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Annual Meeting of Electors for Foxearth and Liston

Annual Meeting of Electors for Foxearth and Liston

This meeting was held in Foxearth Village Hall on Saturday 13th May at 10.30am. Chairman of the Parish Council, Cllr. Tony Clayton presided; also present were Cllr. Mark Posen, Cllr. Keith Robson, the Clerk to the Council, Kevin Money and 8 local residents. Apologies for absence were received from Cllrs C and P Cox, Cllr W. Binks, County Councillor David Finch and District Councillor Iona Parker.

Chairman’s report: In his review of the year the Chairman noted the completion of the drainage scheme in Foxearth which should see an end to the flooding problems of many years. The Parish Council is hopeful that a public access defibrillator will soon be available – probably situated in the Foxearth telephone box. The possibility of a grant from the War Memorial Commission in order to refurbish the village memorial is being actively pursued. Liston residents await news about the development of Stafford Park as it is understood that a planning proposal may be submitted later in the year. The Chairman drew attention to the considerable amount of remediation work carried out at Liston Church due in large part to a very generous bequest from a former resident. He also commended the fund raising efforts of Ian Macmillan and Quentin Poole for the excellent musical events they had organised.

Public forum: In a general discussion the following points were raised to be considered by the Parish Council.

Broadband: The long-awaited upgrade of speed is still awaited! Individual users have had mixed responses to their enquiries but it seems that as usage has increased speed of access has diminished.

Speed watch: This operates from April to October but more volunteers are needed for this public-safety monitoring service. Villagers – please think about it; Mary Waite (379744) will be happy to put you in touch with the organiser.

Footpaths: As the year progresses these are needing some attention and keeping them trimmed is now a local matter for which funding is available.

Dog fouling: This continues to be a nasty problem and failure to remove fouling constitutes a criminal offence. Plastic bags are freely available. Possibly some conscience-pricking signs should be placed in favourite walking places.

Jubilee oak: Contrary to a report at the last parish council meeting the Jubilee oak appears to be thriving.

Liston quiet lane: A decision on this designation application may be forthcoming in the next few months.

Bin sacks for Foxearth bus shelter: It was understood that in locations such as this where refuse may be of a “mixed” character, purple bags should be used – although these have never been issued. The Clerk offered to provide some within the week.

The Chairman thanked all for attending and for their useful contributions.

Next meeting:  5th May 2018

Ken Nice