Firstly, 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.
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.