Month: September 2016

General, News, Traffic

Stagecoach bus service – No.9

Following a number of concerns raised by local residents about the future of the local bus service, the Parish Council has contact the Passenger Transport Development Manager at Warwickshire County Council for clarification.

The Parisbus pich Council has been informed that Stagecoach has no current plans to reduced or remove the No.9 service to Newton via Clifton.

A copy of the current timetable can be found here.


News, Parish Council

Notice of the conclusion of Audit – Annual Return 2015-16

The Parish Council has now published its audited Annual Return and accounts for 2015-16 on its website in accordance with guidance issued under the Transparency Act.

The statutory notice of the conclusion of the Audit was published on 26 September 2016. The notice gives any person the right to inspect the accounts within 14 days of the publication of the notice.




Community Safety, General, News

Volunteer Snow Warden scheme

Warwickshire County Council is seeking volunteers to become Snow Wardens in their local community

The County Council works in partnership with parish/town councils and resident associations to run a network of voluntary snow wardens.

If you would like to participate, please contact the parish council

What do snow wardens do?

  • Provide information to the County Highways Team on the local situation during the period of severe weather conditions;
  • Consult with the Area Teams on the local needs and determine jointly what local action needs to be taken. Priority will be given to busy footway areas, areas outside shops and schools, and steep areas agreed in advance;
  • When conditions warrant it, the Area Teams will sanction the treatment of agreed village / town footways from salt supplied from the existing grit bins or at agreed locations as highway resources allow;
  • Any works undertaken will follow the suggested guidelines released in winter (2010) in the government Snow Code as highlighted below.

Government Snow Code

There is no law stopping you from clearing snow and ice on the pavement outside your property, pathways to your property or public space.

If an accident did happen, it’s highly unlikely that you would be sued as long as you:

  • are careful;
  • use common sense to make sure that you don’t make the pavement or pathway clearly more dangerous than before.

Snow Warden

General, News, Rugby Borough

Rugby Borough Local Plan Consultation

RBC logoThe Borough Council will be consulting on its Local Plan Publication Draft on the 26th September till the 11th November 2016.

The Plan sets out the spatial framework, site allocations and policies to guide development and the use of land in the whole of Rugby Borough up to 2031. It comprises a long term vision, strategic objectives, site allocations and development management policies. It will be used to guide the determination of planning applications over the plan period. It is document which the Council intends to submit to the Secretary of State.

The following drop in sessions have been arranged, where members of the Development Strategy team will be available to answer any questions regarding the Local Plan and how to respond.

  • Monday 26 September – Wolvey Baptist Church, School Lane, Wolvey (6.30pm to 8pm)
  • Wednesday 28 September – Rugby Town West Community Forum, Bilton Methodist Church, Main Street, Bilton (6.30pm to 8pm)
  • Thursday 29 September – Grandborough Village Hall, Sawbridge Road, Grandborough (6pm to 9pm)
  • Saturday 1 October – The Clock Towers shopping centre, Rugby town centre (10am to 2pm)
  • Monday 10 October – Dunchurch Library, School Street, Dunchurch (6pm to 9pm)
  • Wednesday 12 October – Ryton Village Hall, High Street, Ryton-on-Dunsmore (6pm to 9pm)
  • Thursday 13 October – Binley Woods Village Hall, Rugby Road, Binley Woods (7.30pm-9:30pm)

A link to the draft Local Plan document is provided here

General, News

Clifton upon Dunsmore Local History Group exhibition ‘Memories of Clifton’

A display of photographs, documents and artefacts illustrating aspects of the village through the years.

Being helclifton-exhib-flierd in St. Mary’s Church on

  • Saturday 24th September 2016 – 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Sunday 25th September 2016 – 12:00 noon – 5:00pm

Admission free with voluntary donations in aid of Church and Townsend Hall funds.

Refreshments will be available


General, News

Clifton Tennis Club membership rates for 2016 slashed.

Clifton Tennis Club has slashed its membership rates for 2016.

This very special offer is as follows:  Tennis Club

Children; Was £15, NOW £5.

Intermediate; Was £20, NOW £10.

Adult; Was £45, Now £15.

Family; Was £80, NOW £25. Includes parents, and their children up to 21 years of age.

This offer is limited to new members who join now. These reduced membership rates provide the same benefits as the normal membership rates and will enable you to play at (almost) any time every day of the year through to May 2017.

Please contact Steve Woodford 01788 561996 (Club Secretary) or Lesley Edwards 01788 551366 (Club Treasurer).


General, News, Traffic

Have your say on the proposed Traffic Calming in Clifton upon Dunsmore by 9 September

Warwickshire County Council are proposing to implement raised traffic calming features within Clifton upon Dunsmore, the measures are as follows:

  • 9 No. Raised crossing points,
  • 1 No. Raised table,
  • 27 No. sets of speed cushions (75mm high),
  • 1 No. Junction build-out.

Please find attached copies of the public notice and consultation plan for the proposal.

Traffic Calming Public Notice

TR 9923 01 – Consultation Plan

Notices have been put up on site and residents directly affected by the proposals will be informed.

If you wish to make a comment please respond to: .

Any communication should be received by 09 September 2016.

News, Parish Council

Traveller encampment – further update

The Parish Council is pleased that the Travellers who were encamped on the playing field have now have now left as agreed.  Whist we appreciate that the continued presence of the Traveller families was the source of great concern to some residents, they have vacated the site as agreed, without the need for eviction by Baliffs under Common Law or a lengthy court process, with all their associated financial implications. The Travellers have left behind just the bagged refuse which the borough council had agreed to clear at no additional cost to the parish.

A local farmer has agreed to park an agricultural vehicle in front of the gate, which will also be securely chained; until more permanent and robust security measures can be installed in due course.

The Parish Council would like to thank residents for their forbearance and support during this difficult episode.

Community Safety, News, Parish Council

Traveller encampment – further update

The main question on Facebook from residents is why did the travellers not move last week when they said they would. The main reason given by the travellers was that they were holding out in the hope of the pregnant lady would give birth before they moved on – and because they knew they didn’t have to. A new caravan had arrived at the weekend (the parent of the pregnant woman), which effectively invalidated the Parish Council’s eviction notice – we had given notice to all of the caravans, except that one, because it hadn’t been there.

Due to it being a bank holiday weekend, that meant that we would not now be in a position to effect eviction until Friday of this week. The reasons for aiming for an agreement, as opposed to effecting eviction on Friday is three-fold;

  • To effect eviction would cost approximately 10% of the parish council precept – which is the money you pay in council tax and that is used in a planned manner for the benefit of the village – so something would have to be cut if we paid for eviction.
  • A Friday notice from Bailiff’s would necessitate a Saturday eviction at extra cost.
  • Using recovery trucks (which would be used to physically evict the travellers) would churn up the playing fields and so cause even more expense.

Despite the concerns provoked by their presence, we are pleased that the travellers have exhibited good behaviour within the village. Although we have consciously created a positive relationship with the travellers, we have made them acutely aware that should they not leave on Sunday, as agreed and as contained in the notice documents given to each caravan, they will be evicted on Monday and there will be no more renegotiation. They have taken this on board and had conversations in front of us, as a group, that they would leave peacefully on Sunday. Clearly, until that time, we do not know if they will honour this, but it was decided that it was worth the extra days to see if they do, before having to commit to significant cost.

Parish Councillors are also local residents and parents – we hold the same concerns by the presence of the travellers as other residents. We have plans in place to secure the field immediately the travellers vacate it and will be taking further precautions in the near future. Police advised parish councillors on the night that they arrived that the travellers were able to stay this time as no damage was caused in accessing the field – they lifted it of its hinges without damaging it. This will not be possible in the future.