16th August 2019
We are pleased to report that the four new benches have been installed on the green and the old one has been moved to a new place by the gate. The benches are securely fixed and are ready to be used but we still have to complete the surfacing around them.
In June we carried out a public consultation concerning play equipment on the green and various other matters. There is a clear mandate for a play area and for a neighbourhood watch scheme and we hope to have full and comprehensive plans put to the parish council on 24th September.
As you will all know there has been feverish activity on the roads over the summer installing the new fibre cables for broadband. We still expect this to be online next month.
The Three Parishes Hall committee have now published plans for improvements to the hall. This should provide a hall fit for the three parishes. The plans are available at the hall and there will be an email consultation in September. There will also be some open events in September and October at the hall so that you can comment on the proposals.
The parish council fought a long fight to save the barn at the top of Old Hill but sadly the battle was lost. We opposed the planning application to demolish the barn and subsequently made an application to Historic England to have it listed. Officers were enthusiastic about the proposal and rushed the application through to the Secretary of State but unfortunately the application fell at the last hurdle. In the end the S of S decided there was not enough of the 16th and 17th Century material left to make it worthwhile. Details of the barn have been recorded and the parish council will retain a copy of the report. We also understand that the barn will be offered to a conservation trust such as Avon Croft Museum but we do not know if this has happened. Many thanks to those that helped us in this endeavour.