Report from the Chair 2017-18
Report from the Chair 2017-18
Building on our Strengths
After a few hiccups on the way we successfully appointed a new clerk in November. A resident within the village and parish it is nice to strengthen community buy-in.
Footpaths Complete (for now)
Phase 2 of the footpath renewal has been completed– again spearheaded by Cllr Butcher. A further grant was successfully obtained and combined with some money donated by the Concert at the Kings the remaining section of the key footpaths across the village have been resurfaced. A revised road crossing is being discussed with the school in conjunction with a potential new dropped kerb near the end of the footpath. We also look forward to the 20 MPH area when the signage is introduced later on this year.
Better accountability and Procedures
We are continuing in our good progress in adopting new procedures and reviewing them annually. We are in the process of revising and revisiting all our procedures plus adopting new ones to fulfil the requirements of the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) to come into force on 25th May 2018.
Grass Cutting and Maintenance Contracts
These were awarded to a single reputable company this year. We will of course continue monitoring performance and ironing out any hiccups.
ACPC Facebook Page and Website Information
The AC PC facebook page that was set up in 2016 has proved its worth with road status updates during the recent adverse weather along with notifications for local events. http://allcannings.org.uk
Royal Wedding Celebrations
The village hall will again be decked out in her glad rags for Prince Harry and Meghan’s forthcoming nuptials. I am lending my support and help towards this event. It is being organised by a different team from the successful QE90 event of 2016. We will be having a poetry competition instead of a cake baking competition this time around. Hopefully our community enthusiasm will again bring it much success!
Best Kept Village Commiserations
We came a close second in the Laurence Kitching Award, the Best Kept Village super-league. Residents are urged to keep their hedges in check to ensure future success! The BKV awards have been moved around the side of the Hall above the Village sign boards in a smart new sign that it is hoped will be more eye catching and prominent than the old arrangement.
The many things above sum up the many strengths that we have within our community and within the Parish Council. All members of the Parish Council, whether born and bred in the village or relative newcomers like myself work quietly for the good of the village and parish as a whole.
Thanks also to anyone else who has supported us over the last year and special thanks to the Concert at the King’s contributions which have enabled our projects to continue.
We will be having at least one change to our successful team of recent years with the departure of Councillor Williams as school portfolio holder and councillor. Thanks again to our clerk and RFO, many thanks to my fellow councillors and all volunteers who work tirelessly behind the scenes to keep the Parish what it is today.
Amy Gray, Chair