Welcome to a brief update on Nettleham Parish Council business
New Staff Members
We are pleased to welcome two new members of staff to our very busy Parish office team. Kevin Pyrah has already started working as our Village Handyperson and will be looking after the maintenance of parish council owned buildings and grounds among other duties to help our village look its best. Jane Ashby will join us on 30 April as Facilities Assistant and will support our Facilities Manager in overseeing the management of village facilities. We wish them every success in their respective roles.
Old School Car Park
Wet weather prevented necessary repairs to the car park from taking place at the beginning of April. Unfortunately, the contractor is now too busy to undertake this work and we are currently sourcing an alternative contractor and anticipate the work being carrying during the summer.
Best Kept Village Competition (BKV) and Community Effort
Nettleham will again take part in this year’s BKV competition and the village has returned to the Class III group where we have been so successful in the past. The first round of judging will take place between 26 May and 23 June when the judges will be looking at the overall appearance and condition of the village, green spaces, public/business/private premises, religious buildings and memorials.
The judges also look for evidence of community spirit and activity and initiative in the care of the village and its environment. This is where we would ask residents to do their bit by helping to show Nettleham at its best.
For instance, it has been brought to our attention that there are areas of the village where pavements are difficult to negotiate because of overgrown garden shrubs and hedges. Please check your boundary and cut back any excess growth from your garden that is overhanging the pavements which could cause injury or obstruction. Similarly parking on roadside verges can obstruct the adjacent footway and prevent the safe passage of Mobility Scooters. It also causes significant damage to the green verge and obstructs the grass cutters often resulting in that area being left uncut.
There are many public-spirited residents who take the trouble to look after the areas beyond their properties. For example, sweeping the gutters so that drains don’t get blocked and clearing weeds, etc. With all the financial cut-backs, we no longer get sufficient support from the County Council for this sort of work and it can all contribute to an air of neglect and untidiness. It has been suggested that a group of these like-minded villagers could get together and look at ways of tackling these issues for the benefit of the wider community. The Keep Nettleham Tidy Group who do regular litter picking are an excellent example of such efforts. We are a village of volunteers and we would be pleased to hear from anyone who would like to support this initiative.
Sponsorship of Floral Displays
We are very grateful to an anonymous donor for their continued contribution towards some of the floral displays in the village. There are still opportunities to sponsor these attractive features – please contact the Parish Office if you are interested in making a donation.
May we politely remind residents that dusk to dawn curfews are in place for Mulsanne Park, Bill Bailey’s Playing Field, Burial Ground 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
Council Meetings – Annual Parish Council meeting on Tuesday 22 May 2018
Property Committee – Tuesday 5 June 2018
All meetings commence at 7.30 pm, and all are open to the public.
All meetings are held at The Old School unless indicated otherwise.
Dates contained within this article are correct at time of writing [20 April 2018]