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Parish Council – Village review and lights

At the February meeting of the Parish Council, a number of items generated good debate and discussion. Following the decision not to undertake a Neighbourhood Plan or a review of the Parish Plan the Council felt it important to find some way of seeking views from a broad base of residents on the future of the village. It was decided that a Village Review would be completed with the help of Community Action Suffolk. Unlike the Neighbourhood Plan or the Parish Plan the survey will be completed on one day with face-to-face meetings and discussions rather than filling in forms. The date for the review has not yet been set but it is planned to run in two sessions, one during the day and one in the evening to give as many people as possible the opportunity to come to the village hall to express their views. More will be published when a date has been set.
Following a number of robberies from vehicles and property in the village there was a suggestion from a member of the public that street lights should be left on all night rather than being turned off from midnight to 5:30a.m. After an animated discussion it was decided to keep the lights on for a period of 6 months to see if the crime rate was affected.
Other issues being pursued by the Council include: additional play equipment for the adventure playground; a village map
to be displayed by the village hall; together with Gislingham United Charity, finding ways to reduce dog faeces on the Charity Meadow; and a meeting with an officer from Suffolk Highways to discuss many issues concerning roads, traffic and pavements/verges in the village.
At the next meeting, the Council will be considering applications for small grants from village organizations and other bodies that help our community. If you have an application to be considered, please inform the Clerk.
The next Parish Council help desk will be in the Village Hall on Saturday 5 March from 10am to 12 noon with Cllrs Pitt and Tranter. The next Parish Council Meeting will be on Monday 21 March 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 or by phone on 01379 783903. The alternative is Cllr Chris Pitt at or 01379 788795.

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