Coaley is in Gloucestershire 3 miles from the town of Dursley, and 5 miles from the town of Stroud. The village extends from the edge of the Cotswold Hills at Coaley Peak viewpoint, towards the River Cam at Cam and Cambridge and the Severn Estuary beyond. The picture above was taken from Cam Long Down and shows Coaley viewed from the south with the Cotswold edge on the right and the River Severn on the left. Coaley has a population of around 770.
Coaley has many amenities, including a 300-year-old pub, the Fox and Hounds, the Coaley C of E Primary School, a church, a village hall, and a community shop. Cam and Dursley railway station (near the former Coaley Junction station) was reopened in 1994 (the original closed in 1965) and is situated on the South-Western border of the village.
Coaley is a very active village with many clubs and societies. Coaley also holds an annual produce show, which has been held since 1942 on the first Saturday in September.
In 2003, Coaley was crowned Gloucestershire village of the year in a Calor-sponsored competition organised by Gloucestershire Rural Community Council, and went on to pick up a runner-up prize in the national competition, in recognition of local residents' efforts to develop community organisations and enterprises.
The Fox and Hounds is currently closed. A recent enquiry by a Coaley resident to the owners, the EI group, got this response:
"Unfortunately we were unaware that the pub had closed and therefore ceased trading. We were aware however, that the Fox & Hounds Inn has experienced a difficult trading history.
At this point we are not able to confirm any plans or dates for the pub to reopen whilst we conduct a thorough review of the site."
The council has been looking at how the pub may be secured as a community asset, and should be on the agenda for our next council meeting.
You will have read in the parish newsletter that Fastershire (a partnership between Gloucestershire County Council and Herefordshire Council to bring faster broadband to the two counties) were due to award a contract for phase two of the fibre roll-out in January. This has been delayed and they now tell us that they are due to sign the contract this month. They will announce full premise level information in May and this information will be available by using their website address checker at www.fastershire.com.
Coaley Parish Council is aware that many residents are unhappy with the quality of their internet connection. We are conducting this survey to find the extent of the problem. You do not have to answer any question but the more information we have the better.
If you have broadband problems it's wise to make sure there are no problems with your router, wireless network setup and telephone wiring in the house.
BT have some guides to help you Check your wiring and broadband set-up.
Ofcom offer this advice for Broadband and landline faults and problems.
If you're happy with some technical detail, the instructions on the Increase Broadband Speed Guide will ensure you get the best possible connection speed.
Coaley PC supports this application in principle, but there are some concerns which need to be alleviated and policies which the district council must put in place for the development to cause minimum impact as well as bring benefits to the village:
Sewage system - the villages sewage system is historically unable to cope with the existing number of houses in the village, this must be updated and proven it can support an additional 24 properties; and that the problem is resolved prior to the commencement of building. Flooding is an issue in the village and this has got to be considered before any planning is permitted. Drainage calculations must be agreed by the Local Water Authority and must be compliant with the latest guidance such as including allowances for 100 year storms, urban creep and the latest SuDS manual.
Building Materials - as the hedge is being kept in situ the properties need to compliment the existing homes on The Close as these are the homes which will be impacted by the development. As well as ensuring the brickwork compliments existing properties the fencing/hedging etc must also be considered.
Agricultural land - the application states the field is not used, local knowledge disputes this as it is used for grazing and haymaking. We presume change of use has been sought.
Highways - during any development, policies must be put in place to minimise the impact on neighbours with the increased vehicles in the village. Recent builds have caused a serious impact on other road users and this is not acceptable.
Future development- as this is a recognised exception site, the council needs reassurance this is the only application which will be submitted on the field, there will not be the ability to develop the remaining half of the field.
Local connection - as part of the permission and the policies these affordable homes will only go to applicants with a proven local connection. Also in the event that one of the designated affordable homes is part purchased, or should ever be wholly owned they can only be sold in accordance with the local connection policy. (i.e. once bought they cannot then be sold to anyone and be lost as affordable housing). It is also important in order to main the affordability these
properties cannot be extended.
The council feels these properties should be as energy efficient as possible, the district council promotes itself as a green council, and Coaley PC encourages all policies to be put in place to ensure these houses are sustainable.
The defibrillator is now fully operational.
If someone is unconscious and not breathing the first action is to call the ambulance service on 999 and start CPR straight away. The ambulance service will give you the combination to open the defibrillator cabinet and clearly it's best if someone else does this. The defibrillator can be used without training - it gives voice instructions - and the ambulance service will stay on the phone to help you.