Meetings of the Parish Council are held on 3rd Tuesday of each month at the Church Hall, with the public forum starting at 7.20pm – all are welcome.
The Parish Council had a busy September meeting, with discussions centred on the consultation on the proposed leisure facility and the flood alleviation scheme.
Karen Whitfield from WLDC attended the meeting and outlined the proposals to the Council, including plans of the centre and details of the contractor. Parishioners are encouraged to complete consultation questionnaires which can be found on the WLDC website. It is hoped that the new facility will be open in 2020.
The Council resolved to write to complain to LCC with regard to traffic management and public transportation issues. The Council had identified the issues that have been causing residents concern and highlighted them prior to the works being scheduled. The Council are aware that there a significant amount of traffic using the parish as a “cut through”, and the PCSO team are now operating speed cameras to deter motorists from speeding. The Council also resolved to support a parishioner request for double bend signs on Skinners Lane to slow traffic which may continue to use this road after the works have been completed. The Council ask for residents' patience during the works, and have asked LCC to ensure that the works are completed as quickly as possible.
Due to continued vandalism of the new noticeboard on The Furlongs, the Council resolved to remove the noticeboard – a decision as to a new site will be take at the October meeting. The October meeting will take place on Tuesday 16th October at the Church Hall.
Whilst the weather has turned decidedly autumnal, the Council have once again put in place additional snow clearance precautions, and would remind residents, where possible, to keep their cars off the roads, in order to ensure that they are not damaged by grit spreading.
Clerk to Middle Rasen Parish Council
The Annual Meeting of the Parish Council took place on Tuesday 15th May 2018. Cllr Michael Stamp was re-elected as Chairman and it was agreed that Parish Council meetings will continue to take place on the third Tuesday of each month at the Church Hall. The public forum starts at 7.20pm with the full Council meeting to follow at 7.30pm. The next meeting will take place on Tuesday 19th June 2018.
The Council considered issues raised by parishioners, and have asked Cllr Lewis Strange to look into Highways issues on the Gallamore Lane Industrial Estate, contacted Sir Edward Leigh with regard to GDPR legislation and considered all procedural and policy matters in line with standing orders.
Parishioners may be aware (particularly those who live on A631), that flooding on the road continues to be an issue. LCC, Anglian Water and the Environment Agency have all pooled their resources and a £600K flooding alleviation scheme has been awarded to the parish to minimise flooding on the main road and to homes in this area. There is a drop-in session by LCC project officers planned for Tuesday 5th June 2018 at the Village Hall where officers from LCC will be able to answer questions about the proposed scheme. The Council would urge residents to call in to the session in order to ascertain plans, and acknowledge that there will be traffic disruption in the parish for the duration of the works.
Clerk to Middle Rasen Parish Council
There are over 8,700 parish and town councils representing around 16 million people across England and are the most local part of our democratic system. The only difference between a town and parish council is the size and name, and towns have their own mayor. Although they have the same powers and can provide the same services, parish councils don't usually have the same level of facilities to look after. The size of the council depends on the size of the village or 'ward'. Here in Middle Rasen there are nine voluntary representatives, known as Parish Councillors, who are elected every four years. Some go on serving for many years. The election is an annual event, so if you are over 18, meet the criteria and you can find two people to nominate you, your name can be put forward.
Serving as a parish councillor is a responsible position, as the parish council has a responsibility for the well being of the local community it serves. Their remit has three main strands - representing the local community, delivering services to meet local needs, and striving to improve the quality of life in the parish. As such they are allocated a certain amount of money from council tax revenues to improve services and facilities in the following areas: burial grounds, bus shelters, open spaces, village green, cutting the grass on the playing field, and planning.
With regard to planning, the council is consulted by West Lindsey District Council on all applications, but the final decision rests with the planning department and Planning Committee at WLDC. The council also acts as a representative voice for the community, communicating with councillors and officers at district and county level. All this makes for quite a few hours spent in meetings, discussing and deciding which activities to support, where money should be spent, what services should be delivered, and what policies should be implemented. They also liaise with the local Police over crime reduction measures.
Parish councils do a vital job and deserve our thanks for the improvements they try and bring to our communities. So thank you all for your time and effort on our behalf.
For more information about the work of this parish council, please contact Jo Trotter, the clerk to Middle Rasen Parish Council
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