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In this issue:
  1. Parish Council - New Member
  2. Village Hall Roof Repairs
  3. Telephone Kiosk
  4. Road Closure
  5. David Maxwell
  6. Swan Inn Darts Team
  7. Jubilee Wood
  8. Planning Applications
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1. Parish Council - New Member
 
At the Parish Council meeting last Wednesday, Marion New was co-opted as a new member to fill the current vacancy. The Council now has its full complement of seven councillors.
 
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2. Village Hall Roof Repairs
 
Thank you to everyone who took the trouble to send us their views on the proposal to raise 5000 from the Council Tax towards the Village Hall roof repairs. Opinion was equally divided on the issue and the comments can be viewed at www.birlingham.org/pc_info/village_hall_survey_2012.pdf.
 
At its meeting last week, the Parish Council decided not to go ahead with this option, given the response from residents and the success of the Village Hall Committee in raising grants from other sources. However, future funding of the Village Hall will be discussed further at the budget-setting meeting in November.
 
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3. Telephone Kiosk
 
After a lengthy process, ownership of the village telephone kiosk has now been transferred to the Parish Council. The Council now hope to find a suitable use for the kiosk, which was repainted shortly before the Parish Council took ownership.
 
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4. Road Closure
 
The County Council will be undertaking highway maintenance works at various locations along the Avenue, Broadway and Shorthill some time after 1st October. Some areas will be patched and surfaced dressed, others will be resurfaced. While the works are taking place, some roads will be closed for a few days. The exact location and dates of the closures are still uncertain but updated information will be available on www.birlingham.org as soon as it is received.
 
The Public Notice can be viewed at www.birlingham.org/docs/road_closure_2012.pdf.
 
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5. David Maxwell
 
We are very sorry to inform the village that our friend David Maxwell from Carron Lodge died last week after a short illness. Our deepest sympathies go to Anne and her family.
 
A memorial service will be held on Wednesday 3rd October at 2.00pm in Tewkesbury Abbey.
 
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6. Swan Inn Darts Team
 
The Swan Inn Darts Team will be playing in the Winter season of the Severn Stoke Invitation Darts League from Monday 8th October. The team meets on Monday evenings in the Swan Inn from 8.15pm and the fixture list is available at www.birlingham.org/organisations/swandarts.htm.
 
If you would like to join the team, please contact Steve Jeavons via the Swan Inn (01386 750485).
 
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7. Jubilee Wood
 
Jubilee Wood - your help is needed!!
 
Part of the Jubilee celebrations was the idea to create a lasting memorial of the event. One idea to satisfy this was the creation of a Jubilee Wood. We sought out a potential site and approached the landowner, who was thrilled with the idea and gave the go-ahead. The site chosen is on both sides of the track leading to the sewage treatment works. Some trees already exist down this path but the idea is to supplement the existing trees with many new ones to create the wood. The wood will include an oak sapling from the royal estates.
 
Sapling trees have been obtained from the Woodland Trust and will be arriving late October or early November. This is where we need your help. We need to arrange planting of the new saplings. This will be done over a weekend, date to be confirmed, and volunteers are needed with a spade to dig the holes.
 
If you would like to help, please contact either the Parish Council Tree Warden, Stuart Crowther, at Phaeton House, Lower End or Steve Morris at smorris@butford.co.uk.
 
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8. Planning Applications
 
The following planning application has been received by the Parish Council:
The following planning application has been determined by Wychavon District Council:
  • 4 Brook Cottages, Eckington Road: Drop down kerb to provide retrospective vehicular access and parking (Case No. 12/01701). Approved. Full details can be viewed on the Wychavon DC website at www.e-wychavon.org.uk/pl/pl.exe?cs=12/01701.
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