PARISH APPRAISAL TOUR 2013

Once each year the Parish Council tour areas of the Parish to see both where work has been done and perhaps more importantly where work is currently required. We call this ‘The Appraisal’, during which the Parish Council visit the areas for which it is responsible and to receive an update on planned improvements. This year our Parish Appraisal took place on Thursday the 6th June and to everybody’s surprise we even had a sunny evening!


From left to right: Colleen Peverell; John Kemp, Karen Smith the Pre-School manager, Lesley Fuller, Sonia Grantham Parish Council Chairman, Julie Ward, Neil Williams Parish Clerk, Alan Rolfe, Martin Walsh the Responsible Finance Officer and District Councillor John White, (his District Council colleague Michael Talbot taking these pictures).


Karen Smith showing the group round the finished Pre-School facilities.


In the Point Clear children’s’ playground. Maintenance work is identified .


The Village playground in Cowley Park. Various areas of safety matting need attention.


Neil Williams Report to the Parish Council on 20th June
Comments on Places visited:
1. Preschool
Councillors were given a tour of the facility by Karen Smith.
• All those present were impressed with how much work had been done to improve the Preschool since the last year.

2. Dumont Avenue Play Area
The general consensus was that the area was well maintained and provided an important and well used area for younger children.
• Pole on the Activity Tower requires painting.
• Springer’s to be replaced.
• Roundabout for smaller children.
• Gaps in safety matting to be repaired/ renewed.

3. War Memorial
• A small quantity of gravel is required.
• Current maintenance schedule to be monitored by the Clerk.

4. Cowley Park
The Council agreed that the area was well used and that the majority of those using the area were attempting to keep it litter free, in addition to the increased emptying during school holidays.
• Roundabout currently undergoing repair.
• Additional 1m of concrete to be constructed of either side of skate park.
• Gaps in safety matting around swings & springer to be repaired/ renewed.
• Telephone box on The Bury to be painted. (Continued further down the page)


The ‘Zip’ wire has proved a very popular feature. Neil identifies some of the minor work required


The earth banks for BMX bike use. An alternative to using the skate park when full with skate board users.


Sonia thinks Julie and Lesley should have better things to do!


The flower troughs behind our ‘listed building’ BT’s K2 phone box


Michael in the frame for a change, having a break from photographing.


A very Tidy Priory Meadow Recreation Ground


Village Allotments basking in the rare sunshine today


The Cemetery Chapel floor has been lifted and the 100 year old tiles turned over.


A close up of the tiles which will be sanded and sealed to prevent future damage.


Continuing Neil Williams Report to Council.
This Priory Meadow
• Additional play equipment to be installed.
(zip wire / basket swing / climbing frame / inground trampoline / shelter)
• Picnic benches to be installed.

5. Allotments
All Councillors were impressed with the degree of effort put in by the allotmenteer’s
• The compostable toilet was considered by all to be a definite success.
• No entry sign to be erected at the exit to the allotments.

6. Cemetery
The Council agreed that in general the Cemetery was looking well maintained, and agreed that the notices concerning certain plots were justified.
• All present were impressed at the work carried out on the Chapel floor.
• Remaining standpipes to be fitted with non-concussive taps.

7. Martins Farm Country Park
All Councillors present agreed that the Country Park was a much underused asset.
The plans for a wheel chair accessible path, trim trail and seats, together with the construction of a ‘Viking’ boat styled education facility continue.
• Control of rabbit population is ongoing.
• Plans for the reinstatement of a gate at the entrance continue.

In general discussion after members returned it was agreed that the limited work required to be done was a reflection of how good the Parish is now looking and the value of working to a long term management plan.
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Neil is explaining how on some of the cemetery graves, a deceased’s relatives have placed objects which are not in keeping with the burial rules governing our cemetery. Objects such as garden lights, artificial flowers, cans of beer and garden gnomes have been placed on graves that other mourners find offensive. Neil explained that notices have now been placed on graves, respectfully asking for such objects to be removed.

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The Oak Tree at the Cemetery entrance is said to be about 300 years old, probably planted during the reign of Queen Anne. The Parish regularly call for professional advice from former Councillor Professor Graham Underwood, who consults on our behalf with ‘tree surgeons’ on necessary work to preserve the trees integrity.




Row markers have been placed around the cemetery to aid visitors who only have a grave reference for identification.


Our Clerk, Neil Williams, who organised the tour around the village for members to see the last years work to date


The Parish Council hope that this report of its 2013 appraisal visit around the St Osyth and Point Clear, will show just one aspect of the work the Council does, of which many residents may be quite unaware.

M.J.T.
24/6/13

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