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General, News, Rugby Borough

Second stage of local plan examination hearings announced

 The public hearings into the borough plan will resume on 17 April for ten days, following the conclusion of the first stage of hearings on 1 February. The plan sets out where in the borough housing and employment land should be allocated and identifies the supporting infrastructure that will be needed.

The second stage of the examination will focus on housing allocations at villages in the borough together with gypsy and traveller allocations, economic development policies and sustainable design, among other matters.

The hearings will take the form of a roundtable discussion led by Mike Hayden, the planning inspector.

Only individuals, groups or organisations who have made representations seeking changes to the plan will have the opportunity to take part, provided they contact the programme officer to register their interest. However, anyone may attend the sessions to observe, subject to space being available.

Cllr Heather Timms, Rugby Borough Council portfolio holder for growth and investment, said: “The examination in public is an important process that determines whether or not the council’s plan for growth meets all of the legal tests. I am pleased that this independent and objective examination is moving on to its second stage.”

A copy of the inspector’s correspondence, which includes guidance notes and a draft timetable, can be found at www.rugby.gov.uk/localplan along with all of the examination documents.

For further information please contact: Matthew Deaves, on (01788) 533562 or out of hours on 07766 423006, or email matthew.deaves@rugby.gov.uk

 

 

General, News, Traffic

Construction vehicles using the village

Following a report made at a recent Parish Council meeting, the Parish Council has contacted the Contractor responsible for the construction of the new Link Road again; expressing concerns at the number of large vehicles using the village to access the site at Hillmorton Lane.

The response from the Contractor (Galliford Try) was positive however, we have been asked to provide evidence of vehicle registrations, days and times etc to assist with tracing the offenders.  If anyone spots large construction vehicles using the village in connection with the new Link Road it would be very helpful if you could please provide the Parish Council with this type of evidence. Please contact the Clerk on: clerk@cliftonupondunsmore.org.uk .

Community Safety, General, News

Community Priorities for the Fosse division

The Rugby Rural North Policing Team are asking residents to start to think of the next round of Community Priorities for the Fosse division.

They have been listening to suggestions from the community about current issues and these are included in the latest online poll. Please take the opportunity to participate in this poll (accessed through the link below) and share far and wide.

The two most popular issues (by votes cast) will be adopted by the team as of 1st March.

Voting closes on 27th Feb, just prior to the next Community Forum.

https://www.warwickshire.police.uk/article/43935/Forthcoming-Community-Priorities-vote

General, News, Parish Council

Vacancy for a Clerk – Clifton & Newton Joint Burial Committee (CNJBC)

The CNJBC seeks a highly motivated, enthusiastic person to take on the post of a Part Time Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer.

The Clerk is expected to work from home and attend at least one evening meeting every two months.

Duties will include: minute taking; correspondence; updating burial registers and cemetery plan; management of cemetery operations; management of accounts and audit procedures.
The post will have contact with bereaved families, funeral directors, grave diggers and a groundsman, therefore excellent communication skills will be essential as well as a high degree of sensitivity and flexibility.

Good literacy and numeracy as well as good organisational and IT skills will also be required. Previous experience within a similar role would be desirable but a candidate with a willingness to learn would also be considered.

This is a part time post and should therefore not exceed an average of 11 hours per month unless the need arises. Pay will be based on an hourly rate of £8.87.

Please email your CV and covering note to clerkcnjbc@gmail.com. The closing date for applicants is 9th March 2018 with the successful applicant in post for the March meeting.

A full job description can be found here JOB-DESCRIPTION-CNJBC-CLERK 2018 or contact the current Clerk, Liz Harvey on 07954 146561, or Cris Palmer (CNJBC Chairman) on 07915 206062 if you have any queries.

General, News, Rugby Borough

RBC -Putting the big issues under the spotlight

RUGBY Borough Council holds a public workshop next month to discuss issues for councillors to review in 2018.

Councillors have started to plan the programme of overview and scrutiny work for the coming year, and have urged residents to raise issues of local concern which could benefit from a detailed review.

The public workshop takes place at the Benn Hall’s Rokeby Room, Newbold Road, at 5.30pm on Wednesday 7 March.
Cllr Claire Edwards, overview and scrutiny chair, said: “We would like to hear about issues that people think the borough council should put under the spotlight.

“We are looking for matters of real community concern where there is a realistic prospect of making improvements.”

Each issue included in the overview and scrutiny programme becomes subject to an in-depth review by a cross-party group of councillors.

Recent review topics have included homelessness, Public Spaces Protection Orders, town centre heritage, and waste and recycling.

Cllr Neil Sandison, fellow chair of overview and scrutiny, added: “Overview and scrutiny has the power to make a real difference.

“But to be really effective it is important for local people to be involved and that’s why we have issued an open invitation to the workshop.”

To find out more information, suggest an issue for review or to confirm your attendance at the workshop, visit www.rugby.gov.uk/scrutiny and click ‘Get involved.’

Residents can also call the council’s democratic services team on (01788) 533591 or (01788) 533522, or email democraticservices@rugby.gov.uk

For more information, contact Mike Green on (01788) 533599 or email Mike.Green@rugby.gov.uk

General, News, Parish Council

Annual Parish Meeting of Clifton upon Dunsmore

MONDAY 26 MARCH 2018 AT 7.30PM AT THE TOWNSEND MEMORIAL HALL

All parishes, whether or not they have a parish council, hold a meeting once a year to discuss the affairs of the parish. It is an opportunity for the Parish Council to report on its activities during the year, for borough and county councillors and village organisations to make presentations, and for villagers to raise any concerns they may have.

The annual parish meeting is not a parish council meeting; however, the Chair of the Parish Council should preside if he/she is available to attend. The Clerk to the Parish Council is responsible for the minutes of the meeting. As it is not a Parish Council meeting, no resolutions can be passed by the Parish Council, however a vote may be taken amongst those electors of the parish present on a motion laid before the meeting.

This year invitations have been issued to the local Police Beat Team, the Fire and Rescue Service (Safe and Well at Home service) and Community Safety Wardens to attend from 7.00pm to provide information on their services and to enable residents to talk directly to them.

Representatives of local groups and organisations are most welcome to come along to the meeting to provide information about their activities during the past year; their information will be then recorded in the minutes and included on the community pages of the Parish Council website, which will hopefully encourage more people to participate over the forthcoming year.

If your group would like to give a presentation at the Annual Parish Meeting please let The Clerk know at least 10 days before the meeting (by 16 March) to enable this to be included on the Agenda.

If possible please also provide the Clerk with a copy of your presentation on clerk@cliftonupondunsmore.org.uk  to ensure that it is recorded accurately.

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Cream of contemporary crafts at Rugby Art Gallery and Museum

Ghost Horses and Guns by Melanie Tomlinson

Ghost Horses and Guns by Melanie Tomlinson

MADE in the Middle, an exhibition of contemporary crafts, opens at Rugby Art Gallery and Museum this weekend.

Craftspace’s recurring, touring exhibition of contemporary craft and applied art from the Midlands visits the Little Elborow Street venue from Saturday (20 January).

The eighth in the series, Made in the Middle provides a great opportunity to purchase and commission work from some of the best makers in the Midlands.

Developed in partnership with Coventry’s Herbert Art Gallery and Museum, this Made in the Middle exhibition forms part of Craftspace’s 30th anniversary programme.

Featuring both recent graduates and makers with established reputations, visitors can explore a wealth of creativity, including ceramics, jewellery, metalwork and textiles.

Selected by an expert panel through open entry, 28 makers offer an insight into the skill, creativity and innovative practice within the Midlands.

Exhibitors include jeweller Dauvit Alexander, who creates striking jewellery from found materials and precious gemstones, and Aimee Bollu, who also takes inspiration from found items which she combines with beautiful, minimal ceramic vessels.

John Grayson uses traditional metal forming and enamel decorating processes to create whimsical, humorous and decorative metal objects, while Karina Thompson pushes the boundaries of digital embroidery.

Made in the Middle runs at Rugby Art Gallery and Museum from Saturday 20 January to Saturday 10 March.

A preview takes place from 6pm to 8pm on Friday (19 January), where visitors can meet some of the artists who have contributed works to the exhibition.

Cllr Heather Timms, Rugby Borough Council portfolio holder for growth and investment, said: “Rugby Art Gallery and Museum has a rich and varied programme for 2018 and we’re delighted to welcome Craftspace’s celebration of contemporary craft in the Midlands to start the year.”

For more information on exhibitions and events at Rugby Art Gallery and Museum, visit www.ragm.co.uk

A new website celebrating 30 years of Made in the Middle has recently launched at www.madeinthemiddle.org

The online exhibition features 30 makers from almost 250 who have exhibited during the 30 year history of the exhibition and draws on the wealth of resources created to tell the story of Made in the Middle from 1988 to the present.

Made in the Middle is a partnership between Craftspace and the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum in collaboration with The National Centre for Craft and Design.

by Melanie Tomlinson

by Melanie Tomlinson

General, News, Parish Council

Happy Christmas from Clifton upon Dunsmore Parish Council

hollyFirstly, Parish Councillors should like to wish a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all parish residents. We hope that you will all be able to take some time out from your busy lives to enjoy the festivities with your family and friends; although we appreciate that many people working in the emergency services and caring sectors do not have such a luxury!

As the New Year approaches we would like to reflect on achievements during the past year and our ambitions for 2018. It has certainly been a busy year.

We are really pleased by the success of both the summer and Christmas events that have been organized by the Parish Council this year. It has been so heartening to have had so many residents attend both events and received such positive feedback. We look forward to building on this work next year and forging greater links with many more residents.

2017 also saw the installation of new playground equipment and a trim trail to provide an added dimension to the use of the playing fields for the wellbeing of  youngsters and adults alike.

Early in 2017 a defibrillator was installed by the Parish Council and two training sessions were set up for residents to learn how to use the equipment. Early in 2018 we will be setting up a survey to ask residents if they would like to receive further training in any other areas of interest – including First Aid.

The local Conservation Group continues to work with the Parish Council to help improve and preserve the local environment; undertaking regular remedial pieces of conservation work and litter picks in the parish.

The Parish Council continues to ensure the accountability and transparency of its work through our website, regular newsletters to each household and two facebook sites; one for Parish Council posts (Clifton upon Dunsmore Parish Council) and the other (Clifton Upon Dunsmore events) to provide information on events taking place locally.

We have also worked hard to ensure that the speed and volume of traffic through the village is improved, by continuing to lobby for the  traffic calming scheme, accompanied by a weight limit, and speed restrictions that are to be introduced. We understand that work will start on the traffic calming scheme in the Spring on 2018.

In 2018 the Parish Council will be working with the various partners who are putting the traffic calming measures into place (which WILL happen from early next year!) to ensure they are fit for purpose and achieve their objectives. We will also continue to maintain strong ties with the local authorities to ensure that the measures, such as the new 20mph zone and weight restrictions, are adhered to.  We have already arranged for gateway signs to the village to be installed, which will further alert drivers that they are entering a village and so, hopefully, inform their driving speed.

The Parish Council will again be organising  summer and Christmas events next year, building on the feedback that we received, to enhance the experience provided to residents in the past year. We will be circulating an annual report in the first quarter and will be providing contact details should you have any further feedback or suggestions, or wish to offer your skills and experience to support this work.