Clerk’s Report March 2016


The Annual Parish Assembly took place in March and reports were received from the Lapworth School, Lapworth Charity as well as County, District and Parish Councils.

The previous year had seen Lapworth benefitting from the knowledge and representation of two District Councillors following a change to ward boundaries and both they and the constant County Councillor Mrs Compton were thanked for their attendance and support of parish matters.  Thanks were also extended to Councillor Mrs Lester for the 10 years that she has contributed to the Parish Council.  Councillor Mrs Lester has resigned from her role of Lapworth Parish Councillor as she is relocating to the southwest, she was wished well with her move.

Some local residents may have benefitted in the past from Travel Tokens issued by the District Council.  However due to the need to focus financial resources to where most needed the tokens are being withdrawn with effect from 1st June 2016.  All those currently in receipt of the tokens should receive a letter and are encouraged to fill in a short survey to help the District Council understand the impact of withdrawing them and whether there was any meaningful role it could take in supporting transport provision. [the survey can be found online at]

A consultation regarding longer opening hours at the Post Office had been received by the Parish Council with a short response time that did not allow us to consult local residents, but we were advised that customers should have seen signs and details in the Post Office during the consultation period.  The Parish Council has cautiously welcome longer hours on the proviso there was no detriment to the current service provided.

The land adjacent to the Vicarage Road Allotments had been suggested as nature reserve at recent meetings.  This is owned by the District Council who had had at the same time received an approach from a local beekeeping society and it has been agreed that the site will be used as an apiary.  The Parish Council supported the productive use of the land.

All households should have received a Lapworth Housing Needs Survey and the anonymous results of the surveys returned should be available by the end of April.

The Parish Council supports a proposal that the Parish Magazine should explore proposals for distribution without charge to all households in the Parish.

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

2016 dates 7.30pm 11th April 7.30pm and 9th May Annual Parish Meeting.

Parish Council website

Clerk Contact details – phone 01676 533258 or email