Another great year. Well attended community events, the Fun Day, Flower Show, Quiz, Bonfire, Xmas Lights and Litter Picks, culminating in a sell-out performance from the Opera Dudes. My personal thanks to all those involved in organising these events.
Once again we have not raised the Parish Precept on our Council Tax. We hope that you all feel that you are getting value for money. This year we are losing five of the incumbent Councillors. Paul Harraway and John Austin have stood down from their role as co-opted Councillors and Cyril Spencer, Roger Broughall and Mike Morris have retired after long service to the Parish. In particular Cyril has put in 32 years on the Parish Council, serving as Chairman for the last half of the 1990s. We thank them all for their hard work on behalf of the Parish.
When the nominations closed for the new Parish Council, only seven papers were received so those seven will be appointed without an election. We have one new name, Jackie Loftus, who many will know because of her association with Floralands. The remaining six are continuing from the old Council.
The MUGA is being used on a regular basis in the evenings and the modest hire charges are being put to a maintenance fund for the MUGA. Remember that it can be hired for just £10 per hour by contacting John Garton (see the Parish Mag). The new defibrillator was installed at the Village Hall with contributions from a number of organisations. Thanks to all involved.
The Village sign on Spring Lane has been repaired and a new planter purchased. We hope that a solar floodlight will be installed shortly at the cemetery carpark and that road markings will be repainted in the new financial year. We await news of road resurfacing!
We continue to have two major traffic problems, speeding through the village and inappropriate parking. The local police are aware of these problems and are determined to get on top of them. You can expect to see the speed camera team out on a regular basis and the CCTV parking enforcement van will be a regular visitor to the village.
It just remains for me to thank my fellow Councillors for their hard work and support. Please remember that we are here on behalf of you, the parishioners of Lambley. Please feel you can contact us about any matter and better still, come along to our meetings at 6.30pm on the third Monday of every month (except August).