The January Parish Council meeting was attended by all but one Councillor. The Council discussed a number of issues which had been raised by the Local and District Authority as well as making decisions on the Precept for 21-22.
The Parish Council agreed to support the proposals to limit the A361 to 50mph from Middle Rasen to Bishop Bridge, with the exception of West Rasen, and also identified a number of highways issues which will be raised for attention by the Clerk. The Council further agreed to contact the District Council in relation to the purchase and placement of more waste bins in the parish, to try and stop the ongoing litter and dog waste issues. The Precept was agreed at £18,000.00 which after information provided by West Lindsey District Council will result in a fractional reduction in Council Tax in the 21-22 financial year.
The Council discussed replacement of the fence at the burial ground, which would allow for the consideration of rental for horse grazing in the future. There are also concerns that dog owners are utilising the field as an exercise paddock rather than keeping to the designated footpaths. In light of the recent issues with escaped horses in the burial ground, the Council secured an accessible hand gate as an interim measure.
There are further concerns about flooding in the parish with the Clerk liaising with the Internal Drainage Board to resolve. The Council have also publicised travel available for COVID 19 vaccinations, and the forthcoming 2021 CENSUS. If you are looking for further information, please visit either of the following websites https://middle-rasen.parish.lincolnshire.gov.uk/ (the newly accessible Parish Council only website) or http://www.middlerasen.org.uk/ (the Parish Information website). Alternatively information can be found in the Community Spirit magazine for reference.
The next meeting is due to be held on Zoom on Tuesday 16 th February 2021 – information can be found on the website and also on the agenda on the noticeboards for reference.
Jo Trotter (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 go to http://parishes.lincolnshire.gov.uk/MiddleRasen