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Village Conservation Area

CDC has started a consultation on changes to  the conservation area. One property has been proposed for removal, and others for adding. Boundaries are altered to physical objects, to reflect ownership changes since the 1980s Snow affects churchyard yew Another yew, not pictured, will need some surgery as a result of snow damage

Eclectic Start to the Season

Christmas in Somerford Keynes started with a concert in church on Saturday 9th. A goodly crowd were entertained by many elfs with violins and cellos, followed by a couple of folk inspired singers from Minety. Mulled wine and mince pies kept the audience warm. Next morning we all woke up to snow. More on Christmas events>

CDC Local Plan

The Examination in Public is complete. The inspector will report late

next year.

Chesterton Development

Inclement weather caused the postponement of the final decision meeting to mid- January.

Cotswold Water Park Trust News>

The Village Fête

was held on Saturday 24th June at the Manor House by courtesy of Mr & Mrs Lock. There was a goodly attendance, with everyone enjoying all the usual stalls on a sunny afternoon. There was also a dog show and a dancing display. Younger visitors put the swimming pool to good use. The afternoon made over £3500 after costs, and including donations.


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

Poldark comes to Somerford Keynes>

Red Telephone Box Staying, but no phone.

The phone box has a notice posted 3 October 2016 giving 42 days notice of removal. It does still work at the moment! The Parish Council are going through the legal motions of adopting it (see December PC minutes). We understand that we get a can of the proper red paint. What should we use the box for? We use it to describe how to find our house.

Neighbourhood Plan What happens Next?

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.

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


New historical material from the WG Standard now on line. New Historical maps of your area now on line. See More> How much was your land worth in 1909?
Churchyard yew after heavy snow Home