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Parish council update

In last month’s Messenger there was a reminder to horse riders and cyclists not to use footpaths. Just to clarify, the landowner over which the footpath runs is fully entitled to ride on their own land and they may give permission for others to do so. In the case of the Charity Meadow, permission would need to be sought from the trustees of Gislingham United Charity.

With regard to the Charity Meadow, dog owners are requested to walk their dogs responsibly. Whilst the great majority dogs are friendly and would cause no harm to anybody, young children can be alarmed if dogs, especially large ones, run towards them without their owners close by. Dog owners are requested to use their discretion as to whether their dog might cause discomfort to others when not on a lead. Dog owners are also requested to clean up after their dogs, particularly in public spaces and use the dog bins provided.

By now, many homes will have received stickers for wheelie bins requesting drivers to keep to the speed limit and to drive with care. Not all the homes planned to receive the stickers have them but more are on order and should be delivered in the next week or two.

Finally, you might have seen notices to the effect that we have a vacancy on the Parish Council. If 10 electors request it we need to have an election to fill the post. If fewer than 10 electors make the request the Parish Council can co-opt a new Councillor. If helping to shape the future of our village is something you are interested in, please consider volunteering. In the first instance, please contact the clerk or myself. Details below.

The next Parish Council help desk will be in the Village Hall on Saturday 7 November from 10am to 12 noon. The next Parish Council Meeting will be on Monday 16 November at 7:30pm.

Generally, the first point of contact for any matters to do with the Parish Council is the Parish Clerk, Mr Terry Williams on gislinghamparishcouncil@ gmail.com or by phone on 01379 783903. The alternative is Cllr Chris Pitt at chris@thepitts.org or 01379 788795.

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