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Changes afoot

We have noticed an archaeological test of Yew Tree Farm field, that runs from behind Water Lane down to Village Lake. No planning application has yet appeared, but neighbours were invited to a presentation some months ago, where a number of semicircular large houses, some small houses and allotments were proposed. There is limited access to this field, by one field gate. We have also been disturbed by noises from Neigh Bridge Country Park, where we found contractors building a fence along the river bank.

Notice of Audit of Parish Council accounts

The auditors have finished their work which for the first time is published only on this website. The external auditors report, two pages,  shows the nitpicking required to show you have read the stuff!

Neighbourhood Plan What happens Next?

Issy is off to Rio

Issy Bailey, who lives in Somerford Keynes when she has time, is to represent TeamGB in shooting at the Paralympic games In September. Read her biography on the Paralympics website

Whistle for the Somme

A whistle was blown at 7.30am at All Saints Church on 1st July to commemorate the start of the bloodiest battle of World War 1. Picture above and on Church Life page

Village Fête

See what happened on The Fête 2016 page

Saxon Stone thief sentenced

Christopher Cooper (from Wales) appeared at Worcester Crown Court on the 8th February to plead guilty to 7 counts of theft, 4 of fraud and 1 of dealing in tainted antiques and asked for 30 other thefts to be taken into consideration. He was sentenced at Hereford Crown Court to 3 years 8 months in custody  on Friday 6th May. See the earlier story.

The Queen at 90: New photos

Phase 2 Broadband news

Where’s Mary Lunn going up?

Otter problem and a bridleway

The bridleway forming our new boundary with Poole Keynes to the south of Lake 63 (across the Spine road from Neigh Bridge Park) has been cleared by its owner, who has put up an otter-proof fence along one side, and around the fishing lake to the south. The owner claims otters eat birds as well as fish, and that since the fence was completed, birds have returned to the lake - not all the right birds, as a cormorant landed on the lake while we were talking. He also said that beavers were about, and chomping trees on his land. There is a beaver-chomped tree visible from the road on the bank of lake 63.

New Spine Road Attraction constructed

The owner of Combat Splat has obtained planning permission to use the little triangular field cut off from Macks Farm by the Spine Road as an archery and air rifle range. It is now all set up and ready for the new season.

Cullimore Gravel Application 

Cullimore now has  full permission for activity on site. See the PC agenda for July for a link to the permission. Currently the site is being dewatered into the top lake of Keynes Park. Large lorries are moving between Spratsgate Lane and the Ashton Keynes site.

Flood/ Insurance Advice

As the Parish Clerk has had several enquiries about flooding and

insurance, correspondence to our MP, and responses from the

Association of British Insurers (ABI) and the Environment Agency

(EA) are published on the Council Publications page for 2014.

Oil Spill

You will have seen the digging in and near the village hall  car park. Unfortunately 1100 litres of oil spilled into the ground in January 2014 from a leaking tank at a neighbours. Their water pipe has had to be replaced, as oil can seep though plastic pipe. All the contaminated soil has now been removed and replaced with clean soil. Several trees and much treasured planting have been lost in the process. It is  extremely fortunate that none of the oil went under any building, as the fumes would have made them uninhabitable. Do take this as a warning to check your tank and pipes regularly. Metal tanks tend to weep slightly before a major spill. I know, mine did. If you see this, get your tank changed fast. It is said that plastic tanks give less warning, though we are told rubbing any weeping crack with soap may delay things enough to get a tank changed.
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