Community Grant support Kemble & Ewen WI

Kemble & Ewen WI recieved a community grant from Kemble & Ewen Parish Council and put it to good use advancing the education of women of all ages. This year that included getting some of the more older members more tech savvy and online so they could have virtual meet ups during Covid times and maintain contact with their village community.

In February they manged to get all their members linked up by Zoom for a Valentines Day afternoon tea to kick off their year. Not a small undertaking for one or two of their more elderly members.  “I’m not sure where you all are but I’m having a lovely time!” said Doris, aged 100 from her bed at home in Ewen.

11 members undertook a Zoom bookbinding course with the grant helping to provide participants with the kit to create lovely notebooks.

The WI has had it’s first face to face (or should that be mask to mask!) meeting and have enrolled 3 new members. They have a number of activates and speakers lined up and are keen to hear from anyone interested in joining. Should you like further information please speak to Kelsie Hall or Pat Ayres – contact details can be obtained from the Parish Clerk on request.

Informal Consultation – Parking

Context

Kemble & Ewen Parish Council have been working for many years to address the concern raised by residents of commuter parking in and around the village (initially caused by overspill once the original carpark reached capacity). A large project completed in 2017 resulted in the construction of the new station carpark ensuring adequate parking facilities for all commuters using Kemble Station. A residents parking scheme was scheduled be part of this process but following delays (based around funding negotiations between GWR & GCC) the Parish Council felt that holding the new station car park closed was counterproductive and the new car park was opened. Fast forward 3 years, funding from GWR is no longer available (it was negotiated under a now expired contract) and residents have expressed that they are not willing to accept a scheme requiring the purchase of permits – negating the possible use of either a Permit Parking Area or Residents Parking Zone based scheme.

 

Current Position

The culmination of the work undertaken to date has led to the preparation, by Gloucestershire County Council (GCC), of a draft scheme which Kemble & Ewen Parish Council are in the process of reviewing. The scheme is intended to prevent highway obstruction caused by inconsiderate parking, encourage commuters to use the car parks provided whilst minimising impact to local residents. The proposed scheme uses waiting restrictions in key areas. No parking permits are required and as such the scheme is cost neutral to all residents and their visitors. As part of this review process, the Parish Council would like to seek the views of local residents. Following this informal consultation, GCC will conduct their own formal consultation as part of the TRO process.

 

Support Documents

The detailed maps can be found here Proposed Waiting Restrictions – Kemble

 

How to comment

Online (preferred) – Complete the online survey found here Online Survey – Informal Consultation

In person – via one of the Zoom drop-in events 16 Feb, 17 Feb & 19 Feb 2021 at 7pm

In writing – to the Parish Clerk clerk@kembleandewen-pc.gov.uk

 

Deadline for responses is Sunday 28 February 2021

Any queries and requests for Zoom log-in details can be address to the Parish Clerk:

01285 770758          clerk@kembleandewen-pc.gov.uk

Update – Station Road Bridge Works 01/02/2021

Network Rail have advised that they are still investigating as the first tow survey done was inconclusive on whether could  work could continue as per the design or whether a new design is needed. Another assessment was completed on the 27/01/2021 and once Network Rail receive the final report and recommendations from the Designer (due in two weeks time) they will provide an update.