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Sunday, 21 January 2018

Third worst broadband speed in UK

Old Road in Maisemore has featured on the property site Zoopla.

In a survey by of broadband speeds, Old Road, Maisemore, came out as the third worst in the UK with a download speed of just 0.843 Mbps.  The two worst were in Felixstowe in Suffolk and Pickering in North Yorkshire.

The site offers some suggestions about what can be done - but it is unlikely that a significant improvement will take place until Maisemore gets Gigaclear fibre broadband, hopefully around the middle of the year.

Monday, 15 January 2018

Minutes of January meeting of the Parish Council

The draft minutes of the Parish Council meeting held on 8th January are now on line here.  Agendas and minutes of other meetings back to May 2014 are on the Agendas and Minutes page.

Thursday, 11 January 2018

Warm welcome to new Parish Clerk

Please welcome Maisemore's new Parish Clerk, Jackie Shields.  Jackie is a very experienced clerk and also looks after four other parishes which are of similar size to Maisemore.

She was involved in the Council's recent meeting on 8th January.  The next Parish Council meeting is on Monday 5th March.  If you want something to be put on the agenda, please contact Jackie at least a week before the meeting - email or phone 01684 291069.

Maisemore Summer Get Together?

This picture of the spread of mince pies and cakes ready for the very successful Maisemore Christmas Get Together was included in a montage on the Great Get Together website.  Should there be a similar Maisemore Get Together in the summer to tie with the national events?

Reporting potholes

A number of potholes and other road defects have been reported to Gloucestershire County Council by the Parish Clerk.

This was mentioned at the recent Parish Council meeting and councillors suggest that it may be quicker and more effective for residents to report the defects they find directly on the GCC website -  

Some work has recently been carried by the Council's contractors, but County Cllr. Phil Awford told the Council that some of this didn't seem to be of the highest standard and that he would be raising it with officers.

Council wants more sympathetic management of open space

The land to the south of the houses on the Rectory Farm development is designated as 'restored landscape' to which the public will have access.

The Parish Council was greatly concerned to discover that mature trees had been felled unnecessarily on this part of the site, which it considered was not a promising start to landscape restoration.  Looking more closely at the management plan for this area, there is concern that it is not appropriate for open space on the edge of a village, with too much closely mown grass and too little wildflower and tree planting.  "The current design is more like a small municipal park than the community meadow and woodland suitable for a small village," says Council chairman Andrew Cooley.

In order to ensure that this open space is managed sympathetically and for the benefit of both residents and wildlife the Parish Council has resolved in principle to adopt the area of ‘Restored Landscape’ and the attenuation basin and its surrounding area on the Rectory Farm development, subject to a satisfactory agreement and financial arrangement with Newland Homes, Tewkesbury Borough Council and Severn Trent.

Newland homes are currently putting a temporary car park at the site access on Persh Lane for use by their staff while the main entrance to the estate is being constructed.

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Maisemore Spring Clean Up

The Parish Council will be linking up with the Keep Britain Tidy Great British Spring Clean for a village litter pick and clean up on Saturday 3rd March.

The event will be based in the Village Hall and will run from 10am to 12.30pm - so please mark the date and come along to lend a hand.

Previous clean-ups have proved successful in removing litter and debris from pavements and roads in the village. 

Some of the bags of litter collected in a previous spring clean up
waiting to be picked up by Tewkesbury Borough Council