If you or your neighbour need grit to make your driveway/local area safe during periods of snow or ice, please contact the volunteer Snow Warden Marion Nash on 07710 624867 who can arrange from collection from Church Street.
Firstly, 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.
Rugby Borough Council has launched a consultation on the future of its draft housing strategy and action plan for 2018-20.
Please send your comments by email to Craig Oakley by 5pm on Friday 12 January.
Craig’s email address is: Craig.Oakley@rugby.gov.uk
Update from Borough Councillor Leigh Hunt
The new WCC officer who is dealing with the traffic calming has done a lot of work in a very short time. A meeting took place with the Chair of the Parish Council and your Borough and County Councillors, together with Warwickshire County Council officers on 20th October.
There was extensive discussion about street lighting requirements. Any speed hump in a 30Mph area requires lighting. 20Mph zones don’t require lighting, but it may be provided if a safety audit shows this is necessary.
There are two humps in the scheme in the 30Mph zone on Newton Road. The cost of providing street lighting is prohibitive, so these two humps will be removed, and the money used elsewhere.
WCC will provide new LED lighting to Rugby Road, Main Street, Church Street, parts of Lilbourne Road and Hillmorton Lane, and South Road. These may be subject to partial night lighting (in other words some of the lights may be turned off at night).
WCC would have liked to provide lighting to North Road, but in order for WCC to adopt the lights underground Low Voltage power would need to be provided – and this could cost around £100,000! The Parish Council can provide overhead LED lighting to the area at their own cost, without the same power requirements.
The lighting will be the first thing to go in, and this could start before Xmas, depending on the availability of supplies.
There will also be illuminated signs at the start of the 20Mph zone at all 4 entrances to the village. WCC are also going to include village gateways in the scheme (at their cost) and parish councillors have been looking at different designs. This is a bonus as the parish council had agreed at the last meeting to provide these. The gateway features could happen quite quickly.
The revised detailed design is being worked up, and there there should be a stage 2 safety audit before Xmas, with the orders to be placed early in 2018. More details on these will be provided when available.
There will be road closures whilst the works are ongoing, and details will be given as soon as they are known. These will cause inconvenience for village residents, but might deter some of the rat-running that we’ve been seeing increasingly of late.
There was also discussion about the placement of bollards in the vicinity of the raised junction at Main Street/Lilbourne Road and Church Street. We have asked WCC to investigate if it is possible to omit some bollards from the scheme so as to allow the cars from the cottages near the TMH to continue to park on the apron outside their homes. Unfortunately, this is unlikely to happen as the road will be at the same height as the pavement, so the bollards are needed for safety reasons.
Further details will be published as they become available.
Firstly, a big thank you to all those residents that volunteered to be part of the Conservation Group and the contribution made since its launch early 2016. Due to work commitments however, the number of volunteers has reduced and, to achieve the ambitious targets we agreed at the launch, we need more people to help.
This is a sociable group that has been known to stop work for bacon sandwiches and a cup of tea! So, if you are able to volunteer we need people that would be willing to restore Noticeboards, clear weeds, paint, plant bulbs and anything else that will enhance the Parish of Clifton upon Dunsmore.
Contact Councillor Lesley Edwards on 07973849335 or email Lesley.email@example.com for more information.
Routes will be available on the day along with equipment and hi-vis jackets. Please spare an hour or two to help clean up the village.
Many thanks in anticipation
Councillor Lesley Edwards.
|Residents can benefit from free advice on staying warm and saving money on their fuel bills after Rugby Borough Council launched a new helpline.
The freephone number is available Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm, thanks to a partnership with the charity Severn Wye Energy Agency. The project aims to support households who struggle with cold homes or who find it difficult to pay their energy bills.
Cllr Emma Crane, Rugby Borough Council portfolio holder for communities and homes, said: “With autumn setting in and the nights getting longer, now is the time to make sure you will be able to keep warm and well this winter.
“By following some straightforward tips it is possible to keep warm and reduce your bills, and some householders may be eligible for grants or heating upgrades.
“I’m very much hoping that the Warmer Rugby project will help residents keep warm, stay healthy and save money.”
Caroline Harmon, project manager for Severn Wye Energy Advice, said: “Small changes to how we heat and use our homes can improve energy efficiency, keeping the temperature up and costs down.
“Other residents will find that they will save money by switching energy supplier or applying for a Warm Home discount.
“Our friendly advisors can help residents explore all of their options and help take the first steps towards a warmer home.”
Residents can find out more by calling the free helpline on 0800 500 3076 Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.
The Parish Council is delighted to welcome to new Members to its team.
Local residents Ian Brinklow and Clare Bonwick were co-opted to serve on the Parish council at its meeting on 4 September 2017. They will serve as Councillors until the next ordinary election in May 2020. Ian and Clare will bring a wealth of business experience and community engagement skills to the Parish Council, and strengthen its resources and ability to serve the community it serves.
Contact details for both new Councillors can be found on the Councillors page of the website.