DONINGTON ON BAIN PARISH COUNcIL Issue 5 NEWS LETTER AUGUST 2011 August Meeting The next meeting of the Parish Council is to be held on Monday 8th August in the Village Hall starting at 7.20pm with a ten minute open forum for members of the public to raise matters of interest and concern in the village. All are then welcome to stay and listen to the discussion on items on the agenda. * The newly elected council is to have a site meeting to inspect the village assets, identify where work is needed including that indicated in the 2010 annual independent inspection report and then discuss and confirm priorities at the Council meeting on 8th August. The rotten seats in the play park which were due to be replaced in October 2010 have been removed. An application is to be made for grant aid to help towards the provision of new furniture once the Council has considered what is needed and agreed cost and the supplier. Any suggestions please?
Parish Council Elections
Election Day was on 5 May and as there was only one nomination the election had to be run again by the Returning Officer as a quorum of three was necessary. It was funded by the District Council without direct cost to the Parish and now there are five councillors. The first meeting was held on 12th July when Michael Fisher was elected chairman with Jan Roantree as vice chairman. Jackie Scutt, Tracy Burham and Fred Beeney make up the Parish Council and East Lindsey has given permission for the two remaining vacancies to be filled by co-option. Applications are invited from local electors who are interested in serving the community-would you like to be involved in the Parish? then please do write to the clerk by 6th August. The NALC booklet, the Good Councillor’s Guide explains the role, duties and responsibilities of a councillor and how a council works as a corporate body-to obtain a copy contact the Clerk to the Council Alice Hodgson Sycamore Cottage, East Barkwith, LN8 5RY . Tel.
01673 858451 email email@example.com.
The Allotment tenants are beavering away as they attempt to establish their plots in spite of what has been an extremely difficult year. The early heat wave at Easter was followed by icy cold blasts blistering across the very exposed area of land and a prolonged dry spell found everyone urgently in need of rain. The tenants were not deterredand there is an amazing variety of crops being grown so one hopes it will not be too long now before they are harvesting and enjoying the fruits of their labours. Anyone interested in renting a plot can apply to the clerk. The annual rent for a plot 7m by 30m is £30 or £15 for half size or a percentage of the annual cost-renewed in October. * Grass Letting The unoccupied area of grass land between the football pitch, Multi Use Games Area and the Allotments is let on licence for mowing and/or grazing. The Council insurers will not allow electric fencing to be installed without barrier fencing to protect the public- please respect the rights of the grazier.
TheMulti Use Games Area is available for hire for tennis or five a side football. Mrs Ward at the Village Shop is the key holder and will take bookings if needed, tel. 01507 343287. You can pay cash as you play at the hourly rate (please collect a receipt) or everyone is eligible to become a member. Please send an application form to the clerk with payment and you will receive a signed receipt and a membership card in return-this allows you to play at any time if the courts are free. Membership card holders may also take a guest without extra cost. The charges are kept low to encourage use of this excellent local facility and currently are: Casual hire, £1 per court if one player is under 18; £2 per court over 18; football £15 an hour. Annual Membership, individual under 18 £5, individual over 18 £10, family £15. The 2010 independent inspection report found the tennis nets were in need of replacing due to wear and tear. A report of a hazard identified by the rota of volunteers during the visual inspections was considered at the July Council meeting and it was agreed to order
replacements which will allow play on both courts. * The sudden death of Mr Charlie Whitwell came as a big shock to his family, neighbours and friends in the area as many had helped him celebrate his 80th birthday just days before his fatal collapse. He was a very active member of the community and had served on the Parish Council for many years. Silence was observed in his memory at the March meeting of the Council. * Emma Hotchin had lived in Donington on Bain all her life and was very well known in the surrounding area, initially as ‘the milk girl’ and more recently as a successful charity fund raiser. All were sad to hear of her death after a valiant battle with illness. She had dedicated much of her time and energy, particularly in recent years to worthy charities. Emma was one of the two Parish Council Trustees on the Elizabeth Loren Trust and there is now a vacancy. Anyone who feels they would like to be considered to fill the vacancy can write to the clerk expressing interest by the 6th August please. This will be an agenda item on August 8th 2011. *
The term of office of one of the two Parish Council Trustees on the Harold True Trust has also come to an end. Anyone who is interested can write to the clerk of the Council as listed please. * Parish Link Many complaints have been made about vehicles speeding in the village over the years and a Lincs Road Safety Partnership representative was invited to address the Annual Parish Meeting. He is a fire fighter too and as Tuseday is training night he has offered to attend a meeting on any other day or evening. He will bring and demonstrate ‘SID’ the ‘Parish Link’, a speed indicating device which is operated by volunteers who have concerns about traffic speeds in the area. It displays the speed of the vehicle on approach to the sign and delivers the appropriate message to the driver. Would you be interested in attending a public meeting to find out more about how it may help? please let the clerk or any of your councillors know before the council meeting so that interest and concern can be assessed. * Thank you to Mrs Sally Cosgrove for distribution. *