The December meeting was held as normal on Monday 6th in the Baptist Chapel Schoolroom.
Like all Council meetings it was open to the public.
Reports from the District and County Councillors: A report from Cllr Brown was read out, explaining that progress towards Unitary authorities was on hold due to the current political situation. He also gave details of NCC’s draft budget consultation. Cllr PB also referred to the uncertainty regarding the initiation of the Unitaries because of the General Election. He gave details of the refuse collections over the holiday period.
Public Participation: Mrs Matthews expressed concerns over the situation regarding flooding in Watery Lane and in support of the proposals of the highways department to alleviate it.
PCSO: was felt to be doing a good job, and was visible and friendly.
Streetlights: Lights outside the Baptist Chapel, 15 watery lane, between Bliss Close and the Luddle, and Rolfe Cresc. all to be reported as out.
Roads and pavements: Poor condition generally. Conifers in South View had been cut.
The Green and Play Area: The Green was felt to be in good order. CK felt more trees were needed, AW wondered whether sponsoring would be popular. Play Area inspected and no problems.
Playing Fields: Netball Court had been started.
Trees: Churchyard and Green pollarding to be done in early New Year.
Allotments: Wildlife area progressing well. Pond being developed. 5 Allotments free.
Footpaths: Very muddy in the exceptionally wet weather.
Churchyard: Hedges trimmed, wall in good order.
Canal: MB reported the dog mess situation had improved.
Joint Burial Board: Fallon name plate details to be kept on file. 3 recent interments.
Youth Club: All going well. PCSO had visited to introduce himself.
Defibrillators: Both checked and in order.
To reconsider the situation regarding kerbs in Watery Lane. Discussion took place about the reasons for the problems in Watery Lane and about the proposed solutions from Highways, who recommended raising the dropped kerbs on the residential side of the road opposite the allotments, and dropping the kerb on the allotments side by 1 ½ – 2 inches over a 3 metre length. Highways have the funding to do the work. Resolved To support the Highways plan.
Resolved. To purchase a Sand Bin for placing in the area, and later to purchase sand and bags when it is installed.
To consider the provision of an office. This was a long term project, deferred for the present.
Church roof/Alarm. Council considered a contribution towards funding for a replacement steel roof, and an alarm system. It was felt an immediate contribution could be made, and further assistance given if required. Resolved. £1000 to be contributed towards the replacement roofing.
To consider removing the Memorial Green hedge. Resolved. To remove the hedge.
To consider signing the Armed Forces covenant. Resolved. To sign the covenant.
Grants Policy – to adopt. Deferred.
Neighbourhood Plan – No report on progress due to the illness of Mrs Corner.
To consider the recommendations of the Finance committee regarding the 2020/21 Precept. In light of the decisions at the meeting it was felt better to defer acceptance of the Finance Committee recommendations until January.
ACRE Village Awards 2020 – Resolved. To support the Village Hall Management application to be put in by Alwyne Wilson.
Reporting Highway and Footpath Issues. The Clerk will report issues that Council is made aware of, but Council would encourage residents to use the FixMyStreet service to report issues themselves as there will then be no time lag and first-hand reports are almost always better than 2nd or 3rd hand reports. The service can be found here: www.fixmystreet.com
It is easy to use; you can have your own account and can check up on any issues you have reported.
Council meetings take place on the first Monday of each month (unless there is a Bank Holiday)
Clerk to the Parish Council: Guy Ravine, c/o Old Dairy Farm, Upper Stowe, Weedon, Northamptonshire, NN7 4SH
Telephone: 07935 931787
For further useful information about Nether Heyford Parish Council and full contact details for the clerk and the councillors please visit our Nether Heyford Parish Council page.