It is with sadness and regret that we note the death of former Councillor and Mayor, Jenny Evans. Jenny contributed a huge amount to our town and will be missed greatly.
Our thoughts are with Tony and all Jenny's family, friends and colleagues.
Bus station Mural Competition
Nailsworth Town Council is pleased to announce that the winner of the mural competition, as chosen by the public is:
'Flowing Water & Weaving Cloth' created by David Austin and John Rodgers.
The theme of the mural is the way in which water has been harnessed to generate the wealth through industry which has established the town of Nailsworth. The design is slightly abstract, in that water and cloth flow through the mural, picking up waterwheels, cogs and line shafts that power the machinery. Central to the piece is the hand loom with the weaver in the loft.
We are currently in the process of arranging with the artist when the mural will be painted.
The other three wonderful designs in the competition are still being considered and asked if they would like their work to be displayed elsewhere in the town. The response from all has been very positive so the next step will be to seek locations.
It has been a very successful competition. Thank you to all who took part and also to all those who took the trouble to vote.
Cllr Sally Millett
Mural Design Competition for Bus Station Wall
Your chance to choose!
The designs will be on display at the following locations:
Monday 22nd October at the Arkell Community Centre
Tuesday 23rd October at the Arkell Community Centre
Wednesday 24th–Saturday 27th October in the Lobby of the Library/Mortimer Room
Monday 29th-Saturday 3rd November in the Town Information Centre
There will be a form listing the designs, please choose the one you like and pop it in the box.
Alternatively you can view them here:
Mural Designs 1-4.pdf
Could you be a snow warden?
Nailsworth Town Council is looking for volunteer snow wardens to cover the Windsoredge, Forest Green, Watledge and Shortwood areas. Snow wardens keep an eye on the grit bins, request top ups and keep in touch with the Town Council and Gloucestershire Highways. They coordinate other volunteers and keep in touch with our local snow plough operator. Snow wardens can be vital for passing on information to keep our smaller roads moving.
If you’d like to be a snow warden, please get in touch with the Town Hall on 01453 833 592. You can report empty grit bins by contacting GCC via their website: www.gloucestershire.gov.uk or phone them on 01452 425 000.
Car Parking Charges
Nailsworth is a special place that has pulled itself up by its bootstrings and become successful through the endeavours of its people. It has done this with scant help. Nailsworth gets little from SDC, and yet it supports activities that the larger councils should provide, such as Youth Club, Library and Children's Centre.
Nailsworth has no secondary school, no museum, no canal, no Sub Rooms, no railway station, no sports centre, no swimming pool, no shopping centre for SDC to invest in. Nailsworth is different.
Stroud District Council are looking to consult on the introduction of charges for car parks across the district. On Thursday 14th June, at 7pm in Ebley Mill, the SDC Strategy and Resources Committee is deciding whether to introduce charges in a number of towns.
Papers for the meeting can be seen here.
Nailsworth Town Council will rigorously oppose these charges. We feel that the proposal laid out in the papers is fundamentally flawed, and lacking in detail. We followed the information on the Agenda paper and sent in questions, which are available here. We were told that we were only allowed to send three questions, so this is what we asked:
1 The officers’ report confirms that legal powers to set parking charges are to ‘secure the expeditious, convenient and safe movement of vehicles and other traffic in the locality’ along with air quality, amenity, access to premises, access for emergency vehicles. (2.4), why is no direct evidence provided to demonstrate that any of this is a problem in Nailsworth?
2 Given there is a lack of supporting information, such as details of the Car Park Surveys and their methodology, assessment of the nature of visits to Nailsworth, the importance of car borne shoppers to the town, the effect charges would have on on-street and private car parks, the effect parking charges would have on vehicle movements as drivers search for free spaces, the effect on non-retail and catering activities, any evidence of an impact assessment, how can the Committee make a decision to go for consultation without this information being available to them?
3 In Nailsworth a substantial proportion of the population lives at the top of a long steep hill and public transport is derisory, the likelihood of charging significantly influencing modal split in favour of walking and cycling is very small, in addition there is no station or commuter hub, or major publicly provided facility such as swimming pool, music/arts venue, museum, sports, leisure centre etc. however in this report most of the limited evidence presented derives from different, much larger places, it is not demonstrated that this reads across to Nailsworth, so why have the specific and unique circumstances of Nailsworth not been considered?
Councillors will be attending the meeting. If the SDC Committee decide that they wish to go ahead with the consultation charging then there will be 6 weeks in which to respond. NTC is likely to hold a public meeting. Further information will be posted here.
Mural Art Competition
Nailsworth Town Council are hoping to brighten up an area in the Town Centre by inviting the residents of Nailsworth to take part in a design competition for the newly plastered wall in the Bus Station. Suggestions for a theme could be ‘A celebration of Nailsworth through the ages’. One idea already submitted is ‘Nailsworth in Bloom’. Councillor Sally Millett said ‘We would like the completed artwork to become a tourist attraction for Nailsworth’. Submitted designs will be displayed for local people to choose the one they would like to see on the wall and we will then look for a local artist to create the mural. Please submit your ideas with full illustrations in writing to:
Nailsworth Town Council, Town Hall, Old Bristol Road, Nailsworth, GL6 0JF for the attention of Cllr Sally Millet. Closing date is Friday 14th September.
Annual Governance and Return 2017/18
Notice of public rights and publication of unaudited annual governance and accountability return for the year ended 31 March 2018
The Annual Governance & Accountability Return (AGAR) and the dates for the notice of public rights for 2017 2018 are now available on the Documents page.
Civic Centre Project
The project looking at moving Town Council activities into one central location has been progressing. This has been a dream of Council since the early 1990s' and is in the Town Plan of 2005.
A steering group made up of interested TIC Volunteers, the TIC manager, Library volunteers and the Library manager and Councillors has been chaired by former Mayor and TIC Volunteer John Nicholson. This group has been looking at the reasons for the suggested changes, the history, the implications and concerns, and will be reporting shortly to Council.
Nailsworth displayed what it has to offer.
On Saturday 28th April the Annual Town Meeting hosted groups and organisations from across the town. The event opened at 10:00am, and finished three hours later at 13:00pm.
The Town Awards took place at 11:00am, followed by the Auction of a Nailsworth Town Sign. The Town Sign auction raised a wonderful £960 which has gone to NYCE, the Sub Rooms. There was also be the opportunity to question the Mayor and Town Council about Council activities.
Please see the Twinning link under activities for a full update of Twinning News.
In 2018 (4th - 7th May) the Association will host visitors from Leves. There will be a program of activities and entertainment organised to give them a flavour of the Nailsworth area and all it offers. If you'd like to get involved please contact Rachael as below. In 2019 there will be a return visit.
Contact Rachael Locke on 835518 or email.
Find us on facebook "Nailsworth and District Twinning Association" to keep updated on our activities
Our last bank branch closed earlier this year and this has made life quite difficult for businesses and those who rely on access to a bank. Our wonderful Post Office provides a great service, but this cannot always replace the services of a bank.
We are asking those that might use a mobile service in town to sign the petition here.
Previous news items are available here.