Agenda • Welcome • Chairman’s Report • Presentation of D. Jack Smith Annual Charitable Awards • Presentations by various village organisations • Great Horwood and Singleborough Youth Club • Great Horwood Parish Plan Steering Committee • Great Horwood Silver Band • Inspire Explorer Scout Unit • A Book for the Village • W.I. • Replace our lost Elm trees - Mark Seddon • Others • Public Participation.
Your Parish Council Team • Karen Francis - Clerk to the Council Councillors • Moya Berrill • Russell Margerrison co-opted from July 2010 • James Samways – Recreation Committee • Ian Lamberton – Planning Committee • Michael Brocklehurst – Planning Committee and Chairman of the Recreation Committee • Rod Moulding – Vice Chairman of the Council and Chairman of the Planning Committee • John Gilbey – Chairman • Jeremy West has continued to act as a co-opted member of the Planning Committee.
Village organisations invited to send representatives to this meeting Football Club Cricket Club Scouts Explorer Scouts Brownies Rainbows Youth Club GH School St James Church Neighbourhood Watch Silver Band Book Club Wednesday Group W.I. Village Hall Jokers Wild Focus Parish Plan Applicants for D Jack Smith Annual Charitable Awards
Planning Committee • Chairman Cllr. Rod Moulding • 25 Planning Applications considered in the year. • 4 Objected to • 0 Supported • 21 No objection • When an application is either supported or opposed (as opposed to no objection) we have continued to include a letter with the application with additional information.
Planning contd. • Cllr. Moulding spoke on behalf of the Council at the AVDC Development Control Committee meeting on 4th November 2010 when the retrospective application for the Gypsy site in Nash Road was refused. • The application for 2 additional properties behind 11 The Green has meant that we have had to seek legal advice on the status and ownership of the Village Green – currently costs are approaching £1000 • Parish Council and Parish Plan representatives are continuing to work closely with AVDC Forward Plans Department as a Pilot Parish in the early stages of preparing the Vale of Aylesbury Plan which will replace the previous Core Strategy in determining development in the Vale to 2031. • At our February meeting we agreed the following statement about future developments in the village. “We want to explore with AVDC the issues around development before coming to a conclusion”
Recreation Committee Chairman Cllr. Michael Brocklehurst. Horwode Pece Recreation Ground • The phase 2 installation was successfully completed last summer. • The Parish Council has continued to purchase the equipment using grants obtained by the Horwode Pece Trust. • With the completion of the second phase there is now over £100k of equipment on the rec. • Cllrs. Brocklehurst and Samways have continued as the nominated Parish Council Trustees on the Great Horwood and Singleborough Recreation Trust. However as they have not applied for nomination to the new Council we shall need new trustees appointed after the new Councillors are sworn in on 8th May.
All allotments have been let. • Allotment annual rentals have been increased from £2 to £5 • For the first time all allotment holders have had a simple contract. • They have all signed and returned their contracts and paid their £5 for the year 2011.
BCC Delegated Budget Funding • The dropped kerbs have been installed along Little Horwood Road and Spring Lane. • However all the installations had to be re-worked 2 or 3 times due to the poor initial standard of the work carried out by the contractors. • One resident still has an outstanding claim against Bucks CC for repairs to privately owned verges.
Donations made during 2010/11 During the year the Council made the following donations to local organisations:- • Great Horwood Silver Band £250 • Winslow and District Community Bus £250 • Focus £100 • Village Hall £250 • Football Club £275
Donations budgeted for 2011/12 The Council’s agreed budget for 2011/12 includes the following budgeted donations:- • Great Horwood Silver Band £250 • Winslow and District Community Bus £250 • Focus £200 • Village Hall £250 • Great Horwood and Singleborough Youth Club £250 • Parish Plan £250
Other activities • The lovely Oak tree donated by the Terkelsen family and friends was planted on the Village Green on 19th November. • The turnout for this years Litter Pick on Sunday 20th March was very disappointing. Only 10 volunteers attended meaning that some areas of the village could not be visited. Many thanks to the small band who did come along. • The Pub Lunch Club has continued to thrive during the year with regular attendances in the high twenties. Thanks to Kate at The Swan for continuing to provide excellent value for money meals.
Organisations We have continued to be active members of a number of organisations in order to ensure that the voice of Great Horwood is heard across North Bucks. These organisations are:- • BCC Winslow and District Local Area Forum • NBPPC (North Bucks Parish Planning Consortium) • Buckingham South NAG (Neighbourhood Action Group) – • Aylesbury Vale North Sports Committee • BALC (Bucks Association of Local Councils) • AVALC (Aylesbury Vale Association of Local Councils) • Community Impact Bucks • AVDC Local Council Planning Liaison Group
Thames Valley Police • New PCSO Alex Trivino
Plans and thoughts for the coming year. • Replace the Bus shelter at the end of Little Horwood Road. • Review the provision of Salt/Grit Bins around the village. • Install a 2nd notice board so that we have space to display information that we receive from other bodies. • Continue to support the Horwode Pece Recreation Ground • Seek interest in the young people of the village to start up a Parish Youth Council • Continue to seek a way to get a footpath from somewhere along Little Horwood Road down to Horwode Pece.
New Parish Council • As from May 5th there will be a new Parish Council. • I believe that 6 people have put in nomination papers. • There will, therefore, not be an election. • We will have one vacancy on the Council. • We can co-opt the seventh Councillor.
Parish Council website • Don’t forget to use our website at • www.bucksinfo.net/greathorwoodpc
D Jack Smith Annual Charitable Awards (Our Lord of the Manor) For the 3rd year running has donated $5000 for village improvement projects.
Applications and Committee • Applications • This year there were 5 applications seeking a total of £4557 (£3015 was available) • Committee • Sophie Churchill • Sue Vincent • Karen Francis • Chris Ive • John Gilbey
D Jack Smith Annual Charitable Awards Made for 2011 • Great Horwood Silver Band. £276 • Inspire Explorer Scout Unit. £570 • Great Horwood C.E. Combined School. £614 • Replanting our lost Elm trees. £555 • A Book for the Village . £1000
Thoughts from Jack Smith • I READ OVER THE LIST OF GROUPS (AND THEREFORE INDIVIDUALS) THAT WE ARE HELPING WITH OUR PROJECT THIS YEAR AND ACTUALLY FELT A THRILL BECAUSE OF THE WAY THE VILLAGE IS REALLY PARTICIPATING, AND OVER THE YEARS AS THIS BEGINS TO ADD UP, THE NUMBERS OF PROJECTS AND GROUPS WE ARE HELPING IS BECOMING SUBSTANTIAL. • THIS IS SOMETHING TANGIBLE, PERSONAL AND IMMEDIATE AS OPPOSED TO THE USUAL CONTRIBUTIONS TO LARGE, IMPERSONAL, AND "ANONYMOUS" ORGANIZATIONS WHERE ONE CAN ONLY HOPE ONE IS DOING SOME GOOD.
Contd. • I WANT TO THANK YOU ALL ONCE MORE AND, AGAIN, PLEASE CONVEY MY DEEPEST APPRECIATION TO THE OTHER MEMBERS OF THE PROJECT SELECTION COMMITTEE. • AS I HAVE SAID BEFORE THIS IS REALLY FUN FOR ME AND I JUST KNOW WE HAVE TO BE HELPING MANY PEOPLE ENJOY "OUR" VILLAGE MORE AND MORE.