Clerk's Jottings.

Councillor Vacancies.

Following the Parish Council elections in May, two vacancies have arisen and residents are urged to join the Council which meets on the second Tuesday of each month in Southam Village Hall.  Anyone who would like to find out more about the work of the Council may contact any Councillor or the Clerk.  A summary of the work of the Council can be found in the Chairman's report. Alternatively, why not come along to one of the meetings to see for yourself what is involved?.

Report a Problem.

Tewkesbury Borough Council are responsible for flytipping, waste collection, noise and much more.
​Gloucestershire County Council are responsible for potholes, blocked drains and other highway hazards.

​Please report these issues through their websites.

​Both Councils can be accessed via https://www.tewkesbury.gov.uk/do-it-online/ (scroll down to the "Report It" sections)

Parish Council Updates.

Travellers site.

In December the Council considered a retrospective planning application which seeks to regularise works already carried out at the Kayte Lane travellers' site.  The Council has lodged a strong objection on the following grounds:

No need for a permanent solution on land which is subject to an injunction, inappropriate development within the Green Belt, inadequate access arrangements due to site location, no demonstrable long term need to include this site within the Borough's supply of traveller sites.

An appeal has also been submitted in respect of Tewkesbury Borough Council's previous refusal to permit temporary retention of a stable building.  The Council has also submitted a letter of objection to the Planning Inspectorate.

Flood Wardens.

Cllr Karen Licence has taken on the role of Flood Warden for Southam.  Although the built up area is not within a high risk area, incidents of excess surface water may be reported to the Flood Warden or the Clerk.  This will assist with identifying necessary maintenance works such as clearance of ditches or gullies.

Events in the Southam area.

Complaints were passed to the Parish Council last year about the Balloon Fiesta in June and the Paramotor Club Summer Fly-in in July.  Although the Paramotor Club event will take place elsewhere this year the Council has made arrangements with the Environmental Health Department to be kept informed of any such event in the future so that representation may be made to the Licensing team in advance.  The Balloon Fiesta will take place again this year from 19th - 21st June and it is understood that improved traffic arrangements are to be put in place.

Dog fouling.

A new Public Space Protection Order has been introduced which now gives Borough Council officers more powers to tackle dog fouling across Tewkesbury Borough.  Dog walkers can be fined £100 for not picking up after their dogs and can now also get a £100 fixed penalty for not carrying dog poo bags.  Environmental health officers will be working with parish councils across the borough to spread awareness of the new Public Space Protection Order.  Old signs will be replaced with new ones and patrols will be carried out regularly at dog fouling hot spots.  Posters have been provided which have been displayed on the parish council noticeboards.

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