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An Agenda for the next Meeting of the Parish Council to be held on 26th October 2021 will appear here about five days before that date

WOOLAVINGTON PARISH COUNCIL

You are hereby summoned to attend a Meeting of Woolavington Parish Council which will be held in Woolavington Village Hall, Higher Road, Woolavington on Tuesday, 26th October 2021 at 7.30 p.m.

 AGENDA

Apologies.

 To identify any declarations of interest.

 Minutes of the Meeting of the Council held on 14th September 2021 to be presented and signed.

Public Question Time.

 To receive brief reports from the County and District Councillors;

 To receive an update on issues relating to anti-social behaviour in Woolavington;

 Maintenance and Highway issues – to consider attached report.

 Villages Together – to receive an update

 Finance – Authorisation for payment and approval of bank reconciliation at 30.9.21.

Planning Applications - to confirm recommendation of permission in respect of 015 – Erection of single storey side extension, 9 Clark Close – P. Bolger and to consider any new application received by the date of the Meeting.

Reports from Voluntary Organisations.

            12.  Date of next Meeting – Tuesday, 7th December at 7.30 p.m.

 

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19th October 2021                                          Clerk of the Council

 The Press and Public are welcome to attend this Meeting

Members are reminded that the Council has a general duty to consider the following matters in the exercise of any of its functions: Equal Opportunities (race, gender, sexual orientation, marital status and any disability), Crime and Disorder, Health and Safety and Human Rights.

 

HIGHWAY ISSUES UPDATE

The Parish Council have been invited to suggest a name for the Gravity Link Road. Suggestions should have a connection with Sedgemoor – people, places, the area’s past. They must also end with one of the following: Street, Road or Way. Greenland Road, Greenpark Way, Greenway Road and Greenfield Way are suggestions to date.

The County Council’s Land Drainage Officers have been investigating the long outstanding drainage issue in Crancombe Lane. The inspection cover in the road is dislodged during heavy rainfall but the cause has been discovered to be a blocked culvert on private land. The delay in dealing with this is was being followed up by Mark Healey after the August Meeting but no update has been received to date.

County Highways have repaired a number of road defects in the village. Sections of the Hill have been put on a list for possible resurfacing. Darkfield Way, in particular, will shortly need maintenance in a number of locations.

MAINTENANCE ISSUES UPDATE

A grant of £20,000 was received from National Grid to enable the Playing Fields Association to replace the old wooden equipment in the Sportsfield with a modern metal trim trail and safety surfacing for the 4 to 12 age range. Work started on 4th October 2021 and is nearly complete. The Task & Finish Group for Under 5s play equipment has met twice and quotations are being sought from providers. The provision of the new skateboard facility in the Sports field has been delayed due to a difficulty in the contractor being able to source some of the specialised materials required from the USA. He has most of the other materials and some of the parts have been assembled.

With regard to the Newlands Estate, Mr Bickers is sourcing some replacement glass for the bus shelter outside the surgery. The hedge alongside a parking area will need to be cut back again and some dead elms will be removed.

5 standard silver birch trees with guards/ties etc. have been ordered for planting in the cemetery field to commemorate the Queen’s Platinum Anniversary early next year. Two free standard oaks will also be provided. They will be ready for collection in November. A free bag of bulbs will also be supplied for planting in the Sports field, the Newlands amenity area and along the cemetery wall.

Several maintenance items have been identified in the Sportsfield. Three metal kissing gates and posts (one wheelchair accessible) are on order. Some vandalism has recently occurred to the fascia on the pavilion. Gary Bickers will attend to renewing the wooden steps near the Highcroft entrance after the peak grass cutting season. There have also been requests for benches along the perimeter footpath and the Playing Fields’ Association have recommended durable recycled materials. Nigel Haggett will refurbish the sloping section of the path leading to the Lower Play Area from the car park and Mr Bickers will be requested to cut back the shrubs overhanging from the top of the bank.

Some bushes and brambles in the Churchyard and Cemetery will be cut back during the autumn.

No objection was raised by the nearest residents to removal of the lower branches of the conifers in the Lower Playing Field to a height of 4 feet.

Work is underway on a 28-year extension to the Sportsfield lease. Legal costs will need to be met by the Parish Council.

The plaque for the Higher Road bus shelter has been obtained at a cost of £18 and will be fitted by Gary Bickers.