Welcome to Somerford Keynes

Your Parish Council Needs You! A new plea

More volunteers to stand for Parish Councillor posts are wanted. Ask a councillor what it is like. The post is not onerous, and you will have the satisfaction of helping your village to remain vibrant. Click the heading to see more.

Neighbourhood Plan Newsletter 7>

Final draft of the Neighbourhood Plan is here.

Events 2019

List of events that might cause traffic issues or be of interest to you

So you want to be on TV?

The catch is that you need to be a family with 2+ children over 8 years old! See more here!

Cotswold Conservation Board launches Dark Sky

Initiative>

The Cotswold Water Park Charity Ball

 is coming round again on Saturday 27th April. Details here> The new CWP Leisure Map is now out. Pick up a copy at the Gateway Centre. Volunteer opportunities in the Water Park>

Thames Path The bridge over the Thames at the northern end

of Neigh Bridge Country Park has now been replaced by a

substantial new metal bridge, as the old one was apparently

rotting in parts. It is wheelchair friendly, though the next gates

upstream are not.

Paperboy/girl

Are you over 14? No upper age limit. Can you get up in the morning? Do you want to earn a little pocketmoney? Contact Pickwick Papers on 640022 to find out more, but ask your parents first if under 18.

Neighbourhood Watch

Terry Whelan writes: 'For those with access to the Internet: The Police now send out messages to residents via the "Your Community Alerts" web-site. To register, go to:  https://www.yourcommunityalerts.co.uk/ and click on the "Register" link towards the top left of the page.' This info will be added to the To Know page What are those woodpiles doing round Neighbridge and other parks?

Village Conservation Area

CDC has completed its appraisal of changes to  the conservation area. One property has been removed, and others added. Boundaries are altered to physical objects, to reflect ownership changes since the 1980s. It is the first of three pilot appraisals.

Red Telephone Box Staying, but no phone.

The phone box has now been adopted by the Parish Council and the phone removed. Plans are ongoing to  install a second defillibrator, but meanwhile it needs a revamp. If you are willing to help, contact Karen Mogridge. Do not do anything on your own, the base layers of paint probably contain lead, and need removing under controlled conditions.

Emergencies

A page describes how the Emergency Plan works. Do read it in a quiet moment.

Neighbourhood Plan  The final draft can now be found on

the Neighbourhood Plan Documents Page. It was ratified at the PC

meeting in February. The next stage is a final local consultation.

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.

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.

The Environment Agency now (2019) has much more detailed maps

of flood risk areas. See Gov.uk then search “Flood Risk”

Oil Spill

Unfortunately 1100 litres of oil spilled into the ground in January 2014 from a leaking tank next door to the village hall. 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 were 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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Bridleway south of Lake 63

History

Historical material from the WG Standard now on line. Historical maps of your area now on line. See More> How much was your land worth in 1909? For a very short history of the village see About us
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