Parish Council Report April 2014

Police Report

There were two crimes reported in Wymeswold in March as follows: Between 1st and 2nd March there was a burglary on Swifts Close, and between 3rd and 11th March there was a theft on Burton Lane.

If you have any issues for the Police please contact PCSO 6555 James Johnson tel 0116 2222222 or 101, voicemail 6555, ext 4228.

Reports from the County and Borough Councillors

Cllr Shepherd reported that the County Council’s consultation about the library service, to which he referred at the March meeting, was scheduled to commence on 7th April. The Council wants to explore how libraries could be run in the future and hear from communities about how money might be saved by community management of some of them. The consultation will last for three months. The Council is seeking to save £800,000 from the library service as part of its budget plans.

Cllr Bokor reported that CBC was still waiting to hear from the inspectors from the first public examination of the Core Strategy which was held in March. Serco and the Borough Council continue to be diligent cleaning and litter picking the village, and the railings have been installed to help the elderly in the bungalows on Church Street.

LCC Highways’ Options for the Installation of the Splitter Island on Church Street.

Cllr Shaw explained that, to the Parish Council’s disappointment, LCC had written to the Clerk indicating that, despite investing time and money into the installation of the splitter island on Church Street, they would not be able to complete the scheme due to a lack of funds. The Parish Council and Cllr Shepherd had worked very hard with LCC to try and move this project forward. The Parish Council is pleased to report that we have subsequently received confirmation from LCC that they have managed to cut the costs of the installation and it can be installed, providing the PC agreed to maintain the grass on the island. This proposition was put to the vote and it was agreed unanimously to include the maintenance of the grass within the PC’s mowing schedule in order for the installation of the island to go ahead.

Neighbourhood Development Plan Meeting – 10th March 2014

Parishioners were invited an open meeting on 10th March 2014 to discuss the possibility of developing a Neighbourhood Plan with the Wolds villages. Cllr Shields gave a presentation on how a Neighbourhood Plan is developed. The meeting was well attended by parishioners from Burton on the Wolds with one parishioner from Wymeswold attending along with the Clerk and Chairman Nick Shaw. In order for a joint Neighbourhood Plan to be taken any further it would need the support from the Wymeswold parishioners and would also be very costly. Any Neighbourhood Plan also has to correspond with the Core Strategy which still has not been finalised. At the April meeting of the Parish Council the proposition to form a Neighbourhood Plan was put to the vote and it was unanimously decided that there was insufficient support from Wymeswold to join forces with Burton on the Wolds in order to produce the plan.

The next meeting of Wymeswold Parish Council will held on Monday 12th May 2014 in the Jubilee Room, Wymeswold Memorial Hall, Clay Street, Wymeswold, starting at 7:30pm. All parishioners are welcome to attend.

The Annual Parish Meeting and the Annual Meeting of the Parish Council will precede the normal monthly meeting of the Parish Council and will commence at 7:15 pm.  All parishioners are welcome to attend.

Alice Gardam
Clerk to Wymeswold Parish Council