The Parish Council
Chair: Vic Cross
Vice Chair: Sue Nash
Clerk: Kevin Webb
Address for Parish Council correspondence:
1 Townshend Green West
Norfolk. NR21 8NQ
Tel: 01328 855046
Meetings are held each month on the Monday nearest to, but not before, the 20th of the month.
PARISH COUNCIL AGM MAY 2016, SUMMARY OF CHAIRMAN’S REPORT
I thank my fellow Parish Councillors for all the support they have given me this year. Meetings have generally been well attended and we have continued to engage with both County and Borough Councils to ensure we receive the support and services we are due. Government spending cuts are having some effect on the level of service we receive. County Councillor John Dobson attends our meetings regularly and keeps us up to date with County Council activities and policies. He has given assistance to John and Yvonne Bridger to secure an improved bus service for the area. The Parish Council has made a financial commitment to support the scheme for the next three years. Mr Dobson is also currently setting up a working group to improve broadband facilities in the area.
The recent sad loss of Borough Councillor Mike Tilbury will be felt for a long time. I would like to pay tribute to Mike for the many years he has served this village both as a Councillor and as a parishioner; his carefully considered advice was always welcome and, through the years, he has promoted, protected and served the parish of Great Massingham to very good effect. Always willing to help individuals or groups, he avoided party political entanglements and told it as it was. He will be sorely missed. We have received comments and concerns from parishioners and have tried to resolve any issues in a fair and reasonable way.
A spate of vandalism on the allotments earlier in the year now seems to have abated. The allotments are generally well tended and in a tidy condition. A formal agreement between allotment holders and the Parish Council, clarifying the responsibilities of both, has been completed and is in place. New kerbing, to prevent vehicles overrunning the green, has been installed outside the Post Office using matched funding from both the County Council and Parish Council. The Parish Council has, for several years, been very supportive of providing affordable housing to help young people remain in the village. Land previously used for allotments was sold and affordable housing built. The Parish Council is very concerned that latest Government proposals to extend ‘right to buy’ could put this project in jeopardy and the Council is communicating with Henry Bellingham regarding the matter.
During the year the Council has ring-fenced funds, raised from the sale of land, to part fund village projects such as the refurbishment of both the Play Park and the Village Hall. Support continues to be given to groups within the parish including the Community Car Scheme, the Coronation Club, Inter Village games, Biodiversity Project and Youth Group. Two ponds have been dredged this year as the build up of silt was hindering drainage from the other ponds in the system.
We try to keep a balance between formally trimmed and tidy areas and areas that lend themselves to more diverse arrangements. We value the work done by volunteers to protect our wildlife areas and know how important this is for our village.
We are fortunate that there are groups and individuals of people prepared to give time and effort in supporting community projects and fundraising for charities. Our thanks go to them for helping to keep Great Massingham a very pleasant place to live.
Vic Cross, Chairman. May 2016
At the AGM – Mr. Cross and Mrs. Nash were re-elected as Chairman and Vice-Chairman.