Cam Parish Council

Serving the people of Cam

Parish Office

Clerk: Mrs Jenny Walkley
Parish Council Office, 4 Noel
Lee Way, Cam, Gloucestershire
GL11 5PS

Cam is a large village and civil parish in Gloucestershire, situated in the Cotswolds close to the town of Dursley, north of Bristol and south of Gloucester.

The first written record of Cam is in the Doomsday book 1086-90. The original spelling was "Camma", Celtic and pre-Christian in origin, possibly meaning river in the valley. It is thought to have been the oldest village in the district.

Its history is closely associated with the woollen industry, with several old mills still in existence. There has been considerable residential development from the middle of the twentieth century and Cam is now a thriving community with a population of approximately 8,500 people, represented by a Parish Council with 16 members.

The Cotswold Way runs less than a mile from the village and it is proud to be the home of Cam and Dursley station.

Cam Parish Council assists to provide your local services. Our website includes much information about how we conduct business and what we do. Use the search or browse the site to find whatever you are looking for. If you can't find the information you require then please contact us.

Latest News

Plans for Jubilee Playing Fields

Plans for Jubilee Playing Fields

THE REGENERATION OF JUBILEE PLAYING FIELDS

Cam Parish Council has been working very hard since the public consultation into the rejuvenation of the playing fields was launched in October 2019. We've now come up with a plan for the future of the fields which we think is exciting, innovative and ticks all the boxes! But we want to know what you think.

A map (produced from Parish Online) showing the first phase of improvements is shown, but to give some information…. More »

ENTRANCE

We're aware that visibility could be better at the entrance to the site. Therefore, we propose cutting the hedge at the entrance back by 1.5 metres. The bank will also be shaved back to improve the slope of the land and then the extra ground this creates will be tarmacked and a reflective bollard installed. This means vehicles can see pedestrians and pedestrians have extra space to get out of the way of cars. And the bollard will mean cars can't park on this extra space.

NEW YOUNGER CHILDREN'S PLAY AREA

There's not a lot of interesting play equipment at Jubilee Playing Fields for children aged from toddler to 10-years-old. Cam Parish Council wants to create a play area with a host of new, exciting equipment not too far from the parking area and safely fence this area with natural, post and rail type fencing covered with wire mesh. Most of the existing equipment dotted around the grass between the car park and the skatepark will also be moved inside the fenced play area but one or two pieces (such as the see-saw and bucket swing) will be left where they are. And a new piece of equipment, perhaps flat swings, might even be added to the area outside the newly proposed, fenced play area.

The children's play area will have two pedestrian gates and also a locked double gate to allow a tractor to access the area to cut the grass and trim the hedge.

No dogs will be allowed in the fenced children's play area.

AREA BETWEEN THE FENCED CHILDREN'S PLAY AREA AND THE SKATEPARK

Fencing off a play area means we've got a patch of land perfect for putting picnic benches surrounded by trees and a special wildflower mix that would enjoy the challenging drainage issues at Jubilee Playing Fields. The trees would help the environment, provide shade in summer for families enjoying picnics and also help suck up some of that excess water that we all experience at the playing fields.

FENCING THE SKATEPARK

The skatepark at Jubilee Playing Fields is enjoyed by many youngsters. But time and again on the public consultation people asked for it to be fenced. Therefore, we plan to fence the skatepark. On one side green, spectator fencing is proposed so that people can lean on the fence and watch the skills of the skateboarders using the ramps. On two more sides the skatepark will be fenced with natural, post and rail fencing covered with a wire mesh. The existing hedge will act as the final side of skatepark. There will be two pedestrian gates, or perhaps one pedestrian gate and one stile, within the fencing and also a locked double gate to allow a tractor access to cut the hedge.

No dogs will be allowed inside the fenced skatepark.

DIVERT THE FOOTPATH AROUND THE SKATEPARK

At the moment the well-used and much-loved perimeter footpath takes walkers straight into the skate park. This is great if you're a skateboarder but not so good if you're a walker. So, Cam Parish Council wants to divert the footpath along a 112 metre route around the skate park and past the MUGA to once again link up with the existing path. This has the added advantage of avoiding the marshy ground which houses the large muddy puddle which settles each winter. This footpath will probably have to be built up to avoid future water-logging.

DOGS AT JUBILEE PLAYING FIELDS

We love dogs! But they have caused one or two issues, namely dog poo and dogs off leads harassing other park users. Dogs will still be welcome at Jubilee Playing Fields but they will not be allowed inside the fenced children's play area or the fenced skate park. We will also request that dogs are kept on leads from the car park area to a point just after the fenced skate park, but after that they can be let off their leads to enjoy exploring. Signs will be put up at the points where we ask that dogs are kept on or allowed off leads.

But please, dog owners, remember to keep your dogs under control and pick up after your them. Otherwise Cam Parish Council will be forced to reconsider dogs at Jubilee Playing Fields.

These are Cam Parish Council's plans for the first phase of the regeneration of Jubilee Playing Fields. We have future plans, including improving and opening the car park at the entrance to the playing fields, creating a footpath (perhaps a boardwalk) across the centre of the site and building a bigger, better skatepark. But that's all in future phases.

Please take a look at the map showing what we're hoping to do in the next year or so at Jubilee Playing Fields. Your opinions matter to us, so please let us know what you think by 2 March 2020.

By email: info@camparishcouncil.gov.uk

By telephone: 01453 548884

In person: Cam Parish Council, 4 Noel Lee Way, Cam, GL11 5PS » Less

Posted: Fri, 14 Feb 2020 14:08 by Jo Lewis

Roman Villa Update

Roman Villa Update

Due to High Demand ...

We are hoping to run one more day of visits to the villa site in conjunction with Bovis Homes and Thames Valley Archaeological Services and will share details on our website and Facebook page when confirmed.


Bovis Homes are producing a video about the discovery, the dig and it's context in local history.


- Large information and photo boards will be displayed in the reception at Cam Parish Council and all residents are welcomed to view them when they are installed. More »


- Gloucestershire County Council Heritage Team Leader, Toby Catchpole, will be attending Cam Parish Council's Annual Parish Meeting on 18th March at 7pm to give a presentation on the findings, hopefully supported by the Thames valley AS archaeologists. Residents of Cam are welcome to attend this meeting.

- The Villa will be preserved as per the archaeologists recommended method. Interpretation boards are hoped to be displayed at the site for future information and will be easily accessible from the public right of way running past the site.

Thank you to everyone who has showed such an interest in this finding. » Less

Posted: Wed, 12 Feb 2020 16:04 by Jenny Walkley

Go behind the scenes at Cam Parish Council!

Go behind the scenes at Cam Parish Council!

Go behind the scenes at Cam Parish Council!

Cam Parish Council is opening its doors and inviting anyone interested in local government to go behind the scenes and meet the councillors involved with running the council.

Four open events will be held during February and March. The chair of Cam Parish Council, Christina Carter, and other councillors will be on hand to discuss what the council does, issues affecting Cam and how people can become a councillor. More »

The events will be held on Wednesday 26 February from 1pm – 2pm, Wednesday 11 March from 5pm – 6pm, Thursday 12 March from 2pm – 3pm and Tuesday 24 March from 1pm – 2pm.

Cllr Carter said: "If you have a keen interest in your local community, want to know how you could help make a difference in Cam or just want to know more about how Cam Parish Council works, then please come along to one of our open events. You can ask as many questions as you like!"

The open events will be held at the Cam Parish Council offices at 4 Noel Lee Way, Cam, GL11 5PS. Interest can be registered at clerk@camparishcouncil.gov.uk or people can just turn up on the day. » Less

Posted: Tue, 11 Feb 2020 14:03 by Jenny Walkley