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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

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.

Grant Applications

Each year the Parish Council is empowered to award small grants to organisations or groups operating within the Parish of Alveston. This year the budget available may be increased due to further finances being provided by “Ecotricity” aimed to benefit environmentally friendly projects. Examples may include play schemes, environmental improvements, youth groups, projects, elderly person’s groups, cultural or recreational activities.

No group seeking funds should feel they are excluded. Act quickly as the closing date for applications to be delivered to the Parish Office is Friday 21st October.

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.

June-July 2016

An attempted incursion of travellers had taken place at the Rock Street Car Park in Thornbury however; they were unable to remove the Padlock. They were then followed up Thornbury Hill to Alveston where police diverted them onto the A38 and onward to Cribbs Causeway. This was the only visit / reportable incident with traveller encampments so far this year.

May 25th - A suspicious male was reported and chased away by Police – no arrest made.

June 14th – A rogue trader had been reported at Paddock Gardens and Police investigated. The householder was satisfied with work completed and no further money was demanded by the trader so police were unable to take any further action. The trader was not seen in the area after the report and investigation.

June 17th – A set of number plates were stolen from a car in Alveston and suspicious van reported.

There was damage done to three vehicles parked in Rudgeway close to a location where a teenager’s house party was reported.

July – A suspicious man was reported asking a young girl into his car opposite the Londis shop on Down Road. CCTV outside the shop recorded the incident, number plates were identified and an arrest was made. Marlewood & St Helen’s School were notified of the incident.

Police in association with SGC Trading Standards Officer identified operating rogue traders and linked them with local travellers’ site within the district.

The Safer Stronger Communities Group has changed structure and rebranded and now goes under the name “Community Engagement Forum”. The first meeting took place on Wednesday 20th July at the Methodist Hall, Alveston.

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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