Muriel Watkins has been Parish Clerk for about 17 years, and is retiring. The Parish Council is now actively looking for a replacement. Could you fit the bill? Read on...
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.
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.
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 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.
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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