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PARISH COUNCIL APPRAISAL TOUR OF THE PARISH AND POINT CLEAR



Pictured above are members on the tour from left to right they are Graham Underwood, Monica Harvey (present to take notes) Sonia Grantham our Chairman, Julie Ward, George Gibbs, Alan Rolfe, Colleen Peverell, Jean Smith and Lesley Fuller. Councillor John Kemp was also present, but took all the pictures on this page!


On Thursday 1st July the Parish Council hired transport to tour the Parish inspecting areas where it was thought that work might be needed or where work previously undertaken was now complete.
The is a regular feature of a councillors duty to be performed once each year and regular web visitors will find previous visitations on this web site.
The party was led by Sonia Grantham our Chairman with eight other councillors who were able to attend, along with Monica Harvey who took any notes required for reference to the Council for action at a later meeting.

This is often the only opportunity that councillors get to meet together on site, to discuss improvement and maintenance work which might be required around the Parish.

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Cllr Lesley Fuller as Playgrounds and Open Spaces Chairman leads a committee of Cllrs John White, Sonia Grantham, Rob Clarke, Colleen Peverell and Julie Ward with special responsibility for the Priory Meadow recreation ground, pictured below. You will note the broken off tree but regrettably this is not the first time this has happened.



Overgrown pathways on Priory Meadow Recreation ground



Knee high weeds in places, all needing early attention



Sapling broken off by an act of mindless vandalism



Looking from the entrance looking towards the 'five a side' pitch



Weeds at Meadow View / Rochford Road



Ground works needed on untidy site



Selfish car parking impedes Bar Corner



Railings damaged at entrance to war Memorial



Did you know our phone box is ‘Listed’ building?



Priory Tower covered whilst repairs take place



A rather large spider - or is it a nightmare?



Allotment hut with personalised decoration



Our Youth Club have their own Plot to cultivate



Gated access to parking for allotment holders



An inspection of the cemetery took place to check work



Another cemetery view looking towards the Ash Strewing Lawns



Inside the Chapel showing the seats re-varnished and polished


Councillor Jean Smith is Chairman of the Cemetery Committee and ably assisted by Alan Rolfe they have overseen the work that has been done in the Cemetery. The grass is cut regularly and all weeds removed. It has been necessary on ‘Health and Safety’ advice to check each headstone to make sure they will not topple over on some unfortunate visitor, The Cemetery Chapel has been extensively refurbished with the bench seats being stripped and re- varnished and the wall and windows repainted. This is now a much improved place to conduct a funeral service.



There have been a number of footpath problems in the tracks and byways behind Point Clear Road. Residents have walked these paths for many years some using them as their main access to footpath number 17 on the sea wall. A number of years ago the Parish Council, on a similar appraisal visit to this part of the Parish, travelled along these blocked routs in their mini bus, a vehicle route now prevented by obstructions. There are other footpath problems elsewhere in the Parish and appropriate solutions do take considerable time and effort. Councillor Colleen Peverell reports on these matters direct to the Council at their monthly meetings.



Members inspect the street light illuminating the alley to Norman Close, where a ‘double head’ is being considered



Chapel Lane is a private road used by many people. The surface is badly pot holed and many complaints are received



Chapel Lane/Spring Road junction looking towards the Chapel, shows again how bad the road surface actually is today



This shows the chicane barriers in the above alley and the overgrown nature of the bushes along parts of its length

Cowley Park Playground.
Members inspected the work to improve the play area currently being undertaken, with particular reference to child safety and protective tiling.













Alpacas looking to see what’s going on! This is not the South American Andes is it?



Graham Underwood seems an object of curiosity as he checks their passports


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St Osyth Parish Council
Village Appraisal Tour Thursday, 1st July 2010

Present: Chairman Cllr Sonia Grantham, Cllr John Kemp, Cllr Julie Ward, Cllr Jean Smith, Cllr Graham Underwood, Cllr Alan Rolfe, Cllr Lesley Fuller, Cllr George Gibbs, Cllr Colleen Peverell and Monica Harvey.

1. Priory Meadow

• Need shrubs at back of slope on flat ground.
• ‘Round up’ herbicide on weeds growing on the bark.
• ‘Round up’ on path.
• Move bin to nearer the entrance/exit, it is not in the most convenient place.
• Strim nettles, weeds around litter bin by slope.

2. Looked at land intended for development in Rochford Road.

3. Allotments –All positive comments.

4. Cemetery – very impressed with Chapel. Concern expressed about down pipe at back of Chapel, - it has come away from guttering. When it rains, water will go down the Chapel building – must be fixed and water butt installed.

5. Chapel Lane and Light at the end - Councillors noted the difficulties of having a double branched light, it was suggested that a light might be installed at the end of the alley way (Norman Close). To be investigated.

6. Cowley Park – new installation noted, not quite finished. Meeting of Open Spaces Committee to look carefully at what needs to be done in light of Play Inspection Report.
Mastic needs to be inserted between safety tiles.

War Memorial – Councillors commented on the much improved appearance of the War Memorial Garden.
Damaged fencing to be repaired at entrance to War Memorial.

7. Dumont Avenue Playground

• Dip at entrance to be repaired with plainings.
• Gate needs oiling.
• Repairs to be done to climbing frame.
• Shop counter to be removed.
• Frame to be painted.
• Tiles under equipment need securing with mastic.
• All bolts and bushels to be checked.
• Any weeds to be removed.

8 Cow Lane, Greenland Grove and Dairy Farm Meadow – all Councillors walked and looked at these areas. ‘Travellers’ seen parked illegally.
The storm ditches need to be cleared out.

9. Footpath around Wigboro Wick corner has been cleared and is now safe for walkers, prams and pushchairs.

10. Priory wall, opposite War Memorial, has loose bricks on the highway.

M.J.T.
20/7/10.



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