To meet Messenger deadlines I am writing this before we have held the Annual Parish Meeting (24th April) and the Litter Pick (28th April) so I cannot comment on how successful they were.
The meeting held on 2nd April to discuss sports facilities in the village was successful in that we discovered how much enthusiasm there is for any sports development, but disappointing in the turn-out. There were very few members of the public at the meeting and there was no appetite for progressing any major sporting projects. The only positive expression of interest was for the establishment of a skateboard area on the Charity Meadow for young people to use. That initiative will be explored further by Jo Pitt, one of the Youth Club Leaders.
The major topic of debate at the Parish Council Meeting held on 15 April was the planning application for 23 homes on the Chapel Farm site in Mill St. Many members of the public expressed grave concerns over issues such as appearance, access, landscaping and sewerage. The Council voted overwhelmingly to recommend to MSDC that the planning application is rejected.
Other planning applications were discussed for Ivy Lodge Farm in Back St, Hidcote House in the High St, and 16 Martins Meadow. The lack of progress on replacement of street lights was raised. The delays have been caused by the poor weather that we have had but as yet there is no timetable for completion of the work.
The full Minutes of the meeting, together with plans for future meetings, list of Councillors etc. can be found at http://gislingham.onesuffolk.net/.
A reminder that on 28 April the Spring Litter Pick will take place. This is our opportunity to clear up some of the rubbish that has collected on verges and around the village over the winter. Please meet at the Village Hall at 10a.m with the aim of finishing by midday. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided.
Finally, you will have seen that Speedwatch volunteers have been around the village again in the last week of April. These volunteers are giving their time to meet concerns raised about speeding in the village. Please be courteous to them and if you too think that speeding is an issue and would like to offer an hour of your time, you can contact the clerk who will put you in touch with the Speedwatch co-ordinator.
Generally, the first point of contact for any matters to do with the Parish Council is the Parish Clerk, Mr Terry Williams on firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone on 01379 783903. The alternative is Cllr Chris Pitt at email@example.com or 01379 788795. Other Councillors details are on the Parish Council web site and on the notice board outside the shop.