Olveston Parish Council

 

LATEST NEWS

Here is a selection of news, newsletters and websites which the Parish Council thinks may be of interest to parish residents:

  • You can see the results of the Olveston Parish Council Elections, held on 7 May, here.  Look under 'Olveston Parish Council'.  Over three months, from June to August 2015, Meeting Point is profiling the nine Parish Councillors. Read the extracted Profiles here
  • Scroll down the page to the section on Council Meetings to find the most recently approved Parish Council minutes.
  • Two roads will be closed for a few hours on Sunday 30 August because of the Severn Bridge Marathon; the roads are Mumbleys Lane, Thornbury and Redhill Lane, Aust.  You can read the South Glos Council notice about it here.
  • On 11th December 2014 South Gloucestershire's Planning Committee refused the planning application for the erection of two 130 metre high wind turbines at Valley Farm, Ingst Hill in the parish of Olveston. An appeal has now been lodged through the government planning inspectorate against this decision. You can view the original application online here.  The deadline for comments on the application was 25 January 2013, although comments continued to be sent in up to the date of the meeting.  The council received over a thousand responses.  In October 2012, Olveston Windfarm Action Group launched a weather balloon close to to the proposed site, at a height of 126 metres (the height originally proposed for the turbines), to give an idea of the visual impact of the turbines. You can see here photos of the weather balloon taken by local residents from a number of different local viewpoints. REG Windpower, the company which submitted the planning application, provided - as one of its 218 original supporting documents - a map showing what they consider to be the maximum area within which the turbines could be visible. The green areas show places from where the tips of the turbine blades could be seen; the yellow areas show places from where the hub and blades could be seen. You can see REG Windpower's map here. Olveston, Aust, Pilning and Severn Beach, Alveston, Oldbury-on-Severn, Hill and Rockhampton Parish Councils opposed the planning application.
  • An organisation has been set up in South Gloucestershire called Healthwatch which allows users of local heath and social care services to give feedback on their experiences of the services.  You can find the organisation's website here
  • In relation to the proposal to set up a Community Land Trust, Olveston Parish Council, on 20 March 2015, issued an Open Letter to all Parishioners.  You can read the Open Letter here.
  • Every two months, the Senior Citizen Liaison Team of Avon and Somerset Police produces a magazine called Senior Siren. It is packed with lifestyle and safety advice for the older adult population and features a Senior Spotlight interview each month.  (Recent interviewees have been Dr Lyn Evans, Project Director of the Large Hadron Collider at Cern in Geneva, Mr Trevor Colman, MEP for the South West of England, and Lord Martin Rees, the Astronomer Royal.)  You can read current and recent editions on their website.
  • The Mobile Library Van visits Orchard Rise, Olveston and Daldry Gardens, Olveston once a fortnight on Mondays.  Click here to see full details.
  • South Gloucestershire Council is proposing changes to speed limits and waiting restrictions in the village of Olveston, as part of a wider package of measures to make travelling to Olveston School and the area around the school safer for pupils, parents and the wider public. The proposals include the introduction of a 20mph speed limit to several roads in the village and the introduction of new or changes to existing waiting restrictions on several roads. You can see more details, including a map, here. The consultation ended on 29 August.
  • The 2014 Olveston Parish Annual Assembly was held in the Parish Hall on Tuesday 29th April.  If you'd like to read the Parish Clerk's summary of the Chairman's Report, please scroll down to the bottom of the page.
  • As part of our efforts to keep local residents informed about local issues, we are trialling a Facebook page.
  • The South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is the organisation responsible for making sure that the people of South Gloucestershire have the health services they need. As clinicians serving the population of South Gloucestershire, they are committed to working together with patients and the public, S. Glos Council, and our main providers of health services, to improve the health of people living in South Gloucestershire. A further site which may be of interest is Healthwatch South Gloucestershire.
  • You may be interested to read about a current, multi-partner project, with South Gloucestershire Council as the umbrella organisation, focusing on the natural and cultural heritage of the Lower Severn Vale Levels. The project is called "A Forgotten Landscape" and you are encouraged to get in touch with the project if you have an interest in any aspects of the work.
  • The Care Forum runs Well Aware, a useful online directory of groups and organisations offering health and well-being services and activities. More than 5000 activities are listed and it is easy to find a wide range of locally based services such as social activities, support groups, community groups, home maintenance, care homes, personal care etc. It has a user-friendly format which makes it easy to find support for a friend, family member - or for yourself. Access the Well Aware website here.
  • CVS South Gloucestershire produces news and information for voluntary and community sector organisations and groups across South Gloucestershire. They provide this information in e-bulletins. You can access the latest e-bulletin from their website.
  • The local SORT IT! Centre in Thornbury now hosts 'Revive', a shop selling affordable items previously used but now unwanted by local residents. This is part of the philosophy which promotes re-use over recycling and landfill. If you're looking for some affordable furniture (kitchen chairs? waste paper baskets?), crockery, or miscellaneous items (mirrors? a drum kit?), why not browse your local Revive Shop, run by SITA UK, with the support of South Gloucestershire Council. There's plenty to see, all under cover, with free parking. Read more about it here.
  • You can follow the progress of Avon and Somerset's recently elected Police and Crime Commissioner on the official PCC website here.
  • The South Gloucestershire Family Placement Team is keen to find local people who could act, on a regular basis, as carers offering short-term breaks for children or young people, especially children on the autistic spectrum. Share the Care allows people to establish long-term relationships with the children and their families but may involve as little as one weekend per month. To read more about what is involved and to discover how you can find out more, click here.  
  • You can view a poster here about Carers Groups in South Gloucestershire. There 4 different kinds of groups now: All Carers groups, Dementia groups, Learning Difficulties groups and Mental Health groups. No need to book. You can just turn up. It's a chance for carers to have a cup of tea and a chat and to pick up some information. Check out the poster to discover how to find your local groups.
  • To read about the arrangements for the local registration of births, deaths, marriages and civil partnerships and to find the opening times of your nearest register office, click here.
  • If you are interested in bus times for the local 622 route, times are available here.
  • The Parish Council has received news of an Emergency Carers Service, provided by South Gloucestershire Council, which it thinks local residents would be interested to know about. You can find out about the service here.

 

 

Councillors

John Hughes

613754

Richard Panes

618468       

Geoff Anderson 

07792 285055  

Adrian Baxter

617108

Sue Hunter

412191   

Alyson Kennea

07957 557501  

Pat Savage  

07703 281265

Tony Williams 

07506 613628  

Tom Witherbed

07917 838841

 

Chair of Parish Council

John Hughes

Vice Chair of Parish Council 

Richard Panes

 

 

Chair of Recreation & Leisure Committee

Richard Panes

Rec & Leisure Member for Olveston

Adrian Baxter

Rec & Leisure Member for Tockington

Pat Savage

Rec & Leisure Member for Old Down

Alyson Kennea

 

 

Chair of Planning Committee

Sue Hunter

Planning Member for Olveston

Tom Witherbed

Planning Member for Outlying Areas

Covered by other areas

Planning Member for Tockington

Tony Williams

Planning Member for Old Down

Sue Hunter

 

 

Footpaths & the Environment

Nominated members within Planning Committee

 

 

Chair of Project Committee

Pat Savage (overseeing projects rather than being a formal Chair)

‘Parish Vision’ – Primary Contacts

Adrian Baxter/ John Hughes

Olveston Parish Steering Group

Geoff Anderson/Tony Williams

Parish Process

Geoff Anderson

 

 

Other Posts for Consideration

 

Primary Contact for seeking Grants

TBD

Responsibility for reviewing South Glos Council consultations

TBD

Communications

Adrian Baxter

 

 

Clerk to the Council:

 

Richard Rogers

 

8 Orchard Rise, Olveston BS35 4DY

 

Email: olvestonpc@gmail.com

 

 

Primary Contacts for various parish organisations and interest groups:

Old Down Sports & Social Club …

Richard Panes

Tennis Club …

Richard Panes

Parish Hall Management Committee …

Adrian Baxter/Pat Savage

Pre-School …

Pat Savage

Bowls Club …

Richard Panes

Olveston CEVC …

Tom Witherbed/Adrian Baxter

Religious Groups …

Alyson Kennea

Footpath Warden …

Rod Williams (co-opted)

Olveston United Football Club …

Richard Panes

Old Down Cricket Club …

Richard Panes

Meeting Point …

Parish Clerk

Olveston Scouts/Guides/Endeavour Explorers …

Tony Williams  

Woodhouse Park …

Tony Williams

Daldry Gardens & the Elderly

Sue Hunter/John Hughes

Allotments …

Geoff Anderson

Health & Care …

TBD

Defibrillator Guardians …

Geoff Anderson

 

 

Council Meetings

Parishioners are welcome to attend Parish Council meetings. These are generally held on the 4th Tuesday of each month. Check out the Events page on this website for dates and times of meetings. Please contact the Clerk if you plan to attend.

You can read the most recently approved minutes of Olveston Parish Council here and here. (These minutes are put on the website once they have been approved and signed as an accurate record at the subsequent meeting of each committee.)

 

 

Our Parish Matters

Reports on parish matters are often included in Meeting Point, our local community magazine. Here is the most recent report from Richard Rogers, the Parish Clerk:

At the Olveston Annual Parish Assembly held on Tuesday 5th May, our South Glos Councillor, Matthew Riddle paid tribute on the retirement of June Lyons and Irene Reid.

The Parish Council would also like to thank Jamie Mayes who left the Council at the recent Parish Elections.  Jamie was a Councillor for two years, and in that time looked after the Tockington play area; represented Tockington’s interest on the Parish Council as well as the Scouts; helped form the Aust Verge Parking Area; and will be best remembered for the amount of time and effort he donated renovating the signage around the village.  Jamie’s ‘can do attitude’ was much appreciated by other Councillors and we will endeavour to complete the projects he began.

At the AGM on the 26th May 2015, John Hughes was elected Chairman of Olveston Parish Council, with Richard Panes as his Vice Chairman.  John has been the Chairman of the Rec & Leisure Committee for a number of years and a Vice Chairman of the Parish Council since 2012.  Richard Panes has been on the Council since May 2013 and also succeeds John as Chairman of the Rec & Leisure Committee.  Sue Hunter was elected as Chairman of the Planning Committee.  A full list of responsibilities and contact details are published on the Olveston website and the Parish notice boards.


 

 

 

The Council's Vision Statement

Read the Council's Vision Statement here.

 

Council Policy on its Donations to Charities

You can read the Council's policy here. For details of any decisions about donations, you can check the minutes each month.