Newborough Parish Council ANNUAL REPORT – April 2015 to March 2016
This report, compiled by Newborough Parish Council using input from a number of different sources, aims to bring together in one place key details about the activities both in the parish and those of the parish council in a manner recommended as good practice by the government for Quality Councils. Any views expressed are those of the original authors and do not necessarily coincide with those of the Parish Council.
CURRENT COUNCIL MEMBERS & OFFICER
Councillors: Bethan Waite (Chairman) 01283 575049
Barrie Gill (Vice Chairman) 01283 575951
Di Bell 01283 575715
Alison Fletcher 01283 575687
Linda Instone 01283 575141
Crispin Turner 07977 440044
Parish Clerk: June Bullingham 01283 575053
PARISH COUNCIL CHAIRMAN’S REPORT The Parish Council: The Parish Council was up for re-election last May, but with only six candidates for seven seats, all nominated were appointed. Since then we have had a few changes with Mike Jenkins and Paul Sullivan resigning as they have both moved out of the Parish. We thank them for their important contributions. We currently have a casual vacancy so if you feel you have the time and energy to commit to joining the Council, please do get in touch. We were delighted to welcome four representatives from Needwood School at a mock parish council meeting in April. Each pupil raised an issue which was then debated, actions agreed and formal minutes taken. We were extremely impressed with the four young “councillors” who were incredibly mature, articulate and confident, and we hope to repeat this at some future stage.
Precept: For the seventh year running we have held our precept at its current level, so this element of your Council Tax will not increase in 2016-17. We continue to manage our budget very tightly and have again been very successful in obtaining external grant funding to cover the costs of some of the improvements we have made.
Neighbourhood Plan: A great deal of work was done throughout the year – a big thank you to the Steering Group and all who have contributed to date. We are now – hopefully – nearing the finishing line. The plan is currently out for “Regulation 16 Consultation”. This ends on May 27th and the plan will then go to an independent examiner who may propose some changes, hopefully minor. The plan will then go to a public referendum, probably in midSeptember, when all those on the electoral roll will have a vote for or against. Further information is available at: http://www.eaststaffsbc.gov.uk/planning/planning-policy/neighbourhood-plans/newborough
Village Projects: We have installed new equipment to Riverside Park and will shortly be improving the footpath and the river bank. We have acquired three new planters for the “island” in the Green and attractive new village signs (like those in Yoxall and Barton) have been ordered. The main well and Duffield Green will shortly benefit from refurbishment and new planting. Approval has been granted by ESBC to remove some branches from trees on Duffield Green in order to promote grass growth and to enable planting of colourful shrubs. Similar but smaller scale plans apply to the bench location on Yoxall Road.
Highways: We have developed a good relationship with Highways at Staffordshire County Council but they continue to struggle with budget cuts. They see us as one of the most pro-active parish councils in the area, but we do have to accept that they cannot respond as quickly as we would like. The lack of effectiveness of the build out east of the village on the B5234 has been recognised and consideration is being given to an additional build out to reduce speed limits. We are also considering the incorporation of a footpath along Duffield Green, over the bridge and on to Yoxall Road in front of the pub. Initial approval has been given to the installation of village “Gateways” at five designated locations on the outskirts of the village, similar to those in Hoar Cross. After years of pressure from the Parish Council, Staffs CC finally agreed to install a new drainage system at the site of the main well in Hollybush Road which has resolved the long standing flood problem.
Well Dressing: The weather wasn’t kind to us for the 2016 Well Dressing. In fact it was a decidedly damp and dismal day and yet we still had a fabulous turnout with plenty of raincoat clad, umbrella holding, visitors, many of whom stayed well into the afternoon! With some new attractions, particularly the Dog Show and the Strawberry and Pimms tent, there was plenty for them to do. There was also plenty to look at and visitors were rewarded with some truly stunning Well Boards – with Peter Rabbit, children playing in a colourful garden and a busy Mum giving her son a ride in a wheelbarrow, all reflecting this year’s theme of ‘The Garden”. The Memorial Boards depicted a beautiful white Dove, remembering the villagers we’ve said farewell to during the last year and a majestic tree by a flowing river, a special tribute to Ben Murphy.
The village competition of ‘Decorate a Wheelbarrow’ complemented the overall theme with 17 entries on display under the gazebo in the events field. The difficult choice of deciding on a winner went to our visitors who were very clear on their choice of “Chantry Cottage” as the adult winner and “Laurens Fairy Garden” as the Junior Winner. Artistic talent was also on show at the school where the children’s ‘Grass Seed Head – Kings and Queens’ made an impressive display.
But the true stars of the day were our entertainers who, despite the horrendous weather, all gave superb performances. Particular mention should be given to the children of Needwood School however who, when asked if they wanted to cancel their Maypole dance due to the persistent rain, were adamant that they’d practised for this event and they were doing it – and do it they did, with a vigour and enthusiasm that had the crowds in rapturous applause.
Yet again the event retained the feel of a traditional village celebration, enhancing our community spirit and bringing together established villagers and village newcomers, as well as different groups – the Church, the school and its PTA and local businesses. We are grateful to our key sponsors and our many supporters for their generous support and donations, and in particular Bob and Jenny Rushton for allowing as the use of their field. Thank you also to the many volunteers and helpers who contributed to the day’s success –they are far too numerous to mention by name in this report.
In September 2015, the Well Dressing fund made donations of £1,400 to both Needwood School and All Saints Church, a total of £2800. At the time of writing our accounts for 2016 are not fully finalised, but we can confirm that we have made a surplus, despite the appalling weather and will be looking to make donations to this year’s chosen charities in the near future. To ensure the ongoing viability of the Well Dressing event, (which has an inevitable number of upfront costs, and is also highly susceptible to disruption from bad weather on the day), an amount of £1500 will again be retained within the Parish Council Accounts.
Preparations for 2017’s event will start in September and the Well Dressing Committee would love to hear from anyone who would like to get involved in this great event: contact Val Roberts on 575730
Footpaths: Cllr Alison Fletcher is responsible for footpaths/public rights of way. She has reported footpath issues over the past year to SCC with positive outcomes. If you have anything to report regarding footpaths you can pass them on to her at 01283 575687 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or you can report them directly using the following link. http://www.staffordshire.gov.uk/environment/eLand/RightsofWay/PublicPathObstruction.aspx
Bethan Waite 575049
Needwood Church of England VA Primary School: It is with a great deal of pleasure that I write our annual report to you sharing with you our learning and activities since September! We do hope that all of our community partners are well and remember, if you have any time to give you could come and hear children read as part of our reading book buddy scheme or you might want to make a difference in another way, sewing, a club perhaps? If not we’d love to see you at our events and of course, us at yours. How wonderful that I write this just after our fabulous Well Dressing Celebration, what a wonderful day despite the weather!
Autumn Term 2015 This autumn children enjoyed the visit from Professor Poopenshtinken from Magical Maths Club, this is another new club in addition to cheerleading to add to the many we offer. Older children attended a residential together for a week at Chasewater spending time with the children, staff and volunteers has been a very special time. It was so wonderful to see them shine in different ways, to see the dream of our Federation, where all children are working and playing together and getting to know each other better, was extremely fulfilling. Children have conquered many fears, mastered new skills and have shown true development in their team work. Some of our older children attended a maths master class at John Taylor and we also served refreshments to and played games with the elderly this term! Our thanksgiving services this autumn was so very special when each child was presented with their Bible to use in school throughout their learning journey before taking it with them on to pastures new. Additionally we had a beautiful Harvest Festival was really beautiful children completed excellent dramas, sang and read fabulously and they were special celebrations.
The Forest Federation team were thrilled when one of their teams won the dodgeball tournament held at John Taylor High School, additionally, our Federation came second overall for athletics at the athletics tournament at John Taylor. Children from across the federation entered a chess tournament. It was a great event and they enjoyed practicing and pitting their skills against each other ably umpired by other chess club children. All Saints won the school trophy for this year. Children have also enjoyed Young leader training too this autumn term.
We had a wonderful launch day for our new mission statement, aims and values, have had 2 successful open days across the Federation and also great afternoon promoting ourselves in Morrisons. Our remembrance services were a wonderful reflection, remembering and worshiping with a silence, hymns and prayers, readings and poetry. It was a beautiful and all classes were involved in readings, laying wreaths and singing
Christmas saw a huge amount of amazing events to enrich the music and dramatic talents of our children as well as their, spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and opportunity to reflect on the importance of Christmas for Christian’s across the world. These events included a beautiful christingle service at each school and singing carols at Byrkley Garden centre, concert and our federation carol concert. Additionally, each school had an excellent, well attended and profitable Christmas fair which made each school feel incredibly Christmassy. Each school had an enterprise project which supported the fundraising and children’s involvement in the fair’s success. It was wonderful to see our choirs sing at Hill Street Baptist church for the Winter wonderland concert. Children enjoyed super Christmas lunches, parties a pantomime visit to the Garrick, text Santa jumper day, operation Christmas child shoebox collections and services and finally, our Nativities were beautiful services and a wonderful reflection of our Church of England schools wonderful work culminating at this special time.
Our children enjoyed the music share concert at St Paul’s church led by Lichfield Cathedral school, We continue to be proud to be supported by Mr John Coltman from Winshill gospel Hall who leads some of our worship across the Federation, Children entered and in some categories won the competition led by British Gypsum at Fauld. We appreciate their annual involvement of our schools in their competitions.
Spring Term 2016
The Spring term saw a fabulous drumming workshop and a few parents managed to attend. It was wonderful to offer this towards enrichment for our pupils and meeting the requirements of the national curriculum. What a fantastic achievement for our Federation as we were the overall winners!! 14 children from across the Federation took part in the John Taylor Athletics tournament. Mr John Coltman from Winshill Gospel Hall led worship across the Federation exploring at Epiphany.
We really enjoyed our Shrove Tuesday pancake races and explored the meaning of Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday at the beginning of Lent. We had a combined art and maths day across the Federation with Ian Brealey from Doodle Bug.
We enjoyed safer internet day and explored many of its themes with children. The theme this year was ‘Play your part for a better internet’. Staff used a whole variety of resources to teach this highly important theme. World book day was celebrated across the federation with dressing up and reading linked activities.
All the children across the federation enjoyed a visit from the vets, they enjoyed taking part in discussions about how to care for pets, dressing up as vets when they are in consultations and in the operating theatre as well as having the opportunity to ask lots of questions. As part of our commitment to educating children about British Values and citizenship we have been learning about the governance of the country and about the democratic electoral process. Our children have been very lucky to have been able to work with each of the parish councils and it was the turn of Class 3 at Needwood to experience a mock council meeting in class and to hear about the role of the Parish council. Additionally, to cement this understanding further the Parish Council opened an invitation for pupil representatives from school to see a real Parish council meeting, allowing them the opportunity to appreciate the role of the school in the local community and to see how they, as local citizens, can impact upon change in the locality. Our 4 parish council representatives attended a further formal, meeting where pupil councillors explored and voted on several issues such as parking, litter, dogs in the village, speeding and the park.
All of the children across the federation enjoyed Mothering Sunday lunches and services, children prepared wonderful thoughts, readings, songs and pictures to present to the mothers and families.
Our Parents evenings were well attended and children enjoyed learning about the commonwealth countries when we celebrated Commonwealth day. What a fantastic time we had running a mile or for some, much more than a mile and raising money for sport relief. We raised £450!
Children and families had a fantastic day at the Netball Tournament held at De Ferrers Academy. We had 5 matches (won 3 lost 2). The children were a credit to our school, they played well, had excellent team work and we saw a great improvement in their skill. Additionally our KS2 hockey teams took part in the school games hockey tournament at Shobnall. The children also had a great day at Twycross Zoo.
Mr Coltman led worship at both schools near Easter and he was impressed with the children’s memory skills. So many of them could recall the stories about angels from his last visit and there were lots of volunteers to answer the questions about the Easter story he told so well this time. Everyone is really enjoying the new interactive sessions and love taking part in the recall test.
Both schools held beautiful Easter services. At Needwood we had a beautiful Easter service which was a completely new approach for us which consisted of a journey through the Easter story in the form of messy church. It began with a service in the hall, singing worship and prayer and the children then processed to activities around Jesus going to Jerusalem, Jesus at the temple, the Last Supper and the Garden of Gethsemane. The children then processed to church singing, ‘We have a King who rides a donkey’ and shouting ‘Hosanna!’ waving palm leaves. The rest of the service continued beautifully with readings, prayers, hymns and messy grace. Budding scientists and mathematicians from across the Federation attended The Big Bang – Science and Engineering show at the NEC to explore how science and maths was used in the real world. What a fantastic achievement for our Federation as we were the overall winners for the tournament. 14 children took part in the John Taylor Athletics tournament. There were a variety of events for the children from, running, obstacle courses, and field events. Summer so far! Needwood children were invited to attend the launch of the Midlands Air Ambulance Education Initiative at Tatenhill Airfield. The children explored some of the resources in the education pack as well as meeting many of the staff involved in the charity as well as Lee Pearson 10 times Paralympic games gold medallist who is one of the charities ambassadors.
Each school’s boy’s football teams took part in a friendly tournament at John of Rolleston Primary School. It was a wonderful sunny afternoon and the boys worked really well together leading to a fantastic team performance.
Mr Coltman shared another interesting worship session at each school, making links between the Queens 90th Birthday with Jesus., we also reflected on St Georges day and the Anniversary of 400 years of Shakespeare’s death. Class 2 at Needwood visited the Think Tank in Birmingham.
As part of the FA’s Girls Football week, all the KS2 girls across the Federation took part in a football tournament at St. George’s Park. We entered four teams each playing four matches. The girls were enthusiastic and had an enjoyable morning proving, as the motto of the morning said: #WECANPLAY We thank The HMP Dovegate Team for their vision, hard work and professional approach to renovating our garden area at Needwood. We are so very pleased with the excellent outcomes and the children and staff are truly excited, particularly for the mud kitchen and the children were so inquisitive about the hedgehog house!
Despite the terrible weather we had a fabulous day at Newborough Well Dressing. The church service to dedicate the wells and crown the May Queen with her Princesses was beautiful led by Rev. Frances and Archdeacon of Stoke, Matthew Parker with readings from Mayor David Lees, dancing by the Morris Men and worship singing around the wells led by Mrs Smith. We also enjoyed 2 lots of wet Maypole Dancing, singing, a King/Queen grass head competition, stalls galore and other events such as a band and dog show! We hope that you have another fantastic year!
With kind regards, Charlene Gethin. Executive Head Teacher
All Saint’s Church Newborough: Sunday worship continues with services of Holy Communion and Holy Communion by extension and Family Communion which is a “ lighter “ form of service. We have also introduced a Songs of Praise on occasional Sunday evenings led by Rev’d Les and Julie Smith, deputy head teacher at Rangemore school.
All four churches in the benefice come together for a united service several times a year. As Rev’d Les is unwell at the moment, this may happen more frequently and we thank the Ministry team for taking on the extra work load while he is receiving treatment, and pray for his recovery. We thank most sincerely Rev’d Frances Sheppard, John Harrison and Rev’d Alan Wheale for their ministry, and to all who serve the church in any way.
We are extremely grateful to the parishioners who continue to give regularly by standing order and also occasional donations. To our regular worshipers for their loyal support and regular giving.
A big thank you to the Well Dressing Committee for the generous donation from 2015 May Day celebrations. We have just celebrated our 2016 May Day with a service led by Rev’d Frances Sheppard and the Archdeacon of Stoke who crowned the May Queen. The Jubilee room continues to be well used bringing in extra income for the Church.
If there are any comments or suggestions parishioners would like to make on times and types of service or making use of the church building, please contact me or any member of the P. C.C.
Very many thanks to you all. Brian Beck, Churchwarden 575743
Old Baker’s Cottage Coffee Shop & B&B: As the Old Bakers Cottage coffee shop approaches its 4th anniversary in July the business has passed its milestone third business trading year and continues to be successful. The coffee shop continues to offer a hub to the community and several groups use it as their meeting place, both formally and informally. Now that the weather is improving the Tea Garden is fully open and enjoys the benefit of a sheltered sunny patio area. The knit and natter group meet weekly every Monday afternoon 2.00-3.30pm and there is an opportunity for a further Tuesday group should anyone have a viable suggestion. The Staffordshire Ironman passing through Newborough attracted a lot of cyclists training before the big race day and the unexpected visit from Gordon and Tana Ramsay hit the newspapers and gave us some wonderful publicity. Equally our awards from TripAdvisor and Laterooms.com have both also helped to increase custom for both the B&B and the Coffee Shop. Our Facebook followers have increased again this year and we offer a free notice board on the inside of the Shop door should anyone wish to advertise their local business or promote an event. Bev Hudson 575303
Just Good Friends: For whatever reason, JGF seems to have faded during the last part of 2015, possibly because of ill health and increasing infirmities of many of those who usually take part. An effort was made in January 2016 to revive the group, with a lunchtime meeting in the Jubilee room and a very nostalgic talk given by Mrs. Gill Sykes, entitled ‘Down Memory Lane’. Gill showed slides and read extracts from a project she had been involved with at Colton, recording ‘Living Memories’ and these in turn revived many memories for the group – one memory prompting others – a really entertaining talk. In February the group met at the Coffee shop for a get together and lunch, but sadly since then no further events have been organised. Liz Ford 575244
Newborough “School House” Fund:. The School House fund assisted thirty young people with university fees, apprenticeships and bus travel to sixth form. If applications continue to increase each year diminishing returns on investments mean the amount available per student will sadly decrease. The trustees also make a donation to Needwood school for extra tuition for pupils who the Headteacher decides will benefit from it. Brian Beck
Newborough (R)Amblers: Our little group has managed to get out each month, enjoying the local countryside, fresh air and exercise. We have had a variety of destinations – Blithfield Reservoir, the lakes at JCB Rocester, and a canal walk at Great Haywood. The summer continued with visits to Darley Park (Derby), followed by Wolseley Bridge Nature Reserve, then autumn and winter walks at Yoxall, Kings Bromley, Barton Marina, home ground of Newborough and then Rolleston to Stretton. 2016 continued with visits to Shobnall and Denstone. A few of our walks have been mostly along roads, as the winter/spring has been so wet and consequently muddy, but even so we have enjoyed exploring our lovely county. Do join us for gentle walks at a moderate pace and distance.
Liz Ford for Barbara, Jean, Jill, Marilyn and Shirley.
Newborough Speedwatch: The Newborough Speed Watch has now been operational since the turn of the New Year, with our volunteer team out several times a week, working in teams of 2-3 for up to 1 hour at a time during the daylight hours. We record incidents of excessive speed, noting traffic numbers and are being a physical presence in the community, letting the motorist know we are active in treating road safety as a high priority. This is achieved by placing out clear community speed watch signage, the team wearing its distinctive Hi-Viz jackets and standing in a prominent position, so we are not being seen as clandestine in our operations. We have regular patrols set up at the junction of Duffield Lane and Yoxall Road, the Village Green and at Squirrels Corner. Incidentally, we note that on average, by way of using an analogue counting device, we record between 120-180 vehicles transiting through the village per hour whilst we are on our patrols.
To support us in our role, we are proud to now have PCSO Lucy Hadfield on board, who will be coming out ad hoc to visit and show a uniformed presence at peak times. She recognises that since the village lost its School Crossing Patrol Warden last October, at certain times of the day, traffic speeds have been creeping up to unacceptable levels and that parking in the village centre is both challenging and at times, hazardous, as parents and children attempt to cross the roads. Lucy clearly recognises the vital link we give the Police in driver education and changing attitudes.
Since the scheme started, it is pleasing to report that the majority of vehicles passing through the village are driving at speeds at or below the posted 30mph limits and most are observing the ‘20 is plenty’ advice, whilst passing the school. It is also wonderful to hear the numerous positive comments we receive from our fellow parishioners; several passing drivers have also offered their vocal support too! Sadly, it is disappointing to inform that recently, one vehicle has been recorded at 49mph driving past the Church and on each patrol we perform; there are several incidences of cars, registered as travelling in excess of 40mph. This is clearly unacceptable and all recorded infringements are passed on to Staffordshire Police for them to deal with accordingly.
We are currently looking at boosting our numbers and inviting some fresh talent to the gang. If you are interested in making a positive contribution to the Speed Watch team and can offer at least 1 hour per week, please let me know.On behalf of Robin Dicker, Robin Waite, Emma Andreas, Di Bell, Andrew Clay, David Dutton and myself, thank you all for your continued support. Tim Pellett Newborough Speed Watch Coordinator 575549
We Will Remember Them: On 22 September 1915 the second man with connections to Newborough died in service during WWI. He was John Edward Kenyon Hall, whose connection to the village was through his ancestors, who lived at Hollybush Hall. John was born in 1878 in Kensington. He trained as a barrister, and joined the Royal Fusiliers in 1914. He was commissioned Second Lieutenant in 1915 in the South Wales Borderers. He served in the ill fated Gallipoli campaign and was injured on 18 September and died four days later on board the hospital ship ‘Assaye’ and was buried at sea. His name is on the Helles memorial. He was remembered at a service conducted by Rev. Les Rees at Newborough, when the regimental march ‘Men of Harlech’, and The Last Post was played and a biography of his life displayed.
The second memorial service was for John (Jack) Joseph Harrison, who died 22 February 1916. This service was taken by Rev Frances Sheppard and again the marches of Jack’s regiment (the Royal Field Artillery) were played – ‘The British Grenadiers’ (fast) and’ The Duchess of Kent’ (slow) and again The Last Post. Jack was born in Newborough in 1890 to Joseph and Ann Harrison. He was the youngest of six children. He enlisted at Watford, Hertfordshire and served both in the Royal Horse Artillery and the Royal Field Artillery as a Gunner. He was killed in what was then Mesopotamia – present day Iraq – and he too was buried at sea. He is named on the Basra Memorial, Iraq. Liz Ford
Borough Councillor’s Report: I have just completed my first year as your Borough Councillor. It has been a very busy year that has passed by quickly as I have had to hit the ground running. With three parishes in my ward it can be difficult to get to know everyone in this short time. I have attended your Parish Council Meetings regularly in order to keep in touch with events in the village and to offer my support to the Parish Council.
I have used the WASP fund (Ward Action Service Plans) to provide extra resources for the Parish. This year I have been able to provide two planters to be sited in the village. I have dealt with many resident enquiries during the year, and hopefully have been able to come up with some satisfactory outcomes. The WASP fund has recently been reviewed by ESBC and has been renamed as the Councillors Community Fund. The fund will operate as before with a £1,000 being available to each of the 39 Borough Councillors.
Planning has often been the major concern for residents during the last year. I’m sure the Newborough Neighbourhood plan will prove invaluable in assisting with this once it has been to referendum and is finally made by the Council. This has certainly been the case in Yoxall where three large scale developments have been refused by the ESBC Planning Committee whose decision was based on the neighbourhood plan. I’m sure that planning matters will continue to be high on the agenda in the next 12 months. I look forward to building on the progress made this year during the coming months.
The Conservative led Borough Council have had a very successful year, with 25 councillors being returned, with 13 new councillors. We have had our Local Plan adopted by the full Council in October ahead of schedule, it has proved to be one of the strongest in the country with many large scale planning applications successfully defeated without appeals being lodged. A total of 7 neighbourhood plans have been made with 10 others in the preparation stages or due to go to referendum later this year. ESBC have been able to announce a four year freeze on the ESBC portion of Council Tax while once again maintaining the high level to the whole borough. ESBC is still one the best performing councils in the country.
In December we launched the ‘free after three’ car parking initiative, which provided free parking in the ESBC town centre car parks in both Burton and Uttoxeter after three in the afternoon. This has helped to boost trade in the evenings in our bars and restaurants. New dog orders have been introduced which will make it obligatory to carrying a means to clean up after your pet and lead to more effective prosecutions of those individuals who continue to refuse to clean up after their pet. We completed the refurbishment of our leisure centres in Burton and Uttoxeter and are working hard to improve the use and facilities at both the Brewhouse and the Market Hall.
I look forward to securing more funding for Newborough during the coming year. Thank you for your support this year and I look forward to meeting more of you in the coming year. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any problems that I can help you with during the coming year. Best Wishes Cllr Alan Johnson 01543 472921
County Councillor’s Report: The overall impact of the local government finance settlement on the County Council is a very challenging scenario and one that needs close scrutiny to see no stone is left unturned. Our strong track record of delivering for Staffordshire whilst managing an efficient and sustainable financial strategy is evidence of our commitment to sound public finances; we have reshaped the Council to manage demand on services, reduced costs by £156 million over the past five years, and have looked for creative, more affordable ways of making a positive difference to the lives of Staffordshire people.
This financial pressure means there will be a reduction in both my Staffordshire Local Community Fund and my Divisional Highways Budget from £10,000 to £7,500 and any grant applications will face close scrutiny to make sure they give community benefit. One advantage is I can now move some funding from the SLCF to my DHB for worthwhile highway improvements or projects.
I will continue to work with the Parish Council and SCC Officers on present and future projects. These include traffic calming, village gateways, improvements to Mitre Crossroads, and other potential improvements to the village. Cllr Tim Corbett 01283 575737
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