On Tuesday 13th December meetings of Cheveley Parish Council and Cheveley Pavilion & Recreation Ground Charity were held in Cheveley Parish Hall.  All eight Councillors braved the icy conditions to attend, together with District and County Councillor Alan Sharp.

The Annual Budget was approved and the Precept for 2023/24 set at £80,000 which was the same amount as for several previous years.   This should result in a very slight reduction in the amount of the Cheveley Parish element of Council Tax payable per household.

A Christmas Farmers’ Market had been held at the Parish Hall on Sunday 11th December and, despite the cold weather, had been well attended by stall holders and members of the public.   Similar events would be held in future.

Councillor Treanor updated the other Councillors on the latest position regarding the use of the car park by Cheveley School.

Now that the storage cupboards at the hall had been completed except for staining and painting, for which a quotation had been received and accepted, it was decided to discuss at the next meeting forming a working party to clear out and organise Council belongings in both the Parish Hall and Pavilion store rooms in order to consolidate and move all Parish Council items to the Hall store room and all Hall items to the new cupboards in the Garden room.   Quotations had also been received for electrical systems maintenance at the Hall and for annual insurance cover for events which were accepted.

Councillor Treanor also updated the Council on the bid under the Local Highways Improvement Initiative.  The 30 mph limit in Oak Lane would be extended under this scheme to take in the Hobbs Warren development.

A resident had requested that the Council arrange for an addition street light in Coach Lane but it was not felt that this was necessary at this time.

It was decided to arrange to upload speed sign data collected under the MVAS scheme to the website.   Speed Watch sessions would resume in the New Year.

Further to a recent request from a resident to plant a tree that he had grown on Broad Green it was reported that this was being done following consultations with local studs and stakeholders.

To help with the ongoing development of a wild flower development at the cemetery there would be a planting of Yellow Rattle seeds there.

The cleaner/caretaker had given in her notice as she was starting a full-time job elsewhere.   Following local advertising, a resident had expressed interest in filling the resulting vacancy and would be interviewed shortly.

It was expected that the Neighbourhood Plan referendum would take place during the summer of 2023.

At the meeting of Cheveley Pavilion & Recreation Ground Charity meeting that immediately followed the Parish Council meeting it was reported that the replacement beam for the climbing frame had been ordered was expected to be installed in the New Year.

It had not been possible to purchase a replacement tree at the same stage of development as the tulip tree which had been stolen from the Recreation Ground so a younger one would be ordered and it was expected to be delivered soon when it would be planted with enhanced security measures.

The next scheduled meetings will be held on Tuesday 10th January 2023 at 7.30 p.m. in Cheveley Parish Hall.   For information on this or any other matter please refer to the website (www.cheveley-pc.gov.uk) or contact via: clerk@cheveley-pc.gov.uk, or telephone 07483 107014.