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Parish Council

Only one more!

What a pity that we will soon have no Stinchcombe News, our own Village Newsletter. We only have four issues and help is only need with the distribution and some of the production. We all must have such busy lives!

Stinchcombe Housing Needs Survey

We think we’ve now delivered all of these but there are quite a few left over. If you haven’t received a survey and would like one, please email you address to clerk@stinchcombepc.co.uk and we’ll get one to you.

If you haven’t already done so, please do take a few minutes to complete and return the survey. It’s very quick and easy and could be very helpful in forming a picture of the village’s housing, possibly leading to the provision of some much-needed affordable housing in the area. Thank you to everyone who has already done so.

Parish Council News

Just When We Had Our Hopes Up…

Resurfacing of Wick Lane will not now take place in June as previously notified but has been delayed until “later in the year.”

Parish Assembly and Parish Council AGM

The Annual Parish Assembly will be held in the Village Hall on Wednesday 22nd May at 7.30 pm. This is an opportunity to hear about and comment on what the Parish Council’s been up to and to raise issues of concern in the village. All are welcome and it would be a good opportunity for anyone new to Stinchcombe to find out more about their new home.

The Parish Council AGM will be held the following week on Wednesday 29th May at 7.30 pm, in the Village Hall. Again, all residents are welcome to attend.

Parish Council Vacancy

A vacancy has arisen on the Parish Council which is open to anyone who lives or owns a business in, or within three miles of, the village. This is an opportunity to be involved in village life and to have a say in what happens here and involves attendance at approximately nine meetings per year, each of about an hour and a half with some communication by email between meetings. It would be an excellent way for someone new to the village to become established and get to know people and we would welcome applications from new residents a well as long-standing ones.

Stinchcombe’s is a very small Parish Council with only five members but a quorum of three, the same as for a council of ten members, is required for meetings. If we don’t have a full complement of councillors,  a touch of flu and a traffic jam on the same day can mean cancelling  a meeting at sort notice. This hasn’t happened often but means that we would like to fill the vacancy as soon as possible and ideally at the AGM on 22nd May. If you think you might be interested, don’t hesitate to contact the Clerk (clerk@stinchcombepc.co.uk, 544611) or Chair (marian-shaw@hotmail.com, 542604) for more information and/or come along to the Parish Assembly on 22nd May for a chat.

Post Box update

I recently chased Royal Mail Customer Services for a progress update as it was 4 weeks since they said they had  decided to replace the post box near St Cyr’s. 

Apparently the report on the utility search, checking for underground services, is due back week commencing 15th April.  When they have that, Royal Mail engineers will undertake a CAT scan to ensure that the works will not disrupt any services and that there are no health and safety issues. 

After that they write to the local planning department for their comments/permission, which takes on average 3 weeks.  As soon as they receive confirmation from the Council, they will make an instruction for the works to take place.  

The local Collection Manager predicted a maximum of 15-19 weeks (from 7th April) for the new post box to be in place.  It all seems very slow and over the top for a replacement box.  We can either accept that it is going to be a few more months before we finally get our post box back or make an appeal to the Postal Review Panel. 

I would be interested to know what people think – email  k.hudson@stinchcombepc.co.uk   

BBC Radio Gloucestershire have recently been showing an interest in the story and the Gazette were keen to do a follow-up article so it should be possible to generate some more publicity if we need it.   

Kath Hudson