Clerk’s Report June 2021

LAPWORTH PARISH COUNCIL REPORT

The June Meeting of the Parish Council was the first held back at the Village Hall, masks were worn, windows and doors open and social distancing observed but a step towards a ‘new normal’.

It is also a time of change for the Parish Council.  Following her recent resignation thanks were expressed to Councillor Joyce Ludlow for dedication and contribution to the Parish Council over the last 10 years.  This has created two vacancies for Parish Councillors, if you are interested in finding out more about contributing to your community please contact clerk@lapworthpc.org.ukfor details. There is also the opportunity to contribute in a paid capacity as after 14 years with Lapworth Parish Council I am moving on.  The vacancy advert has been placed in this magazine but again please contact  clerk@lapworthpc.org.ukfor full details and a job description.

Concerns were received and expressed about road surfacing along the Old Warwick Road and speeding traffic.  The former has been raised with Warwickshire County Council and Parish Council is very aware of the latter which is never far from the agenda.  Steps are in hand for traffic monitoring data to be gathered to inform any potential actions and shortly training will start for the Lapworth Speedwatch Group.  Still not too late to volunteer if you want to help combat speeding traffic please contact the Clerk.

Following observations and complaints raised the Parish Council has been asked to reiterate its advice in relation to the matter of logs, stones and other items being used to protect grass verges outside of properties.  Which is:

‘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.

We would want to 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 you have placed these items on the verges.

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.’

On a similar vein it is that time of year when sprouting hedges and nettles can spread from your property boundary to obstruct pavements so please can we ensure that these too are kept clear of obstruction.  It is also the time of year for nesting birds so care should be taken to ensure they are not disturbed. Cars should not be parked on pavements.

The next meeting of Lapworth Parish Council is scheduled to take place on Monday 12thJuly at 7.30pm in the Committee Room of the Village Hall.

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

Clerk’s Report May 2021

LAPWORTH PARISH COUNCIL REPORT

The Annual Meeting of the Parish Council took place a week earlier than scheduled as the legal ability to hold Council meetings ‘on line’ was ceasing yet the requirement not to meet face to face up to 17thMay was still in place.  It is hoped that the 14thJune meeting will take place back at the Village Hall but spread over the two Committee Rooms to ensure maximum social distancing.  The Annual Meeting saw Councillors Henderson and Rees elected as Chair and Vice-Chair respectively for another year.

County Councillor Cooke was thanked for his support and perseverance in getting the new traffic calming gateway installed by the Boot. County Councillor Cooke also flagged that a petition was being circulated supporting traffic calming measures on the Old Warwick Road and Station Lane.  He had asked officers at Warwickshire County Council to look into what was possible. The Parish Council welcomed and supported evidence based measures to combat speeding traffic.

Speeding traffic is high on the agenda for the Parish Council and it is hoped that shortly the training offered to the Speedwatch Volunteers will be delivered. This had been put on hold by the Police over the last year but following the training the Speedwatch group will be able carry out authorised speed checks in Lapworth.  If you are interested in finding out more or joining the group please contact the Clerk.

Enthusiasm is still high in relation to Lapworth Station Adoption with nearly twenty volunteers coming forward to lead and support on a range of initiatives.  It is now necessary to assess the formalities and legalities before deciding how best to progress.  If you are interested in getting involved please contact Haydn Rees on haydn.rees@outlook.com or the clerk on contact details below.

Following a thankfully quiet time on the helpline set up to support the Lapworth Volunteers it is proposed to cease the provision of the helpline phone number (01564 781360) that was set up early in the pandemic.  It would be possible, but is hoped it will not be necessary, to reinstate a phone line if needed.

The next meeting of Lapworth Parish Council is scheduled to take place on Monday 14thJune at 7.30pm in the Committee Rooms of the Village Hall.

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