Clerk’s Report April 2015


The April meeting of the Parish Council was the last before the 7th May Parish Council Elections.  The election is uncontested so all those that stood will be serving on the Parish Council for another term.  Thanks were expressed to Councillor King, who had chosen not to stand again, for his sage opinions given in Parish Council debates and the work carried out in leading the Parish Plan to its successful adoption.  Warwick District Councillor Caborn was also not standing for re-election as a District Councillor, he has represented the Lapworth ward for many years and his knowledge and experience will be missed.


Revisions to the electoral boundaries mean that Lapworth will now fall in the Arden Ward that will be represented by two District Councillors after the May elections.


Representatives from the Dorridge Fun Run attended the meeting to advise of the efforts being made to minimize disruption to residents of Chessetts Wood Road and Chapel Lane and to clear up effectively after the run had passed through.  The Parish Council appreciated the update but still expressed a preference for the re-routing of the Fun Run to exclude Lapworth so that the disruption to residents could be avoided.


There was good public representation at the meeting.  A request was received from St Giles Church for support for the proposal for a graveyard extension with upstanding headstones – the District Council are currently advising that headstones have to be laid flat.  The Parish Council supported the proposal for upstanding headstones.  An enquiry was received from a local resident that the dead tree at the junction of Kingswood Close and Station Lane be removed and replaced.  The Parish Council again supported the request and will contact the County Council (whose land it is) to see what can be done.


Lastly a representative from the Local History Group expressed concern regarding the reduction in useable surface area of the newly replaced Parish Noticeboards.  Whilst the boards themselves are the same size it was acknowledged that the new sturdy frames put around had reduced the useable area.  The noticeboards are put in place and maintained by the Parish Council for its own use and for other not for profit local organisations.  Organisations using the noticeboards are requested to consider the use of A5 notices and that promotional materials are removed once past the date of the event.


The Lapworth WI had put forward a proposal for bulb planting on the corner of Old Warwick Road and Brome Hall Lane to celebrate the 100th Birthday of the WI.  The Parish Council was happy to support this request.


Road signs were discussed and the County Council will make arrangements for a replacement sign for Lapworth Street.  Concern was expressed regarding the state of many local road signs which are very dirty.  It is necessary for the County Council to clean these signs but the Parish Council are looking to compile a list of top priorities.  Please contact the Clerk with details of any particularly illegible signs.


Thanks were expressed to members of the Lees Chapel who were largely responsible for the local litter pick held on 21st March as part of the Government’s first ever Community Clear Up Day.



The Parish Council meets the second Monday of each month at 7.30 in the Village Hall

2015 dates 11th May Annual Parish meeting, 8th June, 13th July, 10th August provisional planning meeting only, 14th September, 12th October, 9th November, 14th December, 2016 dates 11th January, 8th February, 7pm start 14th March Parish Assembly, 11th April, 9th May Annual Parish Meeting


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