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Commentary on activity in our three parishes and may also contain information, which has not yet passed before the full JPC, in which electors may have an interest, all written from the perspective of the JPC, responsible to all three parishes.

The official minutes are written by the Clerk and RFO of the Council, and are not moderated by anyone prior to their approval at a subsequent meeting. Copies of the official minutes are available on this website.

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YELLOW LINES:

The sharp eyed ones will have noticed the new yellow lines recently added outside Barford Exchange and Country Car. This has followed a long collaboration with WCC Councillor Les Caborn and WCC officers to address dangerous parking which severely compromised visibility at the junction of Wellesbourne Road and Bremridge Close. There does appear to be a requirement to park on Wellesbourne Road and the scheme is not meant to prohibit parking, but to displace it across the road where it is less obstructive and much less of a safety issue. So far the lines have been well received but as Barford Exchange is currently under-occupied few cars have moved across the road. We will see how things develop…

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BARFORD BYPASS IMPROVEMENTS AND 50 MPH LIMITS :

The sharp eyed amongst you will have noticed the legal notices going up indicating the start of the process of getting improvements in place. The improvements will include an extended solid island on the northern A429 approach to the northern Barford Bypass junction and the extension of the 50mph limit throughout our parishes and hopefully to Wellesbourne. The timescale for the project is currently unclear but is likely to take a further 6-12 months. Watch for more detail when we are advised.

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WESTHAM LANE :

There has been much concern recently over prospective developer activity on land between the current Taylor Wimpey development and the Barford Bypass. Firstly the hedges either side of Westham Lane have been cut back and that is a good thing as many residents had been concerned about the overgrowth. Whilst the mechanical trimming employed is quite savage the hedges will recover rapidly and be all the stronger. Secondly, the site in question which is currently pony paddocks lies outside the Barford Neighbourhood Development Plan and Warwick Local Plan so approval would not be straightforward. Currently there is no Planning Application in progress so no further comment is possible or appropriate. .

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MCDONALDS 24HR RESTAURANT AND DRIVE-THRU :

Planning Application W/19/1473 proposes to upgrade the old Harvester restaurant at Longbridge to a 24/7 McDonalds – details at https://planningdocuments.warwickdc.gov.uk/online-applications/ and search for the reference above.

Whilst the application site is not within the JPC area, residents may have views and wish to comment, perhaps considering the traffic and litter implications for our area and remembering that we currently have and/or will have several McDs available locally already.

See also application W/19/1494 for the 45 signs they propose to erect on the site, and W/19/1492 for the large rooftop signs with the “golden arches”.

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OPERATION SNAP :

Report poor driving/dangerous behaviour. As part of Op Snap, members of the public can submit online forms containing digital footage or photographs showing potential traffic offences. This could be driving dangerously, overtaking on solid lines, driving whilst on a mobile phone, ignoring traffic lights, and driving without consideration for other road users such as cyclists or horses.

This service can also be used to report unsafe or illegal parking near to schools.

See the below link to get started: https://www.warwickshire.police.uk/operationsnap

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CASH MACHINES (ATMs) :

The JPC has been consulted on the requirement for ATMs and the possibility of such devices in rural areas. As we already have a Post Office we probably do not qualify but at JPC the consensus was that we probably had adequate service from the PO and Barford Village Shop and that those people not in the village during the BVS day probably had access elsewhere.

Additionally there was concern that as rural ATMs usually held larger deposits and were topped up infrequently, they were also prime targets for robbery as had already occurred in several nearby locations.

If you have strong views in favour of trying to get such provision then do let us know but we make no promises to deliver…

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EMAIL UPDATES :

We can often send out timely reminders, updates and notices direct to your email in boxes. If you do not already receive these AND WOULD LIKE TO DO SO please contact John Murphy so that you can be added to the circulation list.

The list will not be shared with others, will be sent out as Bcc (so not revealing your email) and will only be used for matters which should reasonably interest/ concern you.

It’s free, easy and just occasionally is the only way to get urgent things out to a wider audience – and you can always hit DELETE or ask to be unsubscribed.

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MEMBERS' ATTENDANCE RECORDS :

The Chairman of the JPC has asked that a record of JPC members' attendance be published on the website.

Click here to download record of attendance at JPC meetings in 2017/ 18 (PDF file, 15k)

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NEXT JPC MEETING :

The next JPC meeting will be held on Monday 11th November in Wasperton Village Hall at 7:30 pm.

Click here for Notices of JPC and Planning Committee meetings, and the Minutes of previous meetings.

Click here for a list of all JPC meetings in 2019.

There is a session for “ Public Participation ”early in the agenda after our essential housekeeping matters which must as a matter of legality take priority. “Public Participation” is a short period (4 minutes maximum per person) when we are happy to hear and note your concerns or questions. No special presentational skills are needed and councillors will hear you in an informal and welcoming way. We are always pleased to have matters and opinions brought to our attention. We cannot usually enter into detailed discussion with the public at the time but if possible may be able to supply an immediate answer, OR will decide, at a later time or date, whether and what action may be appropriate.

Alternatively, if you do not wish to attend in person, you may submit "your views" for formal attention of the JPC to yourviews@barford.org.uk and the matter will be taken to the next JPC meeting and you will get a formal response.

An agenda for each meeting will be posted in advance on all the village notice boards. Residents are also encouraged to email myself (see below), or contact any of the Parish Councillors or the Clerk, James Johnson.

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  Thatched cottage in Church Street, Barford

Click on the links to the left for a full list of councillors and a calendar of future meetings.

Minutes of previous council meetings, planning committee meetings and other JPC documents are also available from this page.