Flyford Flavell, Grafton Flyford and North Piddle Parish Council
Welcome to our website. We hope that you will find it easy to use. Here you will find current information about the parishes, some interesting facts about the area and our archives of past minutes and business. There are also useful links to other organisations and contact details for your local councillors and clerk. We are always very pleased to hear your comments and concerns so please do feel free to contact us.
Parish councils have certain powers to do things themselves, they also work in partnership with other local agencies and they are also a statutory consultee on many things such as planning and local policy.
For instance, the parish council employs a lengthsman to carry out minor maintenance on the roads. This includes cleaning the road signs, clearing headwalls and footways and digging grips to keep the roads from flooding. He is around every Wednesday so if you know of a problem let us know. Overgrown hedges and ditches are the responsibility of the landowners but we work in liaison with the Highways Department to make sure landowners are aware of and fix any problems. In Flyford Flavell, we are responsible for the upkeep of the village green and the pond by the church.
We also work closely with the three churches in our parish, the Flyford Flavell Social Group and the Parishes Hall. We facilitate and provide funding for these groups as we can.
Keeping the roads and footpaths in good condition is a never-ending task. This is mainly the responsibility of the County Council but the parish council liaises closely with our County Councillor and Footpaths Officer and works with them to identify problems and get them put right. For instance, we lobbied hard to introduce the 50mph speed limit on the A422, we spent a long time working with Highways solving the flooding problems on Huddington corner and recently persuaded Highways to replace all the drains on Libbery Lane. We are still working on a few black spots such as speeding on Radford Road in particular and the flooding on Bishampton Road at the extremity of the village.
The parish council is consulted on all planning applications in the area and we have been very effective in some cases, limiting the impact of development. The parish council has successfully opposed several development proposals in Flyford Flavell against district recommendation for approval and won appeals against such things as the proposed travellers site on the corner of New Hill and the A422. We successfully campaigned against the South Worcester Development proposals to allow excessive development in the parishes and limited the new development in Flyford Flavell to 16 houses instead of 24.
In 2013 Bloor Homes made an application to build houses on land opposite The Boot in Flyford Flavell. This was on land designated for house building by Wychavon in the South Worcestershire Development Plan. The Parish Council negotiated with Bloor Homes, and Wychavon District Council, and succeeded in agreeing to the creation of Flyford Village Green, a public open space immediately opposite The Boot. This was sold to the Parish Council for £1 by Bloor Homes. Bloor Homes also agreed to donate £92,000 to the Parish Council. This money is for continued maintenance of the village green and the floodwater swale which runs behind the houses to the east of Flyford Green.
The Parish Council have invested the £92,000 in the CCLA fund. This is a commercial property fund which is run for the benefit of Charities, Churches, and Local Authorities. The fund is designed to pay a steady income stream, with less income volatility than stock market dividends but similar capital growth in the long term.
The intention is that the income will allow the Parish Council to maintain the Village Green into the future without requiring to precept the community for maintenance costs.
The account for the Village Green is available separately to the main Parish Council accounts.
Since taking ownership of the Green a bench has been installed and some bulbs have been planted. We currently have a working group considering further enhancements including further benches, a litter bin, more bulbs and planting, possible play equipment.
We are very pleased to announce that we signed a contract with BT to deliver Fibre to the Premises Broadband to 90 properties in the parishes at the beginning of September. This is the result of two years frustrating work where BT and the government moved the goalposts on a monthly basis. We have now negotiated a package to deliver state of the art fibre broadband to a large part of the community. This puts us ahead of many communities, even urban areas within the country and the cost is all covered within the government and local authority subsidies. Work should start shortly to install the infrastructure and BT are contractually bound to deliver the service within twelve months. If you are not sure whether you are included in the scheme please contact Mark Broughton-Taylor by email.
Flyford Flavell is a scattered village that lies on the just off the A422, and on another road branching southward from it is Bishampton. The church is on the Worcester road, in the west of the village, near the highest point of the parish, where the land is 200 ft. above the ordnance datum.
Grafton Flyford a 1,680 acre parish of which 372 are arable land, 1,040 permanent grass, and 162 woods and plantations. It is on the Lower Lias formation, and the chief crops are wheat, barley, oats, beans and fruit. In the southeast are Grafton Woods, said to be the finest cover for foxes in the county.
North Piddle is a very small parish bounded by Piddle Brook on the west and south-west. The surface of the land is flat, the highest point (200 ft.) being near the eastern boundary. The soil is marl and loam on a subsoil of Lower Lias, and the chief crops are wheat, beans and fruit.