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COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

 

 

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF LOCAL COUNCILS AWARD SCHEME 
Purton Parish Council are proud to announce it has been approved and awarded the Local Councils Award Scheme -Foundation for its procedural practices. The panel found the application to be impressive and felt it showed the Parish Council to be well organised and an excellent communicator in the community. The panel noted the ‘Have your say’ section of the website which shows that the Parish Council encourages two-way communication. As well as the up to date, vibrant Facebook and Twitter feeds and monthly newsletter packed with information. The extensive training record was also cited along with the thorough risk assessment scheme. The panel also mentioned the positive impacts of the Dementia Friendly Community work as well as the Neighbourhood Plan being approved at Referendum.

HAVE YOUR SAY

Each month Purton Parish Council will be responding to a question raised by a member of the public on matters affecting residents of Purton.  The first topic in January will be traffic.
The information will be posted here on our website, Facebook, twitter and NextDoor, however anyone can contact the offices with a question and we will post publically.
Januarys question : What is Purton Parish Council doing about issues of road safety in Purton?
Februarys question : 
Why can’t my uncle be buried in Purton Cemetery – he used to live here and loved Purton?
March question : Why are you paying for a professional review of the Village Hall ? 
April question : Dog mess? what is Purton Parish Council able to do to help ?

Click here to email a question to the Clerk

Question Five - May 2019

Neil Hooper Vice Chair of Council was asked -  Who is responsible for highways and footpaths? 

All road structures and public footpaths (tarmac) are the responsibility of Wiltshire Council and any issues regarding potholes, path erosion etc can be reported online at http://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/mywiltshire-online-reporting or call 0300 0456 0100 or you can download their APP on your phone “My Wiltshire”.
The Parish Council has the resource of a Parish Steward provided by Wiltshire Council one day a month (normally split over two half days). The Parish Steward will only action the following items, all others are required to be sent to Wiltshire Council via the above options :
Hand clearing and cutting of growth from drainage grips and drain gully covers
Hand clearing of blocked drainage gullies, grips, culverts, pipes and pits (unable to be jet system)
Clearing storm debris from the roads and footways
Pedestrian barriers preparation and painting
Clearing and straightening of small road signs
Street nameplates and bollards, securing of existing small road signs verge markers posts and supplied street names plates
Removal of limited graffiti from road signs, collars and street nameplates
Hand cutting of grass and vegetation in visibility areas
Hand treatment of weeds
Hand clearance of encroaching growth and soil from footways
Repair of small potholes in roads and on footways.

Overgrown hedging/trees onto public highways/footpaths it the responsibility of the home/land owner.  The Parish Council are able to write to land/home owners requesting them to clear vegetation and if they do not action within the standard time given (two letter approach), Wiltshire Council will then take over response and enforcement action.

Countryside Public Footpaths
Purton is fortunate to have 161 countryside footpaths which are the responsibility of Wiltshire Council and the land owner to remain open and accessible.  We do not have the “Right to Roam” in this country therefore all our footpaths require all users to stay on the designated route.  A full map of all footpaths is available at the Parish Council offices (fee pending size), viewable at the Library or Doctors Surgery or on Wiltshire Councils website as follows :- http://wiltscouncil.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=43d5a86a545046b2b59fd7dd49d89d22

Purton Parish Council have an amazing group of volunteers who work with the Parish and Wiltshire Council to maintain and keep as many footpaths as they can open and accessible, however there are times when this has to be dealt with by Wiltshire Council Officers alone due to land owner issues.  If you have any concerns please contact our office and we will do our best to advise and resolve matters.

To see the answers to previous question below Click the link.

Question Four - April 2019

Chairman of Council Ray Thomas was asked - Dog Mess? What is Purton Parish Council able to do to help?

Question Three - March 2019

Chairman of Council Ray Thomas was asked - Why are you paying for a professional review of the Village Hall ? 

Question Two - February 2019

Neil Hooper - Chairman of Burials was asked "Why can’t my uncle be buried in Purton Cemetery – he used to live here and loved Purton"

Question One - January 2019

Chairman of Council Ray Thomas was asked "what road/safety improvements are planned for Purton in 2019/20"

     

JOINT WORKING PARTNERSHIP WITH BRADON FOREST AND ST MARYS SCHOOL WITH ASSOCIATED BODIES

A review meeting took place on Wednesday 20th March 2019 between the Schools, Councils and a parent whose child had a near miss at the school entrance due to irresponsible driving. 
The following actions were agreed :-

  • Signage to be placed at the Peak as per currently used at St Marys School (Parish Council will help with installation, where possible)
  • Banner on railings – Heads at St Marys/Bradon and Clerk at Purton Parish Council to liaise (Parish Council to fund)
  • Greensquare to speak to their Asset management team regarding the placing of “child bollards” along the stretch of path that widens and where cars mount the kerb and park – details to be sourced on what would be required, how many, what spacing, what material etc and if Greensquare are in agreement, fundraising to commence via a parent group (being set up)
  • Bradon School working on possible changes to the frontage, to remove visitor spaces into the rear of the building for official use only; also providing a designated taxi drop off/collection point within this area, to stop them parking on double yellows at the front of the school
  • Refreshing of all double lines and also the red box zone – Jacqui Lay to request via  Wiltshire Council  - this is not a quick fix and may take years to come up on the list of priorities
  • Jacqui Lay to investigate with Wiltshire Council the ANPR camera system that is available including costings
  • Parish Council to ask the footpath team to look into funding/costs to make the footpath route from the bottom of the village  (Jubilee to High Street FP54) up to the top more accessible and user friendly
  • Parish Council to add a dotted footpath line to the existing map showing the footpath route from the Red House area to the schools and recirculate to schools to send to parents
  • Bradon and St Marys to meet with relevant bodies at Wiltshire Council to gain expert advice
  • Wiltshire Police to issue a “police warning notice and leaflets” to any car drivers parking illegally, the first as a warning, enforcement the next time.

These changes will be actioned in accordance with permissions, funding and priorities.  In the meantime if you wish to join the FaceBook site adminsitered and run by a parent to provide positive feedback and work towards aiding change, the details are below https://www.facebook.com/Safeparkingatpurton/

Maps are available here 


Following a week of traffic monitoring by members of Wiltshire and Purton Council and also a few membrs of staff from St Marys School, we will be holding a follow up meeting in January 2019.

REVIEW MEETING - KEY POINTS - October 2018

  • Consultation online received 15 comments ranging from “I will park where I want; I drive as I have to work; I drive as my child has a disability; residents stop moaning; the parking is difficult wherever” to “I will consider an alternative parking place”.  
  • The Parish Council have witnessed a significant amount of increased parking in the three locations which include the Village Hall, The Red House and the Millennium Hall.  This is due to the communications from all three schools to choose these safer places. – A real positive.  Thank you for spreading the word.  The Parish Council are looking at the feasibility of a crossing on Church Street to aid the safe crossing from both these locations to the footpath to the schools.
  • A visit by Parish Council staff/Councillors to the Peak on three occasions witnessed a real ignorance by some; as they were not parking illegally they did not see the problem.  Social media continues to show inconsiderate parking.  Note: parking on verges is not only those from the school runs but also select residents.
  • Greensquare to consider placing a joint application to the Area Board for funding towards poles/bollards along the Greensquare owned grassed verges to stop all parking on the verges including residents and visitors.  Greensquare to consider a consultation with residents to determine its merit in progressing this application further.
  • Road safety week is approaching w/c 19th November and it was agreed that we would carry out a high viz presence this week to encourage those who still choose to park dangerously to reconsider.
  • It was further suggested as part of the Road Safety Week that we produce a video/photographic still of children and some of the issues faced by inconsiderate/dangerous parking.
  • Anyone witnessing dangerous driving please where possible take registrations and report to the Police.
  • Greensquare during their weekly meetings with the police to ask for their support, work permitting.
  • Parish Council to issue a press release/communication on where we are to date.

 

WIltshire Council/Purton Parish Council/Residents/Wiltshire Police/St Marys School/Bradon Forest School

TRAFFIC AND SAFETY RELATING TO ST MARYS/BRADON FOREST SCHOOLS AND SURROUNDING AREAS

An “invite” only meeting was held on Monday 16th July 2018 with a defined group of people as detailed above to work on issues relating to the safety and traffic at both schools around the College Road/Reids Piece and The Peak areas.

The meeting was well attended and received by all and although no definitive single answer resolution was found the following items were agreed to be carried out and addressed as the first phase of joint working.

  • A map, produced by the Parish Council, highlighting safe, easy access parking for those who have to drive their children to school to be produced with footpaths and clear instructions – given to all parents/carers via the schools as part of their welcome packs and newsletters
  • The residents to continue their petition to go to Wiltshire Council to ensure that when the ANPR devices are sourced the Peak and associated areas in Purton are considered
  • The Police will aid with the sourcing of yellow “POLICE NO PARKING” cones for use along the Peak at core times
  • A questionnaire/survey to be placed on the Parish Council website asking why parents drive and not use the allocated safe parking spaces and any other associated valuable statistical information we can gain to understand the logistics behind the parking issues – link to then be sent to the schools for newsletters/websites etc
  • Requests to all staff members/volunteers at both schools to park within the school boundaries and not on the highways – this would only be a request as not enforceable but would then leave valuable parking free for those living in the areas and not cause issues at peak times (both schools have stated there is sufficient parking for all staff within their grounds)
  • Liaison with Greensquare regarding options for stopping parking on the grass verges
  • High Viz presence on select days along the Peak, Reids Piece to ask why parents are not using the safer parking routes and issue those who may not know where to park safely the maps and associated information – Led by Parish Council with support from all the above bodies when available
  • Requests for regular enforcement agencies to visit the sites at peak times and ticket those illegally parked
  • Police to, when resources are available, monitor the areas at core times and enforce parking tickets and give “friendly advice”
  • Both schools to work on their Travel Plans/Safer Routes to School as a matter of urgency to ensure they are in place before we start to apply for any funding options
  • Consider options of signage to state “no parking on grassed areas”, “parking for schools” etc – longer term option via the Royal Wootton Bassett and Cricklade Area Board grants
  • “Phone APP” options to be circulated to all parents/carers in newsletter for car sharing features – Parish Council to source information and share

It is appreciated that schools are due to disperse for the summer term, however the new intake and return will be addressed through social media, newsletters and direct school contact.

Alternative suggestions were made during this meeting which included a new road and parking, use of the land at Reids Piece owned by the Parish Council, closing The Peak and associated roads during school times and all these were considered unfeasible at this point in time and to try the above options first.

A review meeting will be arranged with the above parties once the actions are carried out and the feedback received.

The clear message from all parties was that if you live in the Village please walk your children to school wherever possible and if you have to park, please use the designated areas of safe parking.

 

Purton Parish Council
Chairman of Council                                                                                    Dated : Monday 16th July 2018

 

SAFE PARKING SITES FOR ACCESS TO THE SCHOOLS
As part of the Action Plan above, we have produced a map showing safe parking routes for both schools as below. CLICK HERE

SURVEY FOR PARENTS DRIVING THEIR CHILDREN TO SCHOOL
If you drive your child/care responsiblilty to school please take the time to complete the survey in order to give vital information to the relevant bodies on what could be acheived to make change.Please CLICK HERE

PURTON PARISH COUNCIL AND ST MARYS CHURCH - WIN AN AWARD FOR JOINT WORKING AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

Purton Parish Council and St Marys Church were awarded a "Care of Churches Award 2018" for joint working and engagement on a tree project within the Churchyard from the Diocese of Bristol. 

 

VENTURE PARK - DOGRIDGE ESTATE  
The Parish Council are considering options for refurbishment of the site and would welcome your comments.
Click the link to complete the online questionnaire.  Click Her
There will also be an opportunity to see plans and discuss options at the Councillor Surgery being held on Saturday 8th September in the Village Hall from 10-12 noon
Let your voices be heard, come along and see what could be achieved with funding.
Consultation ends 17th August 2018.

COMMUNITY SPEEDWATCH SCHEME (CSW)
Purton CSW currently has 6 trained active members (more always welcome), who regularly can be seen at 4 fixed locations within the village (Restrop Road, the FOX, BT depot on Station road and Clardon road) with a 5th site on Chuch road in the works currently.
As more vehicles use Purton as a throughfair, we are seeing an increased number of cars, on average 600+ per hour at more peak times. We do see a decrease in the percentag of speeders after we have been recording data..typically 6-10% are travelling at 20% more than the speedlimit.
Accidents involving Cars are on the increase through the village and so dilligence is the key. Driving at the speed limit, or below will add little time to your journey home - but it may save a life. Possibly even someone you care about...

For more information contact our lead Councillor Paul Grigg or the Clerk Deborah Lawrence deborah.lawrence@purtonparishcouncil.gov.uk

FACEBOOK
Did you know Purton Parish Council has a facebook page which is updated regularly with items around the village, matter that affect the village and events that are being held?
If you are a group, business or resident and wish to keep us updated, please check out our facebook page.  Click here

PURTON FOOTPATHS
Purton has 161 footpaths that link the Parish through fields, bridleways and amazing views.  The team of volunteers, all fromt he area work tirelessly to keep them accessible.
If you would like to help by reporting issues to the Parish Council please do so, if you would like a map of where to walk safely without intruding on landowners properties, please pop into the Parish Council Offices.
If you like to supprot tyhis inviitaitive by sponsoring a kissing gate then please let us know.  "Communities that work together stay together."

PARISH PLAN
The Parish Plan has now been finalised and approved, through consutlation and assessment with residents and a working party within the Village.
To view the document 
click here. There are a few hard copies available in the Parish Council Office if you require one.
We realise that it is a long document but there are a lot of interesting sections.History and Parish profile are general background information on the Parish. Housing and Development are particularly important for the future of both the village and the Parish.
"An excellent partnership of working together as a community"

Community Paddock Page - Click Here