Pontesbury Parish Council report: September 2017

The last meeting of Pontesbury Parish Council was held on 11 September 2017 at Mary Webb School & Science College Hall. The Parish Council was saddened to hear of the deaths of two former Parish Councillors, Clive Griffiths and Jean Swann. The Parish Council remembered the active roles they had both played in the community.
Two Vacancies on the Parish Council
As reported in the last newsletters there are still two vacancies for Parish Councillors to represent Cruckton Ward. We have actively tried to find two volunteers who live in Cruckton ward, but without success. The Parish Council is keen to fill these vacant seats and therefore has decided to widen the search and accept expressions of interest from residents who live anywhere in Pontesbury Parish. If you are interested in being a Parish Councillor please contact the Parish Clerk who will let you have additional information.
Map Board in Pontesbury centre
You will hopefully have seen the new map board in the centre of Pontesbury, opposite the public toilets. The map was produced by Shropshire Council and the installation has been completed by the Pontesbury P3 Footpath Group volunteers. The Parish Council would like to thank all involved for their help and in particular Mr Richard Killick who was responsible for the excellent joinery.
Public toilets
The Parish Council would like to apologise for a recent incident when one of the toilets was permanently locked. We think a person may have locked the toilet from inside and possibly climbed out of the window. The issue was resolved as soon as it was brought to our attention. The Parish Council has agreed a small budget to carry out some maintenance work and improvements to the appearance of the public toilets and it is hoped that this work will start shortly.
Local Police team
The Parish Council works closely with the local Police team and we are very fortunate to have the Police Station in Pontesbury. Representatives from the Parish Council recently met with PC Ross Cookson who has taken over from PC Jon Summerfield as the lead officer for the local police team. The Parish Council asked the Clerk to write to PC Cookson to welcome him to the area and offer the Parish Council’s support.
Callow Hill Quarry
The Parish Council has been advised that there are no firm plans to reopen Callow Hill Quarry until 2018 at the earliest and this will depend on the asphalt surfacing market. Tarmac has raised concerns to the Parish Council that there has been unauthorised access to the Quarry and Hill Fort. Tarmac has asked me to remind local people that access beyond the formal rights of way is not permitted and is potentially dangerous. Tarmac is working with Historic England to manage the trespass issue on the Hill Fort (a Scheduled Ancient Monument) as it has suffered significantly from the construction/excavation of mountain bike routes. There is a significant amount of rubbish left behind which Tarmac suggests is local children from either Minsterley or Pontesbury.
Complaints about Speeding Tractors
A number of local residents have contacted the Parish Council concerned about the speed of some tractors through Pontesbury village and in particular around the lanes at Habberley where there was a recent accident between a tractor and a car. The local Police have been contacted and they have advised local residents that if you have concerns about how a vehicle is being driven or the driver is using a mobile phone please take a note of the registration number and contact the Police Team on 101. Local farmers and any agricultural contractors are asked to be considerate to other road users and this should be particularly stressed to the younger drivers please.
Play Area at Pontesbury
The play area and BMX track have been very popular over the summer months. The sandpit has been replenished with the introduction of an extra 10 tonne of sand and the fence has been improved between the BMX track and the play area. Unfortunately there have been a number of instances of vandalism including damage to the surface of the spinning disc, a portal window broken on the pirate ship and damage to signs.
Shropshire Council Draft Parking Strategy
At the September meeting the Parish Council was advised that a 12-week public consultation on Shropshire Council’s proposed new parking strategy has begun, and that residents, visitors, businesses, town and parish councils and other organisations are being encouraged to have their say. The Parish Council agreed to look further at the proposals and agreed a response to Shropshire Council at October’s meeting. The parking strategy determines the way that the council manages and runs its car parks and on-street parking, including how and what it charges for parking. The council has put forward a number of proposals that will change parking arrangements, both in car parks and on on-street in Shropshire’s market towns.
The consultation is broken down into four parts, as follows: 1. Proposals regarding ‘linear’ (set price per hour) parking; pricing bands; unrestricted parking; evening parking; loading bays; ‘pop and shop’ parking, and opening hours at Raven Meadows car park in Shrewsbury. 2. A new policy and tariff framework for weekly tickets, season tickets, residents’ off-street permits, and for coach and HGV parking. 3. Proposed changes to Shropshire’s Council’s on-street residents’ parking permit scheme. 4. Proposed changes to the car parking waiver system.
People can respond to all four parts, or just the ones that are of interest/relevance to them. To take part in the consultation, go to shropshire.gov.uk/parking-consultation. Printed copies of the consultation documents are available from Shropshire Council libraries and customer service points, and on request by calling 0345 678 9028. The consultation runs until 17 October 2017.
Next Parish Council Meeting
The next Parish Council meeting is to be held on Monday 9 October 2017 at Mary Webb School & Science College, Pontesbury; starting at 7.30pm. Members of the public are welcome to attend. If you need to contact the Parish Council, please phone or email the Parish Clerk:
Kate Davies – Parish Clerk, Pontesbury Parish Council
New address: c/o 14 Coly Anchor, Kinnerley, Oswestry, SY10 8BY
Email: pontesburypc@gmail.com
Tel: 01691 886460 (Please leave a message if I am not available to answer your call)

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