Cheveley Parish Council and Cheveley Pavilion and Recreation Ground Charity meetings were held on Tuesday 9TH October in the Community Room of Cheveley School.  Several members of the public were present.

It was reported that the process to make the stones for the repair of the War Memorial had been started and these should be fitted very shortly.  It was stressed that the repair should be completed prior to 11th November.

A planning application for 8 houses to be built at the rear of 21 to 35 High Street had been received too late to be discussed at this meeting and an extension until 14th November for comments to be made by the Parish Council had been granted so that it could be dealt with at the next meeting.   It was pointed out this did not apply to public comments which should be made to East Cambridgeshire District Council Planning Department by 29th October.

An administration meeting had been held to consider producing a Neighbourhood Plan and it was agreed that this should go ahead with the intention of delivering it at the end of 2019.    Much of the information gathered in Parish surveys over the last few years could be used, and it would be focused solely on planning issues.   It was intended that this should be a community-led undertaking and it was agreed that someone should be employed to help with the administration of the plan.

The next Parish Forum was due to be held on 30th October when representatives of East Cambridgeshire District Council planning department and Sanctuary Housing would be present.   Amongst the items to be discussed will be the possible joint funding amongst neighbouring councils for an additional PCSO.

Arrangements were in hand for the Parish Big Litter Pick to be held on Saturday 20th October.   It was hoped that many residents would join in.   Residents should meet at either 9.30 a.m. in the Recreation Ground in Cheveley village or at 10.00 a.m. by the notice board in Ashley Road, Newmarket.   Litter picking equipment will be provided.

It was agreed that the council would purchase a Christmas tree for the Christmas Tree Festival which will be held at St Mary’s Church from 10th to 15th December.

Following the instigation of the Bus Pass Scheme in the summer holidays this would be rolled out throughout the year for children from the Parish aged from eleven to eighteen years.   Anyone interested should contact either Claire Elbrow (01638 731513) in the South Ward (i.e. Cheveley village) or Sue Willows (01638 662869) in the North Ward (i.e. Newmarket fringe).

Four new volunteers had joined the Speed Watch scheme and a session had been held in Cheveley High Street recently when 12% of vehicles were found to be speeding.   More operations were planned.

Following a thorough tree survey in the cemetery quotations would be obtained to carry out the work highlighted.

At the Pavilion and Recreation Ground Charity meeting which followed quotations would also be requested in respect of work on the trees in the Recreation Ground.   Following the inspection, it was noted that there were just three trees that were suitable for a tree swing, but the contractor has advised that using them for this purpose could damage the trees.   A decision regarding this would be made at the November meeting.

A meeting with the head teacher of Cheveley School had been held and she confirmed that the school would like to make more use of the Recreation Ground with access to the facilities in the Pavilion and she is exploring the possibility.

The architectural plans for redevelopment of the Pavilion were discussed along with the various configurations of the area available.   The type of groups that would be potential users of it were looked at in order to establish the commercial and community viability of the project and their needs identified with regards to required facilities.

The next meeting of the Parish Council and the Pavilion & Recreation Ground Charity will be held on Tuesday 13th November in the Community Room in Cheveley School at 7.30 p.m.