Many of you may not realise that one of the pleasanter functions of the Parish Council is to award grants. Out of the allocated budget, this year so far we have awarded:
• Environment group for publication of the Conservation Plan - £500
• BcS Toddler Group for equipment - £80
• Allsorts Pre-school for outdoor play area - £500
• Brightwell School for outdoor play area - £1500
If you want to know more, please contact Lucy Dalby, the Parish Clerk.
By the time you read this, the Parish Council Website should be live – go to www.brightwellcumsotwellpc.org or via a link on the main Village website www.brightwellcumsotwell.co.uk. The purpose is to give better and clearer information about the Parish Council and its activities, and feedback will be welcome. It is emphatically NOT a substitute for the Village website which the Council strongly supports.
Before the next council elections in 2015 there will be a boundary review affecting the parish, and this is especially important in view of the coming housing development at Site B, a significant part of which currently falls within our parish. The Council has made a preliminary submission suggesting that the new housing should be a part of Wallingford, but that the new boundary should be the “edge of settlement”, and not the by-pass. We feel that this would give us a better chance of protecting the rural character of the parish. Meanwhile discussions are taking place with SODC, Wallingford Town Council and St Edwards (the developers) to try and ensure the impact of the development on that rural character is minimised.
Also, to protect and enhance our parish under the new principles of localism, the Council has decided to prepare a Neighbourhood Plan. This is a form of local plan aimed at controlling and directing the development that might occur in the Parish, rather than being subject to the whims of property owners and developers. If you wish to be actively involved in this very important process, please contact Lucy Dalby, the Parish Clerk.
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