Parish Council June Meeting

This report is a quick précis of the meeting, for full details you should consult the minutes of the meeting.

There was a good turnout for this meeting, with many people wanting to discuss the use of the Recreation Ground to walk dogs, where they are currently banned. One resident reported she had been threatened with physical violence when she approached a dog walker on the playing field. Some residents asked whether fencing off an area of the playing field specifically for dog walking would be possible. The Parish Council will look into the feasibility of this, but is concerned at the cost of fencing, and whether a fence would be good enough to keep irresponsible dog owners from letting their dogs foul the children’s play areas and football pitch. There is also an issue with keeping a fenced off area of grass cut. It was also asked whether it would be possible for the PC to provide an alternative area, for example a nearby field, for dog walking, but the availability and cost of such a field would likely be prohibitive. Although the council do own a field next to the playing field, it’s currently rented out for the next 5 years for farming purposes, a useful source of income to the PC.

A new member of the Parish Council was co-opted onto the council at this meeting. Sharon Aldridge is our latest member, and joined the council for the rest of the meeting.

Following a report of Local Highways Initiative bids from the Clerk, Graham Chappell of the Charlotte’s Way charity gave an eloquent report on the proposed joint LHI bid for “The Forgotten Corner” on the Sixteen Foot Bank. There has been an increase in the monies available from Highways and the PC voted to increase our percentage contribution to this accordingly. This is a combined bid between Christchurch, Manea and Wimblington & Stonea Parish Councils, along with a generous contribution from the Police & Crime Commissioner, the Middle Level Commissioners and local firms to install Armco barriers along that section of the river.

The PC will be putting together a working party to trim trees along the edge of the Recreation Ground; all helpers gratefully welcomed on the day! More details will be posted later.

Work on refurbishing the War Memorial is to be started very soon, as weather permits.

It was reported that the Euximoor Drove bridge barriers have been made safe, but Highways will need to do a lot of replacement work in the near future to repair it fully. It was suggested that fluorescent tape be used to improve visibility of the bridge ends at night. This will be passed onto Highways.

The PC, as part of our communications strategy, voted to produce a small booklet report, to be distributed with the Heron, to show what works the PC had done during the year, and what is planned in the future.

The next meeting is on July 8th.

Parish Council Vacancy

Following the recent election for members of Christchurch Parish Council, a vacancy has arisen in the office of Councillor. This vacancy is for a four-year term of office until May 2023 and will be filled by co-option at the June meeting of the Parish Council.

If you are a resident of the Parish and would like to play a part in maintaining local amenities and improving the lives of local people, please contact the Clerk, Dave Gibbs, on 01945 870083 to discuss the role.

Election Result

As there were fewer candidates than seats on the council, no poll was held and the following people were elected unopposed:

Jill Bliss, Roger Gladwin, Geoff Harper, James Hughes, Kay Miller and Peter Owen.

The seventh seat will be filled by co-option.

Annual Parish Assembly

The Annual Parish Assembly will take place on Monday 8th April at 7.15pm in the Community Centre.

This is your opportunity to find out more about the work of your Parish Council and their achievements over the last twelve months. The meeting also offers you the chance to make suggestions about future projects.

The Parish Assembly will be followed by a full Council meeting, which you are welcome to attend.

Notice of Election

Elections will be held for Fenland District Councillors and Christchurch Parish Councillors on Thursday 2nd May.

The official Notices of Election are published below.

Notice of Election District Councillors
Notice of Election Parish Councillors

Website Goes Live!

Christchurch Parish Council's new website has been launched, to provide enhanced details of the work of the Parish Council and to assist residents in accessing the services provided by Fenland District Council and Cambridgeshire County Council.

There is much more to be added to the site, so visit regularly to see new information as it is added.

If you have ideas about information you would like to see on this site, please contact a member of the council.