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Wolston Neighbourhood Plan

An update so far:

1. On April 15th, at the first public meeting, the background to Neighbourhood Planning was explained and both the benefits of a plan and the extent of work involved to develop a plan were discussed. The meeting concluded with a very positive show of hands supportive of a Neighbourhood Plan for Wolston, and recommended to Wolston Parish Council that Wolston develop a Neighbourhood Plan.

2. Wolston Parish Council, at their meeting on 7th May, endorsed the outcome of the public meeting and agreed to advise Rugby Borough Council that the community of Wolston wished to develop a Neighbourhood Plan.

3. At the second public meeting on May 29th responsibility for developing a Neighbourhood Plan for Wolston was formally transferred from the Parish Council to a separate team, to be led by volunteer interim Chairman Jock Rainey. The low turnout at the second meeting was a disappointing concern and it was suggested that a Formation Group be established through personal approach within the community, which would be able to engage with and motivate other residents in support of the Neighbourhood Plan.

4. On the 17th June a small invited ‘Formation Group’ met to discuss a strategy for a way forward. The notes of this meeting are on the Wolston Village website here.

5. During the Gardens Walkabout on 5th July volunteers manned a stall in the Village Hall to promote and explain a Neighbourhood Plan for Wolston.

The next step:
A public meeting will be held on Wednesday 15th July in the Baptist Church, starting at 7.30pm. This will be the first public meeting following the transfer of responsibility for development of the Neighbourhood Plan from the PC to a community led team, and you are cordially invited to attend this meeting, the agenda for which is attached. You will see that the meeting has two primary objectives, that of establishing both a Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group and subsidiary Working Groups, and it is hoped that you will be able to contribute to one or other of the Groups, or hopefully even both !

We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday 15th July in the Baptist Church at 7.30 pm. These notes are available in pdf format here, and the agenda for the meeting is here.

Jock Rainey
Interim Chairman

Garden Walkabout 2015
 Click the rose for pictures of Garden Walkabout 2015

 Inside the rose you will find several pictures from each of the open gardens. If your garden was open then try to find the pictures from your own garden !

Local photographs needed !
Are you an amateur photographer ? Do you have any
images that capture the look, feel or natural world of Wolston ? The Wolston Village website is having a major refresh with new operating software and as part of this new look we want to include (about 16, but could be more) images that capture the essence of where we live. If you have an image that you would like included then please contact the webmaster@wolston.me.uk with details - no need to send the images yet ! The pictures will be used as small headers for the main pages with (if you wish) a click through to a higher resolution image and full credits.
If you would like to discuss please call 024 7654 4015.

Do you want an allotment ?
Only a few spaces left so if you have ever considered
growing your own fruit and veg but don't have the space
at home call Tony Howes now on 024 7654 3690
to reserve your plot !

 Community Speed Watch – Volunteers needed !
Are you fed up with the sometimes insane speed that cars travel through Wolston and Brandon ? Did you know that there is a group of volunteers that operate a Community Speed Watch (CSW) scheme in both villages that monitors vehicles speed with a police approved speed monitoring device ?
Read more ...
Silver Surfers
Are you over 50 and would like to be able to use the internet or send an email? Wolston Library have just the thing for you on Monday afternoons between 3-5 PM. Look here for details.
Report that pothole!
Have you seen a fault in the road or a pothole that needs fixing? If it's in Wolston just click here and enter the details. For potholes anywhere else click here.
Become a Blood Donor
The next visit of the National Blood Service donation team to Wolston is on Saturday 9th May 2015,
from 0945 - 1530.
Call 0300 123 23 23 to make an appointment. ... more

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Highspeed Broadband Connection
Voucher Scheme

A new scheme has been launched in Warwickshire to enable eligible businesses and voluntary organisations to claim grants of up to £3000 towards the cost of upgrading to superfast broadband. The Broadband Connection Voucher Scheme is now available to any business, charity or voluntary organisation and can cover both fixed solutions, usually fibre connections, or wireless solutions such as satellite or microwave broadband where fibre is not available.
Look here for details

Wolston Post Office is changing
The existing counter will be replaced by a till at the main counter dedicated to PO transactions. This is part of a programme of 'transformation' being undertaken by the PO. Whether it will be an improvement or not remains to be seen.

Here are the details of what is proposed, as recently published by the PO.

The 2015 calendar of events for the Garden Club is now available here.