Parish Council for Flyford Flavell, Grafton Flyford and North Piddle

Our Next Meeting: 16th November, 2021

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News

Here are some upcoming events in the area.

Neighbourhood Plan

Do you worry about what the next development may be near you?

Would you like to have more control about what is built in your locality?

Have you heard what the government wants to do about planning in the future?

Of all the things that the Parish Council has to deal with, nothing causes more controversy and upset than planning matters.

The Parish Council is a Statutory Consultee on almost all planning applications and consultations. Your Parish Council has a very good record over the last 20 years of standing up for the community. At the present time the Parish Council is debating the merits of a Neighbourhood Plan.

A Neighbourhood Plan is not compulsory but once adopted becomes a Statutory Plan that fits in with National and Local Planning Policy but only concerns a local community or Neighbourhood.

This is usually a community project but one in which the Parish Council acts as a catalysis and enabler. If we decide that it is appropriate for us to produce a Neighbourhood Plan for our parish, we will need to consult with everyone and involve as many people and organisations as possible.

A Neighbourhood Plan could:

Help to decide where the next development takes place in the parishes. Help to protect open spaces and views. Help to define the character and importance of our locality. Inform policy makers at a higher level or our development goals for our parish.

So far, the Parish council has researched the process for creating a Neighbourhood Plan.

It typically requires a committee of 8 or 10 people and up to two years to produce a Plan.

Grants of around £10,000 are available to pay for professional help and expenses.

We have contacted our neighbouring parish councils and they are in the process of deciding whether they want to be involved in such a project.

We would have to embrace some development within the scope of the plan.

The plan would have to be revised when more general planning policy changes.

The Parish Council is undecided about the about the pros and cons of developing a Neighbourhood Plan but would support a community group if one was to emerge.

If you are interested in being part of a community group to develop a Neighbourhood Plan, then please attend the open meeting on 30th March at 7.30pm by Zoom. If 10 or more people commit to a bona fide group, the Parish Council will arrange with a training agency to provide an online training session as a first step. You will find the Zoom link below or on the website, or you can contact [email protected] for more details.

Mark Broughton-Taylor Clerk

Mark Broughton-Taylor is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Neighbourhood Plan Open Meeting Time: Mar 30, 2021 07:30 PM London

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Motorcyclists on the A422 and noise nuisance (4th August 2020)

The parish council is aware of the concerns expressed by many local residents about the antisocial behaviour on the part of some motorcyclists on the A422. We have lived for years with the sounds of bikers, particularly at weekends but this year it has seemed to be worse than ever. Whether that is because we have been spending more time outside in our gardens due to being at home during lockdown or because there are more bikes is difficult to say.

We have raised the issue with the police, the Road Safety Team, the Crime Commissioner, our local politicians and Worcestershire Regulatory Services. We have also worked with the other local parish councils along the A422. They have also raised the same concerns.

West Mercia have instigated extra patrols on the road and will be monitoring the situation in the coming weeks and months but they have been very candid about what they can do. It is very difficult to catch a motorcycle in a speed trap or camera because by law they only have to have a number plate on the rear. Unless the police take pursuit there is no way to identify the bike in a satisfactory way. The law concerning the noise levels is very complicated but the considered opinion from the law enforcement agencies is that there is no realistic way of enforcing any sound limits on vehicles, especially motorbikes.

This leaves us and the authorities in a difficult position and until there is a change in the law to bring motorbikes into a regulatory framework there is little that can be done.

The parish council is continuing to research and discuss the issue and may mount a petition to highlight the concerns the community has. Please bear with us while we formulate our proposals and we look forward to your support in the near future. If you have any suggestions, please contact the parish council clerk by email.

Please be assured that this is not a moan about all motorcyclists. Those that drive within the speed limits and emit sensible exhaust noises are not an issue. It is those that use the road as a racetrack and have tampered with the exhaust pipe baffles that are our concern.

The parish council is also in the process of drawing up a Highways and Transport Policy for the parish which will include a variety of issues from public transport availability, safe roads for horses, cycles and pedestrians and speed control. A draft report will be posted soon.


News Update 20th May 2020

Lengthsman Scheme

Life may not be quite normal but the parish council continues to function despite the continuing lockdown. Our lengthsman scheme was temporarily suspended for the first few weeks of the lockdown while assessments were made about the safety of the programme in the light coronavirus outbreak. We are pleased to say that he has returned to work as from the beginning of May. This is a crucial time of year as the verges grow at lightning speed and it takes some keeping up with. Robin is also deputising for the volunteer litter pickers as this operation has been suspended for now. If you do see any litter or fly tipping, please let the clerk know and it will be dealt with.

Similarly, the dog bin collections in Flyford Flavell are still continuing.

Parish Council and Parish Meetings

The parish council continues to meet by the miracle of our internet system. Virtual meetings are held by ZOOM and members of the public are able to join if necessary. Please look out for the agendas where you will find the instructions for joining the meetings. We have no indication when normal meetings will resume. The regulations allowing parish council meetings to be held by internet are now in force until next May. Sadly, there will be no parish meetings this year.

Broadband

The delivery of the fibre broadband project north of the A422 continues to be a problem. Openreach have been working throughout the lockdown but have not been allowed to make any connections to people’s houses. The information I have, is that this situation is being eased and the expectation is that the infrastructure will be complete by the end of May.

Three Parishes Hall

The Three Parishes Hall has been successful in obtaining a substantial grant for the planned refurbishment. This has required a planning application to be made and special arrangements for the bats in the loft.

It is hoped, all being well, that work will commence in October and be complete by next April. The hall will have to be closed for some of this time but as that is likely to follow on from the forced closure of the building because of Covid-19 we really want to keep any further disruption to a minimum.

Flyford Green

We have also been successful in obtaining some funding towards the proposed works on the village green. We are still a little short of our target and we are looking for further funding. At the moment most funders are concentrating on coronavirus issues but we are hoping that things will return to normal in the next few months. Nevertheless, some of the landscaping works will go ahead this autumn and our detailed plans will be released during the summer. The village fund raising will resume as soon as the time is right.

Planning Department

Wychavon planning department is still functioning and we are dealing with planning applications as they come in. All the planning officers are working from home so the system is a little slower than usual but decisions are being made.

The enforcement team are offering a limited service.

Long term planning for the updated SWDP is on track and we should have details about the full proposals in September. This will include the proposed large scale developments at Throckmorton and Whittington.

Flyford Flavell Facebook Page

There are regular news updates on the Flyford Flavell Facebook page concerning village matters including the coronavirus local help scheme.

Neighbourhood Watch

Please note the new link on our home page to the local Neighbourhood Watch.

Meeting Minutes

All the minutes of the public meetings are published on this website. You can get the detailed news and updates from there about a week after the meeting takes place.