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November 29, 2009

Scopwick Parish Council News Winter 2009

A new Clerk to the Parish Council covering Scopwick and Kirkby Green was appointed in September. Jean Girling who had so ably and efficiently filled the position for the previous couple of years has moved from the area and her job has now been taken over by Joe Kennard. Joe can be reached at the following address:
Mr Joe Kennard
7 Glebe Close
Lincoln LN4 3NL

The environmental board mentioned in an earlier News Letter has now been erected by the beck outside the village hall. This was funded by a grant from the Environmental Agency and shows some of the wildlife that may be seen along the beck - although patience and a little luck may be required to see the water voles and kingfisher !

During the last few months the funding for refurbishment of facilities in the village hall has finally been achieved. The Village Hall Management Committee have pulled together funding from WREN (Waste Recycling Environmental Ltd), a host of fund raising events, and contribution from the Parish Council. Work to re-organise and open up the kitchen and bar area and to completely renew the toilet facilities, as well as lay new floors in those areas, will commence with a local contractor in January. It is planned that all work will be completed by mid March. There will be no appearance of change on the exterior of the hall.

While all this work is going on the Management Committee is making every attempt to maintain regular activities by dividing off the work area from the rest of the Hall. Whatever the short term disruption the benefits from this major refurbishment will be appreciated by users for years to come.

The Parish Council are in regular contact with Lincolnshire County Council Highway Department to progress local issues. Some planned actions such as the opening up and repair of the damage in Trundle Lane may be delayed during winter months. However, regular bus users will in this season appreciate the additional weather protection installed by the Parish Council to the bus shelter in Heath Road and admire the newly repaired and smoothed path opposite. Also, following suggestion from local people, provision has been made for the rapid repair of any excessive damage to the verges by cars parking outside the village hall. All positive suggestions are welcome.

Joe Kennard (Clerk)