Bourton-on-the-Water Parish Council
- Cllr Jonathan Jowitt (Chair)
- Cllr Sharon Coventry
- Cllr Bob Hadley
- Cllr Nigel Randall
- Cllr Barbara Rogers
- Howard Crook (Co-opted resident)
- Ernie Rumsey (Co-opted resident)
The Village Maintenance committee is responsible for overseeing the general maintenance and facilities of the village, including the village green. This includes administering the annual grass cutting and maintenance contracts, tree maintenance and ensuring that Bourton remains an attractive and safe place to live and visit.
Village Maintenance Contract
In February 2017 the village maintenance contract was put out to tender for the period 2017-2020. Bibury was appointed for this period with the new contract beginning on 1st April 2017.
Our Volunteer Tree Warden, Sue, continues to work with the Council and she walks round the village regularly bringing to our attention any works that are needed to the Council's trees or the large number of trees that have been taken on by the Council as far as maintenance is concerned. She also carries out a number of various maintenance jobs such as applying winter washes, and doing minor pruning works. This has been particularly helpful in helping the young trees in Jubilee Orchard to become established, and thrive. It's an enormous help to the Parish Council and we're extremely grateful for her continuing commitment and assistance.
Riverside Walk: The artificial surfacing on a small verge opposite Vernes tea-room on Riverside Walk has now been in place for some time now, and although it seems to have resolved the problem of an extremely slippery and muddy surface on this particular verge there have been mixed reactions to its appearance.
Due to persistent erosion of other verges adjacent to Riverside Walk and the high costs associated with repeat turfing of these areas, which is quickly worn away during the peak visitor season, the Council agreed to test an alternative solution, namely a part washed-cobble stone on a flexible matting, which can also be laid on uneven surfaces caused by tree roots encroachment.
This matting has been laid on other verges as a trial to compare with the artificial turf and to see whether either would be a long-term solution to this permanent problem. This matter is ongoing and we would be grateful for your patience whilst this is being monitored.
Chestnut Green: Works were undertaken to provide a new gulley and soakaway and this appears to have improved the drainage problems at this spot during normal rainfall, as well as tidying up the appearance of this space. As the ground level at this location is lower than all the surrounding areas there will always be problems with water pooling in heavy rainfall and the Council is in ongoing discussions to see whether anything can be done to further improve the situation in heavy rainfall.
Rissington Road lay-by at eastern end of the village: Some works have taken place to improve the visual aspect of this space. The committee's aims are to protect the existing access and proper use of the lay-by as a temporary rest area or pull-in, whilst addressing and discouraging any misuse from long-stay parking.
The committee will continue to identify what other works can be undertaken within the agreed budget in order to complete the refurbishment of this area.
Jubilee Sign: Bird deterrent spikes have been fitted to the Jubilee sign and the bench seat has been cleaned as the birds seem to find this as popular a spot as visitors do! Hopefully the spikes will encourage them to perch elsewhere... Metal railing extensions have also been added to the adjacent railings to prevent access from the footpath which is wearing away the turf.
The Council would like to make residents aware that 2 of the litter bins outside the Windrush Fish & Chip shop were removed on Wednesday 2nd August. Litter from the takeaway business will now be stored out of sight and disposed of through a commercial waste disposal service, and the owner has undertaken to keep this area clear of waste generated by sales of fish and chips. There should no longer be any need for multiple litter bins at this location and we trust these actions will make a significant difference in reducing litter in this area.
Minutes from the most recent Village Maintenance Committee meeting are available to view below: