The Council is pleased to present its Annual Report for the year ending 31 March 2017.

Details of all Parish Council activities can be found on the Parish Council website at: The new website was launched on 1st December 2016 to replace the Stroud District Authority maintained site which was discontinued from the same date. The new site has seen a steady increase in user numbers during 2017 to include a good number of repeat visitors. The design and start-up costs were covered by a Transparency Fund successfully tendered for by the previous, now retired, Clerk.

Summary of Parish Council Activities.

Your Parish Council has been active again this year working on behalf of the community. Following the sale of the Breakheart Hill land in the summer of 2016 the Council considered options at its autumn finance meeting for improvements to council assets to include the Wotton Road cemetery and memorial garden. The council continues to be active in representing the interests of parishioners and has continued to monitor the installation of fibre broadband services to the Parish and contributed to the Planning consultation on the future of the two Parish BT phone boxes.

Parish Council Activities in more detail.

The Council:

Parish Council Property. The Council owns land throughout the Parish.

  1. Land at Nibley Knoll. The Council’s 6 acres at Nibley Knoll continue to be managed by the Nibley Knoll Trust to ensure the long term future of the Hill for the Community.

  2. The Cemetery. Further work has been carried out to maintain the Cemetery in accordance with the long term Maintenance Plan. Mrs King has continued in her role as Burial Clerk and worked hard to assist local families deal with their arrangements.

  1. Jubilee Recreation Field. The Council, through their representative on the Trust (Mr Keith Larkin), has continued to work with the Recreation Field Trust.

  2. The Closed Churchyard at St Martin’s Church. The Council, having taken over responsibility for the Closed Churchyard at St. Martin’s Church in 2014, have continued to carry out essential maintenance and repairs to the churchyard.

Parish Council Finances.

In 2016/17 the Council’s Precept was not increased and remained at the same level as the previous financial year at £18,040. The council retains sufficient reserves to meet its commitments under its risk management policy and also additional reserves to enable some key new projects be considered to include improvements to the fabric of the memorial garden.

Looking ahead to 2017/18

Parishioners are welcome to attend the monthly Council meetings held in the Village Hall on the first Monday of each month, although normally the second Monday if the first is a Bank Holiday.

Mr David Purnell.

Chairman of North Nibley Parish Council.

3rd April 2017