Major Planning Application Submitted
Tackling Anti Social Behaviour
A Message from your Chairman - November 2019
The members of your Parish Council have been very busy lately with the run up to Christmas, Councillors Stan Raymond, Neil Oakes and myself plus Mandy, our Clerk, met with the lighting engineer to discuss the possibility of extending our village Christmas lighting to the other side of Packman Lane, so that both sides of the centre of the village are illuminated. This would necessitate the purchase of extra lights by the Parish Council and the need for an extra electricity supply which has kindly been offered by Cllr. Neil Oakes. This is now going ahead and should be in place for the switch on, at 4pm on Saturday November 30th. The lights on the tree and the buildings will be shining and St. Andrew’s Primary School children will sing carols. They are a delight to watch. Councillor Doreen Kaye helped by our Clerk, Mandy Pickering, has taken much time planning the occasion in detail. It is an annual event which takes place in the forecourt of The Wheatsheaf Public House. We look forward to welcoming you at this happy occasion.
Councillors Neil Oakes, Elizabeth Robinson and I have had a meeting with the Highways Engineers close to the new roundabout on the A164, to clarify one or two points. The new roundabout will be opened soon but with the increased volume of traffic, residents are concerned that heavy vehicles may choose to take a short cut through our village. This has been of great concern to all of us especially to Cllr. John Bailey who keeps pressing for a weight restriction to be put in place.
Remembrance Sunday was a chance for us all to think in earnest about those who sacrificed their lives in the war. Councillors David Robinson, John Bailey, Elizabeth Robinson and I attended St. Andrew’s Church service at the end of which I felt honoured to represent the community and lay the Parish Council poppy wreath at the memorial in the churchyard. Earlier in the week, Cllrs. John Bailey and Stan Raymond had placed the wreaths at the two memorials in West Ella village.
Each year Cllr. Elizabeth Robinson does a marvellous job of distributing sacks of daffodil bulbs to the volunteers who help her with the planting. It is a difficult task to get volunteers but when the spring comes we all benefit from the beautiful rural environment that we live in. We are all grateful to her team of workers and she would appreciate any extra helpers willing to give a little time and join her.
I am very happy to report that Councillor Stan Raymond has now mounted another blue plaque on a building on our Heritage Trail making a total of twenty two. Out latest one is our first in School Lane so see if you can spot it!
On that happy note may I wish you all a very Happy
Christmas and a prosperous New Year.