreed Highways will put red markings on the road.  Large red band with '30' and strips leading up to the stop.  RPC should have highlighted two years ago that we wanted the sign moved out on the Devizes Road.

 

2) Discussed feasibility on the footpaths up to Chicken Farm.  Might help to slow traffic down.

 

3) Proposal of works up to 2020.  This year's plans include the resurfacing of Church Lane.  MT concerned about the potholes on the road.

 

CG will attend a Highways Meeting, Pewsey District are discontented with a contractor. CG attending meeting on 12th June.

 

12. Neighbourhood Watch

 

CG - after the vandalism incident in the Village, CG distributed an email alerting residents.  Will continue to do so with any events of concern.

 

13. Newsletter

 

Thank you to CG for Winter Newsletter. Aim for June for next newsletter.

 

14. Website

 

Website appears to be running nicely and up to date, CR & CG maintaining.

 

15. Safe Pedestrian Access Scheme

 

 

Covered in CATG

 

Freight Management Assessment - received assessments from WC and CG has identified that he is not happy with the way Rushall has been marked.  PO and CG to discuss further.  CG received notification that two car transporters came through the village.  Should not be using roads in small villages.

 

16. AOB

 

  • Neighbourhood Plans - CG attending meetings with Pewsey Area Board.  Taking a long time because WC's core strategy needs to be approved.  Work in progress.
  • Army Rebasing - CG attending meeting. DIO have issued a master plan and community master plan.  Consultation up to 17th June.  Will show where they will put 1,300 extra houses, extra schools etc.  Does not say too what will change behind the wire.  Plans will be submitted in summer.  Works will continue into 2019.  RT - does PC need to respond?  CG suggested we look through, still waiting for certain assessments.  No information about traffic coming north. PO asked that the cross roads in North Newton to come into assessment.  CG didn't think they were included.
  • Bus Service Consultation - CG & JR attended.  Bus services reviewed for new contractor. Need to save £70,000 - will cut taxi bus, night service and bookable bus.  There has been strong lobbying. Should have a variety of options, Pewsey was only given one alternative option.  Offer has been rejected. The Transport Groups will, under CAP,  come up with another option.  CG will attend another meeting on this on 30th May.
  • Community Day - Rushall benefited from community day two weeks ago.  Grass banks were cut, some pot holes were repaired.  Rushall should have had two people for the day, but only one person attended; for half a day.  Did not receive what we were expecting.
  • Minutes of Meeting Regarding Waste Water Management - CG & RT attended meeting in Hilcot, 14th April.  Strong lobbying group in North Newton. No action on RPC part, but are part of the consultation process.  CG - previously thought Rushall was not impacted, but realised that Upavon's sewage works can't deal with the pressure from North Newton Pumping station and Rushall Pumping Station.  Compounds concern for Chicken Farm and Rebasing at Upavon. More sewage.
  • Flood Plan - CG ; PC's are being encouraged to have flood plans.  Pewsey has one so we need to use it and look at it for ourselves.  Avon Villa suffered from this year's flood. Money available for houses suffering from flood damage. CR to modify flood plan for Rushall.

Health and Safety Risk Assessment.  This has been conducted by Claire Ridge and ready for other RPC members to view.

 

·           17. Dates of next meetings; 31st July,  27th November, 26th February 2015, 28th May 2015

Meeting concluded at  9.00pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rushall Parish Council.

AGM 29th May 2014

7.30pm, Rushall Village Hall

* Draft*

Attendees:

Dr Richard Tilbury (Chairman)

Mrs Caroline Larken

Mr Colin Gale

Sir Michael Turner

Mr John Rogers

Mrs Claire Ridge (Clerk)

Also Present: Mr Paul Oatway and PC PC Joseph Sadd.

 

1. Apologies: Mr. John Rogers

2. Minutes for 2013 AGM

3. Parish Council Annual Review

 

RUSHALL PARISH COUNCIL ANNUAL REVIEW 2013/2014

Introduction

In addition to the regular events, highlights were the successful Village Fete at Rushall Manor in July and completion of the next phase of the Safe Pedestrian Access Scheme, from Forge House to Rushall Bridge in February 2014. Less welcome were the thatched roof fire at numbers 1 and 2 Elm Row, the adverse effects of severe Autumn storms and Winter floods, and extensive damage to the church porch roofs by metal thieves.

PC Meetings

Four scheduled meetings were held in addition to the AGM. Project working group meetings were held to review the precept.

Pewsey Area Board

Councillors Colin Gale and John Rogers regularly represented Rushall at PAB's bimonthly meetings. CG sits on the Community Area Transport Group (CATG) and JR on the Campus Board.

Village Events

Many regular events were held again including the Plant Sale (Gardening Club), Flower and Produce Show, Autumn Supper and Spring Supper (Village Hall Committee). Villagers' Day lunch was combined with the Flower and Produce Show and the cricket match and tug-of-war were held for the first time at the new Avon Valley Cricket Club ground off Church Lane. St Matthew's Church continued to hold weekly Sunday services and the usual seasonal activities, strongly supported by the PCC.

Sadly Rushall and Charlton Gardening Club was wound down after 14 years due to decreasing membership.

People

Caroline Larken was co-opted again as a Councillor.

Planning Applications/Planning Issues

Several Planning Applications were reviewed including the Portakabin temporary classroom at the School and renovation of the Cricket Pavilion.

Councillors also attended briefing meetings concerning the Army Re-basing Programme in the Avon Valley, proposed building development at the Upavon Chicken Farm and Waste Water Management problems at North Newnton.

Policing

Regular Police reports were received at the PC meetings; the only reported crime in Rushall was the Church roof damage.

Communications

Colin Gale and Claire Ridge edited and produced four editions of Rushall Parish News. Claire also maintained Rushall's website.

Colin Gale researched details of the four soldiers who died in the 1

st World War, commemorated on the tablet in St Matthew's Church. Rushall will be taking part in Wiltshire's ceremonies to commemorate the centenary of the start of WW1.

Precept

The Annual Precept was increased to £2,300 to accommodate this year's and projected expenditure on the Safe Pedestrian Access Scheme. It also reflected Wiltshire Council's tax base changes, removal of RPC's grant and lack of a reserve. Over the last few years Rushall has received over £50,000 of grant funding from Wiltshire Council for improvements to the infrastructure of the village.

Best-Kept Village Competition.

Rushall did not win an award this year but received mainly favourable comments from the CPRE judges. The previous year's prize money was spent on the purchase of two trees; the fallen walnut tree in the field off Church lane was replaced and a cherry tree was planted in the grounds of The Gardens.

More bulbs were planted throughout the village and new tubs were purchased for display at The Drove entrance to the village.

CATG 

Wiltshire Highways installed new white linings and signage to reflect the narrowness of the road at the north end of the village. A survey was made of HGV freight usage on the A342 at Elm Row.

Community Speed Watch (CSW)

The team led by John Rogers met regularly ( now one week in three) at 2 locations in the village to monitor and record speeding vehicles. The other team members are Colin Gale, Caroline Larken, Dave Johnson, Norman Newport, Julian Ridge and Richard Tilbury.

Acknowledgements

The Chairman would like to thank all his fellow councillors and the Clerk, Claire Ridge, for their hard work and valuable contributions throughout the year. Grateful thanks are also due to Paul Oatway our new Wiltshire Councillor; his help and advice has been much appreciated. We thank our Parish Steward, Simon Green, for helping to keep the village ship-shape. Finally we thank the villagers of Rushall for their support at the various events, and in particular for their efforts in helping Rushall to do well in the "Best-Kept Village" competition.

Richard Tilbury

Chairman, Rushall PC

28.5.14 

 

 

4. Declaration of interests. None.

 

5. Chairman and Clerk Appointments.

CG proposed RT stays on Chair, MT second and all in favour.

CG proposed CR stay on as Clerk, RT second, all in favour.

 

6. Question from floor.  None.

 

7. AOB:  

1)  Risk Assessment has been performed for 2014 - 2015 by Claire Ridge.

8. Dates of next AGM: 28th May 2015.