Concerned residents, the PTFA, and the Parish Council are determined to tackle the long standing issue of safety outside of our school, especially during drop-off and pick-up times.
Chapmanslade Parish Council chairman Phil Jefferson (front) with concerned residents Keith Muston, Charlene Searle and daughter Summer, Phil Holihead and Adam Oakley. Pic Trevor Porter from the Wiltshire Times.
For years concerns have been raised over the safety of children as they enter and leave the Primary School and Busy Bees pre-school, in our High Street.
A pupil from the school was hit by a car in January last year and the parish council sent out a questionnaire in April asking residents what they would like to see done.
Parish council chairman Phil Jefferson reports:
"There have been numerous attempts to solve the issue of road safety along our High Street, particularly the area outside the school.
But so far we seem to have made little progress in finding a solution that everyone is comfortable with and which is capable of being funded and implemented.
Some years ago we persuaded and part funded Wiltshire Council to provide some traffic calming measures, including “virtual gates” at the eastern end of the village, new 30 mph signs and “SLOW” signs painted on the road surface.
And, of course, we still regularly conduct speed watch checks at each end of the village.
All of this has helped but has not led to us finding a permanent solution; the current parish planning exercise, especially the Voice Of The Village initiative, has shown that the issue will not go away.
Of the 57 responses to the questionnaire, 44 families, equating to 77 per cent, said they are worried about traffic conditions outside the school.
Those who said they were concerned suggested solutions to ease the problem, with the most common idea being the addition of a pedestrian crossing, followed by a school crossing patrol.
In 2009 a protest was staged by mothers to highlight the dangers of speeding but had little effect, with the village still being blighted by the problem eight years on.
The issue was discussed at our council meeting last night (Thursday, February 16) where after much discussion, it was decided to trial one particular suggestion, which it is hoped, will be actively supported by everyone in the village. Plans will be outlined in the near future."
Posted 17 Feb 2017
Dennis Barnard, our very own Mr Chapmanslade, stole the show in the the latest edition of the BBC One's Antiques Road Trip.
In the programme Raj Bisram and James Braxton go on a buying spree on the Isle of Wight, then take their purchases along to Coopers & Tanner in Standerwick Market for auction. That's where Dennis displayed his auctioneering skills of 37yrs - stealing the show with his unique style of getting potential buyers to part with their cash whilst holding an ongoing conversation with Raj and James. It makes great viewing which you can find here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08c3ph6.
Dennis will be displaying his auctioneering skills yet again - for charity this time - in the Village Hall on Saturday 4th February for 'Auction of Promises'.
As part of the Rotary Club 'Purple4Polio' campaign, pupils from the Gardening Club of Chapmanslade Primary School recently planted a large number of purple crocus bulbs, reports Ian Buick, one of our local Rotarians. Ian had earlier made a presentation about Purple4Polio to the whole School at one of their assemblies.
Ian says "The bulbs have been potted up and after spending the next few months in a cold frame, will be planted out in the 'Dredge Planter' situated between the school and the church, adding a lovely splash of colour to our street scene."
Rotary Clubs across the UK are planting six million purple crocuses in order to raise awareness of their campaign to finally rid the world of polio.
Frome Rotary president, Gerry Atkinson said, "It's wonderful that Chapmanslade Village School and the community took part in this wonderful event. It is hoped in the spring that along with Chapmanslade village, these lovely purple flowers will bloom across the country to remind us all how important it is to rid the world of this crippling disease."
Ian says there will be another photo opportunity and story when the bulbs get planted out.
Posted 8 Jan 2017 with thanks to Ian Buick for the report and the photos.
Debbie Robbins, our local PCSO, has published the Community Policing Report for January 2017 covering our area.
In this report Debbie talks about how, during a time of reoganisation, partnerships and working in a joined up approach, have been incredibly important when delivering a high standard of service.
Thefts from vehicles have increased significantly during January - so take precautions such as not leaving valuables on view in your parked car.
Debbie also brings to our attention Community Messaging - sending out daily updates for crimes that matter in our area. See https://www.wiltsmessaging.co.uk/