FREE Community Newsletter Published by Oldland Parish Council Covering the parish wards of Barrs Court, Cadbury Heath, Longwell Green, Orchard, Willsbridge and Wraxall NEWSLETTER NO.22 ~ DECEMBER 2008 A MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIRMAN: Cllr George Rogers COUNCILLOR CONTACT DETAILS BARRS COURT WARD William Douglas 932 2304 Graham Downing 932 7025 CADBURY HEATH WARD Ian Boulton 910 9529 Ron Hardie 932 7807 June Lovell 932 3727 LONGWELL GREEN We are now entering the Festive WARD Season and on behalf of the Parish John Calway 01454 864033 Cyril Haddy 949 8064 Council, I should like to wish all George Rogers 949 6478 parishioners a Happy Christmas and a Peaceful New Year. We all hope that ORCHARD WARD 2009 will bring better weather than Robert Lavis 932 7039 we experienced in 2008! WILLSBRIDGE WARD I should like to take this opportunity Andrew Thomas 932 3302 to thank the Clerk for all the hard and dedicated work she has carried out. WRAXALL WARD Nick Barrett 01454 864070 Thanks must also go to the Derek Cleverdon 307 9504 Community Development Worker for Brian Deeley 960 4124 the time and effort he has given and Michael Newton 932 2689 Tony Olpin 01454 864085 especially for his work with the Youth of the Parish. The Parish Clerk is Victoria Hicks (28 Congratulations must go to the Brunel Close, Bridgeyate, Bristol, BS30 Organisers, Helpers and Participants 5BB) and can be contacted at all of the Longwell Green Eisteddfod – reasonable times: the young talent was exceptional. Telephone/fax 0117 961 5021 E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org STOP PRESS! IF YOU WOULD LIKE AN E-MAIL COPY With effect from 1 January 2009 the OR LARGE PRINT VERSION OF THIS Parish Council website will be NEWSLETTER, CONTACT THE CLERK. launched: http://communities.southglos.gov This newsletter is published by .uk/sites/oldlandparish Rainbow Press. Home Fire Safety Visits OLDLAND PARISH COUNCIL FREE smoke alarms and Home Fire MEETING DATES FOR 2009 The Parish Council meetings for 2009 will Safety Visits provided by Avon Fire & be held in the Taylor Room at Longwell Rescue Service Green Community Centre, ordinarily on the Home Fire Safety visits provide people third Tuesday of the month, starting at with free advice on all aspects of fire 7pm. safety in the home. Free smoke alarms The dates for 2009 are as follows: will be fitted if required. Smoke alarms 20 January for people who are deaf or hard of 17 February hearing are also available. 17 March (to follow the Annual Meeting) You can text 07781 482 627 or call 0800 21 April 1693 999 or visit www.avonfire.gov.uk 19 May (to follow the AGM) 16 June to arrange a visit. 28 July 15 September Handy Van Security Scheme 20 October Helping to make South 17 November Gloucestershire residents feel 15 December safe and be safe in their homes. This free service Please contact the Clerk for further details provides door and window locks, as parishioners are always welcome to other security products and attend meetings and time is given on the agenda for public participation. advice for properties at risk The Council also holds Committee Meetings and for vulnerable people. to deal with the business of Council more Improving the security of your efficiently. Again please contact the Clerk home will help reduce the risk for details. of burglary and make you feel With effect from 1 January 2009 all safer. agendas and minutes of Council and Committee Meetings will be posted on the All works are carried out free Parish Council’s website. of charge, to British Standards and insurance industry requirements. FREE CONFIDENTIAL ADVICE Cadbury Heath Hall, Your local Handy Van carpenter School Road is Steve Adams, a skilled tradesman who has worked for the Tax & Benefits Information council as a carpenter since Tax Credits & Pension Credit 1968 and is familiar with all Job Seekers Allowance & types of property repair and refurbishment work. Steve will Income Support Housing and Council Tax survey and assess residents’ home security needs, fit Benefit Disability Benefits appropriate equipment and provide advice. Contact Ruth O’Connor, South East Bristol Advice Services Gloucestershire Council on 01454 0117 378 9200 863966 to arrange a visit. Drop-in Sessions 1st & 3 rd Weds of each month 10am until ADVERTISING midday Are you a local business who would be interested in advertising in the next edition of We also run drop-in sessions at The Old Bank, 108 the Newsletter? For only £60 you could reach Church Rd, Redfield, BS5 9LJ (down the A420) on over 6000 households in the area. Tues & Thurs, 9.30 – 12.30 each week. Please contact the Clerk for details. SAFER & STRONGER GROUPS What is going on in Cadbury have been set up in South Gloucestershire as Heath? part of the Neighbourhood Policing Model A small group of residents have come and South Gloucs Council’s Community Engagement Initiative. together to try and make Cadbury The Groups work hard to ensure that our Heath a better place to live. The community is a safe and pleasant place to group has not yet decided upon a live, work and play. name because the priority is to find Local People can have a greater voice and out what local people really want and influence over local decisions and priorities. if local people are prepared to back The Group’s members include the local Police, Avon Fire & Rescue, health visitors, what the group is trying to achieve. South Gloucs Council, Oldland Parish The group is hoping that more people Council, local organisations and people who will get actively involved. The group live and work in the community. is planning to consult with residents Safer & Stronger Groups have been set up to about possible changes to the central fund and support actions and initiatives that island area of Park Estate. The group meet local needs. is very keen to make some visible Dates of Future Meetings: change and improvements to the area. Longwell Green This is a real opportunity for local Tuesday 9 December 2008 at 7pm at people to take ownership of their Longwell Green Community Centre. community and make things Tuesday 10 March 2009 at 2pm at Longwell happen. For more information Green Community Centre. contact, Steve Skidmore, Parkwall Community Development Worker, Thursday 11 December 2008 at 7pm at the Tel: 0117 9673941. Suburbs Church. Wednesday 4 March 2009 at 10am at the Old Pavilion. Community First Responders Community First Responders (CFRs) are For further details telephone 01454 868760 volunteers who provide life saving care to patients in the first few minutes before the ambulance arrives. They are trained to deal with The Royal British Legion medical emergencies and are provided with The Bitton and Oldland Branch is pleased to equipment such as a defibrillator which can help announce that improve chances of survival. £14,761.26 CFRs do not require any previous medical was raised in the 2008 Poppy Appeal in our training and can range from doctors and nurses area. to engineers, postal workers teacher etc. The list is endless and all you need to have is good Our heartfelt thanks to all donors interpersonal and communication skills and be Graham Downing able to observe and record accurate details. You Hon. Poppy Appeal Organiser need to be prepared to take responsibility and stay calm to control somewhat difficult The Royal British Legion situations and have a high degree of flexibility. The Bitton and Oldland Branch CRFs will either attend a ‘First Person on Scene’ Are you ex-service or a dependent currently course or the St John Ambulance experiencing financial or physical problems? ‘Neighbourhood’ course. These focus on giving you the skills you will require to deal with a Please contact your local Legion medical emergency. representative for help: For further information please contact the Clerk Graham Downing 0117 932 7025 who will pass on your details to the Great Western Ambulance Service. CADBURY HEATH YOUTH CENTRE NEW PLANNING FREE FOR ALL?? Monday night: A huge change in the rules affecting planning Young Women Only Night applications came into force on the 1st October 2008. Tuesday night: Inters Open Access The intention is to allow more people to build Wednesday night: extensions without planning permission, saving them Skateboarding time (planning permission usually takes 8 weeks) and Thursday night: a £150 planning fee. The new rules detail what is Seniors Open Access known as ‘Permitted Development’, things that can Also at Oldland Youth Centre be built (apparently) without planning permission. Open Access on both Tuesday and Thursday The problem is that the new rules say what cannot, nights. rather than what can, be built. In this part of South ADMISSION 50p Gloucestershire, especially on housing estates, STOPPING SMOKING HAS NEVER ‘Permitted Development Rights (PDR)’s were often BEEN SO EASY!! removed when planning permission for the original You are now FOUR times more likely homes was granted by the planning authorities. This to be successful using the latest researched methods. means that householders must still go through the Make a fresh start with your FREE process of making a planning application for any local NHS Stop Smoking Service and development specified in the ‘PDR’ restriction. For meet one of the friendly advisors in a example in Barrs Court, California Farm, and other variety of convenient locations. parts of Longwell Green and Warmley, many homes Call: 0117 330 2439 cannot be extended without planning permission – e-mail: nhsstopsmoking@sglos- whatever the new rules say! The only good thing, in pct.nhs.uk these cases, is that householders do not have to pay a PARKWALL PRIMARY SCHOOL planning fee to the district council. Of course, plans still need to be drawn for the builder These are exciting times at Parkwall Primary and for the Building Regulations (which are required School as we join with the Park School in Kingswood to form a close collaboration, the for most extensions). The new set of rules, which was first such venture in South Glos. meant to make things easier and to reduce the number of planning applications, has in fact made things What this means is that Parkwall School is run by Mr Mead as an Associate Head with Mr Dee more complicated and is likely to cause just as much as an Executive Head Teacher who oversees the work for planning officers as before! running of both schools. So far this academic year the staff and pupils For more information, a really handy guide can be have spent a long time improving the learning found on the Government’s Planning Portal website environment of the school to encourage learning to take place. This, along with a strong drive to (http://www.planningportal.gov.uk/uploads/hhg/hous improve behaviour, has meant that Parkwall eguide.html). Alternatively South Goucestershire School is a bright, happy place to learn and Council Planning Department (01454 868900) or any work. We have a Nursery at the school so Parkwall School caters for children from 3-11 Architectural Service may be able to help you. years old. Adrian Forber Plan Drawing Services If you would like to know more about Parkwall School please feel free to come in and have a 0117 9491826 email@example.com look around. Just ring Mrs Morris in the school office on 01454 867114 to arrange a visit.