In producing a recording of the Parish Assembly John has performed a great service for the community as a whole.
A number of issues were discussed and for those who were unable to attend the Assembly and perhaps don’t have the resources to listen to the proceedings my observations may be of interest.
I recognise that these may be seen as partial but here they are anyway.
It was surprising to learn that the Parish Council were still actively considering the acquisition of a SpiD even though it had no idea how much it would cost to install and run. More worryingly they seemed to have overlooked the desirability of considering the needs and potential benefits of such a device.
After much discussion, it was agreed that:
- There is a perception that traffic speeds through the Village centre are too high.
- The only evidence available seems to indicate that only a small proportion of traffic exceeds the existing speed limit.
- There is no evidence of the speeds being above the level at which the Police would take any action.
- Speed was not seen as a factor in the recent accident involving a pedestrian.
- Before proceeding it was agreed that:
5.1 The PC should obtain and publish a report from the County Highways Department on the results of traffic surveys they have carried out.
5.2 The Highways Department should be made aware of the concerns of residents and asked for their suggestions in the light of point 5.1. These discussions should also consider the question of a 20mph speed limit.
5.3 When these discussions have been completed the Parish Council would hold a public meeting if they believe that there is evidence to show that there would be merit in the acquisition of a SpiD.
5.4 At this meeting the PC would publish details of what costs would be associated with the purchase and operation of the SpiD(s) and how these costs would be met.
In March 2016 I gave a presentation to the Parish Council on what I saw as the potential benefits to the community of an email network. This idea was vetoed by the Chairman who gave no explanation and had not taken part in the discussion.
Since then the Parish Council has mentioned communication and email without any evidence of what they are proposing or whether it is accepted by all members.
It would appear that some residents have agreed that they will investigate and report on the possibility of the village having an ‘official’ website with the aim of improving communication.
If this is to succeed the Parish Council needs to:
- Set out precisely what it understands by ‘Communication’ and confirm that this is accepted by every member of the Parish Council.
- Appoint one or more Parish Councillors to oversee the exercise.
- Set out a timetable for the project.
- Ensure that every household is kept informed about the project.
- Ensure that when the exercise is completed it takes into account the needs of those residents who are not users of the internet.
While a number of other concerns were discussed I feel that these would overtax the resources of our Parish Council if they were to attempt to deal with too many problems at once.