As many will be aware I tendered my resignation from Sambourne Parish Council on August 4th
The emails which were made public on August 2nd are, in the main, exaggerated expressions by me of disappointment or exasperation – either with the way people behave or how fairness seems to be abused. This includes both local matters and wider issues.
My opinions and questions are private – expressed only to friends and those whom I know. This included Mr Bond which is how he came to be in receipt of these.
160/200 “unacceptable” emails from me.
I have never had any complaints – directly or indirectly – about my communications over my lengthy period of service on SPC; not one. During this time I have emailed and telephoned residents, councillors, MPs and numerous representatives of public bodies and local authorities.
In in private emails I do pose questions and make observations which may offend some – I respect this and do not make this communication with them. This is not hypocrisy it is politeness, respect and above all appropriate inter-personal behaviour.
Chris Clews August 2021
Update 30th July - SDC website.
Until the mid 1990s most of Sambourne was derestricted – i.e. 60 mph; except in the centre where it was 40 mph.
Subsequently, parts of the 60 mph zones were reduced to 40 mph.
The Speed Limit review for Sambourne which was completed in 2010 produced the scheme in place today: the location of speed limits was changed and signing installed.
Community Speed Watch started in December 2010. Sambourne was the first village in Warwickshire to be allowed to operate the scheme.
The gateway scheme was installed in 2020/2021.
Community Speed Watch is due to be resumed – the first volunteers are to be trained in early July.
Automatic Traffic Count (ATC)
This is the system that uses twin black pipes across the road connected to a processing/recording box. It not only counts individual vehicles but also determines their speed and the detection date and time. When the data is retrieved it is used to present various analyses.
Over time SPC has acquired copies of much of the recorded data held by WCC.
The majority of the historic measurements were made in Middletown Lane by the noticeboard.
Extracts from the data are shown below
|Year||Mean Speed mph||Total Vehicles||Peak Vehicles (8:00-9:00)|
***The 2020 figures for Middletown are from the ATC data recorded at site 6 prior to the gateway installation.
See the ATC site location plan
. At a later date, ATC data would again be recorded to enable comparisons to be made and to get an idea of the effectiveness of the calming measures. Like many other proposals this was impacted by Covid19.
WCC Traffic Group it was stated that :
Traffic Group were informed during lock-down that no surveys (that includes speed surveys) would be undertaken in Warwickshire until traffic started to return to some semblance of normality expected around the end of May beginning of June 2021. Further works are being planned in Sambourne as detailed on this website. These consist of roundels on the road surface and 30 repeater signs at identified points - as agreed between Traffic Group, Sambourne PC and Charles Farran who made the initial suggestions and comments. It is sensible to carry out this further calming work before undertaking taking the second phase of measurements.
The 2020 pre-gateway data was gathered at 6 sites – locations as shown on the ATCsite location plan .
The data has been analysed for each site into categories of vehicles’ speed:
Finally an analysis of the totals at each of the sites is shown .The range of possibilities for traffic calming was described in the March 2020 meeting of SPC under item 6 Speed Awareness Update. It shows that currently there are no further measures that can be deployed in Sambourne.
Suggestions to improve aspects of signing in Sambourne were made by Mr Farran under Public Participation in the January 2021 meeting of SPC . These have subsequently been discussed with SPC and an agreed list of suggestions and proposals produced.
A virtual meeting was held involving Traffic Group (WCC), Sambourne PC and Charles Farran to discuss this list.
The discussion produced an agreed scheme of works mainly involving roundels on the road surface and 30 repeater signs at identified points. Details of the items can be seen on the site location plan and the general arrangements layout . Additional details are shown in the sign designs PS01 and PS02-PS03 .
This service resumes on Thursday 3rd June 2021.
Starting point is as usual: Sambourne Park (St Josephs) at 10:00 - please note this is a slightly different time.
The route is the same: Green Dragon and along Middletown Lane.
The service uses a white 16-seater minibus Mr Taxi.
Mr Roger Williams was elected unopposed to serve a four year term on The Sambourne Trust
The Draft Budget was discussed at the Parish Council meeting on 2nd December 2020.
At this point, the Draft Budget was confidential and was, therefore, not made public.
As the financial year 2020-2021 will end on 31st March 2021, the Budget can now be put on the Sambourne Parish Council website.
The Parish Council has not incurred any debt during the financial year. However, to guard against any unseen expenditure in the months from December 2020 to March 2021, it was considered prudent to move money from reserves to the current account. Parish Councils are strongly advised to hold a reasonable amount as a reserve against contingencies.
A meeting is held every November/December to set the Precept for the following financial year. The Precept has not been increased for many years,
which has resulted in a fall in our reserves.
The Parish Council Risk Assessment concerning Financial Management and Asset Management must show that we have sufficient funds to meet any unforeseen expenditure.
This document can be viewed on the
Parish Council website.
The increases in the budget for 2021-2022 are shown in the budget document.
Following requests from residents, additional funds have been allocated to street furniture and tree maintenance. Employment, maintenance and training costs have all risen. In addition, we have been strongly advised by SDC to budget for election and legal/professional fees.
Once we are able to build on our reserves it is unlikely that the Precept will need to rise again in the near future.
Useful link to services offered by County Council WCC website.
The Warwickshire Local Welfare Scheme helps the most vulnerable residents at times of unavoidable crisis when they have no other means of help.
The COVID Winter Grant Scheme provides one-off financial support for people in need over the winter months.
It can help families with children, other vulnerable households and individuals who have been particularly affected by the pandemic
to ensure that they have the support they need to afford food, energy, water bills and associated costs. To enquire or apply call the Local Welfare Scheme..
Full details are available here and elsewhere
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Full details of the service appear on WCC website. search for Sambourne
[041020 11:50] The final drawings are linked as below:
There appears to be developing a lot of misunderstanding regarding the way Sambourne Parish Council (SPC) regards and treats Middletown.
The pending gateway traffic calming scheme also seems to have caused misdirected and ill-founded criticism and comments .
The scheme, first raised as a candidate for funding from delegated budget at SPC meeting in September 2019, was designed by the consultants at Traffic Group at Warwick County Council.
There are numerous rules and regulation which apply to, for example, the location of the gateway signs which must be at least 500mm from the edge of the road plus 900mm for the sign - a total of 1.4m This condition means that at two sites where it would be appropriate to position gateway signs, the verge is too narrow to satisfy the 1.4m ruling. There are two locations in the scheme where this is the case: site 3 (Sambourne Lane) and site 7 (Middletown Lane).
The latter site has been the cause of much controversy and misunderstanding. After a requested visit to site to assess the verge, WCC have clearly demonstrated that this verge is too narrow to accommodate a gateway sign. This fact has sparked off comments regarding the treatment of Middletown and the clandestine administration of the delegated budget.
The delegated budget operates as follows. Each year every WCC county councillor is allocated a sum - the same for each person. No money changes hands. It is loosely earmarked for road safety improvements and a proposal from a PC or (with PC backing) from an individual is evaluated as to its merits and may (or may not) be funded from the councillor's delegated budget.
Essentially when the proposal is made reality the required sum is taken from the councillor's delegated budget. No more and no less. The monies are never in the parish council's account and never appear in the accounts; all funding is exclusively within WCC.
This misunderstanding has produced a series of vexatious comments especially on social media.
This has resulted in extra work for the council clerk at a busy time producing documents to comply with good practice of the accounts and aggravated by the consequence of COVID-19.
If anyone has any serious comments or questions please email with details.
Flag flying on the Green, Sambourne
The Sambourne and Middletown Matters FaceBook page are organising The Sambourne Good Neighbour Scheme.
Those who are unable to access this closed group and who need help (or want to volunteer or comment), please read on...
Anyone in the parish who cannot arrange with family, friends or neighbours to help them is welcome to get in touch with the scheme. If you can offer your help or need help, please email with details. Your contact will be passed to the organisation.
If you already help a neighbour out and have to self isolate, this could be a good place to find someone to replace you.
There is plenty of advice available on the internet.
One example is Royal College of Occupational Therapists
With restrictions on movement, the usual distribution of The Link could not take place.
Instead, it had been made available as a download from The Link June 2020
To report issues like flooding, potholes, crumbling road edges or blocked drains use the website
The accompanying image shows the dedication of the memorial, which is now a listed monument.
This took place 100 years ago on Christmas Day 1919.
These are caused by high voltage supplies tripping and being automatically re-routed from elsewhere - hence the short outage.
The problems are almost certainly caused by tree branches being blown into power lines by the blustery winds.
Western Power would be grateful if anyone seeing a possible issue reports it.
If you are concerned that a branch may be close to a power line, please call 0800 096 3080
If there are definite signs of a problem - sparking, burning or smoking please use the emergency number 0800 6783 105 .
To display the map, click this link .
An interesting list of alternative walks in the area is available on Walking in England website.
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