The meeting was attended by 5 of the 7 Parish Councillors. District Councillor Chamberlain was out of Parish on business.
Since the last meeting Councillor Betty Grimes has stepped down from post which creates a vacancy that can only be filled with a by election. The other vacancy created by Ian Storr’s resignation in May can now be filled by co-opting applicants as no one came forward in the Summer and 4 months have passed. It is a complicated system that we must adhere to so please don’t be put off if you are thinking of joining the council and contact the clerk.
Two villagers have applied for the co-opted post and these will be voted upon at an extra meeting before next month when both people can attend to briefly address the council as neither was at the meeting. Matters that were dealt with this month included the agreed sharing of Speed Watch equipment with Caldecote and Toft once volunteers have been trained and the football clubs being asked to check the pitches at the end of the fixtures to clear up all the tape, gloves and litter from the touchlines. There was a long discussions following a resident’s request for the Council to pay for a dropped kerb outside their house when the double yellow lines are introduced; but it was decided that the Council would not pay although they were sympathetic with the situation. Another long discussion followed the request of the Hardwick Sports and Social Club to erect two lockable bollards in the Parish car park disabled parking bays outside the Pavilion. It was decided that first the HSSC should make every attempt to approach those using the bays without a Blue Badge, as they know who they are, reminding them not to. The new village litter picker has started and we thank Joan Harding for the summer months during which she did the role voluntarily. The Council will arrange for the brambles around the skate park to be cut back and extra litter checks by council members should improve the appearance of this area of the rec. Coton Ladies Netball club will be using the all-weather courts this winter and if any other clubs would like to please contact the clerk. The driveway leading to the church will be widened at the road end to facilitate their planning application for a community hall behind St Mary’s. Our new street lights are nearly all working but with the perfect growing conditions this Summer lots of trees have flourished and if your street light is obscured please let me know (firstname.lastname@example.org) I am trying to check on all our village lights to ensure good visibility at night. We are also doing a check on the condition of the village notice boards and I will clear them of out of date notices as soon as I can.
The next meeting is on 20th October in the Community Room at 7.45pm. If you are thinking of joining the Parish Council it is a good idea to come along to a few meetings to familiarise yourself with the day to day duties of the post.
Written by Jane Humphries