Chairman's Report - Chairman's Report 2018

 

THIS IS THE END OF MY FOURTH YEAR AS CHAIRMAN OF THE PARISH COUNCIL AND I MUST THANK THE WHOLE TEAM FOR THEIR UNSTINTING EFFORTS IN SUPPORTING ACTIVITIES IN ALL THE AREAS WHERE WE HAVE BEEN INVOLVED AS A COUNCIL DURING THE YEAR.

PRECEPT.
ONCE AGAIN WE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO KEEP PRECEPT LEVELS AT THE SAME LEVEL FOR ANOTHER YEAR WITHOUT CREATING ANY DILUTION IN SERVICES AVAILABLE

QUALITY STATUS OF THE PARISH COUNCIL
WE HAVE RETAINED THIS STATUS FOR ANOTHER YEAR WHICH INDICATES THAT WE CONTINUE TO BE IN TOUCH WITH OUR COMMUNITY AND BY DOING SO WE CAN TAKE AN ADVANCED ROLE IN AREAS THAT INTEREST MANY OF OUR VILLAGERS. IT MEANS OUR VOICE CARRIES MORE WEIGHT WHEN DEALING WITH COUNTY AND DISTRICT OFFICIALS. I THINK WE ARE A RESPECTED TEAM.


ROADS AND DRAINAGE
WE HAVE GOOD RELATIONSHIPS WITH COUNTY AND DISTRICT REPRESENTATIVES.
WE DO TRY TO KEEP ON TOP OF DRAINAGE AND ROAD SURFACE ISSUES WHEN THESE ARE INDENTIFIED AND PASSED ON TO US BY OUR VIGILANT VILLAGERS.

AFTER LONG NEGOTIATIONS WITH THE HELP OF IZZI WE WERE ABLE TO HAVE A FULL SET OF "HAT PIN" LIGHTS THROUGHT THE VILLAGE REPLACED AND WORKING AFTER DAMAGE BY PASSING LORRIES

SPEED OF TRAFFIC ON THE FOSSE.
THIS IS AN AREA ALWAYS BEFORE US AND YOU WILL HAVE OBSERVED YOUR COUNCILLORS HAVE CARRIED OUT FURTHER SPEED CHECKS USING AUTHORISED POLICE EQUIPMENT.
THE INFORMATION GATHERED HAS BEEN MADE AVAILABLE TO THE AUTHORITIES BUT THEY SEEM LESS THAN KEEN TO GIVE US ANY HELP IN INSTALLING ANY EFFECTIVE ADDITIONAL TRAFFIC CALMING MEASURES IN THE VILLAGE.
THANKS TO THOSE WHO SPEND COLD WINDY DAYS COLLECTING THE STATISTICS.
THROUGH THE EFFORTS OF PAUL BANNISTER DISCUSSIONS ARE ONGOING TO SEE IF WE CAN GET A PERMANENT DATA COLLECTING SPEED CAMERA INSTALLED INTHE VILLAGE.

THIS IS NOT CHEAP AND MUCH TIME WILL HAVE TO BE SPENT BY THE TEAM IN COLLECTING DATA AND PASSING IT TO THE POLICE WHEN APPROPRIATE. SADLY REGULATIONS SURROUNDING THE USE OF THESE CAMERAS PRECLUDES US FROM INSTIGATING LEGAL PROCEEDING VIA THE POLICE. IT IS MAINLY AN INFORMATION GATHERING EXERCISE WHICH GIVES POLICE MORE REGULAR ACCURATE INFORMATION AS TO VOLUMES AND SPEEDS OF TRAFFIC THROUGH THE VILLAGE. DISCUSSIONS ARE ONGOING.

PLANNING ISSUES
THERE HAVE BEEN SEVERAL PLANNING APPLICATIONS DURING THE YEAR WITH THE MAJORITY BEING NON CONTENTIOUS AND PASSED WITHOUT COMMENT.
ONE APPLICATION HAS TAKEN A LOT OF TIME AND EFFORT TO TRY AND HAVE IT SET ASIDE.
THIS RELATES TO THE BOWLING GREEN SITE. THE DEVELOPERS WITHDREW THE APPLICATION IN NOVEMBER 2017 BUT THEY MADE A NEW APPLICATION EARLIER THIS YEAR WHICH IN ESSENCE IS MUCH THE SAME AS THE PREVIOUS ONE.

ONCE AGAIN THE PARISH COUNCIL ARE RESISTING THE APPLICATION ON THE GROUNDS OF DANGER, OWING TO SPEEDING TRAFFIC PAST THE PROPOSED ENTRANCE, BUILDING IN A CONSERVATION AREA , BEING OUTSIDE THE CONFINES OF THE BUILT UP AREA PLAN, AND OVER DEVELOPMENT OF THE VILLAGE.

DOCUMENTS HAVE BEEN LODGED SUPPORTING OUR POSITION AND RESULTS ARE AWAITED OVER THE COMING WEEKS.

SOME PARISHIONERS HAVE ALSO LODGED THEIR OWN OBJECTIONS FOR WHICH THEY ARE THANKED. EVERY LITTLE HELPS.

AWAIT NEWS IN DUE COURSE ABOUT POSSIBLE PLANNING MEETING.

VILLAGE IMPROVEMENTS/MAINTENANCE
NOTHING REALLY TO REPORT HERE.THIS IS ONGOING.

VILLAGE HALL
THE PARISH COUNCIL HAS COME TO THE ASSISTANCE OF THE VILLAGE HALL COMMITTEE IN THE PAST BY DONATING SOME 1500 TOWARDS THE INSTALLATION OF HIGH QUALITY SOUND AND VISION SYSTEM IN THE VILLAGE HALL WHICH HAS BEEN A HUGE BENEFIT OVER THE PAST YEAR.

ADDITIONALY A FURTHER DONATION OF 200 WAS GRANTED TO ASSIST IN THE REPLACEMENT OF THE OLD PLASTIC CHAIRS WHICH ARE SIGNIFICANTLY MORE COMFORTABLE THAN THE OLD ONES.

THE COUNCIL ADDS IT'S SUPPORT TO MANY OF THE ACTIVIIES BY PARTICIPATING IN THE EVENTS.

CONGRATULATIONS TO VILLAGE HALL COMMITTE FOR ALL THEIR HARD WORK GENERATING EVENTS AND INCOME


VILLAGE VOICES
THE PARISH COUNCIL MADE A DONATION OF 100 TOWARDS PRINTING AND DISTRIBUTION OF THE MAGAZINE WHICH WAS MOST APPRECIATED BY THE PRODUCTION TEAM.

VILLAGE ARCHIVE.
MAGGIE BANNISTER CONTINUES TO GATHER INFORMATION IN THIS AREA. IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTION TO ASK OR MATERIAL TO LODGE, YOU CAN CONTACT THE PARISH COUNCIL OR GO TO :-
halfordarchives@gmail.com

PARISH COUNCIL WEB SITE
THIS IS FULLY ACTIVE AND UPDATED REGULARLY WITH VILLAGE INFORMATION. THERE ARE LINKS TO FACEBOOK AND TWITTER. BOTH THESE PORTALS ARE ESSENTIAL TOOLS TO KEEP VILLAGERS IN TOUCH WITH VILLAGE EVENTS.
THANKS TO PAUL BANNISTER FOR KEEPING THESE ASPECTS OF THE SITE UPDATED.

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION
IT IS IMPORTANT THAT THE PUBLIC SHOULD BE AWARE THAT THEY ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND ANY OF THE PARISH COUNCIL MEETINGS AND THEY CAN USE THE 15 MINUTE SLOT SET ASIDE FOR RESIDENTS TO RAISE ANY ISSUES WITH THE COUNCIL WHICH ARE CONCERNING THEM.

VILLAGE PARTY AND ACTIVITIES
THERE WILL BE A VILLAGE GATHERING THIS YEAR FOLLOWING THE SUCCESSFUL EVENT LAST YEAR. THE FORMAT WILL BE DIFFERENT AS IT WILL FALL ON THE ROYAL WEDDING DAY AND THE F.A. CUP WHICH ARE DUE TO TAKE PLACE ON SATURDAY THE 19TH MAY.
THERE WILL BE A CONCERT IN JULY AND ANOTHER ONE IN SEPTEMBER. THESE EVENTS ARE FOR THE WHOLE VILLAGE AND ARE WELL WORTH ATTENDING

THE PUB.
IT IS GREAT TO HAVE THE PUB OPEN AGAIN. WITH KERRY AND BETHAN TRYING HARD TO SUCCEED IN THEIR VENTURE. REMEMBER. USE IT OR LOSE IT.

DISTRICT COUNCILLOR.
MANY THANKS ARE DUE TO IZZI SECCOMBE FOR HER SUPPORT AND HELP OVER THE YEARS. THANK YOU ALSO TO PENNY O'DONNELL FOR HER SUPPORT.

PARISH CLERK
THANKS TO OUR CLERK KAREN WHO COMES OUT ON COLD AND DAMP WINTER NIGHTS AS WELL AS BALMY SUMMER ONES. SHE TRIES VERY HARD TO KEEP US ON THE LEGAL STRAIGHT AND NARROW. THANK YOU KAREN.

WORKING WITH THE COMMUNITY.
THE PARISH COUNCIL TAKES A GREAT DEAL OF PLEASURE IN WORKING WITH THE COMMUNITY AND WELCOMES THE REGULAR PASSING OF INFORMATION BETWEEN ALL PARTIES. LONG MAY THIS CONTINUE.