Parish Council

NEWSLETTER – DECEMBER/JANUARY 2018/19

The Parish Council is pleased to report that it is now up to full strength, having recently filled its vacancy.  A new list of members is available on the website and also village noticeboards, please contact any Councillor if you have a concern or query or email clerk@astonlewallsparishcouncil.gov.uk.

A great deal of routine business has been completed over the last few months, two new LED street lights installed in Blacksmiths Lane, participation in the Local Plan 2 final consultation process, updating of the Emergency Plan and even some long term potholes have been repaired in the village following regular reporting to NCC Highways via Street Doctor.  Residents are encouraged to use  www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/streetdoctor to report potholes anywhere they are travelling in the county.

The Parish Council will be looking ahead to its 2019/2020 budget requirements.  It will need to deal with rising costs in many areas of responsibility as well as various items being devolved to local level from the County Council as a result of the dire financial situation at NCC.  Please check the ALWPC website   www.astonlewallsparishcouncil.gov.uk for the latest information about the proposed Unitary Status developments as well as other useful general information for the benefit of all residents.

The next Parish Council meeting is scheduled for Thursday 10th January 2019 at 7.30pm. 

Latest News
The next Parish Council meeting will be held in the Village Hall on Thursday 10th January 2019 at 7.30pm.

The Parish Council currently has a vacancy.  Anyone interested, please contact the parish clerk at:
clerk@astonlewallsparishcouncil.gov.uk.

August / September 2018
The Parish Council has been extremely busy over the past few months, dealing with new procedures for the Annual Audit, General Data Protection Regulations, and most recently consultation in respect of a Local Government Review, as well as its usual business.  The difficulties at Northamptonshire County Council have had a knock on effect on some important rural services, and unfortunately the local bus service County Connect is being discontinued at the end of July.  The Parish Council will be objecting strongly via our County Councillor, Mr Ian Morris to this in particular and to the reduction in other services (libraries & highway gritting among others) within the county.

Earlier in the year a vacancy arose for a Parish Councillor and we are pleased to report that Mark Hazelton has now been welcomed as a new co-opted member to fill the role and will bring additional welcome skills to the council.  There will now be a short summer break, no meeting is scheduled for August.  Please check out our website for all the latest parish council information and other helpful links www.astonlewallsparishcouncil.gov.uk

Information about the Parish Council
The Parish Council meets in the village hall at 7.30pm every second Thursday of the month.  Residents are welcome to watch the proceedings and are given the opportunity to contribute at the start of the meeting.  Minutes of the most recent meeting are displayed on the notice board outside the village hall and can also be viewed by contacting the Parish clerk, Gill Taylor, the new email contact for the Parish Council (2018) is
clerk@astonlewallsparishcouncil.gov.uk.

Previous Reports
Following the Parish council election on 7 May 2015 the following have been elected: John Blyth, Tom Boston, Charles Lees, Sally Lord, Dick Stephen, Goffe Taylor, Jo Wilson

The ANNUAL PARISH OPEN MEETING is held on a Thursday in April 2016 at 7.30 pm in the village hall.  On this occasion all the organisations within the village are invited to give a brief report of their activities over the past 12 months.  Also invited to speak are our County and District Councillors and our Community Police Officer.

Parish Clerk is Gill Taylor who can be contacted on 660363

As 2014 is the centenary of the start of WW1, it is planned to have the names on the war memorial cleaned and repainted with other repairs being made.  For further information about our memorial and others in the UK please follow the link below.

www.warmemorialsonline.org.uk

The Parish Council carefully manage our funds and continue to support the village organisations as much as we can, including the Pocket Park, the Village Hall, the War Memorial and the Film Club.

The Parish Council meets 10 times a year, we do not meet in August or December and I thought it would be useful to let you know some of the things we have to do. Planning decisions, street lighting, Highways matters, Foot paths, winter management, emergency planning, grass mowing and tree maintenance, receive and answer lengthy documents from SNC and NCC, Joint Core Strategy, Police and crime commission survey, NCC Asset Management Survey, Campaign to Protect Rural England – workshops to visit, Community Enhancement Gangs questionnaire, support and attend AGM of the Northamptonshire County Association of Local Councils.

Some of these have little bearing on Aston le Walls, but nevertheless we have to respond, they can run to many tens of pages and mostly are to do with planning for the next 15 to 20 years.  The Community Infrastructure Levy is important, as any new development has to pay £per sqm into the New homes fund.

Millennium Garden
We have also asked for funding to freshen up the Millennium Garden, it is looking a little tired and your Parish Council are doing most of the work themselves to save money.  Pruning, planting, path restructuring and refurbishment to the bench and reinstating the Paver ring.  We also applied to the Land Registry for ownership details of the land the garden is on.  It is owned by the Sutton Close developer.

Pocket Park
The Lease for the Pocket park is due to end in April 2015, the Parish Council approached during last year the NCC to see if the Lease would be renewed, they have agreed a new lease could be implemented straight away, this has been going on all year for various reasons, I can confirm we have now had the lease read by a Solicitor on our behalf and we are now in a position to sign it.

Highways
One of the Council is the designated Highways warden for Aston le Walls, basically taking on anything to do with Highways and reporting pot holes, sign cleaning, incorrect signage (like the new ones on the A361).  All pot holes are reported to Street doctor, but the more people who complain, the greater the speed of repair.  All information collected by the Vehicle Activated Sign is forwarded to the Police at Brackley and the Road Casualty Reduction officer at NCC.

HS2
HS2 continues to be a worry and I must thank Jo Wilson our representative on all things HS2 for her continued hard work, organising meetings, whether they be with HS2, NCC and SNC.

Finally I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the Members of the Parish Council for their help and support during this year and especially Gill our Clerk who is continually fighting the waves of electronically delivered paperwork.

Thank you.