We have moved into the new office and are now fully open for business. The building will be formally opened on the 10th December 2011 at 10am by our sitting MP Ian Liddell-Granger. You are welcome to come and support the occasion. We are anxious to encourage you all to make use of the building, should you wish to use it for meetings or social events you can contact the office on 01984 633979 or e-mail email@example.com Some of you will be aware that the RBL Branch/Ladies Section have already made use of the facility. It is hoped to organise art exhibitions, and window displays. Please contact the office if you are interested or there are any other ideas you would like to be considered. The Council has a web site (www.willitonparishcouncil.org) and if any local businesses, shops, bed and breakfast or pubs would like a free listing please contact the Clerk.
The Christmas Festival will take place again this year on 8th Dec 2011. If you are interested in taking part or helping please contact Graham Bigwood on 633650. Our best home Christmas decorations and best Shop Display will be judged on the 19th Dec. Prizes are 1st - £30, 2nd - £20 and 3rd - £10.
You will all be aware of the planning for the new building of the Hinkley Point C Power Station. As it is within a 15 mile radius of Williton, the Parish Council is consulted at each stage of the application and we are asked to make representation and comment on your behalf. This can be issues of road transport to environmental permits to discharge radioactive waste or cooling water and liquid effluent. If any of you have any concerns over these issues and you wish to discuss or put points forward before the deadline of 15 December, there will be a Council surgery at the Parish Office between 11am and 1pm on 12 December, when we will try to help with your questions or if we do not have the answer, we can ask on your behalf.
Other matters that we have been dealing with on your behalf include the issue of devolved local facilities. The potential closure of toilets, the task of cutting grass areas and the emptying of the dog bins are included and discussions are ongoing with the District Council. We hope to be able to give you more details in the next issue.
The Trustees of the Memorial Ground have a working group looking at the ground and the play area and ways of getting more use out of it. We have already made inquiries to try and improve the facilities in the play area, to that end we are asking for your constructive ideas that may be considered during this consultation period. If you have any, then please contact the Parish Office.
Whilst on the subject of the memorial ground, the issue of dog fouling has become prevalent and also vandalism in the Childrens play area. Please clean up after your animals, it only takes a few minutes and leave the area clean for others to use. Children can pick up some serious infections as I am sure you are all aware.
Finally, winter is on the way and the Parish Council has obtained 10x20 Kilogram bags of salt for path clearing. Should you require a bag, when the time comes, you should contact the Clerk.
We would like to offer our congratulations to Jenny Gibson, editor of this magazine, for her Chairman’s Award for Services to the Community. Thank you Jenny for your tireless work.
I would like to take this opportunity, on behalf of the Parish Council, to wish you a safe and Merry Christmas.
Cllr Robert McDonald