Parish Council meeting report: November 2017

The last meeting of Pontesbury Parish Council was held on 13 November 2017 at Mary Webb School & Science College Hall.
New Councillors
As reported in the last newsletters, following the May elections, the Parish Council had two vacancies for Parish Councillors to represent Cruckton Ward. A number of individuals expressed an interest in being co-opted to the Parish Council and they were invited to November’s meeting. Following presentations the Parish Council agreed to co-opt Mr Peter Heywood, Pound Lane, Hanwood and Mr Colin Robinson, Cruckton. We welcome them to the Parish Council and they will attend their first meeting as Councillors on 11 December. The unsuccessful candidates are thanked for their interest and we hope that there may be a future opportunity for them to be involved with Parish Council activities.
Poles Coppice
Pontesbury and Minsterley Parish Councils were approached earlier in the year to highlight the budget reductions at Shropshire Council relating to Poles Coppice. Shropshire Council confirmed that they would remain responsible for the health and safety of visitors to Poles Coppice and the infrastructure will be checked and maintained at Shropshire Councils cost but a Parish Council contribution would be needed to improve and develop the site. Following a number of meetings with Shropshire Council officers to clarify the details, Pontesbury Parish Council agreed a donation of £1500 for the financial year 2018–19. Agreement has been given that this amount will be ring fenced with a request that this is used to organise volunteer work parties to allow people to get involved with practical site management works. This has obvious benefits for ongoing site management and for people’s health and well-being.
Pontesbury Parish Neighbourhood Plan
There has been a delay starting the Neighbourhood Plan as we were waiting for Shropshire Council’s Local Plan review consultation details before agreeing how to proceed. A number of local people have expressed an interest in being involved and they have been contacted again. If anyone else is interested, please contact the Parish Clerk as it is planned to have a meeting in the New Year to agree membership of the steering committee. Even if you do not wish to be on the Steering Committee we will still need volunteers to assist with specific jobs, so please let us know if you would like to help.
Trees on Linley Avenue Green
Following complaints from local residents about the trees on Linley Avenue Green and in particular the problems with the large amount of leaves which residents advise block the drains and gutters of the surrounding houses, the Parish Council met with Shropshire Council officers (the landowner) last year to seek a resolution to this long running problem. Agreement was given to remove some of the trees with shorter life spans (three whitebeams) subject to budgetary constraints. An update has now been received that the work has been approved for completion over the winter. An exact timescale has not been given.
Vehicles Parked on Pavements/Linley Avenue Green
The Parish Council are receiving more complaints regarding vehicles parked where they shouldn’t be, particularly on pavements and verges causing an obstruction and the need for pedestrians to walk into the road to get past the vehicles. Complaints have also regularly been received about the parking of vehicles on the Linley Avenue Green. Despite requests from the local Police team, Severnside Housing and Shropshire Council there are still certain residents who ignore these requests. This is a hazard, especially for the elderly, mobility scooters and walkers with pushchairs users and children. We would ask that residents, who have a drive, please use it and all drivers to consider other residents and bear in mind the need for common sense when parking and to leave pavements clear for pedestrian use.
Mud on the roads
As we move into the late autumn when there is more rain and icy weather around, driving conditions on rural roads may become more hazardous, and when there is mud on the road this can be an extra hazard for drivers, so it is something the Police and Shropshire Council take very seriously. However, Council officers are not always out and about on roads in Shropshire, so rely on local people to report issues to them. This can be done via the Council’s Call centre on 0345 6789006. Calls will be logged and investigated and where necessary those responsible for putting the mud on the road will be asked to meet the costs of removing it. The above number can also be used to report general highways issues such as potholes, flooding or drainage issues. Local residents are encouraged to report issues they encounter as this will help Shropshire Council to react to problems and deal with them as they happen.
Next meeting
The next meeting of the full Parish Council is to be held on Monday 11 December 2017 at Mary Webb School & Science College, Pontesbury; starting at 7.30pm. The Parish Council Planning Committee also meets usually on the first Monday of each month and the next meeting will be held on Monday 4 December 2017 at 6.30pm in Pontesbury Public Hall. Members of the public are welcome to attend both meetings. If you need to contact the Parish Council, please phone or email the Parish Clerk.The Parish Council would like to wish all residents of Pontesbury Parish a very happy Christmas and best wishes for 2018.
Kate Davies – Parish Clerk, Pontesbury Parish Council
c/o 14 Coly Anchor, Kinnerley, Oswestry, SY10 8BY
Tel: 01691 886460 (Please leave a message
if I am not available to answer your call)

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