Alkington Parish Council

Serving the people of Alkington

  • Stream along Damery Lane

    Stream along Damery Lane

  • Lower Wick

    Lower Wick

  • Sheep keeping out of the sun

    Sheep keeping out of the sun

  • Spring lambs

    Spring lambs

Alkington Parish is a rural area halfway between Gloucester and Bristol. It lies to the west of the Cotswold escarpment and runs from the rolling hills and mixed farms below the escarpment to the flat water meadows of the Vale of Berkeley.

The population of 650 is split between Newport (where approximately half of the population lives), the largest settlement, and the rest of the parish.

Alkington Parish Council consists of 7 councillors, who give their time to continue to make the parish a pleasant place to live. The parish council is not responsible for planning decisions, rubbish collection, recycling, potholes or the roads, but is in regular contact with both Stroud District Council and Gloucester County Council, in particular Highways, to try to influence their delivery of services in the parish.

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Latest News

Alkington PC meeting 10 September 2018

The next parish council meeting will take place at Stone Village Hall on Monday 10th September at 7.15pm. All welcome.

Tue, 04 Sep 2018 18:49 by Anita Sach

Thornbury 'Sort It' Centre definitely off limits to Gloucestershire residents

In 2016 South Gloucestershire Council introduced restrictions which prevent any non-South Gloucestershire residents from accessing South Gloucestershire Council 'Sort It' recycling centres. This has impacted Gloucestershire residents living in the bordering area of the county, for whom Thornbury 'Sort It' centre was their most convenient and accessible site.

Gloucestershire County Council (GCC) has been in discussion with South Gloucestershire Council in order to understand the issues and explore potential solutions whereby Gloucestershire residents could access this site. Whilst South Gloucestershire Council is not opposed to allowing access to Gloucestershire residents, this would be on the understanding that any solution would be facilitated, implemented and financed by GCC. The implications of this are several: More »

The cost of providing access would need to be met by GCC. These costs would include a site access charge per visit and the costs of developing and operating an IT system for registration and payments. Whilst actual costs will vary with demand, they are unbudgeted, and at a level estimated to be in excess of £70k per year this presents itself as unaffordable.

South Gloucestershire Council would require GCC to maintain the registrations, ensuring that these are updated as details change over time. GCC would also be asked to take responsibility for communicating and enforcing site rules and access policies amongst its residents, ensuring that residents in restricted or banned vehicles adhere to the rules. The resources required to maintain the ongoing administration of this additional function are not available within the Gloucestershire joint waste team.

It is therefore not possible for GCC to facilitate access Gloucestershire residents, and a decision has been taken to maintain the existing arrangements.

HRCs within Gloucestershire will of course remain accessible to all Gloucestershire residents, the nearest being Pyke Quarry (Horsley) and Hempsted (Gloucester). » Less

Tue, 22 May 2018 12:22 by Anita Sach

False claims of Telephone Preference Service

Fraudsters are cold-calling victims, falsely stating that they are calling from one of the well-known UK telecommunication service providers. They call victims claiming to provide a 'Telephone Preference Service' - an enhanced call-barring service, which includes barring international call centres.

The fraudsters ask victims to confirm/provide their bank account details, informing them that there is a one-off charge for the service. Victims instead see monthly debits deducted from their accounts, which they have not authorised. The fraudsters often target elderly victims. More »

In all instances, direct debits are set up without following proper procedure. The victim is not sent written confirmation of the direct debit instruction, which is supposed to be sent within three days.

On occasions when victims attempted to call back, the telephone number provided by the fraudster was either unable to be reached or the victim's direct debit cancellation request was refused.

During 2017, there were 493 Action Fraud Reports relating to this fraud.

Protect yourself:

  • There is only one Telephone Preference Service (TPS). The TPS is the only official UK 'do-not-call' register for opting out of live telesales calls. It is FREE to sign-up to the register. TPS never charge for registration. You can register for this service at http://www.tpsonline.org.uk.
  • You will receive postal confirmation of genuine direct debits. If you notice unauthorised payments leaving your account, you should contact your bank promptly.
  • Always be wary of providing personal information, or confirming that personal information the caller already claims to hold is correct. Always be certain that you know who you talking to. If in doubt hang up immediately.
If you have been affected by this, or any other type of fraud, report it to Action Fraud by visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk or by calling 0300 123 2040. » Less

Tue, 27 Mar 2018 17:06 by Anita Sach