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News Bulletin: September 2010

Hart has approved the planning application for change of use of the former Wine RackĀ premises to an NHS Dentist. Both this application and the one for a restaurant have now been approved based on Hart’s judgement of their planning merit so it is now for the Landlord to negotiate with the two individual applicants with a view to reaching a commercial agreement on rental of the premises with one of them.

The current maintenance contract for Parish Council owned land expires next spring and will be put out to tender in accordance with our Financial Regulations. Contractors who wish to tender are asked to contact the Parish Council office for fuller information on the work involved. The new contract will not cover Bassetts Mead which is the subject of a separate agreement.

Following widespread consultation with residents in the area the traffic regulation order to introduce parking restrictions near the schools has now been advertised. The restrictions are designed to improve safety for all parties involved and Hart hope to be able to introduce them before the schools go back.

Hart are holding another Graffiti Busting week from 20th to 24th September. The team will clean graffiti from privately owned property provided they have the owner’s permission. Please report Graffiti to Hart on 01252 774229.

The skate park and tennis courts have continued to be very popular during the summer. The tennis nets will remain in place so that the courts can be used during the winter.

There has been minimal reaction to the fact that the Hart owned public toilets have been closed since the spring. There are no current plans for them to reopen.

Large red dog litter bins are in place in all the locations most used by dog walkers but it seems that some dog owners may not appreciate that the standard litter bins provided by Hart can be used for the same purpose so this note is to encourage the small majority of dog owners who are not already doing so to clean up after their dog and put their dog litter in one of the litter or dog bins.

Parish Councils are elected for four years and the mandate of our Council expires next spring, so a ballot will be held if more than twelve people are nominated for the twelve seats. If you would like to know more about being a Parish Councillor do contact the Clerk at the Council Office or any Councillor. Our meetings are all open to the public so do come along and listen. Dates and times of meetings are all posted on our notice boards which are outside our office, on the footpath from the A30 to the schools and in Grand Parade as well as on our web site.

Antony Hunter – Parish Councillor