CHAIRMAN’S ANNUAL REPORT
Our quarterly Newsletters, delivered to all households and businesses
within the village boundary, have kept residents informed on most
of the important issues and developments over the past year, so
I will not repeat them now.
As last year our biggest disappointments have been the lack of
progress in providing an area for allotments and that we continue
to experience dog fouling on our pavements, verges and playing field.
We will continue to seek a solution for both.
I would like to welcome our clerk, Julie, to her first Annual Parish
meeting. Julie joined us in September last year following the retirement
of Jennifer Worthington. I would also like to place on record our
thanks to Jennifer for her excellent service to the council in her
14 years as clerk.
Also retiring this year are four councillors who together have
given over 50 years’ service to our community. We say farewell
to Margaret Lindley who joined the council in November 2009; Alex
Elder who joined the council in September 2007; and to Barry Lifsey
and David Lindley who joined the council before records began (a
little bird told me Barry has 22 years’ service and David
Margaret has over the past few years been our representative on
the Airports Noise Monitoring / Environment sub-committee and an
active member of the council; Alex has served as chair and as a
member of the Playing Fields Association and acted as the councils
“odd job man” when things needed “sorting”;
Barry is a member of the Newsletter editorial team, chair of the
Village Hall committee, the council deputy representative on the
Parish Council Joint Consultative Committee, a member of our highways
and footpaths patrol team, has in the past served as chairman for
8 years, vice-chair for 9 years, and is our “eyes and ears”
in the village. David is also a member of the Newsletter editorial
team, a member of the highways and footpaths patrol team, our representative
on DMBC Rights of Way Forum, is our web master and as a recent past
chairman for 10 years is our “go to” man for all things
procedural. I should also mention Isabel Batunas who joined the
council in June 2011 and resigned in January this year. Isabel was
a willing helper in many of our activities. We will miss them all.
I understand that Barry will continue on the Village Hall committee
and that Alex will continue as a member of the Playing Field Committee.
We are fortunate not to lose their input on both these committees
that are so important to our village. I am also sure that Margaret
and David will not ignore my calls for help.
On behalf of the residents I would like to thank them all for their
superb commitment over the past years and wish them a long, healthy
and happy retirement.
Finally, I would like to thank Charlotte, our newest and only remaining
councillor for her hard work since joining the council in July last
year. We have four new members who will take up office in May, and
if you are interested, there is still a vacancy – names and
telephone numbers can be left with Julie; I am happy to have a chat.