Clerk's Jottings

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Councillor Vacancies
Neighbourhood Policing
Report a Problem
Speeding on School Road
Flood Wardens and Emergency Planning
Events in the Southam area
Dog fouling
 

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 which can be found via this link. Alternatively, why not come along to one of the meetings to see for yourself what is involved?

Neighbourhood Policing
As part of the new Neighbourhood Policing policy each area will have a named Police Community support officer.
The local Police Community Support Officers for Bishops Cleeve area, which includes Southam, are  PCSO Wayne Lippett and PCSO Jordan Rees. Over the coming months you will see the officers out in the parish. Please look on the relevant website (see below) for advertised dates for the community engagement vehicle. You can visit the vehicle and speak with local officers about any community concerns you may have or for advice on crime prevention.

 

 

Please also take a look at www.yourcommunityalerts.co.uk  and consider signing up. This service can be completed via the website or by visiting the engagement vehicle.

Websites:
Details of the full Bishops Cleeve team and how to contact them can be found here.

For Prestbury the team details can be found here.

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

Speeding on School Road

Concerns have been expressed about the excessive speed of some vehicles on School Road.  Residents are requested to drive slowly along this road to provide a safer environment for pedestrians.  In addition, hall hirers have been asked to remind those attending their classes / events to drive with more care.

Flood Wardens and Emergency Planning

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.

Helen Richards of Gloucestershire Rural Community Council (GRCC) recently gave an informative talk on emergency planning and the Parish Council will consider the possibility of drawing up a plan for the parish.  These can be useful in the case of emergency events such as prolonged water or power outages and more information can be found in the GRCC "Are you Ready?" booklet which can be downloaded via https://www.grcc.org.uk/downloads/community-and-neighbourhood-planning/emergency-planning/are-you-ready-booklet-v2-web-version.pdf 

Events in the Southam area

Complaints have been passed to the Parish Council about the Balloon Fiesta in June and the Paramotor Club Summer Fly-in in July.  The Parish Council is liaising with the racecourse to try to obtain advance notification as to when Gate 10 on Southam Lane is to be used for events and which events will have firework displays.  A complaint has been sent to Tewkesbury Borough Council about the noise and privacy issues caused by the Paramotor Club event.

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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