|Since the last report all the committees of
the Council have met and there has been a full meeting of the Parish Council
on the 8th February. There was also a meeting with the Parish Plan Team when
we were advised of the progress made to date. A point to note here is that
the Agendas for all our meetings are displayed on the two Notice Boards in
the village and also on our notice board in the Library. This is to keep the
public informed in advance of just what is going to be discussed. The public
is also welcome to come and hear us at work.
It was unfortunate that the Chief Constable was not able to
accept our invitation to attend the Full Council meeting on the 8th February
and he gave his apologies. However, our Ward Constable P.C. Jon Vine did
attend he gave us an update on policing in the village. He was asked if the
new CCTV cameras had any effect on crime figures. In reply he was happy to
say that this new equipment was making a ‘massive’ difference to low level
incidents and quoted figures for the last three months which showed a huge
and very substantial decrease. This good news was welcomed by all present.
Parish Plan Update
The interim report from the Parish Plan team was presented to the Council to
consider. Here it should be noted that a tremendous amount of work has been
put in by this large team over the two and a half years that the project has
taken so far. A huge vote of thanks is in order for this dedicated work on
behalf of the whole Village. Ultimately, the Parish Council will have to
take responsibility and endorse the Plan and so it must carefully examine
the draft document prior to giving approval. It was suggested that two
versions of the Plan be produced. One a simplified version to be sent to
every household in the village and a more detailed and comprehensive version
of the same Parish Plan to be sent to the planning authorities such as
District and County Councils to ensure that our results are incorporated in
their bigger plans. A progress report will be made at the Annual Meeting of
the Parish in May.
In the Recreation Ground Pavilion the problem of water coming from the
showers and cleaning of the changing room floors continue to be a problem.
The recreation Ground committee believes that mud from football boots being
brought into the Pavilion is part of the problem and so has agreed to
purchase a large external boot scraper and kicking plate to fix to the
outside wall. This it is hoped would ease the problem of blocked drains etc.
Nevertheless a small sub committee was formed to try and sort out these
teething problems once and for all now that actual user experience was
Parish Council elections
We were again reminded that the present four year term of office for
councillors expires in May and the clerk advised members that the Election
documents are expected to be available by the end of March. There is no
doubt that some members will not be standing for re-election hence some new
members will be required. Interested parties should make themselves known as
soon as possible. The item mentioning this last month does not appear to
have ‘caught the eye’ of aspiring prospective councillors. The Parish
Council is an ideal way to serve the community and it is often referred to
as a ‘conduit’ for a lot of residents to take issues to District & County
councils. Most of the time the work is very satisfying and you do make a
contribution. Details of just what is involved can be willingly explained by
any present councillors and also our clerk Mrs Claire Graham 816795 (during
working hours) will be happy to help any interested parties.
Daffodils in the Jubilee Walk
The milder weather is now heralding the onset of spring. The recreation
grounds do need constant attention and this year the main ground is looking
so much better than last year. With the coming of longer lighter days
flowers are beginning to show to the visual delight of many. Do take some
time to visit the recreation ground and look at the Daffodils in the Jubilee
Walk at the far eastern side of the recreation ground. You may also be
surprised at the whole scene and what a great facility the village now has.
We have to blow our own trumpet occasionally!