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Mayor, Cllr Steve Nunn, presenting a pack to Collette Riding, sales manager at Prospect Homes
WELCOME PACK FOR NEWCOMERS
OPEN DAY FOR TOWN’S CCTV SCHEME
VILLAGE HAILS BAN ON HGVS
A delegation from the village of EAST HARLING in Norfolk was delighted to hear that Norfolk County Council has agreed to a trial period of an 18-ton weight restriction on lorries travelling through the village. The parish council has been fighting for over 30 years for a review of the route hierarchy that was set in the early 1980s. Surveys showed an average of 280 HGVs per day in an eight-hour period and that over 40 per cent of these vehicles could take a suitable alternative route avoiding the village.
LAUNCH FOR COMMUNITY TOILET SCHEME
FARNHAM Town Council in Surrey has launched a new community toilet scheme in cooperation with local businesses. The initiative was launched at The Queen’s Head pub, whose landlady, Jessica Masterson-Smith, came up with the idea, having seen it in action in Australia. Similar schemes already operate in other areas of the UK, providing facilities without the need for large investment from public funds or the need to charge users. Participating businesses will display a specially designed logo in their windows, and a number have already signed up. The town council will pay each £200 per year towards the additional costs.
GREEN FLAG FOR STUDHAM
Friends of STUDHAM Common celebrated the award of a Green Flag for the ninth successive year. Studham is located in the Chilterns countryside and the common is a designated County Wildlife Site, with a rich variety of habitats supporting an abundance of wildlife, including endangered and rare species such as skylarks and the hazel dormouse. It was one of a record 1,686 parks and green spaces to win a prestigious Green Flag Award this year.
NEW PARISH OFFICE OPENS FOR BUSINESS
THE new purpose-built parish offices of SHENLEY BROOK END AND TATTENHOE Parish Council in Milton Keynes were opened in September at a ceremony where Iain Stewart, MP unveiled a plaque. The offices have been built on land acquired from MK Community Foundation and funded by a loan from the Public Works Board. The building will make the parish office more accessible to residents and will be a valuable community asset, with space for expansion in the future.
DESIGN BRIEF FOR DONATION BOXES
Three A-Level students doing Design and Technology at William Brookes School in MUCH WENLOCK have each designed and built a donation box for the Shropshire town’s Guildhall. The town council gave Josh Sterling, Lottie Rowlands and James Morgan a specification to design and manufacture donation boxes to replace existing ones. They could be made of any suitable material that would be secure, lockable, tamper-proof and able to take notes and coins. They also had to be sympathetic to the historical nature of the Grade II listed building. All three donation boxes are now in situ at the Guildhall.
LITTLE LIBRARY BRINGS VILLAGE TOGETHER
FREELAND Parish Council in Oxfordshire has set up a Little Free Library for use by local residents. The idea came from Cllr Matthew Ruddle (pictured), who had seen it in action in the United States. He successfully applied for a Community Activities Grant of £350. The simple idea behind the library is “take a book, leave a book”; anyone is welcome to take or donate as many books as they like. It is located in the middle of the village, and has a shelf designated for children’s books, which have proved especially popular.
GRAFITTI SPRAYJAM IN BURNHAM
BURNHAM-ON-SEA and Highbridge Town Council supported an event for graffiti artists back in August. The SprayJam event was organised by Becky Hewlett, a teacher at the King Alfred School, who had worked with artists on a project on Birnbeck Pier. It involved known street artists and students from the school, who painted hoardings and buildings around the town and attracted artists from as far afield as Germany. According to clerk Denise Emery, it is hoped to make it an annual event.
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Welcome pack for newcomers
DENHOLME Town Council in West Yorkshire has produced a “Welcome Pack” for new residents. The idea for the pack came from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation’s “Neighbourhood Approaches to Loneliness” project and the council has paid for the packs using funding remaining from that. Local organisations and businesses have donated leaflets to put in the packs which also contains the council’s quarterly newsletter. The packs will be given to residents moving into new homes and are also available from the town council office for residents to pass on to new neighbours.