The last Parish Council meeting before the summer break was held on Tuesday 25th July. In the absence of both District and County Councillors there were no reports.
With the dry and warm weather following the cool and damp rapid vegetation growth and overhanging foliage has become a problem again in some areas of the village. Householders are requested to check the boundaries of their properties and cut back vegetation where it impinges on the footpaths and therefore on pedestrian safety.
The Police have reported several thefts from properties and vehicles in local villages recently. Prior to these, suspicious vehicles have been identified on most occasions. Should you notice any such vehicles in the area, please take the registration numbers and phone 101 immediately to report your concerns. All such calls will be regarded seriously.
Councillors unanimously resolved to apply for a grant of £500 from CDC towards the purchase of an additional defibrillator for the village and agreed that the Village Hall would be a suitable location. Mike Jelley was asked to make the grant application and arrange purchase of the defibrillator.
The purchase of the Church Street phone box from BT in its current state and for a nominal sum of £1.00 was discussed and agreed. The Chairman agreed to read and sign the agreement provided that any conditions imposed were not prejudicial to the Parish Council.
The Chairman reported that the committee of volunteers constituted to take forward the second phase of the Recreation Ground project will be known as the “Village Green Revival Group”. He spoke to the project brief and outline plan of action, indicating that a design layout for the site was scheduled for August with costings for the proposed equipment to be available by October. Applications for grant funding would follow.
The viability of the Youth Club was considered. Membership has fallen and at a recent meeting members were asked to encourage new recruits to join in order to ensure the future of the club. There will be a recruitment drive in September with prominence also being given to the Youth Club on the home page of the village website.
The next meeting of the Parish Council will be in the Village Hall at 7.15 p.m. on Tuesday 26th September. The agenda will be posted on the Village Notice Board in the bus shelter and members of the public are more than welcome to attend. Members of the council would welcome your views. Minutes of all Parish Council meetings are available on the village website, www.westonsubedge.com.