Flyford Flavell, Grafton Flyford and North Piddle Parish Council
Updated 16th of August, 2019
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. Our VAS (speed camera) is permanently deployed in Flyford Flavell and we are pleased to report that Bishampton Road is due to be resurfaced shortly. Click the News tab for more up to date information.
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.
The South Worcestershire Development is now under review with a new plan programmed for 2021. Click the News tab for further information about these developments.
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.
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.
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.