Casual vacancy October 2020. Councillor Marina Fontenla has resigned so there is a vacancy for a councillor in the Randwick Ward of the parish. If there is no call for an election the council will co-opt a member. Please see the notice of vacancy. Requests for an election must be made by October 21st. If 10 electors from the ward request an election, due to Coronavirus restrictions, it would not take place before May 2021. The casual vacancy notice lists the addresses in Randwick Ward. If you would like any further information please contact the clerk.
We received this from Whiteshill –
Dear Community, Neighbours and Villagers,
Can you doodle, write or draw?
Art in the time of coronavirus 2020
I am writing to you about art. Yes really, about art, in the time of coronavirus!
What I would really like to do is to put up huge canvases in the Village Hall, (Whiteshill) the Chapel Sunday School rooms and the Scout Hut and invite people to drop in and make your mark so that we have a pictorial/word diary of our community’s response to Covid 19. (Marks are doodles, words, speech bubbles, images, colours or gestures of your thoughts and feelings.)
Sadly none of those places are open at the moment, so I am inviting you do this at home on your own or with your family.
You don’t have to be good at art! Pin stick people, finger painting, doodling and random words are fine. So are collage, sewing and knitting, clay modelling, weaving (easy to do on sticks from the woods and a piece of string.) It’s about what YOU are experiencing and about having a way to express your feelings about this unusual time which may be helpful and educational for future generations.
If you keep the words and images safe, when it is over we could have an exhibition, about how our communities responded to the pandemic and lockdown…and we could invite someone from the Stroud News and Journal.
It’s helpful to date or number your work so that you can see your own journey from week to week.
Will you join me? Please find the attachment which gives some ideas about how to begin the project.
Good wishes to you all, stay safe and well.
If you are interested you can contact me at: email@example.com
Update – April 22nd
The owner of the Vine Tree has notified Stroud District Council of his intention to dispose of the property.
In 2017 the parish council registered the Vine Tree Inn as a community asset so that if it came up for sale there would be sufficient time for community interest groups to prepare and raise money to bid for the property, potentially in competition with other interested parties.
Stroud District Council has received notice from the owner of the Vine Tree that they intend to dispose of the asset. In accordance with the Localism Act 2011, a moratorium has been triggered as follows:·
The interim moratorium period will end on 13th May 2020;·
The full moratorium period will end on 1st October 2020;
and The protected period will end on 1st October 2021.
During the moratorium period, the owner may market and pursue discussions about the sale with whomever they choose, but may not exchange contracts other than with a community interest group. However, it is important to understand that there is no right of first refusal for a community interest group. At the end of the moratorium period the owner will be free to sell to whomever they wish, at the price they wish to accept. If a bid is not made by a community interest group, the owner will not be subject to a further moratorium for a protected period of 18 months.
The Local Government elections that were due to take place on Thursday 7 May 2020 have been postponed for one year as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.
The Audit for 2019/20 has been completed.
Under the 2014 Local audit and Accountability Act each year the parish council prepares the Annual Governance and Accountability Return.
The council’s accounts have been audited. Since neither the council’s annual income nor the annual expenditure exceed £25,000 the council has declared itself exempt from external audit. Accounts and audit papers are available on the page “Accounts and Audits”.
In order to help preserve Randwick & Westrip for the future the Parish Council is going to create an environmental plan of the parish. This is to include sites of special interest of varying types, both natural and man-made. Examples could include buildings of note, areas where there are valued wild plants or insects, or areas created by community projects etc.
If you are aware of anything which you believe should be included please contact us either by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org or by coming along to a council meeting.
Randwick Parish Council, working with Stroud District Council, has adopted this protocol to help developers to consult with the local community.
The aim of this Protocol is to enable open, agreed and well-structured working between communities, applicants/developers, local authorities and elected members in advance of planning applications, helping to deliver better quality development for all.