Parish Council Report November 2020
This is the second post meeting Parish Council report.
The Parish Council met by Zoom on Monday 16th November. All PC meetings are open to everyone, and the details of how to join in are on the Agenda which is available on the PC website and on the Parish Council noticeboard near the Little Me Nursery on Main Street, for the week before the meeting.
Items discussed this month
New Vehicle Activated speed sign – the PC has been awarded a grant by LCC to help pay for another speed sign, like the one we already have. This has been seen to be effective in slowing down much of the traffic, particularly that coming into the village. We propose to place a sign at both entrances to the village, at the top of the hill opposite the Church and at the bottom of Swingbridge Street. If anyone has any concerns or objections to this please contact me by the end of December. In order to receive this grant, we agreed to put up the temporary Covid 20mph signs. We were concerned to find out that these were removed overnight on Sunday 15th November. They were retrieved and put back. We understand that some residents may think that these signs are unnecessary, but by having these temporary signs, LCC Highways may then allow us to have a permanent speed limit of 20mph through the village, which many residents have been asking for.
Planning applications – there was only one to consider this month. Application 20/01659/OUT is for two 4 bedroomed detached houses to be built at the bottom of North Lane. As the site is outside the village limits to development, the Parish Council have objected on those grounds. However, the decision is made by the HDC planning committee and they may not agree with our objection. It's worth mentioning that everyone can also view and comment on planning applications. These will be flagged up as news on the PC website. So please do keep a lookout for these.
Website and Parish Council News – To keep villagers up to date with we have set up a FPC news emailer to keep villagers updated on topic like: Committee meeting times, agendas and minutes; Meeting summaries from the Chair; Updates to the FPC website content (history documents, for example); New planning applications in the village; Road / highways news; News on FPC-owned village assets (Softwell Lane Nature Reserve, Baptist Chapel Cemetery) and Neighbourhood Development Plan updates. It takes about 30 seconds to do, you have complete control over your preferences, and you can unsubscribe at any time. Why not do it now? Click on this link to start: https://foxtonparishcouncil.us2.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=143a06b96c69972697a372d09&id=d98fc788cf
VE day grant – we have been in consultation with the Robert Monk Trust, who would like to use the grant to purchase a couple of planters for the front of the village hall. The PC has given this the go ahead and the Gardens Society have agreed to help with this initiative. We still intend to go ahead with a village celebration, hopefully for VE day 2021, providing Covid restrictions allow, to make up for missing out last year.
Money from developers for the village - We are still trying to find out how much money the village will be given by the developers of the Fisher's Farm site. Once we know this, we will consult residents about what this should be spent on. Some suggestions already received include a shelter or bench at the Bus Stop at the bottom of Main Street and new village sign(s).
Wildflower Verges – following efforts by David Wollerton to create a Wildflower verge (outside the substation on Main Street) we have decided to proceed with applying to LCC Highways for a Wildflower Verge in the village. The proposed site is on the north side of Main Street, adjacent to the field in front of the Shoulder of Mutton. We are consulting those who live nearby.
Cyber Awareness Training – a number of the Parish Councillors will soon be having some Cyber Awareness training via Zoom. We are looking to make this available free to residents if we think it is worthwhile.
Finance - The councillors approved the budget for 2021/2022. You will glad to know that there is very little change to the precept (that is the money we get to carry out our duties, which you pay through your council tax). We currently receive about £7500 per year. Much of this has to pay for our Clerk (councillors are not paid) and things such as insurance. We are also responsible for grass cutting, emptying of bins and maintenance of benches etc. We also apply for grants such as for our Neighbourhood Development Plan, Traffic Calming and the Wildflower verges. The accounts are kept by the Clerk and audited every year. The accounts and details of income and expenditure are published on the website every year.
Foxton Parish Council and the future - At our meeting in January, we will be reviewing our remit and what we should and should not be doing. We are all volunteers who are prepared to stand for election. Recently, there has been a problem in finding 5 people prepared to take on the role, so there have not been elections as those willing to stand have automatically become councillors. The next election will be in 2023. You may want to think about whether this is something you would like to take on in the future.
Christmas in Foxton – The PC fully support the 'Christmas in Foxton' initiative to decorate and light up the village to bring some Christmas cheer. Well done to Vicki Bray, the Robert Monk Trust, St. Andrew's Church and all involved. I'm sure it will cheer us all up and give us something to look forward to.
I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Merry Christmas from the PC and let's hope for a happier and more prosperous New Year. Bring on 2021!
Adele Rogers (Parish Council Chairman)
Posted: Mon, 16 Nov 2020 13:53 by Rob McNeill