Chairman’s Report from the ANNUAL PARISH MEETING
Tuesday 10th April 2018
Vehicle Activated Signs (VAS) and Community Speed Watch
Speeding has been a concern in the Parish again this year. Incidents on the Ridgeway have dropped following the installation of a fully funded vehicle activated sign, located just after The Nevill Arms, in 2017.
The Parish Council and a group of volunteers, in conjunction with the Safer Roads Partnership, have recently undergone the necessary training to enable them to carry out Community Speed Watch sessions along the 30mph stretch of Edgioake Lane. We hope to be able to roll this out to other problem areas on the Saltway in the future, and possibly outside the flats providing safe locations are agreed with West Mercia Police.
The Parish Council continue to receive planning applications. The Chairman reminded the meeting that the Parish Council can only advise and pass on their recommendations. The results of planning applications are ultimately decided by a delegated team of salaried planning officers. Details of how the Parish Council deals with planning can be found on the Parish Council website.
The Computer Club / Internet Café is held every Wednesday morning from 10am till 12noon in the Village Hall Meeting Room, during term time. The club continues to be very popular and well received and gives local people an informal chance to come along and ask questions and use their laptops or tablets in the company of others. The clerk runs the club and it is free to Cookhill residents. Refreshments are served. Please contact the clerk if you would like more information.
The Parish Council wished to thank Mr David Claydon and the Allotment Association for their splendid work at the site and for keeping things running so smoothly, they have their own committee of volunteers who do this.
A new rotavator, funded by the Parish Council, is now available for tenants to use on their plots – there is also a larger rotavator available, plus a tractor, used to prepare a plot if it requires a complete revamp. There are currently no vacant plots at the site, but you can be added to the waiting list.
The Parish Council have provided a new noticeboard and a litter bin on the verge in front of Ridgeway Meadows, on the A441. Dog poo can be put in waste bins also.
Cookhill Playing Fields
The Playing Fields continue to be very popular and well used. The adult exercise equipment and children’s play equipment has been very successful along with people using the table tennis table and playing football. One of the swings was replaced, due to wear and tear, with a flat, child’s swing and a table tennis table cover was purchase, which survived the recent storms!
The Parish Council gritter has been out on our roads more times this year than ever and the Parish Council thanked Cllr Davis for carrying out this task. The County Council only grit main roads so it is down to the Parish Council to grit all the side roads and car parks in the village.
We saw several incidents of extreme snow during the winter but Cookhill was kept functional thanks to the sterling efforts of the team at SE Davis who came out with the snow plough and cleared the main and side roads so that no one was cut off for long. Special mention should be made of the local farmers who also offered their help, and vehicles, to make sure that most people were able to get to work.
Grants for 2017-18 totals £3,000
- Cookhill Village Hall £1,500
- Paul’s Church £1,250
- Cookhill Cricket Club £250
The Budget for Grants for 2018-19 is £5,000, if you would like to apply for a Grant from the Parish Council please contact the Clerk
The Chairman thanked all the Councillors for their support and attendance to meetings throughout the year. Special thanks to the clerk for all the work she carries out on behalf of the Council.
Cllr Robert Pinfield
Chairman to Cookhill Parish Council
Happy New Year!
It may be February already but it feels like winter is still with us as we experience frost, snow and wind up in Cookhill! The Parish Council continues to grit the Parish roads as necessary to help to keep motorists safe.
Please remember that the gritting carried out by the Parish Council is done so by volunteer Councillors. Although we do our best to make the roads as safe as possible for road users we still ask that drivers take every due care and attention when driving around the village. Please keep vehicles off the road during bad weather to enable us to safely grit the roads!
New vehicle activated sign on Edgioake Lane
The long awaited vehicle activate sign is due for installation on Edgioake Lane in March so we are hoping that this area of road will become safer for residents and motorists.
Community Speed Watch
West Mercia Safer Roads Partnership are coming to Cookhill in March to train a group of willing volunteers to use equipment ready for the Community Speed Watch. After the training the group will be carrying out the speed watch to make the roads safer.
Hopefully this will make some drivers think about their speed as they drive around our parish!
The Parish Computer Club and Internet Cafe has started 2018 well with lots of new attendees. The club, run by the clerk, is held on a Wednesday morning from 10 till 12 in the Cookhill Village Hall rear meeting room.
Please come along if you feel like a little extra assistance when using your laptops and tablets and if you fancy meeting like-minded local people. There is tea and biscuits too!
If you would like more information about the club you can call in to the Village Hall on a Wednesday morning to meet everyone or you can call the clerk on 07584 687 283.
Contact the clerk
Remember that if you have something you would like brought to the attention of the Parish Council you can always contact the clerk on 07584 687283 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org