News from Malmesbury Primary Care Centre – In the New Year the surgery plans to promote Patients on Line system which will enable patients to make appointments, order their repeat medication, view their medical information held by the practice. Patients have to contact the surgery (complete a simple form) to request a username and password to access the system. Unless the patient is known to the staff, proof of ID will be required before access to the system can be granted. The Reception team can help and advise patients how to set up, access and get the most benefit from the system and if you are already registered, there are more modules added recently which you can request access to. Full info in the Minutes below.
Are any residents or community groups interested in receiving a Barberry bush?
To help the species thrive, the Crudwell area has been selected to receive Barberry bushes. The plants like… areas that are not waterlogged too much in the winter and partial shade. In the past Barberry was a persecuted plant as it was found to be an intermediary host for a wheat rust fungus. This is not currently a concern as rust-resistant crop varieties were developed. However, we do not know if this situation will change in the future with climate change and for that reason we are not planting closer than 20 metres away from cereal crops.
We are looking for suitable locations in Crudwell, towards Hankerton, Long Newnton and Ashley. The bushes can over time grow to about 7 foot tall but are slow-growing and can be pruned back in late autumn. They typically fit well in hedgerows and have attractive berries that are great for birds and small mammals, but also have spines! School gardens, churchyards and village halls with gardens are all good locations too. More info below:-
We are pleased to announce Jonathan Capper was Co-Opted as Councillor at the October Parish Council meeting. We currently have 8 Councillors and one vacancy – if you would like further information on joining the Parish Council, contact Lisa (clerk) :-
Tel: 01285 658172
Attached below is the Crudwell Parish Council response in document form, or read in full below.
If you would like to register your comments about the proposed housing allocations, you can do so, the deadline is: 5PM ON FRIDAY 22ND SEPT 2017
The simplest way to make a representation is via email to email@example.com , but you can also write directly to:
Spatial Planning, Economic Development & Planning, Wiltshire Council, County Hall, Bythesea Road, Trowbridge, Wiltshire, BA14 8JN.
To: Spatial Planning, Economic Development & Planning, Wiltshire Council, County Hall, Bythesea Road, Trowbridge, Wiltshire, BA14 8JN
Re: Wiltshire County Council Draft Site Allocations Plan – Crudwell Parish Council response
It is important to differentiate between the village of Crudwell and the designated area for the Neighbourhood plan which is the Parish. The Parish Council believes the village has been described as Large because it has two Hotels, two Pubs, a large lorry haulage yard, a car sales and servicing facility and a School. Many farms surround the Village farms. The village has about 250 dwellings
Crudwell Parish Council has in the past supported the introduction of new build housing projects as a means of sustaining the viability of the village and will continue to do so in the future. With the introduction of small estates every few years the character of the village has not been spoilt and the Conservation area has not been threatened. The centre of the village has been developed from the A429 and the rural feel of the village has been maintained. Ridgeway Farm had been submitted to Wiltshire Council back in 2014. That application drew much local opposition from local people, principally on the grounds of the scale of the development, it being outside the designated red line settlement boundary, and its likely impact on the local infrastructure, specifically: the likely increased traffic on Tetbury Lane; impacts on already overburdened drainage and sewerage systems and oversubscription of Crudwell Primary School.
It is clear there is a lot of local opposition to having a site allocation plan forced on the village. Over a hundred parishioners turned up at the last Area Board meeting to voice their opinion and over £5000 was raised in a fortnight to engage a consultant to put the villages case to an Inspector.
Whilst it is understood that Wiltshire Council needs to ensure an adequate five year housing land supply across each housing market area, the Site Allocations Plan would result in an oversupply of 4,284 dwellings to 2026 when past completions are combined with deliverable commitments, and windfall sites are included. Even when windfalls are excluded, the oversupply is still 2,198 dwellings across the Housing Market Area.
The Site Allocations Plan also results in an oversupply of homes in the Malmesbury Community Area, even without windfalls. Wiltshire Council has a history of oversupply of homes in the former North
Wilts area excluding Chippenham. In eight of the last ten years more homes have been built than planned, in the other two years targets were virtually met. In fact over the last ten years the average oversupply has been 143% higher than planned.
On this basis, there is no strategic need to identify any new homes at Crudwell, so the Wiltshire Site Allocations Plan should not do so. This Parish Council believes that this plan if adopted will set a planning precedent that will be impossible to manage, it being outside the designated red line settlement boundary.
A major concern to Parishioners is the risk of flooding which happens to properties around the Swillbrook which runs through the centre of the village. Significant damage has occurred to many houses in the village in recent years both through surface water and raw sewerage. Surface water from the proposed site would make this situation far worse. We must not overlook the fact that many properties around the school and(former) post office green as far up the A429 as The Butts estate already need non-return valves to stay safe from sewerage flooding until the excess over capacity subsides. In addition, sewerage frequently exudes from all the manhole covers around the PO Green in Tuners Lane due to the lack of Pumping Station capacity , even during only moderate rainfall. The Council have been contacted by Hankerton Parish Council expressing their concern over the increase in Sewerage this plan would bring to their own pumping station as it barely copes at present.
In Conclusion Crudwell Parish Council is surprised a Development as large as this is proposed in a small village with a significant conservation area which already has a School which is full, an identified Sewerage and Drainage problem, has no shop and a bus service which at best is poor and is planned to be reduced. We believe the village has the opportunity through its emerging Neighbourhood Plan to define its own future.
Lisa Dent – Clerk and RFO
For Crudwell Parish Council
Here are the draft minutes published today, from the Area Board Meeting on 6th Sept 2017, which took place at Crudwell Village Hall.
The meeting is at 10.00 a.m. at the Crudwell Village Hall.
Come along and meet the new Parish Council and Cllr Berry from Wiltshire Council, there will be reports from the Neighbourhood Plan Group, Neighbourhood Watch, Crudwell School and more. The Parish Council will advise how they are responding to the Wiltshire Council proposed site allocations at Ridgeway Farm.
** Update 15th Sept at 5 p.m. – Cllr Berry has unfortunately had to send his apologies due to a family situation which is unavoidable.**
Crudwell Parish Council are pleased to welcome Annie Smith as Parish Councillor, co-opted at the September 2017 meeting.
This takes our membership to 7 Parish Councillors leaving 2 vacancies, full details of Councillors and responsibilities is shown on the ‘Our People’ tab. Further details are available from Lisa the clerk, if you are interested in joining the Parish Council:-
Lisa Dent Tel: 01285 658172
The Parish Council is pleased to advise that 3 new Councillors were Co-Opted at our August Parish Council meeting, taking our membership to 6 Councillors. Three vacancies remain, if you are interested in becoming a Parish Councillor, please contact Lisa, the Clerk:-
tel: 01286 658172
For details of our Councillors please go to the ‘Our People’ page.
The above is a link to the Wiltshire Council website, Draft Wiltshire Site Allocation Plan page. There are two tabs at the bottom, one for Event information and the other for Supporting Documents. If you click the Supporting Documents, it opens all the available documents including
- Malmesbury Area Topic Paper
- Sustainability Appraisal Malmesbury CAR June 2017
If you bookmark or visit this page it should be the place to go for all relevant documents. If we receive notification of anything new, we will of course let you know.