Nettleham Parish Council | General Update | June 2017
Welcome to an update on Parish Council business
At the May meeting of the Parish Council, Councillor John Evans was re-elected as Chairman and Councillor Joseph Siddall re-elected as Vice Chairman. We wish them another successful year leading the Council. The Chairman’s report for the year 2016/17 is reproduced on these pages for your information.
West Lindsey District Council Community Awards
We are pleased to advise that Councillor Terry Williams was named as Councillor of the Year at the award ceremony held in April. This was in recognition of his sterling work as Chairman of the Council for ten years, his involvement in the creation of our Neighbourhood Plan and also for his considerable legal expertise in relation to an ongoing Planning Appeal.
The Parish Council also nominated Mrs Kath Ersser for an award as Volunteer of the Year in recognition of her efforts on various community groups/organisations and Allison Faulkner and her group of volunteers for an award as Community Group of the Year for all the hard work of the Keep Nettleham Tidy group. Sadly, these were unsuccessful but we would like to record our sincere thanks to Mrs Ersser for her community spirit and Allison and her group of litter pickers for maintaining this initiative which is much appreciated and benefits the whole village.
Litter, to varying degrees, is a problem on all the Parish Council’s sites. It is unsightly and can create a hazard to users. It certainly is a problem that can be avoided if people either take their litter home or use the Litter Bins provided on those sites. Please help us to reduce this nuisance.
Best Kept Village Competition
Nettleham is again entered in this annual competition and for the last time we will feature in the Past Winners Category before returning to the Class III group where we have been so successful in the past. Judging takes place later in the summer and we hope everyone will do their bit to keep the village looking attractive and well-maintained.
Sponsorship of Floral Displays
We are very grateful to an anonymous donor for their contribution towards some of the floral displays in the village. There is still an opportunity to sponsor these attractive features – please contact the Parish Office if you are interested in making a donation.
A further Appeal Hearing with regard to Beal Homes planning application for 200 houses off Larch Avenue will take place in the village on the 19th and 20th July. Parish Council representatives, in conjunction with WLDC, will again be doing their best to see that this Appeal is dismissed.
At the December Parish Council meeting, representatives of the developers for land off Deepdale Lane gave a brief presentation on their forthcoming planning application. This development is in accordance with the Nettleham Neighbourhood Plan and will provide approximately 50 homes together with provision for a LACE operated care home.
The Truelove development off Scothern Road is likely to commence in the autumn.
Village Hall Car Park
We are pleased to report that the Village Hall car park will be resurfaced in August. This work is long overdue and will make a huge difference to everyone using this busy facility. The works will also result in a separated access for pedestrians, discrete disabled parking bays, safe ramped access to the building and new fencing.
Buddies Dementia Café
At the May Parish Council meeting, we were very pleased to make a grant of £200 to the Buddies Dementia Café which holds monthly sessions in the Community Hub. This is a commendable undertaking by the volunteers and we wish them every success.
For any other village groups who may not be aware, the Parish Council has a small budget available for grants where additional funding would be helpful to you. An application form can be obtained at the Parish Office.
Benches in Bishops Meadow
The Parish Council have agreed to the placement of two benches in Bishops Meadow. The location and style of the benches will be at the Parish Council’s discretion but we would be pleased to hear from anyone interested in sponsoring such a bench. Please contact the Parish Office for more details.
Rats – The Beck/Vicars Wood
We appreciate that feeding the ducks along the beck is something of a village tradition, especially at this time of year, but we are aware there is a rat problem in this area. The Parish Council understands that residents like to take children to feed the ducks. If you do feed the ducks, please only use small quantities – any waste is a magnet for vermin. The current population of ducks is naturally self-sustaining.
To avoid endangering other wildlife or domestic pets, pest control is best left to the appropriate authority (WLDC). There are quite onerous conditions relating to the use of pest control methods. In no circumstances should members of the public put any pest control agent in a public area.
May we politely remind residents that dusk to dawn curfews are in place for Mulsanne Park, Bill Bailey’s Playing Field, Cemetery and Bishops Palace. The curfews are necessary to try and prevent anti-social behaviour occurring at these sites. Obviously this does not apply to Mulsanne Park if official sporting activities are taking place.
Upcoming Parish Council Meetings, all at 7.30 pm, and all open to the public. All at The Old School unless indicated otherwise.
Council Meetings – 26 June, 25 July and 18 September
Property Committee – 5 June, 10 July and 12 September
Mulsanne Park Users Group – 4 September
Dates contained within this article were correct at time of going to press [8 June 2017].