August 29, 2011
Metheringham Parish Council News Autumn 2011
Best Kept Village Competition
Metheringham have again entered the Best Kept Village Competition. we were successful in making it through the first round, but unfortunately have not made it any further. After being placed third last year in the large villages category this is a very disappointing result.
Fayre and Feast
This year's Fayre and Feast is to be held on Saturday 22 October starting at 2.00pm at the 'cross', High Street. The theme for the event is 'Fairy Tales'. The Fayre & Feast working group have been holding regular meetings to progress action items and have been busy organising the event all year. This is a family event, so why not come along and join in. We are always looking for volunteers to help on the day. if you can spare a couple of hours please contact the Clerk.
Fly Posting is illegal, unsightly and unwanted. It detracts from the general environment and affects the quality of life of residents and visitors to the area. It can discourage business investment and contribute to the 'fear of crime'. Removal of illegal posters is both costly and time consuming.
Fly Posting can be defined as the display of advertising material on buildings and street furniture without the consent of the owner and contrary to the provisions of the Advertisement Regulations.
The village of Metheringham is served by two public notice boards, which are located:
* War Memorial Garden, High Street
* Outside Metheringham Post Office, High Street
Only notices of a non-commercial, non-profit making concern may advertise on these Notice boards.
Local groups can also advertise their activities on the MACLA website. Please e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Litter and Anti-Social Behaviour
The Parish Council have encountered a major problem of littering on the playing fields, Prince's Street. At the last Parish Council meeting it was resolved to purchase a large capacity litter bin, to be installed on the playing field near to the MUGA and we hope the users of the playing field will use the new bin. Littering makes the whole area look unsightly and is a health and safety issue. There have also been many reports of anti-social behaviour in the Prince's Street car park. The Parish Council are currently working with the Police and local authorities to try and alleviate the problems in this area.
MACLA Website and Notice board
The parish council have a dedicated web page on the MACLA website www.macla.co.uk/megpc and notice board in the war memorial garden, High Street. These are regularly updated with details of the parish council, parish boundary, councillors, documents and procedures, working groups, useful contacts, agendas and minutes from the parish council and planning committee meetings. Various other documents are added as and when required, that are of importance to the community, so please take a look.
The Parish Council has produced a final heads of terms document relating to the lease of the Star & Garter field for use by Metheringham Primary School, which is to be sent to LCC for approval. The Parish Council are hopeful that LCC will accept the document and the land issue will be resolved and the project to build a new pavilion can move forward. Metheringham Parish Council are totally committed to providing better facilities for the community.
Remembrance Day Service
This year's service will take place on Sunday 13 November at Metheringham Methodist Church, Metheringham at 10.00am. The Memorial Service will be held at the War Memorial garden, High Street, followed by a short prayer at the war graves in the new cemetery. All are welcome.
Training of the Clerk, staff and members is extremely important. A wide variety of courses, training sessions, AGMs and Conferences are delivered by Lincolnshire Association of Local Councils, Society of Local Council Clerks and North Kesteven District Council. The newly appointed councillors and more experienced councillors are undertaking relevant training' So far they have attended courses on Council Finances, Health and Safety/Risk Assessment, What's on the Agenda?, Freedom Of Information, Effective Community Engagement, SLCC East Midlands Regional Conference and Code of Conduct training. All members have embraced the training sessions. This enables members and the Council to operate legally as a corporate body.
Ms Sharon Wetherall