Parish Council Noticeboard

Notice of Vacancy – Clerk / Responsible Financial Officer

A part-time vacancy has arisen for the post of Clerk to Coates Parish Council. Coates is a small parish with seven councillors who currently meet every two months on a Monday evening.

The Clerk works primarily from home and will be provided with a laptop and printer in order to carry out the duties.

The combined role of clerk/RFO is for 4 – 6 hours a week and attracts a salary on a National Salary Scale SCP 18-20 (depending on experience) at around £10 per hour.

We are looking for someone who has a good working knowledge of Microsoft Office, good admin and communication skills and is comfortable with simple budget management and accounts.

If you are interested in finding out more about the position please contact the clerk, Janet Griffiths, by email: or telephone 01285 771257. The closing date for applications is 25th November 2018.


Analysis of Parish Questionnaire Responses

Coates Parish Council have been considering whether to compile a Neighbourhood Development Plan since October 2016. Before embarking on this resource intensive activity, the Parish Council needed to understand parishioners’ attitudes to development and how they wanted their parish to change over the coming decade. In conjunction with a community outreach event in April 2018, parishioners were asked to complete questionnaires on these subjects.

The questionnaire analysis reveals that respondents were happy with Coates as a place. They felt safe in the parish and were generally satisfied with the facilities and services that are currently provided. Few people want Coates to change much over the coming decade. Any development should be limited to a small development of mostly affordable housing if it is to receive approval from all but a few respondents. Respondents want Coates in 10 years’ time to be little changed but that it is a lively, thriving village that appeals to younger people. There were however a number of things that the majority of respondents were enthusiastic about, to learn about these and to see the full questionnaire analysis clink on the link report

Land at Setts

The Bathurst Estate have provided (on 10 October 2018) the following update on the land at Setts:

You may be aware that the land has recently vacated by Fred Crew and the Estate now has it back in hand.  The Estates plan is to relet the fields by Sheep Dip Barn to a local horse grazer, in addition to the paddock farthest away from the village hall, which will also remain as horse grazing.

Please be advised that the main central block will not be grazed over the winter months as it would benefit from a rest but if this changes, then I shall let you know. It is the Estates intention for the land to be grazed by livestock in the spring but in the meantime, it would be a great help if we can still encourage people to stick to the footpaths.

LED Street Lighting

Gloucestershire County Council is undertaking a major project to upgrade streetlighting, see LED Street Lighting for more information. The work in Coates is scheduled to be undertaken in October 2018.