Report by County Councillor Dr Nigel Moor March 26th 2020
Gloucestershire County Council is working remotely during the current health crisis and wherever possible, particularly in protecting our vulnerable children and elderly, council staff are maintaining our services. Video conferencing between council members and officers is helping to provide continuity. I thought it helpful if I provide some notes on various aspects of our service.
Community Health Hub
If you need help or someone you know does please visit the Community Health Hub. People can now register to the county`s community help hub by calling 01432 583519 Monday to Friday between 8.30am and 5pm, as well as online at www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/helphub
The hub is intended to supplement those community initiatives already taking place and provide a means by which these can be co-ordinated across the county.
Already there has been a huge response to help.
A dedicated phone line and email address has been set up to help parents with all school related enquiries including questions relating to Free School Meals. Tel
01452 426015 Email : COVIDSchoolenquiries@gloucestershire gov.uk
Concessionary Bus Passes
Many shops are now allowing elderly people dedicated access before 9.30 am. In order to help the concessionary bus pass is now accepted all day including before the normal 9.30 am cut-off time.
Household Recycling Centres and Waste Collections
Following the Prime Minister`s announcement on the evening of Monday 23rd March regarding self-isolation, we decided to close the household recycling centres to protect both visiting residents and our staff. Other councils in the south west have similarly taken this decision. We continue to prioritise our waste transfer and treatment operations in order to support the waste collection services provided by the district councils. Javelin Park our waste to energy plant continues to function as normal.
Libraries will soon have a new digital library management system. Members will be sent a web link on 2nd April which can be used to view the online catalogue and down- load the e-books or magazines. It will also be available via the GCC libraries website. During this period of self-isolation , this provides a great opportunity to catch up on those books you meant to read.
The Highways safety policy has been amended to only react to reported safety defects. We will continue to inspect these and make them safe. It is our priority to keep the network safe so all the support and emergency services can operate safely.
Where it is safe for our workforce to operate in the open air we will continue to deliver planned works. These will be risk assessed on a job by job basis. This will include cyclical maintenance works, bridge, street lighting and other inspections. We are working with our supply partners to ensure they work safely and in a controlled manner. It is likely that the supply of some materials and equipment may get difficult. We will priorities the work to safety critical first.
The highways customer contact centre will triage emergency works and safety defects. The GCC website is updated to advise customers to only contact GCC to report network emergencies or essential maintenance works.
This is a good moment to thank the Highways staff and our partners for the work they are doing in keeping the highway network safe for our other services to use with confidence.
ODDINGTON GOOD NEIGHBOUR SCHEME
Oddington Parish Council, with the support of the church, has set up a Good Neighbour Scheme to help those residents who have been advised to stay at home over the coming weeks. Those joining the scheme will be paired with a Volunteer who will pick up shopping and medication, post mail and be available on the end of the phone to offer help and reassurance.
Please contact Janet Eustace on 01451 830 594 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to register for the scheme or if you are able to volunteer.
Warren, Norman and the team at the Horse and Groom are working with the Parish Council to provide a food and drink takeaway and delivery service in the local area. If you are isolating volunteers will deliver. For further details call 01451 380584 or visit the web site https://www.horseandgroomcotswolds.co.uk/ We are most grateful to the Horse and Groom for this great community service. Please support them.
The Oddington and Adlestrop United Charities can to provide short term support to residents of the two villages who may be struggling as a result of loss of income. Please contact Janet (details as above) for further details.
ODDINGTON PARISH COUNCIL MEETING WITH GCC HIGHWAYS
TO DISCUSS TRAFFIC ISSUES
A recent informal Village Consultation had shown that speeding and parking are major concerns to residents. Parish Councillors met with Officers from Highways in November to discuss how best to tackle the problems.
Traffic Regulation Orders
Highways confirmed that anything requiring a Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) was likely to cost in the region of £10,000. TROs are needed for new speed limits, yellow lines, one way systems, stopping up (no through road) and weight restrictions. In all cases public consultation would be carried out by GCC and the police have the final say on whether or not a project goes ahead. It is important to have the support of GCC Cllr Moor. Even when TRO measures are in place enforcement remains an issue with police resources limited.
Many restrictions simply displace the problem to another area. Weight restrictions cannot stop large vehicles delivering to the village. It is better to try alter driver behaviour.
Highways suggest that the Parish Council begin by identifying problem areas. Speed data can be collected cheaply at various locations in the village. It is important to identify where these checks should be. Consider consulting residents about locations. Fastest and slowest 10% of speeds are discounted.
Once this data has been collected the Parish Council should consider the following:
Vehicle activated signs (VAS). A sign could be purchased by OPC for £2,500. GCC would install up to 3 posts around the village so the sign can be moved from time to time. More ’20 is Plenty Signs’.
Bin stickers are a relatively cheap deterrent.
GCC will see if they can replace the faded ‘50’ roundels on the main road.
POCs request to GCC to cut back vegetation to be deferred to next financial year.
Land owners to be approached about cutting back hedges.
GCC to investigate water on main road by Alan Cox’s and in Back Lane.
Daylesford to be asked to repair bridle way from Church Road to Daylesford.
GCC to price up resurfacing last section of Church Road and turning circle.
VILLAGE CHRISTMAS TREE
A Christmas tree has been purchased using money raised by the Fete Committee. This should be planted in mid December by a band of willing volunteers. The Swtch On of the Lights will take place at 6pm on Saturday 30 November. There will be carol singing around the tree and then a Lights Procession through the Vllage to the Horse and Groom where Warren and Norman are kindly providing mulled wine and mince pies. Donations to the Oddington Churches. Please join us for a lovely village event which marks the start of the Christmas season.
ODDINGTON VILLAGE CONSULTATION
VILLAGE HALL – 5 OCTOBER 2019
Present: Cllrs Peter David, Ann Every, Sarah Canning, Alan Cox, Sara Griffiths, Jenny Sawyer. Janet Eustace. 23 residents from the village.
Road Safety – A436
Clean/replace the 50 signs
Cut back hedges to give a ‘less rural’ feel.
Consider reducing 50 mph limit to 40 mph
Cats eyes are useless. Lorries drive over them and they are ruined. White lines along edge of road would be of benefit.
Exits from the village on to A436 (especially Back Lane) dangerous
Road safety – in village
20 mph limit through village [Several comments in support of this one]
Back Lane used as rat run.
Speed Watch session to be held on stretch outside Holy Ascension
Cut back the bank through Upper Oddington to improve visibility
Bollards and stones are springing up on verges throughout the village!
Weight and width restrictions in Lower Oddington, but recognise that this might cause more problems.
A one way system in Lower Oddington.
Double yellow lines.
Footpath from Fox turning to Broadwell turning is in bad condition. Needs trees and branches cut back. [Several comments]
Please consider ways of maintaining footpaths eg pressure on landowners or overt action where there isn’t one.
‘No parking’ sign on green by Fox.
Can parishes work together to lobby against development without infrastructure.
Parish Councillors will be holding an informal consultation on village issues. This will run from 11.30 - 1pm following the 5th October Coffee morning.
A small, but hardy group of volunteers carried out four Speedwatch sessions during the first week of November. Most motorists were driving within the speed limit . Thank you for your consideration. A few were travelling in excess of 30 mph. Reports of our Speedwatch session are forwarded to the Police who will contact those who persistently drive too fast. We will be repeating the exercise from time to time. If you can spare an hour or two to join us please contact email@example.com
Message from Highways
What: Road closure for carriageway patching
Where: A436 Oddington Road
When: 24th to 29th May (not including weekends), from 0700 to 1900 daily
We will shortly be patching sections of the carriageway at the above location to repair localised faults and improve the condition of the road.
To ensure the safety of road users and our workforce, it is necessary for us to close the road to through traffic while this work is being done because of the road width and machinery that will be used.
We will be patching in multiple locations along the stretch of road marked in red on the map overleaf. Each area being patched will need its own localised road closure. Although we can’t give exact times and locations for these localised closures, we will have a gateman at each end to manage access for residents when it is safe to do so. There may be some short delays and your patience is appreciated.
Pedestrian access will be maintained throughout.
SUNDAY 24 JUNE 2018
Gardens, fete, food and drink
Raising funds for our churches and for the village.
If you would like to help please contact Sara on firstname.lastname@example.org
ST NICHOLAS RE-OPENS
After the theft of copper from the nave roof in February 2016 and the subsequent water damage to the Doom painting, repairs are now complete and we able to reopen our church.
Thanks to a very generous grant from The Listed Places of Worship Roof Repair Fund we have replaced the copper
with stainless steel which has very little second hand value.
Fortunately the conservators were able to repair the damage to the painting and the whole area has been thoroughly cleaned. At the same time other paintings in the side chapel have been restored where possible. This work has been funded by a grant from the Gloucestershire Historic Churches Trust and with a number of private donations.
We are most grateful to all those who have contributed to both projects and we are very happy that we can once again open the church for visitors.
IT’S ALL BUBBLES AND BERRIES
AT THE ODDINGTON VILLAGE FAYRE
SUNDAY 25TH JUNE 2017, 1 pm-4 pm
Come and enjoy a ‘berry nice’ Sunday afternoon at the Oddington Village Fayre on 25th June 2017. Held in the field behind the Village Hall it’s free entry from 1.00pm. Already famous for its ‘Strawberry Fayre’ the Oddingtons have decided to tantalise your taste buds even further by adding a few more ingredients into the mix and cooking up the ‘Everything Berry Fayre’. Only the juiciest and sweetest specimens will stand side by side with the ever celebrated Oddington strawberry. You will be able to enjoy newcomers such as the ‘Merry Berry’ Meringue and Mixed Berry Iced Tea or your firm favourites, thickly dipped chocolate strawberries and the unsinkable ‘Strawberries and Cream’.
Capturing your imagination this year will be a ‘Bubbleologist’ who will be taking centre stage and performing at the Fayre. And as Happiness is…. Blowing bubbles on a summers’ afternoon, all the children will receive a free bottle of bubbles to make their own magic. Bringing harmony to the day will be the ‘North Cotswolds’ Wind Band hopefully playing ‘I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles’ and Mr Merry who needs no introduction to the local youngsters.
The ‘Everything Berry’ Stand will be bursting at the seams with cakes, scones, meringues and tarts oozing with fruits and cream. For the savoury choice this year hot pulled pork and all the trimmings will be served, next to the ‘Tipple Tent’ serving Pimms and Cider.
There will be plants, jams and punnets of fruit to buy, books to browse, a raffle and a tombola as well as games and activities for all the kids.
The four-legged VIPS will round off the day in the Grand Family Dog Show. There will be eight classes to enter including “most beautiful bitch” and “handsomest dog”. Entries are on the day from 1pm and classes start at 2.30pm. Entry is £1 for each class.
A DAY OF GOOD FOOD, GOOD FUN AND GOOD CHEER!
The road through Lower Oddington from Odd House to the Old Forge will be closed from 12 - 20 June 2017.
Oddington Housing Need Survey 2017
Oddington Housing Need Survey
At the October 2016 Meeting, the Parish Council agreed to carry out an Housing Need Survey for the village with the help of GRCC. All residents will be asked to complete a survey form. The results are due in late Mach and details will be published on this page.
Remeber that our Village Agent, Steve Winchup, is able to help the more elderly residents in the village with day to day living. If you or your neighbour needs help please call Steve on 07798 827678
Grant for the Villager Bus
At it's September 2016 meting the Parish Council agreed a grant of £1000 to support the Villager Bus. Councillors know that this grant is particualry welcome following the loss of subsidy from the County Council.
Very many thanks to all those who visited the Fayre and to those who helped in any way. The day was a great success and was enjoyed by everyone. Visit the Oddington facebook page to see photos.
St Nicholas Church
As residents will know, St Nicholas Church has been closed since thieves stole copper from its roof, causing significant damage from flooding. The doom painting was severely marked, the pews, kneelers and cushions are all drying out. Conservationists have inspected the damage and advised on repairs. Meanwhile the church remains closed. The cost of the temporary roof and other urgent repairs has been met from insurance and a grant application has been submitted to cover the cost of new roof timbers and a steel covering for the roof and the result of this will be known in late June/early July. Meanwhile the Friends of St Nicholas will be working with the PCC to raise funds and ensure the future of the lovely old church. Further details are available from Cllr Davies email@example.com
The Annual Village Meeting was held on 26 May. A note of the meeting which includes reports from various organisations, is below.
Beacon for the Queen
A big 'thank you' to Alan Cox for arranging the magnificent Beacon to celebrate the Queen's 90th Birthday and to Stow Rugby Club for allowing us to hold the event on their land. The Villager Crier called for three cheers and we all drank the health of HRH!
These have now been installed in the old phone boxes at Upper Oddington (opposite the Horse and Groom) and in Lower Oddington (by the Village Hall). Each piece of equipment is checked weekly and a status report sent to the ambulance service. If you should ever need to use the defibs dial 999 and you will be given the code that open the cabinets. The equipment gives you instructions on how to proceed from there.
Many thanks to all those who raised funds for the live saving equipment.
We are busy planning this year's fete which will take place on the last Sunday in June. If you would like to help, on the day or before the event, please contact Sue Watkin tel 830738.
Oddington Parish Council
Clerk: Janet Eustace
Moreton in Marsh
Tel: 01451 830594
Oddington Vilage Hall Bookings:
Anne Miles 01451 830817 or
Margaret Lewis 01451 831917