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Neighbourhood Watch public meeting
The Parish Council is hosting a Neighbourhood Watch public meeting in conjunction with the Neighbourhood Policing team on Monday 20 May 2013 from 7.00 pm to 8.00 pm in the Avon Room, Saltford Hall. The meeting will provide an opportunity for existing Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinators to meet and exchange views and information, and to encourage anyone interested in starting a new Neighbourhood Watch scheme in Saltford.
Saltford Parish Council News Release
Release Date: Immediate
Worrying Increase in Dog Fouling
Saltford Parish Council has received a troubling number of complaints in regards to the amount of dog mess on the village’s streets; the main areas of concern are Manor-Montague Roads, Beech Road and the High Street. The Parish Council would like to remind dog owners that they should pick up their dog’s mess in a refuse bag, tie it securely and dispose of it in any regular bin.
Owners who walk their dogs on the playing fields of Claverton Road and Wedmore Road are especially reminded of the importance to pick up their dog’s mess. Dog mess causes the spread of disease; the main one is Toxocariasis, which can lead to blindness if a sports player were to come in contact with it!
Failure to pick up your dog’s mess can result in a £50 on-the-spot fine or prosecution by Bath & North East Somerset Council. As a precautionary measure, B&NES Dog Wardens have been asked to patrol Saltford on a more regular basis. You can help by reporting regular offenders or hot-spots by calling the Dog Wardens’ Office on 01225 394041 or by texting 07797 806545.
With Saltford’s renowned Festival on the horizon (8-16 June 2013) we all want our village to look clean and tidy as we welcome visitors from further afield – and you can help by being extra-vigilant in the lead up to it.
Notes to Editor:
More info can be found here: http://www.bathnes.gov.uk/services/environment/dog-warden-service/dog-fouling
The winners of the Saltford Parish Council Community Awards 2013 were:
Lifetime Achievement awards -
Good Neighbour awards -
Kate Godfrey & Phoebe Gane
Sarah Lloyd was nominated by Cllr Duncan Hounsell for her high standard of service in the Post Office, particularly in assisting those in need of extra help, and for her contribution to Saltford life by keeping the community noticeboard up to date and selling tickets for community events.
John Thomas was nominated by Malcolm Pearce for volunteering over many years for Saltford Community Association, St Mary’s Church and Saltford School.
Cynthia Wilson was nominated by Cllr Jill Williams for her work in promoting Saltford Library, developing reading groups and forming Friends of Saltford Library.
Kate Godfrey and Phoebe Gane (aged 9 and 10) were nominated by Jon Godfrey for helping an elderly lady who had slipped and fallen on ice, and getting assistance for her by flagging down a passing lorry.
All winners have been invited to the Saltford Community Association Open Morning at 11.00 am on 8th June at Saltford Hall, when Jacob Rees-Mogg MP will be presenting various awards and photographs will be taken.
Saltford Library Event
Tuesday 19 March 2013 - 18:30 - 20:30 - Story evening with a storyteller and with Saltford Inter-generational Group.
This is a chance for young residents to meet older residents for an intriguing evening of stories in Saltford Library. Note, the main story telling will take place between 19:00-20:00
Places are limited to 20 (children & any accompanying adult) so please email to reserve a place (first come first served!) just providing their names. The contact email is: info@theSIG.co.uk. There is no entry charge. Cllr Neil McKen, Saltford Parish Council & Saltford Intergenerational Group
Saltford Parish Council Community Awards
These awards are to recognise those individuals and teams in Saltford that have made and are making a positive contribution to Saltford life, and are showing leadership, initiative or commitment in the local community.
Young Person of the Year in Saltford Award
Good Neighbour in Saltford Award
Saltford - Lifetime Achievement Award
Saltford Team of the Year
Awards will be given for an exceptional contribution, performance or commitment in the past year. The Lifetime Award is for an exceptional contribution, performance or commitment to Saltford over a period of at least 10 years.
The award can only be given to people who live or work in Saltford or a team that works in or represents Saltford
The nominator must live or work in Saltford
No serving Councillor or Officer may receive an award
These will made at an awards ceremony to coincide with the Annual Parish Meeting on 2nd April 2013 at 6.30pm. The award will comprise an A4 certificate and £50 towards the award winners’ chosen Saltford group, project, cause or charity.
Nomination forms, which are available from the Clerk and here online, must be completed and sent to the Clerk by the end of February 2013.
Major housing development planning application public meeting
Saltford Parish Council is hosting a public meeting about the planning application by Crest Nicholson for up to 99 dwellings on land off Manor Road, Saltford on Saturday 5th January 2013 at 5.00 pm in the main hall at Saltford Hall. Everyone is welcome.
The meeting will offer an opportunity for residents to make comments on this planning application. It will follow the usual format of ‘Public Time’ at Parish Council meetings, at which members of the public can address the Parish Council on any matter on the agenda, limited to three minutes per person.
The Parish Council will consider its response to the planning application at its next meeting.
Details of the planning application 12/05315/OUT can be found on the B&NES planning website
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.
Results of Poll held on 15 November 2012
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Robert Taylor was elected to Saltford Parish Council
Saltford Station Public meeting
Thank you to all who came to the public meeting about the re-opening of Saltford Railway Station.
For those who missed it, the Hall was filled to the brim and a full cross section of views were articulated, many with some passion!
Housing Development Public Meeting
We are prepared to host a public meeting about the Manor Road housing development currently being suggested by Crest Nicholson. When this major planning application is received, we plan to call a public meeting at short notice to allow the expected large numbers of the public the opportunity to be present and voice their opinions. This meeting will follow the protocol of the Parish Council’s public time speaking slots. The Parish Council will then formally consider the application at a further meeting. Details of the public meeting will be sent to those on our e-newsletter mailing list, and posted on our website and our noticeboard outside Saltford Post Office.
Bus service changes affecting Saltford
Bus operators have notified B&NES of some changes to bus services which came into effect on 4th November 2012. First bus services 337, 349 and 649 have been withdrawn and a new 338 service (Bath - Keynsham - Bristol) introduced to replace these. Services X39 and 339 have some minor timetable changes, but the overall frequency of the services is unchanged.
For full details see www.travelinesw.com or phone 0871 200 22 33.
Financial Assistance Grants
There are still some funds unspent in the Parish Council’s current budget for financial assistance grants to groups whose activities benefit Saltford. This budget runs until March 2013. If you are involved with a group working for the benefit of Saltford and its people, it’s not too late to apply for financial assistance.
See the Council Responsibilities page on our website, where you can also download an application form.
Saltford Business Network
The Parish Council has been successful in its initiative to prompt an independent Business Network to form in Saltford. The work of the Parish Council has resulted in the creation of the Saltford Business Network which will have a membership recruitment launch soon. The website is www.saltfordbusinessnetwork.org.uk.
Saltford War Memorial was cleaned during August 2012 and the lettering re-enamelled.
In autumn 2012, the Council will have the goalposts in Manor Road playing field de-rusted and re-painted.
The Council made the following financial assistance grants in September 2012:
- Saltford Stars Under-15s for all-weather gear and kit bags
- Saltford Community Association towards promotion, advertising and event costs of Saltford Festival 2013
- Saltford Community Association towards restoration of the mural at Saltford Hall.
Review of speed limits on A4 between Saltford and The Globe roundabout
Following a directive from the Department for Transport, Bath & North East Somerset Council has undertaken a review of speed limits on A and B class roads. As a result of this review, the existing 30mph speed limit at the eastern end of Saltford village is to be extended on the A4 eastwards up to where the advisory 30mph speed limit is currently located, adjacent to the Avon Valley Garage site; and a 50mph speed limit is to be imposed for the remaining length of the A4 up to and including The Globe roundabout junction. The new signs are likely to be in place by September 2012.
Fred Blampied MBE
Fred Blampied of Saltford, aged 86, has been awarded an MBE for services to inland waterways. For more information, contact Alan Aldous, Chairman of the River Avon Users Consultative Committee (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Saltford Business Network
A lunchtime meeting of the Saltford Business Network was held at the Golf Club on 13th June. The photo is courtesy of The Week In, who sent a reporter to this event. Two local businessmen agreed to join a Steering Group for the Business Network - David Hewett of ITeam Solutions and Rik Taylor of Space-Engineering. Others on the Steering Group are: Cllr Kevin Reeves, Cllr Tina Curtis, Christine Hounsell and Cllr Duncan Hounsell. Also at the meeting were Duncan Kerr, Economic Development Officer for B&NES and Joyce Pickard of B&NES.
The expansion of Neighbourhood Watch in Saltford is an objective in the Parish Plan. A meeting on Expanding Neighbourhood Watch in Saltford was held at Saltford Hall on 19th June. The meeting, chaired by Cllr Duncan Hounsell, had in attendance local beat manager PC Sam Kayser and PCSO Sarah Hewlett. Also present were Cllrs Reg and Jill Williams, co-ordinators of some of the existing NW schemes, and members of the public. This meeting gave an opportunity to thank the NW co-ordinators present, to outline the benefits of being in a NW scheme (helping to reduce crime and the fear of crime, lowering insurance rates, and meeting neighbours), and to consider how best to expand NW in Saltford. Two members of the public came forward to launch NW schemes where they lived - one in the central section of Montague Road and one on the Bath Road near The Shallows. It was agreed that NW should be promoted at village events and that the Parish Council could host an annual meeting of NW co-ordinators, invited by the local Police, to enable effective communication.
Financial Assistance Grants
Saltford Parish Council has set aside increased funds in the budget for this financial year (2012/13) for Financial Assistance Grants (sometimes referred to as Development Grants). The Council wishes voluntary groups and organisations to be made aware of this.
Application forms can be downloaded here. Applications will be considered to have more weight if they set out in some detail what the application is for and whether they help Saltford to achieve objectives set out in the Saltford Parish Plan which can be found here.
The Chair of Saltford Parish Council, Cllr Duncan Hounsell, wishes to support the voluntary groups in Saltford. If you would like him to attend one of your events or meet to discuss matters relating to your organisation in Saltford, do contact us.
New Chair and Vice-Chair of the Parish Council
At its annual meeting on 1 May 2012, the Parish Council elected a new Chair for the year 2012/13, Cllr Duncan Hounsell, and a new Vice-Chair, Cllr Kim Johnson. Cllr Duncan Hounsell's main aims as Chair are to engage with Saltford people and organisations, to continue the improvement in the efficiency of the Council, to support voluntary groups and to promote the local economy and businesses.
The Parish Council thanked Cllr Reg Williams for his 9 years of service as Chair of the Parish Council. Cllr Reg Williams has always had the interests of Saltford at heart and has left a legacy of a well-managed and competent Council.
Saltford footpath maps for sale
Printed footpath maps are for sale for £1 each from Saltford Post Office, Saltford News or the Parish Council office.
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