Vote for me (or at least, vote!)

I'm in the interesting position of actually being on a ballot paper next month! I first joined my parish council in 2007 (twelve years ago!) under the rules of co-option. That means there was a space on the council due to someone leaving but there was no election scheduled. I can't remember now why the... Continue Reading →

Time for change

At last night's Parish Council budget meeting, someone asked the question I'd rather been putting off and tipped the domino over. "Please will you reconsider and say you'll stay on as Chairman?" And the answer was, of course, not in the positive. But hey, the cat's out of the bag. And since I had an... Continue Reading →

Anyone would think…

...there was an election in the offing. And there is, and I don't mean the one that's ever more likely regarding the incompeten... I mean incumbent in Drowning Street. Managing a message board is never easy. I've been online since before the Internet and often spent all night chatting in various bulletin boards, long before... Continue Reading →

Charfield Burial Ground

  I was working up at the burial ground the other day. Charfield's burial ground, which opened spring equinox 2012, is potentially the thing I'm most proud of as a parish councillor. It was the need for a new burial ground in the village that first called me to volunteer with the Council, back in... Continue Reading →

Designing Roads…

I'm not a civil engineer nor a highways engineer, but I'm sat in the middle of a village where we're probably due to double in size in the next decade, and the main and only through road is historically narrow and crossed by a railway line with a blind bended hump backed bridge. Traffic is... Continue Reading →

Building on Charfield

There was a South Gloucestershire Council event in Charfield Memorial Hall on Tuesday 10th April, to discuss the future of our village. The invitation - for it was an invite only event - was clear; “As a stakeholder or local group representative, we would like to invite you to participate in a workshop session relating... Continue Reading →

Bellway Homes in Charfield

If you've been reading anything from me recently you'll know my village of Charfield has been selected as sacrificial dumping ground - sorry, a strategic development location - for another 1200 homes. And you'll know I feel strongly that this cannot be made a sustainable choice because of the road network in the area being... Continue Reading →

Now we are five…

Spring equinox returns, as it invariably does, and I take my customary stroll around the village. Nothing changes, and in the distance I can hear the limestone quarry as it expands toward us. Nothing changes, and the newest of the unsustainable new housing estates is pouring more concrete onto the green fields. Nothing changes, and... Continue Reading →

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