The Parish Council met in the Village hall on Monday 4th August. The minutes were read, agreed and signed.
The clerk reported that a laptop computer had been sourced from Sproughton Parish Council which would facilitate the display of planning applications once all planning procedures went digital.
A large number of the names, addresses, telephone numbers and internet providers of those people affected with poor broadband in the village had been forwarded to the Higher Level. Complaints department at BT and as yet there had been no reply.
During the open forum for the public, many residents, mainly from Samford and Chedworth Courts, told of the extreme anti-social behaviour that was occurring, especially in the the South carpark by Lemon’s Hill Bridge, almost every warm evening, continuing into the early hours of the morning. Often 30-40 people gather, driving in a dangerous way, playing very loud music, using offensive language, lighting fires, littering, trespassing on private land and causing damage. Local residents are feeling intimidated by their presence. It was proposed that the South carpark be locked every night between 8.00pm and 8.00am. It was advised that the police be informed every time an incident occurred. The public asked for a public campaign be begun to bring this to the attention of more people in the village and to try and persuade Anglia Water to be more proactive to stop this behaviour which was hindering the peaceful enjoyment of the reservoir and its environs.
A report was received from the police stating there had been one reported crime in the village during July which involved theft of pool equipment.
Correspondence had been received about the restructuring of Children’s Services in the County. Cllr Wood urged the Council to look at this carefully as it would mean that centres are merged which could greatly affect the local service provided.
Cllr. Self [playing field’s representative] reported that the broken swing on the playing field had been replaced, the wooden pavilion cleared out and quotes had been received about grass trimming and painting the pavilion. The football club had requested permission for some games to be played on Sunday and that floodlights be used for training sessions.
The state of hedges in the village and also flooding at several points on the village’s roads is continuing to be monitored.
Plans are well in hand for the Village Fete on 20th September. Fliers had been sent out and the Council encouraged interested parties to book a stall.
The next meeting of the Parish Council will be on 1st September 2014 at 7.30pm in the village hall when a representative from Anglia Water will attend to talk to residents about the proposed campsite on Alton Water. Members of the public are welcome to attend.
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