The parish council met on Monday, 16 March, and dealt with a large number of regular items of business. These included several highways and planning issues that the council has been considering recently.
Councillors were pleased to set up a committee to discuss in detail plans for a car park that will serve both Ellingham School and the playground. We hope to tell you more in the coming months.
Draft minutes of this meeting will be available, as always, on the website, along with minutes of all recent meetings, and a wide variety of other information about the parish council.
The meeting followed immediately after Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s request that citizens stop non-essential contact with other people and avoid unnecessary travel.
In weeks to come these measures may be tightened further. Councillors decided, therefore, to keep the dates of the next few meetings under review. It seems likely that the Annual Parish Meeting, planned for 20 April, will not take place and could be postponed until the next scheduled Parish Council meeting, on 18 May 2020. It may be delayed even longer, depending on advice from the government.
Under current rules, parish councils may only take decisions at a public meeting and notice of such a meeting must be given in advance. Possibly the government may make provision for coming meetings to be held remotely: keep an eye, please, on the village noticeboards, the parish council website and, where appropriate, the Tidings magazine for any updates on this situation.
There are still vacancies for two parish councillors. If you (or someone you know) would like to join the Parish Council, and if you meet the residence and other criteria, you (they) can be co-opted by the existing councillors. Please contact me for further information (contact details below) or take a look at the co-option policy on our website —
Kirby Cane & Ellingham PC, Elections and Co-option
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If you have any questions about any aspect of the parish council’s business, do please let me know, or approach any of your parish councillors.
Jane Love, Clerk to the Council
(First published, 19 March 2020)