Firstly, Parish Councillors should like to wish a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to 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 past year and our ambitions for 2018. It has certainly been a busy year.
We are really pleased by the success of both the summer and Christmas events that have been organized by the Parish Council this year. It has been so heartening to have had so many residents attend both events and received such positive feedback. We look forward to building on this work next year and forging greater links with many more residents.
2017 also saw the installation of new playground equipment and a trim trail to provide an added dimension to the use of the playing fields for the wellbeing of youngsters and adults alike.
Early in 2017 a defibrillator was installed by the Parish Council and two training sessions were set up for residents to learn how to use the equipment. Early in 2018 we will be setting up a survey to ask residents if they would like to receive further training in any other areas of interest – including First Aid.
The local Conservation Group continues to work with the Parish Council to help improve and preserve the local environment; undertaking regular remedial pieces of conservation work and litter picks in the parish.
The Parish Council continues to ensure the accountability and transparency of its work through our website, regular newsletters to each household and two facebook sites; one for Parish Council posts (Clifton upon Dunsmore Parish Council) and the other (Clifton Upon Dunsmore events) to provide information on events taking place locally.
We have also worked hard to ensure that the speed and volume of traffic through the village is improved, by continuing to lobby for the 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 2018.
In 2018 the Parish Council will be working with the various partners who are putting the traffic calming measures into place (which WILL happen from early next year!) to ensure they are fit for purpose and achieve their objectives. We will also continue to maintain strong ties with the local authorities to ensure that the measures, such as the new 20mph zone and weight restrictions, are adhered to. We have already arranged for gateway signs to the village to be installed, which will further alert drivers that they are entering a village and so, hopefully, inform their driving speed.
The Parish Council will again be organising summer and Christmas events next year, building on the feedback that we received, to enhance the experience provided to residents in the past year. We will be circulating an annual report in the first quarter and will be providing contact details should you have any further feedback or suggestions, or wish to offer your skills and experience to support this work.