Clerk’s Report October 2017


In future Glasshouse Lane resident’s postal address will be Glasshouse Lane, Lapworth as opposed to Hockley Heath. This follows a successful request from Glasshouse Lane residents, supported by the Parish Council.

The Parish Council was advised Warwick District Council had approved a proposal for a shared service with Rugby Borough Council which will see enforcement against businesses and residents who fly-tip or accumulate waste in the district.

This new joined-up approach will see Rugby Borough Council investigating issues on behalf of Warwick District Council and then recommending enforcement action that needs to be taken in a bid to reduce increasing infringements of the waste management legislation in the district.

Any enforcement action will be driven by reported incidents, but action will be taken based on the evidence gathered by the team, so the public are asked to report any issues to the District Council but not to search for evidence themselves.

A Warwickshire Police campaign to target speeding issues took place in Lapworth as well as other parts of the South Warwickshire on Saturday 7th October. The part of the operation in Lapworth resulted in a vehicle being seized, as it had no business insurance, and five speeding tickets being issued to motorists travelling through the village.

Following reports of logs, stones and other items being used to protect grass verges outside of properties the Parish Council would remind residents that under the provisions of the Highways Act 1980, it is an offence to block, obstruct or damage road verges. This includes rocks, posts, A-boards etc. If someone is injured or damages their vehicle on rocks or posts etc, legal action could be taken against you as the homeowner if items are placed on the verges.

Unless otherwise specified in your deeds, a ‘public highway’ will usually include the road, pavement and grass verges between the boundary fence, dry stone wall or hedge line and the road. Whilst we understand residents desire to maintain the appearance of our village we did feel it was incumbent on us to clarify the legal position of these actions, so residents are aware of the potential implications.

Still on the subject of the appearance of the village – thank you to those residents who have cut back their hedges on Station Lane and Old Warwick Road. The pavement can be narrow at times so it is important to ensure that the paths are kept clear.

Following a successful season the Brome Hall Lane toilets are set to close at the end of October for the winter season.

The pool at St Nicholas Park Warwick has now re-opened at a very successful event attend by Rebecca Adlington, amongst other Olympians. The facilities provided are much improved and membership is increasing all the time.

County Councillor Cooke drew the following to the attention of the Parish Councillors:

Warwickshire County Council, local Clinical Commissioning Groups and hospitals are urging communities to get vaccinated. Flu vaccinations are an important way of protecting yourselves and family from flu. One in three people in the region are entitled to a free vaccination. Last year, most people offered the vaccine chose to be immunised. Those able to have free vaccinations include people aged 65 and over, pregnant women, children or adults with serious medical conditions and carers.

The Lapworth Surgery was commended on a very successful recent flu clinic

The Parish Council meets the second Monday of each month at 7.30 in the Village Hall. The next meeting is on the 13th November 2017.

Minutes and Agendas for meetings are on the Parish Council website

Clerk Contact details – phone 01676 533258 or email