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Chairs Annual Report – 2016-17

CHAIRS ANNUAL REPORT 2016-17

I am further encouraged by the progress that we have made this year. I would again like to thank all of the parish councillors who, despite their full-time jobs and voluntary commitments, give their time freely and work hard for the benefit of the village throughout the year. I would also like to thank our Borough Councillor Leigh Hunt and County Councillor Philip Morris-Jones for the support they continue to show for the village. The Parish Council has achieved a great deal over the past 12 months:

HIGHLIGHTS – ANNUAL REPORT 2016-17

  • Elections in May – 6 Members were elected unopposed – The Parish was divided into 2 Parish Wards: Clifton upon Dunsmore and Radio Station (which has 1 Member at present).
  • Sale of Air Raid Shelter – the proceeds from which will contribute towards the refurbishment of the playground and enhance other assets of the village

Policies created by the parish council to further strengthen accountability

  • Adoption of the General Power of Competence for the term of the council
  • Development of Community Grants policy and application process for local groups

Additional savings made this year

  • Significant financial savings made by the re-negotiation of a new 3 year insurance policy
  • Purchase of new Laptop, external hard drive and Printer (via successful grant application £565)
  • Defibrillator (via successful grant application £1700)

Increased communication – delivered to each household

  • Development of a 5-year plan
  • Regular Parish Council newsletters to inform residents of upcoming actions and events

Community engagement

  • Litter Picks November 2016 and March 2017 (Great British Spring Clean)
  • Creation of the parish Conservation Group. Activities included: flower festival / churchyard improvements/bulb planting etc
  • Christmas festivities – Tree and Community Carol singing
  • Training sessions for the defibrillator was made available to all residents

Partnership

  • Created formal lines of communication with Newton Parish Council
  • Invitations accepted by speakers to attend meetings: Urban & Civic, RBC Local Plan Team, Traffic Calming, WCC Ground Based Solar Farm, Travellers policing team

Caring for our community

  • Resolution to refurbish play equipment (grant funding application in progress)
  • Commenced development of a Community Emergency Plan for the parish
  • Refurbishment of the car park
  • Defibrillator training day
  • Traffic Calming scheme – any day now!
  • Bi-annual Village walks to identify and rectify local issues
  • Strengthening playing fields security
  • Strengthening safeguarding of pavilion

Challenges met this year

  • Travellers were negotiated off the playing field, at no cost to the parish
  • Vandalism at the Pavilion over the summer – extra security installed
  • Reduction in the amount of Council Tax Support Grant paid to parishes
  • Old street lighting in need of updating/renewal – strategy still in planning stage

A reminder that we are currently in the process of putting together the makings of a summer fair which we plan to take place on Saturday 9 September. We are interested in collaborating with residents to help make this event as successful as possible and welcome any offers of help.

The parish council thanks those villagers who are attending parish council meetings, providing written feedback, and responding to questionnaires in increasing numbers to inform the thinking of the work that the councillors undertake. We sincerely hope that this trend continues so that we are able to address the many varied local concerns that arise.

Financial report 2016-17

The Annual Parish Meeting is held just prior to the end of the financial year. It has therefore not been possible to submit the final accounts for the year 2016-17 to support the Annual Report.

I anticipate that this will have taken place by the next parish council meeting on 3 April 2017 in the meantime; I shall present an overview of the accounts as we currently understand them. I should confirm that the accounts will be subject to the Annual Return Internal and External Audit process in June 2017, and will be available to anyone who wishes to see them during the period of public inspection.

In the meantime; the parish council began the year with £21,202 in the bank; of which around £2,570 is earmarked for the replacement of play equipment.

For the financial year 2016-17 the parish council received £23,252 in precept from the Borough Council. We also received monies from the football clubs’ use of the playing fields, from the allotments and grazing fields and we have received around £2,265 in grant funding.

The sale of the site of the former Air Raid Shelter in Church Street in April 2016 has provided the Parish Council with £64,950.  The Members agreed that 10% of the net sale will go into the Councils General Reserve to increase financial resilience and the remainder (£58,455) earmarked for the improvement of existing community facilities or purchase new facilities for the benefit of the community.

Significant outgoings this year are for the usual costs of running the parish council meetings, street lighting costs, insurance and maintenance costs associated with the pavilion, playing fields and street lighting. The cost of the refurbishment of the car park in Lilbourne Road amounted to around £8.2k.

Having started the year with funds available of £21,202 we are likely to have finished the year with a bank balance of around £81, 534.

Marion Nash
Chair – Clifton upon Dunsmore Parish Council
27 March 2017

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Come along and learn how to save a life.

Rugby First Responders 2017 Logo Hi-ResThe Parish Council is organising 2 awareness sessions, to be run by Rugby First Responders at the Townend Memorial Hall in Clifton upon Dunsmore on Saturday 25 March 2017.

The sessions will demonstrate life saving skills such as CPR, choking, recovery position etc and  show residents how the new Community Defibrillator works. dEFIB

The sessions will run at 10am and 11.15am. Please book a place to avoid disappointment by contacted the Clerk here or by telephoning 07786 102789.

Refreshments will be served between 10.45 and 11.15am, with an opportunity to complete the residents surveys on the proposed Joint Village Event and the proposed Adult Trim Trail.

Please note that the sessions are considered suitable for people aged 12 years and over.

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Would you use a ‘Trim Trail’?

The Parish Council is considering the purchase of some pieces of outdoor gym equipment (usually know as a Trim Trail’) for adults to use at the playing fields, using a developer funding contribution of around £7k.Trim Trail
This type of equipment which usually consists of several different pieces to exercise different parts of the body; has proved popular in many locations around the country, and can be used to improve fitness by those who do not want, or cannot afford to use a formal gym. Some of the equipment is accessible for use by people with disabilities.

Trim Trail woodenPlease help us to find out whether the purchase of the Trim Trail equipment will be viable, by completing the survey here.

Thank you for your help.

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Survey on a proposed Joint Village Event

Proposed joint Cliftonupon Dunsmore and Newton village event

Clifton upon Dunsmore and Newton are both vibrant communities with lots to offer their residents. However, the resources required to organise events and activities are limited in both villages.

The Parish Councils representing both villages would like to work together to organise a joint event which all of the community can enjoy later this year – most likely in early September, and held at the playing field; but to know a little more about what our residents would like would be very useful.

You can let us know what you think by completing our short survey, available through the link shown here . The survey will be open until 31 March 2017.

Thank you for your help.

 

 

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The Great British Spring Clean Parish Litter Pick – Saturday 4 March 2017

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Meeting at 9.30am at the Car Park by St Mary’s Church

 Yes, it’s that time again! Volunteers are needed for the ‘Get Britain Tidy’ litter pick planned for the 4th March 2017.  Equipment will be available for collection from 9.30am on Saturday, at the Car Park by the Church.

Listed below are the routes available.  Let me know in advance if there are any particular routes you would like to volunteer to do otherwise, see you on the day.

 

  1. Rugby Road, Newall Close, Avon Street, Vicarage Hill (up to Bridge 66)
  1. Car Park, Lilbourne Road (between corner of South Road and TMH), Lions Path, Everard Close and Goodacre Close.
  1. South Road, Allans Close, Allans Lane, Orwell Close, Whiley Close.
  1. Main Street, Carlton Court, the Beeches, Station Road.
  1. Buckwell Lane, Hadfield Close, Church Street, Manor Lane, Robertson Close.
  1. North Road, Elms Paddock, South Road up to Shuttleworth Road
  1. Newton Road.
  1. Shuttleworth Road and Playing Field
  1. Hillmorton Locks

Your help and support as always is appreciated.

Councillor Lesley Edwards

Contact: 07973849335 or lesley.edwards3156@gmail.com

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Car park refurbishment – update

The Parish Council is planning to refurbish the surface of the car park on Lilbourne Road,  The works will start during week beginning 16 January 2017.

The works (installation of an Ecogrid surface) are likely to take several days to complete, during which time the car park will be closed to all vehicles.

Please accept our apologies for the temporary inconvenience caused due to the closure; which will hopefully improve the facility in the long term.

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Car park refurbishment

The Parish Council is planning to refurbish the surface of the car park on Lilbourne Road,  The works will start during week beginning 16 January 2017.

The works (installation of an Ecogrid surface) are likely to take several days to complete, during which time the car park will be closed to all vehicles.

Please accept our apologies for the temporary inconvenience caused due to the closure; which will hopefully improve the facility in the long term.

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Happy Christmas from Clifton upon Dunsmore Parish Council

merry-christmas-1Firstly, we should like to wish a merry Christmas and happy New Year all parish residents. We hope that you will all be able to take some time out from your busy lives to enjoy the festivities with your family and friends; although we appreciate that many people working in the emergency services and caring sectors do not have such a luxury!

As the New Year approaches we would like to reflect on achievements during the year which has past and our ambitions for 2017. It has certainly been a busy year.

In February the parish council ran its first community event for many years.  The Connecting Clifton event was designed to explain what the Parish Council does, to engage residents and to encourage people to join in local activities

In March we organised a Clean for the Queen litter pick across the parish; both in the village and at the Locks.  We were delighted and encouraged by the number of residents who turned up on a cold Saturday morning to take part and did a fantastic job. Another litter pick was held in November and the results achieved were astonishing.

The success of the litter picks led indirectly to the formation of a Parish Conservation Group. A number of events have subsequently been organised to help improve and preserve the local environment.

The Parish Council is also ensuring its accountability and transparency. Subsequent to setting up a website and facebook site, we have produced two newsletters and an annual report in the past year, which have been delivered to each household in the parish.

We have also worked hard to ensure that the speed and volume of traffic through the village is improved, by lobbying for a traffic calming scheme, accompanied by a weight limit, and speed restrictions that are to be introduced. We understand that work will start on the traffic calming scheme in the Spring on 2017.

Other plans for 2017 include the upgrade of the recreation ground play area and the installation of an accessible community defibrillator and an opportunity for all to learn what that means and how to use it. We will also be organising the first, of what we hope will be an annual summer event for all residents to enjoy in the summer, in conjunction with as many of the local community groups and organisations as possible.

Once again, may we take the opportunity to wish all residents good tidings for the festive season and great health and happiness in the coming year.

Marion Nash – Chair

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Merry Christmas from Clifton upon Dunsmore Parish Council

hollyFirstly, we should like to wish a merry Christmas and happy New Year all parish residents. We hope that you will all be able to take some time out from your busy lives to enjoy the festivities with your family and friends; although we appreciate that many people working in the emergency services and caring sectors do not have such a luxury!

As the New Year approaches we would like to reflect on achievements during the year which has past and our ambitions for 2017. It has certainly been a busy year.

In February the parish council ran its first community event for many years.  The Connecting Clifton event was designed to explain what the Parish Council does, to engage residents and to encourage people to join in local activities

In March we organised a Clean for the Queen litter pick across the parish; both in the village and at the Locks.  We were delighted and encouraged by the number of residents who turned up on a cold Saturday morning to take part and did a fantastic job. Another litter pick was held in November and the results achieved were astonishing.

The success of the litter picks led indirectly to the formation of a Parish Conservation Group. A number of events have subsequently been organised to help improve and preserve the local environment.

The Parish Council is also ensuring its accountability and transparency. Subsequent to seeing up a website and facebook site, we have produced two newsletters and an annual report in the past year, which have been delivered to each household in the parish.

We have also worked hard to ensure that the speed and volume of traffic through the village is improved, by lobbying for a traffic calming scheme, accompanied by a weight limit, and speed restrictions that are to be introduced. We understand that work will start on the traffic calming scheme in the Spring on 2017.

Other plans for 2017 include the upgrade of the recreation ground play area and the installation of an accessible community defibrillator and an opportunity for all to learn what that means and how to use it. We will also be organising the first, of what we hope will be an annual summer event for all residents to enjoy in the summer, in conjunction with as many of the local community groups and organisations as possible.
hollyOnce again, may we take the opportunity to wish all residents good tidings for the festive season and great health and happiness in the coming year.

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Delivery of 5-year plan

front-coverThe Parish Councillors have been busy over the past week hand delivering the new 5-year plan to each property in the parish.

If you have not yet received your copy, please help us to fill in any gaps in our administration and let us know by emailing clerk@cliftonupondunsmore.or.uk

The 5-year plan is also available to read or download on this website

For those who would like a copy and are able to collect one, there are a few spare copies available in The Bull and in the Village Sores.