Parish Council Report October 2012

Community Speedwatch Campaign

The very successful Community Speedwatch campaign has now been completed. The campaign ran from 3rd to 30th September. 50 volunteers helped with the campaign, 18 of whom undertook training to use the speed gun. 9 locations around the village were identified as problem areas and a staggering total of 1076 vehicles were recorded in excess of 35mph. The PC would like to thank Cllr Ling for all of her hard work in co-ordinating a very successful campaign. Cllr Ling particularly wanted to thank Stephen and Allison Morris for all of their hard work, Granvilles for storing the speed gun and of course all of the many volunteers who helped to make this happen.

The Parish Council will investigate purchasing a speed gun in order to carry out ongoing Speedwatch campaigns in future years.

The Brook Maintenance

The PC has received a number of complaints regarding the vegetation along the Brook and the grass verges. Charnwood Borough Council reports that they currently carry out maintenance of the Brook twice a year: in the spring and autumn. The work involves the strimming of the banks and the bed of the brook to mitigate the flood risk.

Any overgrowth along the top of the banks is maintained by the riparian owner or the County Highways as part of the verge maintenance.

However, no brook clearing work is permitted over the summer months as this stretch of the brook has been identified – and is protected – as a potential habitat for water voles.

The Parish Council considers that the risk of flooding to the highway and neighbouring properties should take priority and will be seeking an agreement on more regular maintenance programme of the book and grass verges.

Post Office Outreach Service

It has been reported that the Post Office Outreach Service located at the Three Crowns on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays is very under-utilised on a Saturday. There is a risk that this service will be lost unless there is sufficient custom on Saturday mornings.

The Parish Council urges all parishioners, particularly those at work from Mondays to Fridays, to support the Saturday opening in an effort to maintain this valuable service.

The next meeting of Wymeswold Parish Council will be held on Monday 5th November 2012 in the Meeting Room, Wymeswold Memorial Hall, Clay Street, Wymeswold, starting at 7:15pm.

Alice Gardam
Clerk to Wymeswold Parish Council