CHAIRMAN’S REPORT 2016/17
The following report provides a brief summary of the work of the Parish Council over the past 12 months. Further details can be found in the minutes of our meetings, which are available directly from the Clerk to the Council or from the GKPC website www.gkpc.co.uk .
Despite some questions in the national media about the worth of Community Speed Watch (CSW) schemes, members of GKPC have continued to conduct monitoring sessions in the Parish over the past year. Unfortunately, due to the number of organisations participating in CSW, equipment availability has limited the number of times it has been possible to conduct monitoring this year.
If you would like to take part in CSW, or would like any further information, please contact our Parish Clerk, Mrs Margaret Highton, on 01531 820245.
The Gloucestershire County Council (GCC) Local Transport Plan, published in June 2016, provides county-wide plans for the period through to 2031. Of significance to the Parish is the aspiration to remove HGV through traffic using the B4221 by making the road a District Route. GKPC has suggested, as a first step, GCC join with Herefordshire County Council who are seeking to impose a 7.5T weight limit, except for access, on the B4222 between Kilcot Cross and the A40.
Following GKPC expressing our concerns to GCC about the safety of bus stops in the Parish, proposals to improve the westbound stop at Kilcot Cross, by providing a refuge, have been drawn up. Details of when these improvements will be made are awaited.
Funding for an additional Vehicle Activated Sign has been sought, via the Police and Crime Commissioner.
Repairs to Roads within the Parish
Gloucestershire Highways (GH) have confirmed that the B4221 will be either resurfaced or patched between Buildbase and the county boundary in May 2017. The reinstatement of white lines on Kilcot Hill has been agreed by GH who are also looking at trying to provide a more robust crossing facility for cyclists and pedestrians at the ford in Oxenhall Lane.
The survey of roads in the parish that GKPC carries out and submits to GH each year continues to bear fruit. Over the past 12 months work has been carried out in Sterrys Lane, Oxenhall Lane and Ford Lane; together with remedial work to the drainage scheme at The Poplars.
Footpath clearing has been carried out by GH along the B4221 between Christ Church and the county boundary.
Since the last newsletter seven planning applications have been considered by GKPC:
Christchurch Hall, Stoney Road, Kilcot: Erection of a single storey extension to provide garden room. Approved
Fields Adjacent Conigree Road, Newent: Erection of a roofed circular water storage tank for agricultural purposes (part-retrospective). Decision Awaited
Land Off Ford Lane Kilcot: Change of use of agricultural land to equestrian. Erection of a barn and new access (revised scheme). Approved
Rosemary Cottage, Kilcot Lane, Kilcot: Erection of a two storey side extension. Approved
Woodlands, Briery Hill Lane, Kilcot: Erection of a single storey dwelling and demolition of redundant agricultural buildings. Refused
1A Wyatts Farm, Wyatts Lane, Kilcot: Prior approval for change of use of agricultural building to a dwelling house. Approved
Brockmore Farm, Oxenhall Lane, Gorsley: Prior notification for erection of a replacement agricultural building to store machinery. Approved
Although not in the Parish, GKPC objected to the proposal to build 26 houses opposite the Post Office in Gorsley. This application was rejected by Herefordshire County Council; a decision that was upheld at appeal.
GKPC has been given permission to install a defibrillator for community use at Buildbase.
The precept has been increased to £5279 for 2017/18. The reason for the increase is that, as well as being faced with ever increasing costs, GKPC also has to cover the withdrawal of a grant we have received from the Forest of Dean District Council in the past.
Gorsley & Kilcot Parish Council in March each year make small grants, normally totalling £100 to organisations that benefit members of the parish. Please do contact the Clerk if you are aware of a suitable organisation.
Additional Councillors Wanted
GKPC currently has one vacancy for a councillor. If you can spare a couple of hours a month and would like to make a contribution to your community please contact the Clerk to the Parish Council, Mrs Margaret Highton, for further information.
I should like to take this opportunity to thank my fellow Councillors and dedicated and hardworking Clerk for their commitment and support which has been very much appreciated. Many thanks also go to all those Parishioners and volunteers who have given their time and encouragement to this Parish Council. In particular, thanks to Lee Hines, our long serving Parish Newsletter editor, our Internal Auditor Sarah Ayling and our Snow Wardens, Mark and Sam Goulding (who for the second year have not had the opportunity to use the snow plough!!).
Cllr Nigel Warwick