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Chairmans Annual Report 2015
Last year I started off my report with our sadness at the death
of our friend and fellow councillor Tony Day. This year we
lost Roy Williams another friend and former councillor and chairman
of West Hanney Parish Council. Roy gave 37 years service to the
council, an unbelievable 31 of them as Chairman. That is what
you call dedication, and I doubt we will see the like again.
We finally completed all the legal documents relating to the
gift of the Community Woodland from the estate of Nigel Eady, and
the Parish Council officially owned the Woodland from 9th May 2014.
A 'handing over ceremony' was held in the woodland on Wednesday
11th June, when John Carter, lead executor for the estate formally
transferred the title documents to myself as chairman of WHPC.
Around 30 residents from both East & West Hanney
attended, together with 25 children from St. James School.
Subsequent to this we acted quickly to set up a subcommittee (
The Steering Committee) under the Chairmanship of Graham Garner and
a large group of volunteers have already been in action within the
wood. Grants have been sought and gained, and plans are now in hand
to obtain 'Nigel Eady Community Woodland' signs and other
signs pertaining to dogs etc. A list of required work tools
has also been put together and these are already being
obtained. Work to provide access for disabled persons is also
planned for the coming months.
After registering the Plough pub as 'an asset of community
value, which stopped Punch Taverns from effecting an immediate
sale, plans are well advanced for a community purchase of the
plough. We have supported this action and will continue to do
Planning applications continue to be an issue. We objected to
the plan for 13 houses off Rectory Farm Close, but permission was
granted by the Vale.
The Church Farm site was sold to Sweetcroft Homes by the
executors of Nigel Eady's estate and I subsequently made contact
with one of their directors/owners to seek a 'get to know you'
meeting. Eddie and I met Glen Chapman, one of the
owners/directors on site, when we discussed some of our concerns
and also sought information as to Sweetcroft's plans for the 'Old
Orchard'. We understand that an application for 5 detached houses
will be submitted shortly.
Our thanks go to Eddie for his work on all elements of planning
applications and our responses to the Vale Planners.
Work is continuing on producing a Neighbourhood plan for the
village, initially in consultation with East Hanney Parish Council,
and Graham and Eddie are taking this forward for us.
Councillors and I have attended many meetings throughout the
year including Vale planning meetings, discussions with residents
concerned about specific subjects, sub committees and the Vale Town
and Parish forum held at The Beacon in November.
In conjunction with East Hanney Parish Council we have been
looking at improved sports facilities, including supporting an all
weather pitch and the possible provision of a BMX track at the
western edge of the sports field. These plans are ongoing.
Donations have been made to several village organisations during
the year, including providing the money to print the Hanney
Michaelmas Fayre programs. Full details of all donations are
available from our clerk Kay.
Two new signs were bought and erected in Church Street and at
North Green in an attempt to stop vehicles parking on, and
destroying, the verges.
Following the recent occupation of our land by travellers we may
now also have to look at providing barriers at the entrance to the
We continued with our annual bulb planting, specifically along
Main Street, and hopefully we can find some money again this year
as many residents have expressed their delight with the daffodils
flowering in the early spring. Maybe this autumn we can even find
some ground which is not just stones and rocks!
The free community bus has been of immense value to residents,
especially the elderly and less able. We fought the threat of its
withdrawal with much help from users who wrote in supporting our
case. We have since heard that the service will continue on three
days only, Monday, Wednesday and Friday with the route extended to
Didcot. This previously only happened on the withdrawn Tuesday and
As we now know, all West Hanney councillors were returned
unopposed this year, avoiding the need for a parish council
In conclusion, another interesting year, and a big thank you to
all my colleagues for their hard work and personal support to me as
chairman. and I think a special thank you from all of us is
warranted to Kay for her work in a dual role as councillor and
clerk. It is comforting to know that we can always be sure that our
financial details and accounts are produced, kept, and presented
for annual audit accurately and efficiently. Thank you Kay.
I would also like to pay tribute to the many residents of the
village who deserve thanks for helping and supporting us in various
ways. They are far too many to list them but I would like to
name one. Bernetta Haines has turned up for virtually every
one of our meetings. Thank you Bernetta, I don't know how you have
the fortitude but you are always most welcome.
And so .... thank you and on with the job!
14 May 2015
Next meeting: Thursday 4th February at St. James the Great from
7:30pm. All Welcome
Ongoing Plannings Applications
An application has been submitted to the Vale for 16 houses on
agricultural land off School Road by an agent acting for farmer
Neil Walker. The Parish Council intend to oppose this application
Full details of the proposal can be viewed by clicking on this