The Parish Council submitted the following letter on 24th May 2018
This was followed up with a further response in November 2018
08/08/18 Crudwell Parish Council has issued the following OBJECTION comment on the proposed Ridgway development.
Crudwell Parish Council considered the above application/amended plans and has the following response to make:
|Support subject to conditions (please set out in box below)|
|X||Object (for reasons set out in box below)|
|Suggested special conditions/reasons for decision based on local knowledge|
Crudwell Parish Council wish to register the following comments, resolved at the Crudwell Parish Council meeting of 07/08/18:-
1. Planning policy.
The development site is outside the designated settlement boundary and following the 10th July 2018 Wiltshire Council meeting, is not proposed to be allocated in the Housing Site Allocations Plan. On that basis, the proposal lies within the open countryside and is contrary to both the adopted and emerging Wiltshire development plans. There is no justification for approving this application outside of the development plan process.
There are no material considerations that suggest the proposal should be approved contrary to the development plan. The five year housing land supply in the Housing Market Area is above 5 years so the NPPF paragraph 14 ‘tilted balance’ is not triggered.
2. Potential Housing
The application site has been submitted to the Parish Council as a potential housing site and is being considered alongside others also submitted.
This would represent the largest single housing development within the Parish and this application is too large for the existing infrastructure. Key issues include:-
a. Sewerage/foul drainage
The sewerage system is already at capacity and an upgrade is not planned by Wessex Water. It remains a long-term problem, the main sewer is too small and runs to Hankerton (who as a Parish have expressed their concerns) and onto Malmesbury. In heavy rainfall, the pumping station at Crudwell floods releasing foul waste.
b. Surface water/flooding
Crudwell has a historical issue with flooding, having two extensive floods that caused major damage to property and residents having to vacate their homes. The surface water from the existing development of 10 houses at Ridgeway Farm runs off towards The Swillbrook. Surface water pouring from the overflow pipe immediately after heavy rainfall was recorded as a video clip by concerned residents. This council was assured by Wiltshire Council planning department and the property developers that this would not happen and demonstrates that the measures put in place are not effective.
The proposed flood scheme for the 39 dwellings would direct into The Swillbrook upstream of Crudwell, increasing the flood risk.
c. Crudwell Primary School
The village school is at full capacity and oversubscribed, unable to enlarge their premises, and so would be unable to accept additional pupils this development would bring.
Tetbury Lane is not suitable as an entrance to a large housing development. The footpath is not complete from the development to The Street. This development would increase vehicular traffic, putting residents at risk who walk this lane to access the playing fields and Village Hall.
4. Landscape and Visual Impact
The proposed development is in an elevated position and it would be hoped a sensitive approach would be taken to possible development, given its location just outside of the Cotswold Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and in keeping with Crudwell as a historic and desirable village. The existing development is inappropriate in materials, design and spatial layout and this theme also is continued in the proposed development.
5. Neighbourhood Plan
Crudwell Parish Council is producing a Neighbourhood Plan for Crudwell. This will identify a site or sites to meet the identified local housing need, preferably through small scale developments which is the preferred route confirmed through the community consultation process of the Neighbourhood Plan.
On behalf of Crudwell Parish Council
Article which has been circulated by Wiltshire Council, giving some advice on rural dog theft.
Fun in the Sun
Free summer holiday sports coaching for children aged 5-11 years old
Recreation Ground, Crudwell, SN16 9HB
(Crudwell Village Hall is available in the event of wet weather)
Wednesday 1 August, 8 August, 15 August, 22 August
12.30pm – 2pm
High quality multi-sports coaching provided by Wiltshire Cricket and Innov8 Sportz. Come along and meet new friends, have fun and stay active.
Bring: clothes suitable for the weather, sun cream, drink, hat etc.
All are welcome to attend, this is the text from the above notice
Crudwell Parish Council To: Members of the Council You are hereby summoned to attend the Annual Meeting of the Parish Council (Crudwell) At the Crudwell Village Hall on Saturday 5th May 2018 at 10.00 a.m., for transacting the following business. Lisa Dent – (Clerk Crudwell Parish Council)
Chairman to vacate the chair, members to submit nominations for election of the Chairman, Clerk to receive the Chairman Declaration of Acceptance of Office (to be witnessed by the Clerk.)
Vice Chairman to vacate said post, members invited to submit nominations for the election of Vice-Chairman, Clerk to receive the Vice Chairman Declaration of Acceptance of Office (to be witnessed by the Clerk).
Crudwell Parish Council To: Members of the Council You are hereby summoned to attend the Annual Parish Meeting (Crudwell) At the Crudwell Village Hall on Saturday 5th May 2018 at 10.15 a.m., for transacting the following business. Lisa Dent – (Clerk Crudwell Parish Council)
3.2. Future Issues
3.3. Accounts/ Finance
Where available:- Crudwell School, Crudwell Trust, LLT, Crudwell Neighbourhood Plan Group
There will then follow a Neighbourhood Plan Joint Focus Group Exhibition Saturday 5thMay in Crudwell Village Hall from 11.30am to 2.00pm. You are invited to drop in for an update on progress with the Neighbourhood Plan and the opportunity to express your views on the impact of future development in our community.
General Data Protection Regulation Policy
Crudwell Parish Council To be reviewed: May 2019
Purpose of the policy and background to the General Data Protection Regulation
This policy explains to councillors, staff and the public about GDPR. Personal data must be processed lawfully, fairly and transparently; collected for specified, explicit and legitimate purposes; be adequate, relevant and limited to what is necessary for processing; be accurate and kept up to date; be kept only for as long as is necessary for processing and be processed in a manner that ensures its security. This policy updates any previous data protection policy and procedures to include the additional requirements of GDPR which apply in the UK from May 2018. The Government have confirmed that despite the UK leaving the EU, GDPR will still be a legal requirement. This policy explains the duties and responsibilities of the council and it identifies the means by which the council will meet its obligations.
Identifying the roles and minimising risk
GDPR requires that everyone within the council must understand the implications of GDPR and that roles and duties must be assigned. The Council is the data controller and Peter Gilchriest (Chairman) is the Data Protection Officer (DPO). It is the DPO’s duty to undertake an information audit and to manage the information collected by the council, the issuing of privacy statements, dealing with requests and complaints raised and also the safe disposal of information.
GDPR requires continued care by everyone within the council, councillors and staff, in the sharing of information about individuals, whether as a hard copy or electronically. A breach of the regulations could result in the council facing a fine from the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) for the breach itself and also to compensate the individual(s) who could be adversely affected. Therefore, the handling of information is seen as medium risk to the council (both financially and reputationally) and one which must be included in the Risk Management Policy of the council. Such risk can be minimised by undertaking an information audit, issuing privacy statements, maintaining privacy impact assessments (an audit of potential data protection risks with new projects), minimising who holds data protected information and the council undertaking training in data protection awareness.
One of the duties assigned to the DPO is the investigation of any breaches. Personal data breaches should be reported to the DPO for investigation. The DPO will conduct this with the support of the Parish Council. Investigations must be undertaken within one month of the report of a breach. Procedures are in place to detect, report and investigate a personal data breach. The ICO will be advised of a breach (within 3 days) where it is likely to result in a risk to the rights and freedoms of individuals – if, for example, it could result in discrimination, damage to reputation, financial loss, loss of confidentiality, or any other significant economic or social disadvantage. Where a breach is likely to result in a high risk to the rights and freedoms of individuals, the DPO will also have to notify those concerned directly.
It is unacceptable for non-authorised users to access IT using employees’ log-in passwords or to use equipment while logged on. It is unacceptable for employees, volunteers and members to use IT in any way that may cause problems for the Council, for example the discussion of internal council matters on social media sites could result in reputational damage for the Council and to individuals.
Being transparent and providing accessible information to individuals about how the Council uses personal data is a key element of the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) and the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The most common way to provide this information is in a privacy notice. This is a notice to inform individuals about what a council does with their personal information. A privacy notice will contain the name and contact details of the data controller and Data Protection Officer, the purpose for which the information is to be used and the length of time for its use. It should be written clearly and should advise the individual that they can, at any time, withdraw their agreement for the use of this information. Issuing of a privacy notice must be detailed on the Information Audit kept by the council. The council will adopt a privacy notice to use, although some changes could be needed depending on the situation, for example where children are involved. All privacy notices must be verifiable.
The DPO must undertake an information audit which details the personal data held, where it came from, the purpose for holding that information and with whom the council will share that information. This will include information held electronically or as a hard copy. Information held could change from year to year with different activities, and so the information audit will be reviewed at least annually or when the council undertakes a new activity. The information audit review should be conducted ahead of the review of this policy and the reviews should be minuted.
GDPR gives individuals rights with some enhancements to those rights already in place:
The two enhancements of GDPR are that individuals now have a right to have their personal data erased (sometime known as the ‘right to be forgotten’) where their personal data is no longer necessary in relation to the purpose for which it was originally collected and data portability must be done free of charge. Data portability refers to the ability to move, copy or transfer data easily between different computers.
If a request is received to delete information, then the DPO must respond to this request within a month. The DPO has the delegated authority from the Council to delete information.
If a request is considered to be manifestly unfounded then the request could be refused or a charge may apply. The charge will be as detailed in the Council’s Freedom of Information Publication Scheme. The Parish Council will be informed of such requests.
There is special protection for the personal data of a child. The age when a child can give their own consent is 13. If the council requires consent from young people under 13, the council must obtain a parent or guardian’s consent in order to process the personal data lawfully. Consent forms for children age 13 plus, must be written in language that they will understand.
The main actions arising from this policy are:
The Council must be registered with the ICO. Our registration number is ZA 181726.
This policy document is written with current information and advice. It will be reviewed at least annually or when further advice is issued by the ICO.
All employees, volunteers and councillors are expected to comply with this policy at all times to protect privacy, confidentiality and the interests of the Council.
There are two meetings in the near future, the Crudwell Neighbourhood Plan invites residents to come along and find out about how the project is progressing; there is an information exhibition about proposals at Ridgway Farm.
We are having a parish clean-up on
Saturday 7th April 2018
and would love for you to come and
muck in for a few hours.
It is a 10am start, meet at Crudwell Village Hall car park , and if you can help until lunch time (12.00 noon) that will be great!
All welcome, you may wish to bring your own protective gloves if you have them to hand!
Here follows an information post from
Angus Macpherson MBE
Police and Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire and Swindon
I wanted to inform you about the launch of my consultation on the policing precept for 2018/19. I would be grateful if you could share this and make residents aware of opportunities for consultation. The details are set out below or you can access a video of me outlining the proposals at https://youtu.be/lsKkPmUd1Nc
The policing precept consultation which launches today (2/1/2018) is looking for the views of Wiltshire residents on the proposed increase of £12 a year.
Currently the average band D household contributes £14.19 per month to local policing, but if residents back the proposal then this would rise to £15.19 per month.
As a Force, Wiltshire Police has seen the second highest increase in demand across the country in the last year yet the funding we receive from central government doesn’t recognise the increasing pressures our service is under.
In fact we receive the fourth lowest funding per head of population in England and Wales.
Since 2010, Wiltshire Police has received £19 million less but have been responding to more crimes and supporting more members of the public year on year.
Whilst we live in an incredibly safe county, there’s only so far the budget will stretch and we’re streamlining our services to ensure they’re as efficient as possible at the same time as keeping the public safe, but we are feeling the squeeze more than ever. Without this increase Wiltshire Police will have to look at further reductions in officers and staff to close a budget gap of around £3m.
That’s why I am asking whether residents in Wiltshire and Swindon would be prepared to pay an extra £1 a month to help bridge this gap.
This increase will mean that I can protect frontline services from further reductions and maintain the current level of service.
The consultation which runs from 2nd January 2018 to midday 31st January 2018 wants to hear your views on the proposed increase.
With best wishes for 2018,
Angus Macpherson MBE
Police and Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire and Swindon