Higham Parish Council, January 2020 report
Parish Councillors met on Monday January 13 at 7.30pm in Higham Memorial Hall. A warm welcome was given to all those present, by Chair, Councillor John Grey.
The evening began by welcoming Fiona Spirals representing The Friends of St Mary’s who gave Councillors the “Friends” annual report. All the events in 2019 had been well attended by both locals and from further afield, donations of £1700.00 been received towards the restoration of the church spire. The Churches conservation Trust have carried out a survey on the spire and estimate £20.000 will be necessary to preserve it. The “Friends” have organised another diary of events, which will be published soon, but the highlight is a Spring Dance to be held in Higham Memorial Hall on Saturday April 25 with music by the Dave Bowdler Band. The Parish Council announced a donation to the “Friends” towards the hall hire and band fee. Full details of events will be shown on the Parish Council website.
P.C.S. Officer, Jo Hartley, reported thefts of caravans, number plates and vandalised vehicles recently in the village, together with some antisocial behaviour incidents. She reminded everyone to report all incidents to 101 for logging into the Police crime system.
The plans for the improvements to the play area on the Recreation Ground were discussed and the contractor was chosen to carry out the work. A fund-raising Toy Sale is planned for February lst at Higham Village Club, followed by a quiz evening in June.
K.C.C. Councillor Bryan Sweetland gave his latest report from the County which included budget details, consultations and change of KCC leadership.
Councillors, welcomed Clive and Judy Stanley to the meeting. Clive has now retired from the position of Parish Council webmaster and the Parish Council took the opportunity to thank him for his service and to wish him a long and happy retirement. Clive was presented with a signed card and gift voucher to visit Bletchley Park. He was delighted and thanked everyone.
Potholes and broken tarmac, following the wet weather have been reported to the Parish Council and Cllr Sparks agreed to photograph the areas and forward to KCC for urgent repairs.
The IFWG latest report was given and progress updated, including the planned defibrillators which will soon be installed. The Great British Spring clean weekend will take place on March 28 and 29.
There was no report from the CDWG or EMWG this time.
Planning applications and other matters were discussed and agreed upon.
Details of all village events and information can be found on the new Higham Parish Council website.
The date of the next meeting is Monday, February 24 at 7.30pm Higham Memorial Hall. Members of the public are welcome to attend.
Councillor Liz Jeffery, Higham Parish Council