Chairman's Report for 2019
Stockton Parish Council
STOCKTON PARISH COUNCIL - CHAIRMAN’S REPORT FOR 2018/9
A major thing to note is the overspend on our budget in the last year of about £12,000. This was planned and was met from our reserves as we knew there would be several one-off large items of expenditure such as the replacement of old street lighting columns and the activities to mark the centenary of the end of World War I.
Incidentally the events on Remembrance Day, November 11th last year were worth all the effort that went into their organisation as it was extremely well attended and a fitting recognition of the sacrifices the men of our village made.
The current position on the items in last year’s action plan is as follows:
Playing field lease - this has been held up because it is linked to the planning application for homes on the old football field (also known as the scout field) and this is unlikely to be submitted to Stratford until early autumn.
Street lighting - three of the oldest columns in Napton Road were replaced. For some time the Parish Council has been unhappy with the charges from Eon who supply the electricity and have now agreed to switch our electricity supplier from Eon to SSE and will save about £3,200 over the four year contract.
New cemetery - as there are still about one or two years use left in the existing cemetery this has not been a priority.
Stockton crossroads - the consultant’s report was received and it is available to view on the Parish Council website. The Parish Council has discussed which of his recommendations are a priority for implementation.
Village heritage features - the railings around the village pump have been installed and the interpretation board will be delivered and installed in the next month. The two water pumps have also been given a new coat of paint.
Turning to the new year I propose that the items in our action plan for 2019-20 should be:
Street lighting - to place the order for ten lights to be upgraded from the yellow sodium lanterns to the white LED version, and to identify the next ten to be upgraded in 2020/1.
Stockton crossroads - We will be discussing with Warwickshire traffic engineering staff which of the recommendations we can implement and we will be putting in a bid for a grant from the Warwickshire Road Safety fund in the next week. The Parish Council wants to see improvements to the signs and road markings that will increase motorists concentration when they approach the junction and reduce their speed as these appear to be the main factors in the cause of collisions.
Playing field lease - once planning permission is given for the homes on the old football field the lease will agreed and funding sources investigated to upgrade the play equipment in line with the consultation that we held last year.
George Street bungalows - the Parish Council sees the bungalows in George Street as a valuable part of the housing stock in the village and is against Orbit’s recent decision to sell one and is seeking assurance from Orbit that this will not become normal practice.
Road closures that affect bus service - over the past year the bus service in the village has been disrupted on several occasions and each time Stagecoach and Warwickshire Highways assure us that it will not happen again - but due to poor communications their plans do not seem to be put into practice. We will be continuing to push both organisations with our County Councillor’s help to improve their performance with a proper plan in place and better communications with bus users.
Heritage features - the paved area round the war memorial off Glebe Close will be extended, a memorial bench installed and an ornamental railing fence erected.
I referred at the beginning to our budget and this year we have increased our precept, which is the money that Stratford collect on our behalf, to £25,000. This amounts to a charge of £44.62 for a band D property (about 85 pence per week). In the Stratford area there are 89 parishes and Stockton is 49th highest out of the 89. The highest is £143.77, the lowest is £12.76 and the average is £62.01 so in my view we are a very cost conscious council.
Lastly I would like to record my sincere thanks to my fellow Councillors and the Parish Clerk for their support throughout the year. I would also like to thank our County Councillor, Andy Crump, for his unstinting support for Stockton and I would also like to welcome our new District Councillor, Louis Adam, and look forward to working with him.
Howard Collerson (Chairman)
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