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Annual Parish Walk 7.00 pm 13 June 2017

Everyone is welcome on our annual evening walk along some of the wonderful footpaths around Saltford parish. Starting from The Shallows car park, there will be two different walk options, led by Cheryl Hannan and Robin Dixon. No need to book but please wear suitable footwear and put dogs on leads. 

 

Grant to Great Western Air Ambulance charity

The Parish Council is pleased to support this valuable service which has been in operation in the Saltford area on a number of occasions over the past year. The grant of £350 will pay for 50 simulation lungs.

 

Nitrogen Dioxide monitoring on Bath Road

Data collected by B&NES Council shows that the target levels of nitrogen dioxide at the designated monitoring points on Bath Road have not been exceeded, and the levels have decreased in the last 6 months (June-Dec) of 2016. However, councillors will continue to be watchful of pollution levels recorded at the monitoring points.

 

Saltford Conservation Area character appraisal

B&NES Council's public consultation on Saltford's Conservation Area runs from 5 June to 14 July 2017. Details are available at http://www.bathnes.gov.uk/CACA-Saltford and plans will be on display at St Mary's church hall on 7 June from 12.00 till 8.00 pm.

 
 

Grant to Saltford Brass Mill

The Parish Council has made a grant of £510 to Saltford Brass Mill to install non-slip decking strips on the access footbridge for the safety of visitors.

 

Traffic volumes on the A4 at Saltford

On the right are the weekday average total number of vehicles in 24 hours on the A4 at Saltford 1998-2016 (both directions combined). There has been a drop of 12% in the total number of vehicles travelling on the A4 Bath Road since the peak of 2002. Very little traffic passes along the A4 between 8pm in the evening and 6am in the morning. Not surprisingly, traffic volumes normally peak daily between 7am and 8am and between 4pm and 6pm. On Fridays the morning traffic builds up more slowly. 

(Source: B&NES Council)


1998  29911 
1999  30117 
2000  29998 
2001  29869 
2002  31075 peak year
2003  30460 
2004  30342 
2005  30493 
2006  No data 
2007  No data
2008  No data 
2009  29534 
2010  28841 
2011  28952 
2012  29026 
2013  29053 
2014*  Kelston Road closure
2015  27747 
2016  27368 
The 2016 figure is provisional
Parish Council budget 2017/18

We have set our budget for 2017/18, and the annual precept will be £32,147 – an increase of 1.5%, well below the predicted rate of inflation for 2017.
 
Grant for Saltford Festival 2017

A grant of £1,000 has been made to Saltford Community Association towards the 2017 Saltford Festival, which is planned for 9 days from Saturday 10 June to Sunday 18 June 2017.
 
Holiday cover Clerk vacancy

The Parish Council is seeking a Clerk for holiday cover for periods of 2-3 weeks from April 2017. Applicants must be self-employed and have some relevant experience. Details of how to apply are available here or contact the Clerk.
 

Second public meeting on transport postponed

Cllr Chris Warren thanks everyone who turned up to the public meeting on 1st December 2016 at Saltford Golf Club. B&NES Council Leader Tim Warren had promised to organise another public meeting in Saltford with the relevant transport officers present so that a more informed discussion could be held on the various transport options under consideration. However it was felt that another meeting so close to the one just held and in the run up to Christmas would have been difficult to organise and have a much lower attendance. The timing of the future public meeting, whether hosted by the Parish Council or B&NES Council, will be dependent on the timing of the next draft of the Joint Transport Study. All those who left their email addresses will be notified of this meeting and details will be on our website.

Public Meeting - West of England Joint Spatial Plan & Joint Transport Study: a Saltford bypass?

Thursday 1st December at 7.15 pm at Saltford Golf Club

Come to a public meeting to hear about the current consultation from the West of England.
Within the Joint Transport Study is a map of the Bristol to Bath corridor showing various proposals including a Saltford Bypass. Saltford Parish Council is in principle opposed to a bypass at Saltford. Come along to find out more and give your views. 

West of England Joint Spatial Plan & Joint Transport Study

The four west of England councils - Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol City, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire - are consulting on the Joint Spatial Plan and Joint Transport Study from 7 November to 19 December 2016. These plans set out a prospectus for sustainable growth to meet the area's housing and transport needs for the next 20 years. See and comment online at http://www.jointplanningwofe.org.uk/  
Written responses can be sent to: West of England Joint Planning Consultation, Corporate Research & Consultation team, Civic Centre, High St, Kingswood, Bristol BS15 0DR, or emailed to comment@jointplanningwofe.org.uk

 

Parish Council opposed to a by-pass

Saltford Parish Council is in principle opposed to a by-pass at Saltford, being detrimental to the Green Belt, the environment, local commerce, and the integrity of Saltford as a place. The Parish Council notes that the 2006 Greater Bristol Strategic Transport Study concluded that a by-pass at Saltford does not provide strategic benefits, and does not represent value for money.

 

Grant to Saltford Guides

The Parish Council has made a grant of £1300 to Saltford District Guides towards the installation of a new heating and hot water system for the Guide Hut.

 

Walk leader volunteer sought

We are grateful to Brian Cooper for leading our walks for many years, and are now seeking a new volunteer to lead our annual evening parish walk, with the next one due to take place on 13 June 2017. Please contact the Clerk if you are interested. 

 
 

665 Saltford - Keynsham bus 

The 665 bus provides local links in Saltford and Keynsham to areas away from the main bus routes. It serves all bus stops along its route and in addition provides a Hail & Ride service along roads without fixed bus stops. For a map of its route and a timetable see here on B&NES website.

 

Annual Neighbourhood Watch meeting 5 October 2016

Being in a Neighbourhood Watch has many benefits - helping to reduce crime and the fear of crime, lowering insurance rates, and meeting neighbours. Saltford Parish Council wishes to encourage more NW schemes in Saltford, big or small, even covering a single street or Close. Come and find out more about NW at a public meeting on Wednesday 5th October 2016 from 7 to 8 pm at Saltford Hall. The meeting, hosted by the Parish Council with the neighbourhood policing team, is an open meeting where any resident can ask the police team questions and hear about crime rates and crime prevention in Saltford, and existing NW co-ordinators can meet and share ideas and concerns. PC Sam Kayser and Cllr Duncan Hounsell. 

 

 

 


Grants for local groups

The Parish Council sets aside a small amount of money each year for financial assistance grants that local groups can apply for to support an initiative or development that would benefit the residents of Saltford. Contact us or download an Application for Financial Assistance form to apply for a grant for your group. Applications need to be received by the Clerk one week prior to the date of a meeting in order for the application to be considered at that meeting. Applicants will be asked to attend the meeting at which their grant application will be considered, to briefly present the reasons for their application and answer any questions councillors may have. The Parish Council next meets on 6 September 2016. 



War Memorial

The Parish Council has agreed to a proposal from Cllr Chris Warren that, with the 100 year commemoration of the end of hostilities of WW1 approaching, the Parish Council explores ways of enhancing the War Memorial. Suggestions include subtle illumination, and wrought iron railings with 'Lest we forget' incorporated in the design.

 


New Chair of Parish Council

At its annual meeting in May 2016, the Parish Council unanimously elected Cllr Chris Warren as Chair of the Council for the year 2016/17. The Council also thanked Cllr Duncan Hounsell for his service as Chair over the last year.


West of England Devolution Agreement

Saltford Parish Council is opposed to the undemocratic imposition of a Metro Mayor, which is proposed as part of the agreement between the government and the Bristol Mayor and other Council Leaders of the West of England to devolve a range of powers and responsibilities to a West of England Combined Authority and a new directly elected mayor for the city region. However the Parish Council does recognise the need for increased investment and improved decision-making in the way the West of England unitary authorities work together for improving the region’s infrastructure, meeting housing needs and for protecting the environment.


 A low tax council

Out of 51 Parish and Town Councils in the B&NES area, Saltford Parish Council has raised the 4th lowest precept (tax) for 2016/17 (using a band D property for comparison purposes).  Only Charlcombe, Chelwood and North Stoke have a lower parish precept for a band D property. A resident of a band D property in Saltford will pay about £17 a year towards the running of the Parish Council. The increase for 2016/17 is roughly equivalent to £1 per year per household.


Parish Council Budget 2016/17

Saltford Parish Council has agreed its budget for 2016/17. The amount of precept (tax) to be levied will increase from £29,702 to £31,672. The modest increase of £1970 is mainly to cover the loss of income from B&NES Council in the form of the Council Tax Support Grant which is being phased out and to restore reserves to the level recommended by the National Association of Local Councils. Significant reserves were spent in 2014 to pay for essential wall repairs in St Mary’s closed churchyard for which the Parish Council has the responsibility to maintain safety. The amount of tax that the Parish Council will levy this coming financial year for a Band D property remains likely to be among the lowest in the B&NES area. The amount of increase represents about one pound per year per household.


Important information for rail travellers
Network Rail held a drop-in exhibition on 15th December at St Mary’s Church Hall to give Saltford residents an opportunity to learn about the planned works at and near Saltford as Network Rail continues to prepare for the electrification of the main-line. Passengers will notice changes to the platform gauges and repositioning of the canopies at Keynsham station beginning in January 2016. Then Keynsham station and the line itself will be closed from 2nd to the 10th of April 2016 during which time the track bed and platforms will be lowered and foundations laid for the overhead electric pylons. Replacement buses will operate throughout this period. Saltford Parish Cllrs Duncan Hounsell and Farida Wilson are pictured at the drop-in event. Thanks to Brunel, the tunnel underneath Tunnel House, Saltford, is high enough to accommodate the overhead cables and gantries without requiring any additional engineering work. For further details, log on to the web-site www.networkrail.co.uk/great-western-route-modernisation.  You may hear or read of TPODs. This simply means temporary periods of disruption!
There will be a further public drop-in session on 30 March 2016 5.00 - 7.00 pm at St John's Church parish hall, Keynsham.


 


Parking issues in and around Saltford

Highways and on-street parking are the responsibility of B&NES Council. Parking in and around Saltford generates much discussion and debate among residents.  Saltford Parish Council has decided to conduct a “conversation” with residents of Saltford, local businesses, and commuters to Saltford to seek information, views, and suggested solutions to parking issues in and around Saltford. The objective is for the Parish Council to be in a position to put forward a set of constructive proposals in Spring 2016 to B&NES Council and other bodies for possible action. We recognise that people do need to park, that no householder can claim the right to sole access to the parking space outside their home, and that problems should not be simply moved from one street or part of a street to another. The Parish Council has no predetermined view on parking issues other than a desire to improve road safety and find workable solutions to parking issues. 
Descriptions of problems are helpful but we would particularly welcome practical suggestions for potential solutions to the issues experienced in Saltford under the following headings:-

  • Possible parking regulations or measures in the interest of public safety 
  • The provision and possible control of short stay parking
  • The provision and possible control of long stay parking
  • Opportunities to increase parking provision in Saltford and to make better use of existing parking space
  • Changing parking behaviour
  • Encouraging less car use in Saltford
  • Other ideas

Please contact the Parish Council by letter to The Clerk, Tricia Golinski, Saltford Parish Council office, Saltford Library, 478a Bath Road, Saltford BS31 3DJ or by email to clerk@saltfordparishcouncil.gov.uk before the end of February 2016. Head any correspondence “Parking issues in and around Saltford”. Thank you.


November 2015 Financial Assistance Grants have been made

  • To Keynsham & District Dial a Ride  - £500 towards two sets of heavy duty wheelchair restraints for the minibus.
  • To Leo Nolan and Seb Howard, Wellsway School pupils who won places at an international science exposition in Mexico - £300 towards the costs of building a litter-picking robot and transport costs.


SALTFORD  LIBRARY support your local library by volunteering!

Saltford library has recently been closed on Saturdays but could re-open with the service being delivered by local volunteers. These volunteers would be able to telephone the staffed branch at Keynsham if they need advice. This kind of service has been successfully implemented at Paulton Library and other libraries across the country.  In fact, people all over country volunteer in public libraries. They support the work of library staff, helping to extend the range of services available in libraries within their local community. This is a rewarding and great way to get involved in your community and meet new people, as well as developing your skills.
Want to volunteer? It couldn’t be easier!  Application forms are available online here and in Saltford Hall and local libraries.
If you would like to find out more or become a volunteer, then contact Lorraine Corbishley Tel: 01225 394 041 or H. Ashton Tel: 01225 872 511.  


Neighbourhood Watch meeting 9 September 2015

A Neighbourhood Watch meeting will be held on Wednesday 9th September 2015, from 7.00 pm till 9.00 pm at Saltford Hall, organised by the local Police and hosted by the Parish Council. Please come along to find out more about Neighbourhood Watch, see what is happening in your area, or for help in setting up a new Neighbourhood Watch area.

 


Notice boards by the Post Office

We are looking at replacing the notice boards outside the Post Office which are rather old and increasingly hard to read. Quotes for new ones are being sought and this is likely to be decided at our September meeting.

Graffiti

Following Parish Council action, a number of sites previously affected by graffiti have been cleared. If you see graffiti in Saltford, please let us know. 


Keynsham & District Dial a Ride (KDDAR)

Over 100 Saltford residents are members of KDDAR, a vital door-to-door service for those unable to get around by other means. The Parish Council has asked B&NES Council to review how it calculates the subsidy it provides per passenger journey for Community Transport in the B&NES area, because of a perceived unfairness to KDDAR. The average subsidy by B&NES Council per passenger journey for KDDAR is £2.93 compared with £6.32 for the Midsomer Norton and Radstock Dial a Ride.
New service: From July 2015, for a 6 month trial period, on the 3rd Tuesday of the month KDDAR is operating a Dial-a-Ride service from Saltford to Asda, Longwell Green via Aldi and Marks & Spencer. This will be a door-to-door service for members and the cost will be £5 return. Contact KDDAR.


A slipway in the Shallows?

The river Avon in Saltford provides leisure facilities for residents and visitors alike. Safety should be of paramount importance, and the river bank is getting eroded in the Shallows where many small boat and canoe users access the river. The Parish Council has asked B&NES Council to investigate the provision of a slipway or equivalent by the Shallows car park with appropriate access via steps or a non-slip slope to allow safe entry and exit. We are also asking that the design of such a slipway or equivalent should be discussed with the River Avon Users Consultative Committee and Canoe Avon so that it is fit for purpose.


Saltford Parish Evening Walk
Tuesday 16th June 2015 starting at 7.00 pm from The Shallows car park, Saltford
The walk, led by Brian Cooper, will be along footpaths in the parish, and will last approximately 2 - 3 hours
Please wear suitable footwear
Dogs on leads please
NO NEED TO BOOK - EVERYONE IS WELCOME TO JOIN OUR ANNUAL PARISH WALK
Organised by Saltford Parish Council


New Parish Councillors Elected

The following people were elected to Saltford Parish Council on 7 May 2015:
Adrian Betts, Ben Eve, Jon Godfrey, Phil Harding, Duncan Hounsell, James Macnaughton, Liz Macnaughton, Kyle Rice, Rob Taylor, Chris Warren, Farida Wilson.

At its first meeting on 19 May 2015, the Council elected the following as Chairs and Vice-Chairs:
 Cllr Duncan Hounsell – Chair of Parish Council
 Cllr Phil Harding – Vice-Chair of Parish Council
 Cllr Adrian Betts – Chair of Planning Committee
 Cllr Phil Harding – Vice-Chair of Planning Committee

see Declaration of Results of the Election for Saltford Parish Council 


Elections May 2015 Statements of persons nominated

Want to know who you can vote for on 7 May 2015?
Please see these documents listing the details of the candidates standing at the three different elections on 7 May 2015

Local government elections for Saltford Parish Council
Local government elections for Bath & North East Somerset Council Saltford ward
UK Parliamentary election in the North East Somerset constituency

Details of the 11 members of the Parish Council following the elections on 7 May will be on our website as soon as the results are out. The Council sends its thanks for their contributions to the following people who did not stand for re-election: Marie Carder, Neil McKen and Kevin Reeves.


Saltford Youth Service

The Parish Council is continuing to support the provision of the weekly mobile youth service in the village, in partnership with B&NES Council.  A new six month Working Together Agreement with B&NES Council for 2015-16 specifies that the first three months (April to June) will be 50% funded by Saltford Parish Council and 50% by B&NES Youth Connect, and the second three months service (July to September) will be 75% funded by Saltford Parish Council and 25% by B&NES Youth Connect.


Saltford's 20 mph speed limit March 2015

B&NES Council’s 20 mph Speed Limit Order came into operation on 17 April 2015, meaning that it is prohibited to drive a motor vehicle at a speed exceeding 20 miles per hour on all roads in Saltford except the A4, which remains 30 mph.

The introduction of the 20mph speed limit in Saltford was scheduled to commence Monday 30th March.  Initial works will include erection of posts, followed by fixing of signs and latterly road marking roundel placement.  During this period there may be some ambiguity with any existing 30mph signs and road markings, which may cause confusion for a short period, but enforcement will not be carried by the Police until all works are complete and necessary checks have been undertaken.


Financial assistance for Saltford Wombles March 2015

The Parish Council has made a grant of £252 to Saltford Wombles for litter pickers, high-viz tabards and protective gloves, to ensure the Wombles volunteers are well-equipped for the litter picks they do around the village. 


Claverton Road playing field - Goal mouth repairs March 2015

The grass in the two goal areas on the playing field next to Saltford Primary School is to be re-turfed.  B&NES Council maintains the playing field but the Parish Council put in the goalposts, and the goal areas have again become worn and need re-turfing. This work is to be done, at the Parish Council’s expense, in the week beginning 13 April 2015.  The goal areas will be cordoned off and out of use for a short time for the ground to recover.


Saltford Community Awards March 2015

The Parish Council is giving an Exemplary Achievement Award to Tina Curtis for her contribution to Saltford life, including 1st Saltford Scouts, the Parish Council, Saltford Business Network, and various fundraising charity events. Tina has asked for her £60 award to go to 1st Saltford Scouts. This will be presented at the annual Parish Meeting at 6.30 pm on 7 April at Saltford Hall.


Travelling by train in July or August 2015?

There will be substantial disruption and change to the local rail network during electrification works in and around Bath from 18th July through to the end of August 2015.  Network Rail needs to make room under bridges for the new overhead electric line equipment.  Disruption and alterations to services around Bath will take place from 18 July to the end of August 2015. Further information from Network Rail.


New B&NES Energy at Home Advice Service February 2015

Help for B&NES residents to find out how to make their homes warm and efficient. Find out:
* How to use less energy/ reduce  your bills / get out of fuel debt
* Which energy saving improvements / renewable energy technologies may be suitable for your home
* What grants, finance and special offers are available
If appropriate, residents can also book a home energy assessment and get help to find certified installers.
Freephone 0800 038 5680 or see Energy at Home website


Stand for Saltford Parish Council in May 2015

Community minded? Want to have a say on what happens locally? How about standing for election to Saltford Parish Council in May 2015 when a new Council is formed for another four year period? The next election is due to be held on Thursday 7 May 2015.

It does not cost anything to stand for election and candidates do not need to belong to a political party.

What qualifications do you need to become a Councillor?

To stand for election as a councillor you must on the day you are nominated be:
Aged 18 or over (there is no upper age limit) AND
Be a British citizen or a citizen of another Commonwealth Country, the Irish Republic or another European Union member state.

You must also meet at least one of the following 4 criteria:

1. Be registered to vote in Saltford Parish.
2. Have owned or rented property in Saltford Parish during the whole of the 12 months before the date of nomination.
3. Have worked in Saltford Parish during the whole of the 12 months before the date of nomination.
4. Have lived in Saltford Parish during the whole of the 12 months before the date of nomination.

You cannot stand for election as a councillor if you:

Are or have been declared bankrupt or sentenced to 3 months or more in prison during the previous 5 years.
Are or have been disqualified under specific Acts of Parliament.
Are employed by Saltford Parish Council or hold a paid office under the Parish Council.

Saltford Parish Council has 11 councillors. If more than 11 come forward in May 2015, this triggers an election among the voters of Saltford. An election generates interest and discussion of village matters and gives confidence to those who are elected. The level of commitment required as a councillor varies: the minimum expectation is that a councillor attends a monthly meeting (except August). However, councillors may choose to join other committees and working groups and represent the Council on other bodies.
For more information on the role of the Parish Council, see Council Responsibilities.
Every councillor when elected must undertake to observe the Council’s Code of Conduct.

The process of standing for election is straightforward. The contact for all aspects of this electoral process is the Electoral Services Officer, Bath and North East Somerset (B&NES) Council, Guildhall, Bath, BA1 5AW. Tel: 01225 477333 Email: elections@bathnes.gov.uk

From Monday 2 March 2015, you can obtain nomination packs from:

* the Electoral Commission website

* the Returning Officer, Electoral Services, Guildhall, Bath, BA1 5AW

* the Parish Clerk at Saltford library

Nomination papers must be completed and returned to the Returning Officer, Electoral Services, Guildhall, Bath, BA1 5AW by 4pm on Thursday 9 April 2015.

Copies of the 2015 electoral registers will be available from 2 March 2015 on request from the Returning Officer, Electoral Services, Guildhall, Bath, BA1 5AW, and one reference copy of each electoral register will be available from the Parish Clerk at Saltford library. Nomination papers simply require that you have a proposer and a seconder. Your and their electoral registration numbers will be needed on the nomination form. Note that Saltford has two polling districts and two registers.

The Electoral Commission is a national body established by Parliament to oversee elections. It is politically neutral. It publishes: Parish and community council elections in England and Wales - Guidance for election candidates and agents


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 have now been reinstated in the same positions outside the Post Office


Re-opening of Permissive Paths

The permissive paths to the south and west of Saltford have now re-opened for the enjoyment of everyone.  The Saltford Community Association (SCA) has now signed a legal agreement allowing over 4.5km of the permissive paths to re-open to walkers and riders shortly before Christmas.  This was only possible as a result of Eveleighs Estate Agents coming forward with a generous £3000 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 £3000. 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. 

In the last edition of SCAN a donation envelope was enclosed and the SCA is delighted to report that they have already raised (including Gift Aid) £1500 towards keeping the paths open for another year.  This is a great start and half way towards this year’s target.

If you wish to donate and don’t still have your envelope from the last SCAN, then please either pick one up from the foyer of Saltford Hall or go to the permissive paths section of the SCA website.  This page provides a link to a downloadable Gift Aid form and details of how to make a donation including via Paypal.  It also provides a link to a map of the reopened paths.  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.

 


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.


WW1 Civic Ceremony 3 August 2014

A Civic Ceremony will be held at 11.00 am on Sunday 3 August 2014 in the Memorial Garden on the corner of Manor Road and Bath Road, to mark the centenary of the outbreak of World War 1.  The focus will be on the 17 Saltford names on the village war memorial.  The ceremony will be led by the Parish Council with contributions from 1st Saltford Scouts, and everyone is welcome.


Village Walk 13 August 2014

The annual Saltford village walk takes place this year on Wednesday 13 August 2014 starting at 7.00 pm from The Shallows car park.  It will last 2 – 3 hours, on footpaths with an option of going up to Kelston Tump (Round Hill).  All welcome, dogs on leads please.


Public Meeting 20 August 2014 - previously permissive footpaths
A public meeting will be held on 20 August 2014 at 7.00 pm at Saltford Golf Club to discuss possible ways forward for the previously permissive paths which were recently closed.  The meeting will be facilitated by the Parish Council, and all walkers, riders and anyone else with an interest in using the paths, perhaps on a subscription basis, is welcome. 

Objectives of the meeting

  1. To enable members of the public to understand the history and issues around the loss of previously permissive paths.
  2. To gauge the extent of the interest in re-opening permissive paths in Saltford parish among walkers and horse riders.
  3. To determine an order of priority for any re-instatement of these footpaths.
  4. To consider possible future arrangements including the establishment of private legal agreements between users of these paths and the landowner.

Footpath Maps
The ‘Saltford on foot’ maps, which were available from Saltford Post Office for £1 each, have been temporarily removed from sale, as the information about the permissive paths is now inaccurate.

sign on cycle path


Election of new Parish Councillor

Saltford Parish Council welcomes Marie Carder, who was elected unopposed on 1 June 2014.


Election for a Parish Councillor

An election is to be held for a Parish Councillor for Saltford, to fill the vacancy following the resignation of Kim Johnson.  Anyone wishing to stand for election can obtain nomination papers from B&NES Returning Officer or from Saltford Parish Clerk.  Nomination papers must be received by B&NES by 4.00pm on Friday 30 May 2014.  Notice of Election.


Vacancy on Saltford Parish Council

A vacancy has arisen following the resignation of Kim Johnson.  Notice of vacancy.


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. 


Neighbourhood Watch 

The annual Neighbourhood Watch meeting will be held on Wednesday 7th May 2014 from 7pm to 8pm. The meeting will be held in the Avon Room, at Saltford Hall, Wedmore Road, Saltford BS31 3BY.
The purposes of the meeting are to enable a dialogue between the Neighbourhood Watch coordinators in Saltford and the local Police team, and to encourage more Neighbourhood Watches to be set up in Saltford


Saltford Railway Station Survey

Bath & North East Somerset (B&NES) Council would like your view on how often you might use the station, if it were to reopen, how would you get there e.g. walk, bus, cycle or drive, and what approach you think we should take to manage vehicles wishing to park at the station.

An exhibition was held at Saltford Hall on 25 February 2014 showing the results of the 'high level options assessment' which B&NES commissioned - click here for details of the exhibition boards.

The consultation is open until 26 March 2014. To give your comments on the potential re-opening of Saltford Station, go to this page on B&NES website and click on 'Respond Online'.


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


B&NES Council announces
 
Saltford Station consultation

B&NES Council has announced the date of the public consultation on the possible re-opening of Saltford Railway Station as part of the Metro West rail project

A drop-in event is planned for Tuesday 25th February 2014 from 4pm to 8pm at Saltford Hall

Please go to this event and make your views known 


First Bus fares consultation

FIRST BUS is running a fare consultation in the West of England area from 1 February - 16 March 2014. The consultation follows a similar review of bus fares in and around Bristol last year, which led to changes being implemented in the city last November. This latest review is looking at all First West of England services outside of Bristol’s inner zone. Keynsham is in the First Bus Inner zone, however Saltford is in the First Bus Outer zone. Saltford is a large village of over 4000 residents. Saltford Parish Council wishes to ensure that Saltford’s residents make their views regarding bus fares known to First Bus in this latest fare consultation, whether they currently use the bus services or not. The Parish Council expects to receive paper copies of the questionnaire which will be made available in Saltford Library and other village locations where possible. To find out more about the consultation and to complete the online version of the survey please visit http://www.fairerfaresforall.co.uk/ 


 Give us your views on Saltford Placemaking Plan

B&NES Council is developing a Placemaking Plan which allows local communities the opportunity to indicate where developments such as housing might go. However, Saltford is not suggested as a place for additional housing in B&NES draft Core Strategy. Nevertheless, the Parish Council has still been tasked with describing the settlement and environs of Saltford.  From 23 November to 6 December 2013, there will be a Placemaking Plan area on our website where you can see these descriptions of the different parts (zones) of the Parish. Give us your comments on these  descriptions before the full set is sent to B&NES.


Graffiti

In an effort to remove graffiti from the village, everyone is asked to report instances of graffiti to the Parish Clerk giving clear details of the location and if possible a photo and details of the likely ownership of the property. These will then be recorded, reported as appropriate and followed up.


Election of Parish Councillor for Saltford Parish Council

The Returning Officer of Bath & North East Somerset Council has announced that Adrian Betts was nominated for election and was elected without contest on 5 November 2013.

The Parish Council welcomes Adrian Betts to the Council.

Election results notice


Swing into Life, Swing into Action

Swing into Life, Swing into Action, an event for Saltford seniors, was held at Saltford Hall on Tuesday 29 October 2013. This was an energising afternoon giving information about personal safety and healthy living organised by Saltford Parish Council in conjunction with B&NES Council.  Age UK, Dial-a-Ride, West of England Care and Repair, the B&NES Active Lifestyle team and the local Police Community Support were all represented. As well as listening to presentations, Saltford seniors took part in tai chi and chair-based exercises. Tea and cakes were provided by Saltford Evening WI and the Saltford Fairtrade Group. Entertainment was provided by George King of KLOGS who sang a number of songs. Raffle prizes were donated by the local Co-op and Tesco. Cllr Duncan Hounsell, Chair of Saltford Parish Council, said: ‘This event was a first of its type organised jointly by the Parish Council and B&NES Council. Everyone enjoyed the afternoon immensely. Thanks to all who supported it.’ 



 

 

 

 

   


Election of Councillors for Saltford Parish Council

1. ELECTION

An election is to be held for a Parish Councillor for the above-mentioned Parish.

2. NOMINATION PAPERS

Nomination papers may be obtained during normal office hours from the offices of the Returning Officer, Guildhall, High Street, Bath, BA1 5AW, or alternatively from the Parish Clerk at the address below.

DELIVERY OF NOMINATION PAPERS

Nomination papers must be delivered to the Returning Officer, Guildhall, High Street, Bath, BA1 5AW, between 10am and 4pm on any working day after the date of this notice, but not later than noon on Thursday, 31st October 2013.

3. POLL

If the election is contested, a poll will take place on Wednesday, 27th November 2013 between 7am and 10pm.

4. ABSENT VOTES

Electors should take note that the deadline for new applications to vote by post or to change existing postal or proxy arrangements must reach the Electoral Registration Officer by 5pm on Tuesday, 12th November 2013 if they are to be effective for this election.

New applications to vote by proxy at this election must reach the Electoral Registration Officer by no later than 5pm on Tuesday, 19th November 2013.

New applications to vote by proxy on grounds of a medical emergency, where that emergency occurred after Tuesday, 19th November 2013 must reach the Electoral Registration Officer by 5pm on Wednesday, 27th November 2013.

All applications and notices regarding absent voting must be sent to the Electoral Registration Officer, Electoral Services, Guildhall, High Street, Bath, BA1 5AW.

Dated: Wednesday, 23rd October 2013

V.F. Hitchman, Returning Officer

Printed and published by the Returning Officer, Guildhall, High Street, Bath, BA1 5AW

Parish Clerk’s contact details for nomination papers:

Tricia Golinski, Saltford Library, 478a Bath Road, Saltford, BS31 3DJ

(Office open Tuesday to Thursday)

Tel: 01225 873300


New Chair elected

Councillor Duncan Hounsell has been elected as Chair of Saltford Parish Council for the remainder of the year 2013/14, following the resignation of Mathew Blankley due to work commitments.


NOTICE OF VACANCY IN OFFICE OF COUNCILLOR

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN

pursuant to Section 87(2) of the Local Government Act 1972, that due to the resignation of Cllr Mathew Blankley a vacancy has arisen in the Office of Councillor for the said Parish Council.

If, within 14 days* after the date of this notice (i.e. no later than Friday, 11th October 2013), a request for an election to fill the said vacancy is made in writing to the Returning Officer, Bath & North East Somerset Council, Guildhall, High Street, Bath, BA1 5AW, by TEN electors for the said Parish Council, an election will be held to fill the said vacancy, otherwise the vacancy will be filled by co-option.

If an election is called, it will take place not later than Monday, 16th December 2013.

Tricia Golinski, Parish Clerk

Dated Monday, 23rd September 2013

* In computing any period of time for this purpose a Saturday, Sunday, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Good Friday, bank holiday or day appointed for public thanksgiving or mourning shall be disregarded.


“Swing Into Life. Swing Into Action”

– an event for Saltford seniors being held by Saltford Parish Council in conjunction with B&NES Council.

An energising afternoon giving information about personal safety and healthy living.

Avon Room at Saltford Hall Tuesday 29th October from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm.

Come and join us for a relaxed, friendly get-together where you can find out more about personal safety and healthy living. Tea and cakes will be provided as well as a chance to make new friends.

If you would like to join us please give your details to: Tricia Golinski, Clerk at Saltford Parish Council Tel: 01225 873300. The Saltford Parish Council Office is in the library.

Anyone is welcome to attend, just turn up!

If you need a lift, let us know by calling Dial-a-Ride on 01225 395321 and mention this event.


Planning application public inquiry

The Parish Council will be represented at the Public Inquiry about Crest Nicholson’s planning application for up to 99 houses off Manor Road, Saltford, which will be held on 13 August 2013 at 10.00 am at the Fry Club, Keynsham BS31 2AU. This Inquiry is to deal with the Appeal to the Planning Inspector against the failure of the Local Planning Authority to give notice of its decision on the application within the appropriate period. Most Public Inquiries last for one day, but more complex cases can last two or three days. Anyone can attend the Public Inquiry and, at the Inspector’s discretion, give their views on the proposal. For more information see the Planning Portal and search for Appeal reference APP/F0114/A/13/2195351.


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

02/04/2013

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.

ENDS

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 -

Sarah Lloyd

John Thomas

Cynthia Wilson

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.

Categories:
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.

Criterion:
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.

Process:
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


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.


Saltford By-Election

Results of Poll held on 15 November 2012

Name of Candidate Votes Recorded
Mervyn Burt 279
Cliff Hancock 165
Robert Taylor 336

 

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 http://www.travelinesw.com/swe/XSLT_REQUEST?language=en&itdLPxx_link=homeor 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 http://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.

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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 (alanaldous@btinternet.com).


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.


Neighbourhood Watch

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.