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 Next Parish Council meeting is on: 6th January 2015
Next Planning Committee meeting is on: 20th January 2015
See meeting dates, minutes and agendas


Noticeboards

"Recent re-developments of the showrooms and forecourt area involved removal of the fences between the shops and forecourt. During the digging and wiring of the drainage trenches it became practical and necessary to remove the old Parish Council noticeboards at this time" - Saltford Motor Services. 

All of the noticeboards will be reinstated at the earliest opportunity once site work makes this practical – expected to be mid-January.
 


Re-opening of Permissive Paths

The permissive footpaths to the south and west of Saltford were closed at the end of 2013 following the withdrawal of subsidy for public access by DEFRA.
Saltford Parish Council hosted a packed public meeting on the issue in August and residents voiced a strong desire to donate towards their reopening as most residents will benefit from these paths. Since the meeting, Saltford Community Association (SCA) has worked with the local farmer, Mr Adam Stratton, and have signed a legal agreement allowing over 4.5km of the permissive paths shown on the map in green (purple are public footpaths) to re-open to walkers and riders from 30 November 2014.  This has only been possible as a result of Eveleighs Estate Agents coming forward with a generous donation to fund the first year of the arrangement.
In order for this agreement to remain in place next and each subsequent year, the SCA needs specific donations to raise the £3000 needed to compensate the farmer for loss of arable land and to pay for the maintenance of the paths and associated insurance and legal costs.
We are extremely grateful to Eveleighs for funding the first year to allow the paths to re-open straightaway but without regular, annual donations from residents to cover the costs the SCA will not be able to keep these paths open and it is highly likely that once closed they will remain closed for ever as the land will be planted with crops. 
£3000 is a fairly significant sum and in order to ensure we can keep this amenity open for the community we would ask that walkers consider £25 or more and horse riders £50 or more.
Remember if we can’t raise £3000 the paths shut, possibly for ever!
All residents of Saltford will receive a donation envelope with their copy of SCAN for completion and return to a number of addresses around the village. Please complete the front of the envelope for Gift Aid purposes and then indicate on the reverse how much you would like directed to the SCA and how much to the paths. All non-Saltford residents, who don’t receive SCAN, please get in touch with Chris Essex of the SCA, who will arrange for donation envelopes to be delivered to you.
 

 Community Awards 2015 

The Parish Council is running its Community Awards scheme again in 2015. Awards will be given to people in Saltford who make a positive contribution to Saltford life, showing initiative, commitment or leadership in the local community. Winners will receive an A4 certificate on high quality paper and £60 towards the award winner’s chosen Saltford group, project, cause or charity. Awards are given in the categories of Young Person of the Year, Good Neighbour in Saltford, and Exemplary Achievement Award – but in 2014 we received no nominations for Young Person of the Year, so we would particularly like to encourage these in 2015. So if you know someone who deserves an award for what they do in the community, pick up a nomination form from the Parish Council office in Saltford library or downloadable here. Forms must be received by the Clerk by the end of Friday 13 February 2015.


Saltford Railway Station 

At its meeting on 7 October 2014, Saltford Parish Council agreed the following:

Following the results of the informal public consultation exercise launched at the public exhibition held in Saltford in February 2014 regarding the possible reopening of Saltford Railway Station, Saltford Parish Council asks B&NES Council Cabinet to consider the Higher Level Output Assessment (HLOA) report and to take the project to GRIP (Governance in Railway Projects) stage 3 of Network Rail's GRIP process for railway development.


Potholes

Road surfaces have suffered due to the wet winter. A pothole is defined as a sharp edged depression in the carriageway greater than 30mm deep. To assist B&NES in repairing these as quickly as possible, please report any potholes to Council Connect tel. 01225 394041 or online via their Report It facility.
Parish Councillors are also putting together a list to send to B&NES. 


Longwood Lane – construction site

The Construction Management Plan for Saltford Golf Club’s planning application requires the developer to make good any damage to the passing bays created on Longwood Lane, and to not damage the public highway.

Bath & North East Somerset (B&NES) Council, as the planning authority, is responsible for ensuring that the contractor fulfils these obligations. 

Any issues with the condition of Longwood Lane should be addressed to B&NES Council Connect
Tel: 01225 394041
Email: Council_Connect@bathnes.gov.uk
Twitter: @ccbathnes


 Environment Agency information about river levels on the Avon at Saltford


Planning contraventions

The Parish Council reports any cases of possible contraventions of planning control to Bath & North East Somerset Council (B&NES), which is the authority responsible for enforcing planning law.

Individuals can also ask B&NES’ Planning Enforcement team to investigate possible breaches of planning control. However B&NES is unable to notify the Parish Council of cases reported to them where the first informant was not the Parish Council. 

So the Parish Council requests that Saltford residents advise the Parish Council of any complaints they make to the enforcement section of B&NES Council, in order to assist the Parish Council in monitoring possible planning contraventions.


 In 2010, the Parish Council sponsored the development of a parish plan to find out what was important to the community in Saltford. Members of the Parish Council are now participants in the Parish Plan Implementation Group, which is tasked with implementing the actions identified in the Parish Plan.


saltford parish plan front cover See Saltford Parish Plan

The permissive footpaths to the south and west of Saltford were closed at the end of 2013 following the withdrawal of subsidy for public access by DEFRA.
Saltford Parish Council hosted a packed public meeting on the issue in August and residents voiced a strong desire to donate towards their reopening as most residents will benefit from these paths. Since the meeting, Saltford Community Association (SCA) has worked with the local farmer, Mr Adam Stratton, and have signed a legal agreement allowing over 4.5km of the permissive paths shown on the map in green (purple are public footpaths) to re-open to walkers and riders from 30 November 2014.  This has only been possible as a result of Eveleighs Estate Agents coming forward with a generous donation to fund the first year of the arrangement.
In order for this agreement to remain in place next and each subsequent year, the SCA needs specific donations to raise the £3000 needed to compensate the farmer for loss of arable land and to pay for the maintenance of the paths and associated insurance and legal costs.
We are extremely grateful to Eveleighs for funding the first year to allow the paths to re-open straightaway but without regular, annual donations from residents to cover the costs the SCA will not be able to keep these paths open and it is highly likely that once closed they will remain closed for ever as the land will be planted with crops. 
£3000 is a fairly significant sum and in order to ensure we can keep this amenity open for the community we would ask that walkers consider £25 or more and horse riders £50 or more.
Remember if we can’t raise £3000 the paths shut, possibly for ever!
All residents of Saltford will receive a donation envelope with their copy of SCAN for completion and return to a number of addresses around the village. Please complete the front of the envelope for Gift Aid purposes and then indicate on the reverse how much you would like directed to the SCA and how much to the paths. All non-Saltford residents, who don’t receive SCAN, please get in touch with Chris Essex of the SCA, who will arrange for donation envelopes to be delivered to you.