Hello and welcome to the Castle Eaton Parish Council section of the Village Website.
Surface Water Flooding
For several years we have been trying to get some action to resolve the surface water flooding that affects School Lane, Long Row, Church View and the bottom of Droveway, after heavy rain. Anyway, to cut a long story short, there is some progress at last!
Councillors met with Thames Water and they attended our Parish Council Meeting on 21 Feb. There is no promise of a magical solution, but they have accepted that the main sewer, which runs the length of School Lane and then across Manor Farm, has blockages. Work is being scheduled to continue the investigation along the pipe, with CCTV, etc.. As the amount of funding could be dependent on the number of complaints received, residents are encouraged to report any flooding on their properties direct to Thames Water, whenever it occurs.
Although not directly connected, there have also been problems with the sewage works, caused by 'foreign bodies', such as lumps of fat, sanitary products, baby wipes and even cotton buds getting into the pumps and blocking them up! Residents are asked to be vigilant on what goes down their toilets and drains - leaflets on this will be distributed. Again, if any resident has a problem with toilets not flushing away, etc., they should report it immediately, direct to Thames Water.
The Village Fete will take place on Saturday 15 June at 1.00pm in the grounds of The Red Lion. A Newsletter will be circulated shortly with further details.
A Planning Meeting was held on 24 Apriland some good ideas came out. If you have any further ideas for activities or want to help, please let any of the Parish Councillors know.
Parish Council Meeting
The next Parish Council Meeting, which will also include the Annual Parish Meeting, is scheduled for Thursday 9 May at 7.30pm in the Village Hall. All are welcome to attend.
Environmental Impact Application for a Solar Park
There has been an Environmental Impact Application for a Solar Park down Droveway, which has now been approved by SBC.
We are pleased to confirm that Castle Eaton Post Office is open in the Village Hall on Thursday mornings from 9.30 - 11.30 each week.
There have been a few near-misses recently at the Seven Bridges junction, due to vehicles doing a U-turn from the northbound to the southbound carriageway of the A419. This is apparently due to some Sat-Nav programmes not recognising the new junction at Blunsdon and confusion over the signage there. This is being discussed with Swindon Borough Council and the Highways Agency.
Residents are warned to be aware of the risk of vehicles turning across in front of you, especially if you are heading north towards Cirencester.
The Highways Agency proposed some time ago to erect permanent 'No U-Turns' signs on the approaches to the junction.