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Welcome to the official site for Alveston Parish Council. We hope you find it easy to use and the information informative and useful.

The Council is delighted to be working in partnership with Alveston.org to inform and to promote the activities of the community, its groups, the businesses and the people of the Parish.

You can now find minutes of Parish Council and committee meetings on this site.

For further information on any matter contact the Parish Office by email or phone 01454 413550.

Latest News

Broiling Wells Footpath – Alveston

Please note that South Gloucestershire Council Footpaths Ranger has cut a new Footpath around the boggy area of the above footpath / bridle path.

However, whilst some people are using this new walkway others are still putting wood onto the muddy area. Please note that this is dangerous for the horses using the bridle path as they could step on the wood and slip, or alternatively they could step on the end of the wood which could flip up and injure the leg.

Therefore we request that walkers please refrain from doing this and to use the newly cut footpath provided. Thank you.

Parish Council – Grant Awards 2016

Further to a request for applications for the 2016 Parish Council Grant Aid advertised on both this website and the Helmet the Parish Council have awarded the following payments to local groups or charities/organisations which assist local residents.

  • Citizens Advice Bureau - £200
  • Alveston Youth Centre - £222
  • Helmet - £250
  • Thornbury Composting - £100

Attention all Community Groups! - Implementation of the Community Benefit Scheme - Ecotricity

The Green Britain Foundation is the independent charitable arm of Ecotricity, set up in 2012, to help realise the company’s vision of a Greener Britain. This foundation supports charity-led and community projects within the areas that their windfarms are located. The vision of Green Britain is simply one where everyone can live far more sustainably. The three big issues they wish to tackle are; Energy, Transport and Food – hence these are the three main themes of the work of the Green Britain Foundation who are committed to support and undertake initiatives to promote sustainability in each of these areas.

Also The Green Britain Foundation aims to address another aspect of Greening Britain through supporting the creation of new wildlife habitats and making room for birds, bees and other creatures that are essential to Britain being truly green. Their mission is to inform, educate and empower people to take the small and the big steps towards living in a greener Britain.

Once the Alveston Wind Farm is up and running Alveston Community Groups will be able to apply for Community Benefit funding. Ecotricity will set aside £1,000 per megawatt (MW) of capacity per year. The scheme is for three 2.3MW wind turbines (6.9MW) making the total level of funding available to be £6,900 per annum for 25 years.

If your organisation is a registered charity or an organised community group within the Parish of Alveston, Rudgeway & Earthcott and your idea is going to materially advance sustainability across one of more of these themes:- Energy (the promotion of green energy in Britain). Transport (the promotion of green transport in Britain) Food (the promotion of sustainable food in Britain) and/or Nature Conservation (the conservation of wildlife and habitats), Ecotricity is now inviting Community Benefit grant applications.

It’s easy to apply. Simply read through the details on this form to check whether your application will fit with the funding criteria and complete the details and either submit via the Parish Clerk or direct to Ecotricity. If you would like to informally talk this through please contact the Parish Clerk (who has been briefed by Ecotricity) by email on: or phone 01454 413550.

Down Road Green Space – Deterrent of Vehicular Access

The Parish Council have approved a process whereby South Gloucestershire Council may apply to relevant utility companies who have infrastructure buried beneath the surface of the Down Road Green Space for permission to install boulders.

This is the start of a process which will bring about a deterrent to groups wishing to access the Green Space with vehicles without prior permission.

South Gloucestershire Council - Member Awarded Funding (MAF)

The Member Awarded Funding scheme is a new way for South Gloucestershire Councillors to support their local community.

In February 2016 South Gloucestershire Council resolved to replace the previous Community Grants programme with a scheme that gives Councillors the opportunity to make awards to projects and services that benefit residents in their ward.

How will Member Awarded Funding work?

Under the new arrangements, each Councillor has £3,000 to award to local projects and services before 31 March 2017.

If you have an idea for a project or service that will benefit your local community, contact your councillor to discuss your plans.

For more information, see the MAF information on the Community Engagement Forums page.

Mobile Library Service

Please find below details of future visits to Alveston from the Mobile Library (which is still operating at the moment).

AlvestonDavid’s Lane10.15-10.35am
AlvestonThe Down10.45–11.05am

Alternate Mondays: 31 October, 14 & 28 November, 12 December

SGC Consultation on Libraries

Following the successful consultation process in the Spring, South Gloucestershire Council has adopted a new preferred position with the aim to future-proof South Gloucestershire’s libraries for the long term and ensure that no library buildings should need to close. A new three month consultation is now running until January 2nd 2017 to hear what the public has to say about the new proposals and information this is available online at www.southglos.gov.uk/librarychanges and in Thornbury Library.

The new preferred option is to reduce the library service savings target from £650,000 to £500,000. This would mean a smaller reduction in staff hours required to meet that target. South Glos. Council will consult with library users and non-users alike on how best to deploy staff among local libraries. It is proposed that the mobile library service be replaced with community centre based libraries across South Gloucestershire and run by volunteer groups. South Glos. Council would also fund the building costs of Chipping Sodbury Library with the service being delivered by volunteers. These plans would mean that no library building would have to close as a result of the savings.

South Glos. Council has also agreed to continue to develop plans to use technology that would allow registered members to use library facilities for 11 hours a-day, seven days a-week, between 8.30am and 7.30pm. This technological approach to delivering library services would build on existing self-service kiosks by providing access to library buildings for registered users out of staff hours, it would be a new approach for South Gloucestershire. South Glos. Council wants to hear from existing library users as well as those who perhaps cannot currently use these facilities during current opening hours, about how they feel about this option.

After the new consultation process, a final decision on how to proceed will be made in the New Year. Changes in public-facing library services would not take place until October 2017.

Courtesy to Disabled Pedestrians

It has come to light recently that residents’ cars and delivery vans have been parking entirely on the pavement causing an enormous inconvenience to wheel chair users, blind pedestrians and other disabled residents as they are required to divert their route onto the road and in some cases (for wheel chair users, where a drop kerb does not exist) a lengthy detour is required.

Could residents please show courtesy, respect and some common sense and ensure that free access to our pavements is available to all.

Commencement of the Construction Phase for the Alveston Wind Park

This month Ecotricity commenced the construction of the Alveston Wind Park located at the South of Earcthcott Green adjacent to the B4427 (Old Gloucester Road). It is expected that the three turbines will be erected and operating by the end of March 2017. Earlier this year Ecotricity received planning consent for a new grid connection to ensure that the already consented wind park could go ahead.

For further details and to stay updated visit – www.ecotricity.co.uk/alveston.

The John Dyer Award

Due to a lack of interest in both community involvement and nominations over the past year the Parish Council considered at their July meeting the future of the John Dyer Award. A sub committee was formed comprising of a previous committee chairman and two Councillors and are due to meet over the next couple of months to discuss new ideas and initiatives.

Designated green space in Alveston Parish (Local Green Space Designation)

Under the recent consultation South Gloucestershire Council designated the following areas as “local green space”: - Jubilee & Limekiln Fields, Alveston Allotments, Thornbury Cricket Club Pitch, Paddock Gardens, Beanhill Crescent and Church Road, Old Village Green.

Down Road Green Space - Development Committee

This committee was formed as a result of a public consultation relating to the appearance of travellers at the green space alongside Down Road last year. Their remit being to discuss a secure and cost effective way to prevent further vehicular access to this land (which belongs to South Gloucestershire Council). The committee comprises of Cllrs from Alveston Parish Council and three members of the public.

Four meetings have taken place to date and the committee is awaiting a reply from South Gloucestershire Council to confirm that approval has been given to place a line of boulders along this open space in order to deter vehicular access.

Once approval has been obtained the Parish Council is required to commission a survey of utilities to prevent damage to existing infrastructure prior to the boulders being placed.

Alveston Police Matters

Visit the Thornbury and Alveston team page to find out who's fighting crime in our area, along with their calendar of events, current policing priorities, and tweets.

November 2016

  • Recent theft from motor vehicle in the Premier Inn can park at around 10pm (October)
  • Damage to motor vehicle in a garage on Quarry Road overnight (20th November).
  • Car alarms reported going off in Willoughby Close overnight the last few weeks. Suspicious?
  • Suspicious cold callers in the Courville Close area during the day.

There have been dwelling Burglaries in Thornbury in the last few weeks, so it is highly recommended that residents keep lights on after dark and report anything suspicious to either 101 or 999. The spate of burglaries could be linked to suspicious vans during the day collecting scrap etc.

October 2016

4th – Search around fields and woods for a wanted male near Leisure centre/Filnore Woods area, with helicopter, negative result.

4th – Threats made between two adults, Quarry Road. Domestic related.

12th- Suspicious male knocked on door from TV Licensing, no clear identity badge seen though, no further sighting or reports of the same.

Also:

  • There is currently a review on neighbourhood policing as part of the savings plan.
  • CCTV has now been installed at Thornbury, and police are updating the pub/shop watch alert system on their computer system.
  • Trend in Burglary increases this time of year, a few reported this week in Thornbury, so the usual advice around lights and timer switches.
  • The force's two main focal points at the moment are around burglary and knife crime.


Introduction

Alveston Parish which includes Rudgeway and Earthcott is situated around the Ridgeway between Bristol and Gloucester. Earthcott on the eastern slope away from the river Severn, Rudgeway straddling the ridge and Alveston, the newer village clusters to the east.

Situated in the district of South Gloucestershire, Alveston is approximately 3 miles to the south of Thornbury with excellent road links to Bristol, Gloucester and easy access via the nearby M5 and M4 to major routes in all directions. Express and local bus services provide excellent links to adjacent communities and services.

Alveston is a compact medium sized village with much of the settlement comprising properties built in the 60’s and 70’s. At the hub of the Parish’s vibrant community the village of Alveston is well supported by a range of shops, churches, cemetery, pre-school and nurseries, primary and secondary schools, community buildings, several pubs and hotels, recreation grounds, children’s play areas and a multitude of community groups to cater for all ages.

The 1894 Local Government Reform Act enabled Parish Councils to be set up and Alveston Parish Council held its first meeting in December of that year. The early Council role was to “oversee the poor,” provide low cost properties and maintain redundant churchyards.

There are now some 8,500 parish councils in England and Alveston Parish Council represents approximately 3,000 residents in Alveston, Rudgeway, Earthcott Green and the surrounding countryside.

The Council has an overall responsibility for the well-being of the local community with their work falling into the three main areas of representation, delivering services and striving to improve quality of life in the parish. This work is achieved using the funds collected from all residents by the setting of a Precept which is collected through the Council Tax system.

Services provided and maintained by the Parish Council include the Cemetery, play areas and playing fields, footpaths, dog and litter bins and planning consultation.

Public Rights of Way – in a nutshell

Alveston's footpaths are there for all of us to enjoy, but who owns what, and who is responsible for their upkeep?

Click here to download a handy guide from South Gloucestershire Council's Public Rights of Way team. [.pdf]





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