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BREAGE PARISH COUNCIL – Notice of vacancy in Office of Parish Councillor

Cllr Trevor Coleman’s resignation was accepted at the Parish Council meeting on 1 May 2018. He is thanked for his loyal service and the work he carried out for the Parish particularly in regard to Praa Sands Toilets and the Parish Footpaths. Trevor has moved home and is now outside of the Parish and unable to continue as a Breage Parish Councillor.

I must therefore publish this notice:

LOCAL GOVERNMENT ACT 1972 BREAGE PARISH COUNCIL NOTICE OF VACANCY

IN OFFICE OF PARISH COUNCILLOR

 

  1. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to Section 87(2) of the Local Government Act 1972 that TREVOR COLEMAN has ceased to be a member of Breage Parish Council and that a casual vacancy exists on the

 

  1. If, within 14 days (excluding Saturdays, Sundays, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Good Friday and Bank Holidays) after the date of this Notice, a request for an election to fill the said vacancy is made in writing to the Returning Officer of Cornwall Council at the Council Offices, St Austell One-Stop Shop, 39 Penwinnick Road, St Austell PL25 SOR (phone 01209 614195) by TEN (or more) electors for the said Parish an election will be held to fill the vacancy.

 

  1. If the Returning Officer receives  fewer  than  ten  written  requests  fqr  an  election  by 29th May 2018 the Parish Council will fill the vacancy by co-option.

DATED this 8th day of May 2018

Mrs Carol Macleod

Clerk to Breage Parish Council

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TRAINS TO AND FROM PADDINGTON STATION – UPDATE NETWORK RAIL

 

Rail improvement works affecting trains to and from Paddington station over this weekend (5-7 May).  Until this week there were still trains on the national journey planner system that were not displaying correctly. Although all trains have now been uploaded (as of Wednesday 2 May), I wanted to alert you and let you know why this happened and what we are doing about it.

Network Rail were late in validating and loading the revised timetable, which removed around 30 trains that were still shown as running.  Usually this is completed twelve weeks before the journey. More recently the rail industry agreed to reduce this to six weeks as Network Rail timetable and data teams were struggling to keep on top of the volume of timetable changes being made to support rail improvement work across the UK.

However, the six week deadline has not been met in all cases, and we are now less than a week from the service changes and trains that will not be running have only recently been removed from the system.

We have made, and continue to make, robust representations about this and Network Rail assure us they understand the importance of the issue. We pressed for this to be given the highest priority, as we were very concerned that customers may have planned to use trains that were not running.

To help spread the message we have put the following measures into place:

  • Pop messages on our journey planners for customers booking tickets
  • Messages on our dedicated web page GWR.com/Slough2018 which is the page all our printed and digital communications highlight for customers
  • Emails to customers booking tickets through GWR.com asking them to check their journey before travel; we will also be issuing a reminder to all customers who have booked to travel with us
  • Briefings for staff so that they can offer advice to customers booking at stations
  • Clear information on the National Rail Enquiries website
  • We have also contacted Trainline to ask them to alert customers, and we know that Transport Focus are also in touch with them about providing more by way of warnings about journeys impacted by upgrade work
  • Our Assisted Travel team are managing all customers who require assistance

We hope that this will mean customers are alerted to the need to check, but we know that incorrect information on the national system can be very confusing.

Although the situation has now been resolved, I wanted you to be aware in case you intend to travel over the weekend.

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ADDITIONAL BREAGE PARISH COUNCIL MEETING EACH MONTH starting 26 April 2018

BREAGE PARISH COUNCIL

From Thursday 26 April Breage Parish Council will hold an additional Parish Council meeting  each month on the Thursday before the monthly Tuesday Parish Council Meeting. These meetings will be at 7.00 p.m. and will be used as open Public Meetings where Planning Applications received and land use matters will be on the agendas. This will hopefully reduce the length of the monthly meetings.

GREAT WESTERN RAILWAY PRESS RELEASE

Friday 23 March 2018

Extra train capacity boost for South West underway

Adding to a fleet of new Intercity Express Trains due into service this Summer, GWR has today announced a scheme to modernise High Speed Trains (HSTs) to provide even more additional seats and services.

Work is already underway to convert former eight carriage HSTs (8+2) to four carriage (4+2) Class 43 Castle trains, to operate services between Exeter and Penzance, which will help double the frequency of services on the Cornish main line.

The work will see the sets made more accessible and modernised; decade old slam doors will be replaced with modern, automated, sliding doors; toilet retention tanks fitted and an improved passenger information system fitted.

GWR Commercial Development Director Matthew Golton said:

“These trains will replace smaller, less powerful trains on this part of the network; doubling the number of seats as part of our commitment to improving rolling stock across every part of our network.

“They will work alongside the new Intercity Express Trains due this summer; helping us to double the frequency of services to and from the South West and improve capacity on suburban commuter services.”

48 passenger carriages and 24 power cars are being updated, to make 11 sets, with four spare, as part of a wider national programme to modernise the High Speed Train.

Councillor Geoff Brown, Cornwall Council cabinet member for Transport:

“This is a fantastic time for rail in Cornwall and the arrival of these trains marks another milestone in efforts to transform services on the Cornish mainline. Later this year, these new short form HSTs provide our local rail service – trains leaving Penzance for Plymouth every 30 minutes and stopping at stations along the way.

“As a Council, we have been working with our partners at GWR, Network Rail, the Department for Transport and the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership to bring about changes in infrastructure and rolling stock, changes which will benefit residents, commuters, visitors, the economy and our environment.”

The completed first train set is currently being tested in the south west and is expected to provide an Exeter to Penzance shuttle later this week, more than doubling the number of seats per train. (139 generic in 2 car 150 v 316 in a coach A to D HST).

With all modifications complete, the trains will also be extended to serve the route from Penzance to Cardiff, and to bolster peak time services between Gloucester and Taunton.

The Class 43 Castle trains will be maintained at GWRs depot at Laira, Plymouth.

 

 

 

PRAA SANDS TOILETS TO RE-OPEN ON 13 DECEMBER 2017

Breage Parish Council held its Extraordinary Meeting on Monday 11 December 2017 after receiving full information from Cornwall Council with regard to alternative systems available in regard to the toilet facilities at Praa Sands.

The toilets will be re-opened on 13 December 2017 and will remain open until 31 March 2018 or until such time as the preferred Propelair Management System is installed by Cornwall Council.

It is anticipated that a Community Interest Company will be formed between 1 April 2018 and 31 March 2019 to take  on the management and responsibility of the toilets in the future.

Breage Parish Council remains committed to providing the funding to allow this operation and it will be administered by Mrs Carol Macleod, the Proper Officer and Responsible Financial Officer of Breage Parish Council.

TRAIN TRAVEL CHRISTMAS 2017

A quick reminder about work scheduled over the Christmas period; and which services will be operating.

As part of the Railway Upgrade Plan we are undertaking our largest ever resignalling scheme outside London Paddington in preparation for the opening of the Elizabeth Line. London Paddington will be closed for four days over the holiday period. We have a full plan in place to support customers with alternative journeys, which is on our website at GWR.com/Christmas2017.

As well as the Elizabeth Line work, over Christmas we will be commissioning the new overhead electric line equipment between Didcot Parkway and Maidenhead. This will mean we can roll out the rest of our electric fleet of Class 387 trains and can run our Intercity Express Trains under electric power from Didcot to London.

We will also be able to move more of our Turbo trains to the West of England and South Wales. This will mean additional capacity from the return to work after Christmas. There is still more to do, and we will keep rolling out our trains through 2018, so that in January 2019 we can introduce more journey time savings from the new trains and improved track.

The timetable changes over Christmas were advised a bit later than usual as there were some requests for extra work. There are therefore a small number of customers who have tickets for trains where the timetable has now been revised.  We have contacted everyone we can by email or phone. There are some others where we have no contact details and we are therefore using station posters, social and traditional media to remind customers to check their travel plans again before they set out.

We wish you all the best for the season and do please let us know if you need any further information.

Best wishes

Mark Hopwood                                     Mark Langman

Managing Director                               Western Route Managing Director

Great Western Railway                      Network Rail

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BREAGE PARISH NEIGHBOURHOOD DEVELOPMENT PLAN – UPDATE

Just a quick update on things relating to the potential preparation of a NDP for Breage.

At its meeting in November the Parish Council received a report outlining the broad results of the preliminary public meetings held in Ashton, Breage, Carleen, Godolphin Cross and Praa Sands in late September/early October. In line with the commitment made at the meetings a copy of the report is  available for inspection below – so feel free to have a quick look!

Report of initial round of public meetings November 2017

The initial questionnaires mostly went out in early November (many thanks to those of you who helped with the distribution of these – it was much appreciated). The ‘closing date’ for the receipt back of questionnaires is 24 November, after which these will need to be analysed and reported back on.

The speed with which the analysis will take place will depend largely on two factors – the number of questionnaires we get back and the complexity of the responses! With a fair wind the analysis could be completed for the next general Parish Council meeting on 5 December, but it might be that this is not completed until the first scheduled meeting of the New Year which is on 9 January 2018.

Either way, and if the survey shows sufficient interest/support for the preparation of a NDP for the Parish, it is likely to be January by the time we look to convene and form the proposed Steering Group to lead the the process forward.

Cllr Chris Ralph

 

 

 

PRE-PLANNING EVENT – housing development ASHTON

 

 LAURENCE ASSOCIATES

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT PRE-PLANNING EVENT FOR A HOUSING DEVELOPMENT PROPOSAL NEAR ASHTON

Where:          Breage Village Hall

 

When:                        30th November 2017 at 15:00 to 17:30

Proposal:       43 Homes on the land west of Rinsey Lane

Ashton meeting 30 November 2017 Click here for map

We are acting on behalf of our client, who is seeking to submit a planning application for development of the site for a housing development, including affordable housing.

We would like to invite you to an engagement event to seek your views on our proposals. We will have initial plans and supplementary information on display which you will have the opportunity to comment on and discuss with us.