TRUDOXHILL PARISH COUNCIL
CLERK: Mrs Georgie Blackshaw, The Orchard, Trudoxhill, BA11 5DP
CHAIRMAN: Mr Patrick Twigger
End of Year Summary May 2018
Councillors are pleased to report the following:
- The Community Garden is now well established and the Annual Inspection reported no problems. The fence is in the process of being repaired.
- The Parish Clean Up is organised twice yearly by Cllr Symes. It is now very well supported with welcomed refreshments at the start of each session. Several parishioners also continue to pick up litter throughout the parish over the year and their efforts are much appreciated.
- Parish Maintenance. A new Grit Bin has been purchased and installed on Gare Hill.
- Christmas tree and carols plus Christmas party for children Thanks to all helpers plus Cllr Steele for electricity for tree. Music and atmosphere outside the White Hart was excellent, despite the snow! The party was attended by 30+ children and many adults as well. There was a great sense of collaboration with a lot of people coming together to assist with all aspects of the event. Thanks to all involved
- Highways issues have taken up considerable time but it is pleasing to report that the drainage issues on Tuckmarsh Lane were very successfully resolved by SCC soon after the last ACM. Regarding the speeding issues in Trudoxhill village, results from the SID (Speed Indicator Device) provided sufficient guidance for Avon & Somerset Police to send a mobile Speed Enforcement bike to visit the village. In addition the results enabled a brave band of volunteers to run the Community Speedwatch team. It is now up and running and successfully reporting offenders. The CSW signs will soon be on display in the village. A huge thanks to all involved. In addition, new chevrons have been put in place by WCC Highways on the bend at Gare Hill and SCC have responded by adding a new ‘Bend’ sign on the approach to the dangerous corner.
- Parish Plan. This continues to be monitored by the subcommittee of the TPC. Cllr Kenyon has followed up some planning issues with the Enforcement Team at MDC but they have had staffing problems which have caused some delays and frustrations.
- Parish footpaths. Paul and Nikki Warden have continued their good work for another year, monitoring and maintaining our local footpaths, including clearing 75 stiles and gates for which they keep a comprehensive record. Many thanks to them for their hard work. Major faults are reported to the Rights of Way Officer and are repaired either by SCC contractors or by the Ramblers Association. SCC has now officially recognised the A361 underpass as a joint foot/cycle path which is a good outcome that recognises its actual use. Many thanks also to parishioners living near footpaths who continue to annually clear and maintain them. In October 2017 and April 2018 enjoyable walks around the local footpaths have taken place under the guidance of John Salmon. Both were around 5 miles, taken at a leisurely pace and ended with an opportunity for refreshments. Another walk is planned for the autumn.
- Parish Communications. The Clerk has worked with Mats Olsson (Moson Solutions) to update aspects the website. Cllr’s Galpin and Valentine now share other duties such as updating Facebook, posters and flyers and the former sends out the eNewsletter, now using Mail Chimp. Richard Brooks, a parishioner, continues to edit Your View, our quarterly newsletter which is printed by Nev Dean, another local stalwart, for distribution to all dwellings in the parish. Many thanks to all who support this long established parish initiative. With the poor Broadband service, parishioners have been asked if they are interested in exploring the provision of a faster service ahead of the published 2019 date. Although the response has been modest, research is being done into the possibility of achieving a faster service at an earlier date.
- Cllr Symes completed a grant application for financial support to subsidise the weekly bus service to Frome run by MCT. His hard work was successful. Witham and Wanstrow PC’s plus Frome continue to work with us and it is led by Michael Gay (Wanstrow PC). We also continued to pay for the hire of the Village Hall to support a local parishioner, Julie Britten, who gives up her time to organise and run the monthly community Friendship Café.
- The Village Hall. Cllr Steele attends the monthly meetings to liaise and enhance our links and communications. Our thanks to John and Ann Harding for stepping in to take over the roles of Chairman and Secretary on a temporary basis.
- Gare Hill residents took on the renovation and change of use of the telephone box this year. The box is actually situated in Maiden Bradley parish but their councillors agreed responsibility could pass to Trudoxhill Parish Council and it was purchased for the sum of £1.00 from BT who continue to pay for the electricity supply to the box. An enthusiastic groups of residents spent many hours clearing earth and vegetation from around the area. They sanded and cleaned the door, windows and metal work before painting it. Cold weather prevented completion and the plan is to finish the job now spring has come. A map, notice board, books and a brief history of Gare Hill are some of the ideas being considered for its use.
MAY 3rd 2018