CPC Chairman’s Report April 2018
I reviewed the PC agenda for this time last year and you won’t be surprised to learn that it looks very like our agenda this evening, lots of the same projects that are still part of our work in progress.
I think it’s fair to say that all Parish Councillors, Diane, our Parish Clerk and Emma the new Open Space’s Officer, have had an extremely busy year and that will continue for some time to come. The PC have been supported in their projects by our County and District Councillors, Robert Mocatta, Ken Moon and Nigel Wren, they have also provided financial support for various village projects. I would like to thank them for their continued support as we move into what we expect to be a very eventful period for the village of Clanfield.
The Parish Council would also like to thank those colleagues at EHDC who have supported us where and when they were able to.
Councillors have taken on the various projects with determination, dedication and a positive outlook giving up their time freely to see the projects they are involved in move forward, which, in a lot of cases has been frustratingly slow, however, we continue to give our best efforts in serving the community.
Whilst all those involved with the Parish Council have worked very hard I feel it only fair to single out for special mention, Councillor John Bannell. John is involved in all three major projects that we are currently working on, the new Community and Sports Centre at Windmill View, the new Sports and Bowls Club at St James Place and the Crimea Barn Project.John has worked tirelessly on our behalf handling all the work involved with the lawyers, developer and other parties involved in these projects, his contribution cannot be underestimated, the Parish Council are extremely grateful and consider themselves very fortunate to have John as part of our team.
We hope to be able to make further announcements very soon on the position of the new Community & Sports Centre at Windmill View and the Sports Pavilion & Bowls Club at St James Place which will be welcome news to everyone in the village.
Unfortunately, Councillor Karen Crookshank give up her position on the Council this year to pursue less stressful activities, I would like to thank her for her very valuable contribution to the Parish and we wish her well for the future. Our newest councillor is Rhian, who joined us in June 2017 and is getting involved in our activities and, as a young mum, brings a fresh perspective to our work. Emma has also joined us in a new position of Open Space’s Officer and has taken to her role with enthusiasm, commitment and a willingness to learn and grow into this new role.
We do have a vacancy and would welcome any offers to join us, anyone who is interested should, in the first instance, contact Diane.
The PC have been able to make grants available to various groups and good cause throughout the year, these include:
- Clanfield Celebration’s Group - £300
- Horndean Technology College (for the Pensioners Xmas lunch) - £150
- Home Start Butser - £350
- The Parish have also received funding throughout the year from Developers Contributions, these were:
- New Bus Shelters - £16,050
- Wellhead Re-Thatch - £4,150
- Allotment Gate - £910
That concludes my report, suffice to say I would personally like to thank all councillors, District Councillors, colleagues at EHDC and the volunteers working with PC for their hard work and support for me in my year as Chairman and I would like to give a big thank you to Diane for her unflinching support and guidance throughout the year. Thank you.