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Mobile Library news

The mobile library is currently scheduled to visit Ogbourne St.George and park next to the School 10am-10.30am on these dates in the first half of 2013:
Thursdays
January 2nd, 16th and 30th
February 13th and 27th
March 13th and 27th
April 10th and 24th
May 8th and 22nd
Jun 5th and 19th.

Use it or Lose it!!

It appears that over recent time the number of villagers using this facility has declined. Wiltshire County Council reviews its library service annually and it would be very sad if we lost this very convenient service through lack of use.

Cycling in the North Wessex Downs AONB

Cycling in the North Wessex Downs AONB has just become a whole lot easier thanks to investment by the Rural Development Programme for England. This was recently launched at the new Bertie Maffoons cycle shop in Marlborough who have also received support from the project.

The 1SW Cycling Project has just completed its survey of all 1480 km of legally accessible off road cycle trails across the AONB. Information regarding the type of trail, photographs, videos and management information can be found on the 1SW Adventure Cycle Map ( www.1sw.org.uk). Whether you fancy a day out cycling with the family or a challenging cycling experience, this map has something for you.

The 1SW Adventure Cycle Map aims to bring year round tourism business benefits to the North Wessex Downs AONB. Bicycle shops, hire outlets and cycle-friendly accommodation can all be found on the map. They recommend having a look at the 1SW website and in particular our video explaining more about the interactive adventure map.

20s Plenty in Rural Wiltshire

To coincide with Road Safety Week (19th to 25th November 2012), a Wiltshire-Wide campaign called “20s Plenty in Rural Wiltshire” has been launched to encourage Wiltshire Council to introduce 20 mph limits as a norm in and around our communities and schools.

There is a online petition at
http://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/20s-plenty-in-rural-wiltshire

Housing Needs survey results

With the proposed housing developments in mind, the Parish Council needed to identify how many local people wanted affordable housing. A survey for this was run by Wiltshire Council and the results are published here.

In summary, it identified a need for a minimum of seven new dwellings in the next three years.

Parish Council roles and responsibilities

In order that Parish Council business may continue in the absence of a Clerk, Councillors have agreed to take on the following roles and responsibilities:

Agendas, Minutes and Notices – acting Clerk – Kevin Howard
Planning Applications coordinator – Timothy George
Responsible Financial Officer and Bank Account – Kevin Howard
Emergency planning – Keith Wallace
Policing and Crime – Kevin Howard
Traffic – Wendy Reardon-Smith
Footpaths – Keith Macdonald
Area Forum coordination – Keith Macdonald
Assets, Finance and contracts – Finance Committee
Freedom of Information and information requests – Keith Macdonald
Lighting – Richard Iliffe
Parish Steward/Highways – Timothy George
Parish Plan – Wendy Rear-Smith, Kevin Howard

Councillors WILL NOT be paid for these duties.

Any questions on any topics can be sent by email to ParishClerk@ogbournestgeorge.org.uk

Traffic Plan for Ogbourne St.George

The Traffic Action Group has published the Traffic Plan for Ogbourne St.George.

More here.

Download the report here.

Please send your comments and suggestions to Wendy Reardon Smith.

Pest control

Did you know that Wiltshire council has its own pest control team that treats private and commercial properties? The team offer a service covering the whole of Wiltshire at a very reasonable price, treating a wide range of pests including rats, mice, fleas, cockroaches, bedbugs, wasps and a few other less common pests. The service is open to the general public. For more information visit the council’s website: Pest control

The Adventure Cycle Map

Planning a cycling route in the North Wessex Downs AONB is set to become a whole lot easier from today thanks to investment by the Rural Development Programme for England.

The North Wessex Downs AONB has secured funding from the 1 South West (1SW) Cycling Project to survey all 1480 km of legally accessible off road cycle trail in across Wiltshire, West Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Hampshire. Information regarding the type of trail, including International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA) grading, descriptions, photographs, videos and management information will then be uploaded to the Adventure Cycle Map. It is intended to give people a choice regarding the type of experience they want. Whether you fancy a day out cycling with the family or a challenging cycling experience, this map has something for you.

Dave Dixon of South West Protected Landscapes has led work with the 1SW Cycling Project. Dave said, “Cycling is a great way for people to get out and enjoy the south west’s breathing spaces and has a broad appeal. This online mapping allows us to provide lots of information such as photos and videos, enabling people to choose trails that will suit their cycling ability. We want to help people have a great day out and keep coming back by providing information that helps them plan their trip with confidence”

The Adventure Cycle Map aims to bring tourism business benefits to the North Wessex Downs AONB throughout the year. Bicycle shops, hire outlets and cycle-friendly accommodation can all be found on the map. In addition to the survey work, we have been successful in helping a local business, The Crown at Aldbourne to access funds to provide cycle hire from a converted stable block in the grounds of the pub to securely house six bicycles and associated equipment. These will be made available for hire to visitors and local people. The bikes will be purchased from and maintained by a local bike shop.

The information shown is of use to people planning horse-riding or walking trips as well as those planning to cycle. To encourage responsible use of trails AONB staff can attach information to each individual trail such as indicating if a trail is prone to erosion in wet ground conditions, or trails that will be busy and best avoided at peak visitor times. Trail surveys commence in late June this year.

For more information or photos, please contact:

Katie Wilson
Communications Officer
North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
Tel: 01488 680450
Mob: 07827 808445
Email: katiewilson@northwessexdowns.org.uk

People loitering with intent

We have had reports from Wiltshire Police of people loitering with intent in the Ogbourne villages and Mildenhall area. If you have any concern, please contact our community police officer David Tippetts.

Telephone: 0845 408 7000 Extension 739817
Email: David.Tippetts@wiltshire.pnn.police.uk

Open Meeting 19th October - 7.30pm in the Village Hall

7:30pm 19th October in the Village Hall

To Discuss:

Proposed Development on Jubbs Lane
This meeting is to provide the community with the opportunity to consider a new proposal for a development on Jubbs Lane. Mr Michael Fowler (the architect) will present the proposal and will be available to answer questions from the community.

Village Logo Competition and opportunity to talk to members of the Parish Plan group
The meeting will also be an opportunity to see the logos received for the Parish Plan competition, to put your views to the Parish Plan Group and to vote on the one that you think best represents the village.

All welcome.


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