I hope you were able to find some pleasure and relaxation during an unusual and difficult Christmas/New Year, and that a brighter future awaits.
In my last report I talked about the issue of increasing litter in the village and mentioned residents who were taking it upon themselves to supplement the Parish Council’s litter picking to deal with the issue.
Sadly, the litter problem hasn’t gone away but the council is heartened to note that even more people have joined the litter picking ranks. We thank everyone who is helping with the problem but their efforts should not be required. Please put your litter in the bin or take it home, and make sure that your family members do the same.
Looking back at my report from this time last year it’s clear that, in a difficult year, the council had some successes.
We managed to complete two of our three major projects, the new play equipment on the Rec, and the Pavilion, but we are still working on the Skate Park.
Skate park tender documents should have gone out during last year, but delays in getting the play equipment installed and other lockdown restrictions halted the progress. The skate park will be located in the space between the new play equipment and the end of the hall car park (soon to be the site of the new Multi-use games area). That space needed to be available for site visits from suppliers So they can measure and plan. Now that it is we are able to restart the process.
Provision of the skate park has been on the councils agenda for over 20 years. With many council projects raising the money is the most difficult part, for the skate park this wasn’t the case. We have had money available the whole time, the issue has always been finding a site.
Thankfully we are now at the end of the long process required to obtain and free up the space. Most of the young people who helped us with designs in the past are now adults, with some probably having children of their own. I believe that this year will be the one where the village finally gets this much anticipated facility.
Also in my previous January report mentioned that we had elections coming up. They also didn’t happen but, at this point, we expect them to go ahead in May. If you are interested in becoming a councillor please speak to the clerk, or any councillor, to find out more. Details of our meetings are posted on the website and are a great way to get to know more about how we work.