November 2011

First a thank you

The Parish Council would like to thank everyone who helped to plant spring bulbs in the village on the 9th October; in particular a big thank you to Amanda Carlyle for mustering so many people.

New signage and road markings on the A59

After a long campaign to increase the safety at the junction of New Road with the A59 the Parish Council is pleased that there are to be some changes to road markings and signs on the A59 on the approach to the turning into New Road. Side road warning signs are already in place and new SLOW road markings should be in place by early December. The Parish Council would like to thank our local City Councillor Chris Steward for his help arranging these improvements.

The Parish Council is aware of and has asked for urgent repair to the potholes in the footpath between the A59 and the level crossing.

Environmental projects

The Parish Council would like to be able to undertake an environmental restoration project at Willow Garth, the newly fenced area opposite the Pond, to re-create shallow pools and scrapes to provide valuable habitat for a variety of wetland and pond life. Possible sources of grant funding which might help to fund this project are currently being researched.

Following the daffodil and crocus planting in October, snowdrops will be planted around the pond area in the early spring.

Playing fields

Following the last newsletter the Parish Council was approached about the provision of a playing field in the village. Whilst the idea was supported by members of the council at the last meeting, the Parish does not itself own land that is suitable for such use. If this would be considered a valuable resource by the community and anyone could suggest or make available a suitable area then the Council may be able to help develop such facilities.

The Methodist Chapel and School Room

A representative of the Methodist Church spoke at the meeting on the 9th November to brief the Parish Council on their deliberations over the future of the Methodist Chapel and School Room in Hessay, both of which are in need of substantial maintenance and repair.

The Methodist School Room is the only facility available for public use in the village and the Methodist Church is keen to involve the community in the discussion about the future of the Chapel and School room.

A community survey is planned when the Methodist Church will seek your views, particularly relating to accessibility, the available facilities, or how the facilities might be used by the community, to help inform their decisions.

Hessay Parish Council Website

The Parish Council has commissioned a website which will launch at the beginning of December. The website will include newsletters, dates of future parish council meetings, full records of past meetings, local planning information, details of your parish councillors and all the information required to contact the council and subscribe to the newsletters. Further details will be announced via this mailing list and the Parish Council Notice board.

Allotments

The Parish Council has agreed the lease of the remaining allotment plot since the last newsletter.

Feedback or suggestions?

Any feedback or suggestions for current and future parish initiatives are very welcome. Speak to one of the councillors, or send us an e-mail: hessayparishcouncil@gmail.com.

Dates for your diary

The next Parish Council meeting will be on Wednesday 11th January at 7.30pm in the Methodist Chapel School Room.