At the November meeting the Council resolved the estimated precept, grass cutting contractors for 19-21 seasons and agreed the placement of a new noticeboard in the Parish, as well as discussing at length with LCC Councillor Lewis Strange their frustrations with regard to the traffic management during the flood alleviation scheme.
The Council resolved to estimate for £18,000 from WLDC, which will be reviewed before a final claim is made in January and after the tax base has been confirmed, and once the final budgeting figures have been calculated in line with contracting decisions.
The Council resolved to contract the grass cutting in the Parish for a further two years to Lincolnshire Landscapes and Green Grass Contracting. Grass cutting will resume at the end of March. In the meantime as the nights pull in and the weather becomes slightly more wintery, parishioners are reminded that the Council have a snow contingency plan in place and will be gritting and clearing snow on parish roads as appropriate. Please therefore try and park off road when ever possible in order to ensure that the gritter/snow plough can reach as much of the road as possible.
A new noticeboard will be placed at the junction of A631 and Wilkinson Drive in due course for parishioner information.
The Council entered into lengthy conversation with Cllr Lewis Strange regarding the appalling traffic management signage, the use of the parish as a race track by commuters, and public transport issues which had to be endured by the village during the works. At the project planning meeting with the Parish Councillors, the issues of clear signage, access to public transport and the necessity to monitor traffic flow through the Parish was clearly identified to the project team. The Council highlighted all the bottlenecks and specific concerns – such as the internal roads being utilised by commuters – and the danger of speeding traffic on roads which are frequented by both school traffic and our local horse riding community.
The project team agreed to ensure that all the above concerns would be acted upon and alleviated as much as possible in order to ensure that the parish would not be subjected to inconsiderate drivers whilst the project was undertaken. Sadly the traffic management signage was woefully inadequate and complaints were fielded by the Councillors and Parish Clerk and passed both to the project team and to Cllr Strange who worked hard to secure more signage and work with the policing team to slow traffic with the limited resources available.
Cllr Strange understood the frustrations of the Council and agreed to support the Council in correspondence to LCC which will be submitted this month to try and ensure project officers understand that Parish Councils are the experts in their own localities and that advice given should be respected to ensure that complaints are minimised and parishioners are not inconvenienced.
Finally, the Council wishes all parishioners a Happy Christmas and restful festive holiday period.
Clerk to Middle Rasen Parish Council
There are over 8,700 parish and town councils representing around 16 million people across England and are the most local part of our democratic system. The only difference between a town and parish council is the size and name, and towns have their own mayor. Although they have the same powers and can provide the same services, parish councils don't usually have the same level of facilities to look after. The size of the council depends on the size of the village or 'ward'. Here in Middle Rasen there are nine voluntary representatives, known as Parish Councillors, who are elected every four years. Some go on serving for many years. The election is an annual event, so if you are over 18, meet the criteria and you can find two people to nominate you, your name can be put forward.
Serving as a parish councillor is a responsible position, as the parish council has a responsibility for the well being of the local community it serves. Their remit has three main strands - representing the local community, delivering services to meet local needs, and striving to improve the quality of life in the parish. As such they are allocated a certain amount of money from council tax revenues to improve services and facilities in the following areas: burial grounds, bus shelters, open spaces, village green, cutting the grass on the playing field, and planning.
With regard to planning, the council is consulted by West Lindsey District Council on all applications, but the final decision rests with the planning department and Planning Committee at WLDC. The council also acts as a representative voice for the community, communicating with councillors and officers at district and county level. All this makes for quite a few hours spent in meetings, discussing and deciding which activities to support, where money should be spent, what services should be delivered, and what policies should be implemented. They also liaise with the local Police over crime reduction measures.
Parish councils do a vital job and deserve our thanks for the improvements they try and bring to our communities. So thank you all for your time and effort on our behalf.
For more information about the work of this parish council, please go to http://parishes.lincolnshire.gov.uk/MiddleRasen
The Annual Meeting of the Parish Council took place on Tuesday 15th May 2018. Cllr Michael Stamp was re-elected as Chairman and it was agreed that Parish Council meetings will continue to take place on the third Tuesday of each month at the Church Hall. The public forum starts at 7.20pm with the full Council meeting to follow at 7.30pm. The next meeting will take place on Tuesday 19th June 2018.
The Council considered issues raised by parishioners, and have asked Cllr Lewis Strange to look into Highways issues on the Gallamore Lane Industrial Estate, contacted Sir Edward Leigh with regard to GDPR legislation and considered all procedural and policy matters in line with standing orders.
Parishioners may be aware (particularly those who live on A631), that flooding on the road continues to be an issue. LCC, Anglian Water and the Environment Agency have all pooled their resources and a £600K flooding alleviation scheme has been awarded to the parish to minimise flooding on the main road and to homes in this area. There is a drop-in session by LCC project officers planned for Tuesday 5th June 2018 at the Village Hall where officers from LCC will be able to answer questions about the proposed scheme. The Council would urge residents to call in to the session in order to ascertain plans, and acknowledge that there will be traffic disruption in the parish for the duration of the works.
Clerk to Middle Rasen Parish Council