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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 so.

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 sports field.

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 Thursday services.

As we now know, all West Hanney councillors were returned unopposed this year, avoiding the need for a parish council election.

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!

Chris Surman

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 robustly.

Full details of the proposal can be viewed by clicking on this link.

School Road Development

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Telling Tales

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