Welcome to the Aston Rowant Parish Council website. The idea is for this to become your convenient point of reference for all that's going on at the Parish Council for Aston Rowant, Kingston Blount, Kingston Stert and Chalford.
As well as giving easy access to the dates of council meetings, minutes, agendas, planning applications and so on, we will be providing links to the District and County Council websites for access to the wealth of information that these provide. We will also give access to a downloadable version of the Parish Notes in PDF form through the Publications tab on the Menu at the top of each page.
The Contact form is the easiest way to give feedback and ask any questions you may have. These messages go through to our Parish Clerk, Stephanie Johns, who will then forward it on to the relevant Councillor.
Parish Council chairman, Peter Gibbons writes…
One of the purposes of this site is to publicise the work of the Parish Council with the aim of encouraging involvement and therefore local democracy. Parish councils are the grass-roots of local government. They are local authorities and although they have a limited number of statutory duties, they do have wide powers, should they decide to use them and they may, with agreement of the District and County Council, exercise certain functions normally carried out by those councils (see Services for more information). By becoming involved the local community can directly affect how these powers are implemented.
People say to me “what does the Parish Council do?”
As well as the items on the services page we have tried very hard to be as proactive as we can, hence this website in a small parish of 362 households. We consider it money well spent if it involves parishioners and publicises the activities of parish organisations and ourselves.
We have also been instrumental in and achieving:-
Liaison and lobbying with John Howell our MP, and Thames Water to solve the sewage problems which have been affecting Kingston Blount and Sydenham.
Arbitration on the flooding problems on Aston Rowant Green, which have now been solved.
Raised private funding for traffic calming measures on the B4009 and the parish, including the installation of the Vehicle Activated Signs.
Creating the Church Lane Spinney footpath and chill out space.
Clearing and planting The Cattle Pen on Kingston Stert.
Arranging sponsorship of our village entrance tubs by the Lambert Arms.
Providing funding for Citizens Advice Bureau, Air Ambulance, pathway improvements on the allotments, churchyard maintenance, Village Hall and the Play area.
Monitoring and instigating maintenance of surface water drainage and ditches in the parish, especially on Kingston Hill.
And so the list goes on, too numerous to mention here
So please get involved in your Parish, if we all work together it will be a better place for us to live and to raise our children and grandchildren, hopefully this website will help in that process.