Parish Council Notes May 2019 to April 2020
Firstly I hope that everyone has been able to keep safe and well during the Covid 19 pandemic.
The lockdown has curtailed the activities of everyone, and the Parish Council has not been able to hold its regular meetings as normal, but in May we held a telephone conference meeting.
As we did not hold an Annual Parish Meeting, I am giving a summary of our work over the past year.
As usual a number of applications has been received for alterations and new builds, but nothing controversial.
The house next to the Village Hall should soon be complete and hopefully sold.
The good news is ,that after a battle lasting several years, the garage belonging to the Coach and Horses ( aka The Barrel Store) ,is now in the ownership of Beech Farm. The site has been tidied and repairs have begun.
Passing bays on Tants Meadow were done last year, and a new bus shelter will be erected once the immediate virus threat is over.
Last year saw the completion and opening of the Village Hall. It is a wonderful building and well fitted out. After opening, more and more groups were using it and individuals hiring it for family functions. Along with fundraising events, the income earned was sufficient to cover running costs. Sadly, due to the virus, it has had to close for now, but will open as soon as the law permits.
Thankfully, the secretary, Councillor Pinion , secured a small business grant for£10,000, which will cover for the running costs during the pandemic.
The recreation ground is mowed fortnightly during the growing season. After the completion of the Village Hall, parts of the recreation ground were reseeded, fencing erected round the hall, and hedge planting completed.
The play equipment was inspected as usual this year, but it cannot be used at the moment for health and safety reasons during the pandemic.
Footpaths, footways and highways
Councillor Holden is our Footpath Liaison officer, and Chris Gregory our Footpaths Officer. Between them they walk the footpaths on a regular basis and any remedial work is reported and usually carried out.
There have been one or two issues with footpaths being closed by landowners because of the pandemic, but with the help of the County Council, these issues have been resolved. During the lockdown, far more walkers have been using the paths, and I would ask people to respect the landowners and stay on the designated paths, close gates, and take home litter. Please pick up after your dogs.
It has been noticeable how much quieter our roads have been during the lockdown, with no buses and less people working. As a result of the quieter roads there has been an increase in speeding traffic.
As people begin to return to work, our roads are getting busier.
We did not need to use the grit this year, as winter was mild, but huge amounts of rainfall caused severe flooding in the county, and Lower Kilburn suffered once again. The Flood Resilience
Team at the environment Agency have been in touch to offer help and advise to the local residents. Once things return to some sort of normality after the pandemic, we will invite them to a Parish Council Meeting and take things from there. In the meantime, Councillor Bridges, who lives in Lower Kilburn, is the first point of contact for anyone who wishes to bring to our attention issues regarding Lower Kilburn
We increased our display of lamppost poppies last November, and hopefully there will be more again this year.
Our litter picker, Mr Philip Dickenson, does a good job of keeping our area tidy. Mr Gregory mows and strims the vergers and parts of the recreation ground. Mr Vallance does an excellent job of looking after the Village Green
This year, to celebrate 75 years since the end of WW2, we had planned a day of celebrations in the village involving the Parish Council, Church, School and W I.
Sadly , because of Covid 19 ,these had to be cancelled. However, many people decorated their houses, and afternoon teas took place in many gardens. Lady Lea dancers performed a dance to Pack Up Your Troubles followed by singing We'll Meet Again. The weather was beautiful, and despite the lockdown it was a great day!
Before the lockdown a Natter Café was held twice a month in the Village Hall , and every other month the Police Community Officers came tor Tea With A Copper to give advice about matters regarding community safety
Hopefully this will resume when it is safe to do so.
Trees are regularly monitored and work carried out when required.
A successful band concert was held in St Clement's Church last December.
Another has been booked for this year, which will go ahead as long as large gatherings are permitted
The website is overseen by Councillor Holden. It is updated regularly, and is the place to go to look for information on Horsley both past and present.
The precept remains the same as last year at £12,777.
Keep safe and well, and let us hope that life returns to some kind of normality before too long.
Margaret Beasley May 2020
Posted: Wed, 27 May 2020 12:30 by Parish Clerk