Welcome to a new page in which Ray's notes for the Parish Magazine will be published to complement the official meetings minutes. We hope that you will find this useful and informative!
Notes from NPC Meeting 8th November

Apart from two of our Cllrs. and a Dist Cllr we had a full contingent plus five members of the public.

There was a request for an update on the library and the Chairman explained that these works were on hold pending a structural report. Concern was expressed that we may over pay if we were able to buy the Blue Cross site and assurances were given that by law a professional land Valuer will have to be involved in any negotiations.

Thanks were expressed for the repairs to Ghyllside, although more work could have been done to the kerbstones.

There were reports of vandalism; Cty Cllr Davies suggested complainants make direct contact with the Police.

Pete Sargent reported that the works to the War Memorial are now complete and wished to record our thanks to Mr Luckett for overseeing the whole project. The installation of new equipment at the playground is also comlete though regrettably the Zip Wire has been vandalised. There was also the possibility that the Playing Field gates may be back in situ soon. This weekend being Remembrance Sunday there will be a service in the church at 10-00 o’clock, followed by the placing of crosses and wreaths at the War Memorial, at which all are welcome to attend. Apart from the 2-day exhibition in the Village Hall there will be a Concert at 3-00pm followed by the lighting of the Beacon at 7-00pm.

Jackie Harding questioned the removal of the rubble from the verge at the Sanctuary, Clerk will enquire

Penny Farmer reported that the owners of the Muddy Duck are now the subject of a court case for their failure to comply with RDC’s enforcement order.

Debbie Pratt reported the waste bin was misplaced at the Goddens Gill bus stop; Clerk will investigate

Cty Cllr Davies advised that she has been invited to join the ESCC Highways Panel and, in spite of TV reports to the contrary we were assured that ESCC are NOT bankrupt.

Dist Cllr Mooney was questioned by Cllr. Farmer as to why RDC still had the large recycling bins in the surgery car park; bearing in mind every residence has a green bin and a black box. He will take that forward.

On the planning front, there were six applications none of which proved contentious.

Pete Sargent is liaising with Ollie & Geoff Brown regarding this year’s Christmas tree. The carol service and turning on of the lights will be on Tuesday 4thDecember. He requested the purchase of some additional lights up to a maximum of £100-00, which was unanimously supported.


Ray Harrington-Lowe – Parish Clerk
The office is open Mon., Wed., & Fri., mornings 0900 -1300 & Thurs 1300 – 1600