Clerk’s Report November 2020

LAPWORTH PARISH COUNCIL REPORT

Parish Council meetings are still taking place remotely but it was encouraging to see a number of members of the public attending virtually.

Against a national backdrop of sharply rising Covid 19 cases the Lapworth Volunteers are offering prescription deliveries (via Surgery first of course), food shopping and a phoning service for any who are shielding and/or in real need.

We are still looking for volunteers who are willing and able to help the local community in the coming months. This could be just on an occasional basis if and when the need arises, or on a fuller basis as one of our Team Leaders or answering the helpline telephone (from your own home or office). Should you be interested please would you reply to help@lapworthpc.org.uk with your name, approximate age, address and availability.  Please would you pass this information on to anyone who might be interested.

The Volunteers already have over 120 local names and addresses from their activities in the Spring and Summer. In accordance with GDPR requirements, please would you email help@lapworthpc.org.uk if you wish to have your details removed from our secure database and to stop receiving emails from us.

Speeding is never far from the agenda and local residents have raised concerns in relation to traffic speeds on a number of roads including the Old Warwick Road, Rising Lane, Station Lane and Grove Lane.  These have been reported to County Council Highways team, and we await further feedback. The Parish Council is looking at how to source data to evidence the areas of concern.

Council seeks further public views on Canal-side plans

A final, Regulation 19 consultation has just been launched, seeking views on the soundness and legality of a development plan document (DPD) which will determine the future of the district’s canal-sides.  This is in line with Warwick District Council’s Local Plan and follows the designation of a Canal Conservation Area in 2019.

The draft document provides policies which will guide the Council on development along the district’s 40km of waterways, which includes sections of both the Grand Union and Stratford-upon-Avon Canals. Once approved the Plan will inform decisions on residentialdevelopment, change of use of sites, environmental and social issues, access and tourism potential.

Details of the Canal-side Development Plan (DPD) can be found on the Warwick District Council website. The public have until 21 December 2020 to make their views on the legal compliance and soundness of the plan.

Rumbling in the background are noises that Unitary Authority may be considered for Warwickshire, whereby the County Council would merge with the Districts.   This would solve the problem of who to contact and whether the issue is a District or County responsibility but is certainly not an imminent possibility.  In the meanwhile Warwick District Council is forging closer working relationships with Stratford District Council by sharing the expertise of key officers.

The next meeting of the Parish Council is scheduled to take place on Monday 14thDecember at 7.30pm remotely via Zoom.  Meetings are held at the same time on the second Monday of each month.

Minutes and Agendas for meetings are on the Parish Council website www.lapworthpc.org.uk

Clerk Contact details – phone 01676 533258 or email  clerk@lapworthpc.org.uk

 

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