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PARISH COUNCIL NEWS

October 2004

Last month was the main holiday month so there are not the usual number of meetings to report. It would however be a mistake to think that there was no activity to report. 

Recreation Ground
Anyone who has visited the main Recreation Ground can see the huge amount of work now underway. This is an exciting time for all those involved in the long hours of planning, who can now see this work changing to physical activity on the grounds. The scale of the tasks in hand is really tremendous. 

For the benefit of those readers who cannot visit the main Recreation Ground the works that are underway include the new Pavilion, new hard Tennis Courts, a new Bowls Club House and a new removable barrier for the main football pitch.

Lytton Fields
The Lytton Field playground has always been a favourite place for many of our younger children. It is therefore especially pleasing to report that by the time you read this some new items of play equipment should be in place and ready for use. There is a dish roundabout for the very young and also a ‘Bo-Peep’ play item that incorporates several features also for the younger visitor. This should now make for a much improved play experience for users. Exactly what this latter item of play equipment is, can best be described by the accompanying picture. 

Bo Peep climbing frame

Bo Peep climbing frame

Pond life
Concern has been expressed by some residents about the condition of the pond in the main Recreation Ground. The response to this concern is that the council has asked for a specialist report on its condition. This has now been received and a site meeting also took place in August. Fundamentally the pond is in a reasonable condition although the reeds are slightly overgrown and the surface murky due to matter rising from the bottom of the pond. One sure indicator of the condition of the pond is the fact that two moorhens have happily made their home here. A specialist company has been asked to review this Countryside Management Services report and to give us advice on a possible treatment to control algae and control of reeds. 

Police presence
The full Parish Council met on the 15th September and the first item was to welcome Inspector Hann and PC Jon Vine. They reported on the increased manning level in the Rural team now up from two constables to three plus three support officers. A detailed analysis of community disorder incidents was also discussed and it was very pleasing to see the big reductions in the period June to August over March to May. This improvement in performance is a clear indicator that the police and the public working together can get local crime figures well down. 

Parish Plan Committee
Another important item discussed was a request from the Parish Plan committee to help them formulate a constitution. Whilst this committee is a separate entity from the Parish Council it does have and needs the support of the Parish Council. A formal resolution was passed to this effect to enable them to prepare a constitution which will improve their chance of success in applying and getting grant funding for their work. Readers will know that a Village Survey is now well underway. A high response is expected to the Survey so that work on producing a Plan can proceed to the next stage. 

John Bland 01438 812135

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