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Cotswold Water Park Society News

As local authorities have now all withdrawn all funding for the Society, CWPS has reluctantly decided to introduce parking charges at all its car parks, except Gateway, which is owned by the Co-op. This will take a while to organise, but in the meantime you can join the Society if you are not already a member, for free parking.

Parish Clerk

Wendy Cartwright is the new Parish Clerk. Contact details on the Parish Council and Contact pages.


A new page has been made describing how the new Emergency Plan works. Do read it in a quiet moment.

Keynes Country Park

The Country Park is changing operator. From immediate effect it will be closed for the winter. There is NO parking access. Do not attempt to use the toilet or play grounds. This does not affect footpath access, the other businesses, Head for Heights, Waterland, and the clubs that operate from there. Take care. Report any damage. If you are a visitor and wish to walk or cycle the Park, please park at Neighbridge Car Park(£2 all day) and not on nearby roads or in the Village. Thank you. [If hiring bikes, you can park at Go-by- Cycle]

Poldark comes to Somerford Keynes

The production visited the church and churchyard for filming a short piece on Wednesday 30 November. See what David Crofts had to say about the visit.

Red Telephone Box Staying, but no phone.

The phone box has a notice posted 3 October 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. 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.

Issy was in Rio

Issy Bailey, who lives in Somerford Keynes when she has time, has represented TeamGB in shooting at the Paralympic games. Her competition was on the afternoon (our time) of Friday 9th September, when she came 14th, though she was, very briefly, on the leader board. At her first Paralympics, Issy was by far the youngest of her competitors, many of whom have probably competed at this level several times. She is on Twitter and Facebook. Issy has also just graduated from Exeter

Warning - Cirencester Hospital Parking

If you park however briefly at Cirencester Hospital, you must register your licence plate inside the hospital or expect a £100 fine, administered by an automaton.

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.

Neighbourhood Plan What happens Next?

Village Fête

See what happened on The Fête 2016 page

The Queen at 90:  photos

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.

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. There is a current application to increase the number of lorry movements per day.

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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