01/21 Parish Council Report

Update From Robyn Davison

The January Parish Council meeting was held via ZOOM on Tuesday 12th January at 7pm.

Census

The Council had a full agenda, and the meeting received a presentation from Gwen Rhys from the ONS regarding the 2021 Census which will take place on March 21 of this year.

New Councillors

Two new councillors were co-opted onto the council following the resignations of Councillors Deverill and Knight last year.

Community Library

Council received a report from the Library Management Committee, which included the plans to set up and run groups (book club, Rhymetime) via ZOOM. A library operational group will be meeting later in January to organise these activities.

Budget

The Council discussed and set the precept (the amount of Council Tax that funds the Parish Council) for the 2021/22 financial year.

Planning

Councillor Rowe led discussions regarding planning issues and informed councillors that she would be speaking at the DDC planning meeting to be held on 13th January regarding the planning application for the Kebab van sited at the rear of the Social Club. Council does not support this application. Councillor Rowe also brought to the council’s attention the planning application amendments for a new Medical Centre in Byfield, and councillors have once again unanimously supported the application.

The Signpost

John Williams, Woodford Halse Village Signpost Editor, gave councillors his annual report on the website. John advised councillors that there is a survey on the Signpost under Local News called “Just 3 minutes” and encouraged councillors and members of the public to take part, as this will help to shape the website moving forwards. It is very encouraging to see usage of the website increasing.

Next Meeting

The next Parish Council Meeting will be held on Tuesday February 9th at 7pm via ZOOM (for access details to the meeting please see the February agenda which will be published on the Village Signpost the week before the meeting).

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