A snapshot of the May Parish Council meeting.
The meeting took place on 20th May and the formal minutes will be made available after they have been approved by the full Council at their next meeting in June. In the meanwhile, I set out below some of the highlights of the meeting:
- There have been a number of recent changes to the Council. Anthony Manship resigned after nearly 8 years as a Councillor, 7 of which were as Chairman, and Malcolm Pallant and Ellen Catterson resigned to concentrate on their other activities. Paul Phillips was co-opted to the Council at the meeting, and there are2 vacancies which will be filled by election or co-option in due course. If you are interested in helping your community, please put your name forward for consideration by contacting me.
- John Chapman was elected Chairman for 2013/14 and Gerry Tull, Vice Chairman.
- A range of issues was considered by the Council including the need to research options for the flooding issue in Pitcot Lane and the veracity of the process and procedure followed by HCC in relation to improvements to Bridleway 9. The Council noted the turfing of the mound at the Recreation Ground, at the suppliers expense, and the need to ensure the turf is watered and the job satisfactorily completed.
- Having considered a report on the proposed improvements to Beech Grove to enable better access and parking arrangements, and having been informed the proposals have the support of local residents, the Council gave its approval to the implementation of the plan for later this year. Details of the work involved have already been provided to local residents; other parishioners who would like to see a copy of the plan should contact me.
- The Council noted a couple of parishioners had expressed concerns over cyclists using public footpaths. The matter will be discussed more fully at the next meeting but any parishioner who wishes to comment should let me know, or attend the meeting on 10th June.
- The draft Parish Plan is being circulated to all households in the Parish and you are urged to complete the questionnaire and return it to me (by hand, post, on-line or by leaving on your door step for collection on 7th June). We need a good response in order to ensure the Parish Council has greater ‘clout’ when it seeks to protect the interests of the Parish in its dealing with SDNP, HCC, WCC and Hampshire Highways.
- The Council noted the need for early discussion and agreement with the Cricket Club following the expiry of its lease of the ground upon which the Pavilion is built. The matter will be discussed more fully ate next meeting.
- The Council dealt with a number of routine matters in connection with its governing documents, the approval of the accounts for 2012/13, the Clerk’s employment contract and the renewal of insurance arrangements.
Clerk to Owslebury Parish Council 23rd May 2013
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