Annual Parish Meeting
Last year, due to Covid 19 restrictions, the Annual Parish Meeting (which would have been held in Fentham Hall in April 2020) was cancelled. This year, as restrictions on public gatherings are still in place, the Annual Village Meeting was held virtually on 13th April 2021. Although the meeting was extensively advertised, just 15 residents joined online to hear detailed reports presented by Councillors on the work of your Parish Council for the two year period from April 2019 through to March 2021. The unaudited Statement of Accounts for the year ending 31st March 2021 were also presented. Those present were able to ask questions on both the accounts and individual reports.
All of the reports are available to read on the Parish Council website (www.hamptoninarden.org.uk) or alternatively contact Parish Clerk Julie who will be pleased to supply a hard copy.
We hope to be able to return to our usual meeting in Fentham Hall in April 2022.
Catherine de Barnes Lane Tree Clearance
Many residents have expressed concerns about the extensive clearance of trees, hedgerows and other vegetation along the Lane.
The work is being carried out as part of the M42 Junction 6 Improvement Scheme. This is a major national infrastructure project by Highways England, which was approved by the Secretary of State for Transport by way of a Development Consent Order in May 2020 and following extensive consultations in which the Parish Council were heavily involved.
The main contractor for the project, Skanska-Matt McDonald, has recently issued a detailed statement about the tree clearance work and the effects on nesting birds which can be read on the Parish Council website. The Parish Council is also represented on a Working Group responsible for the landscaping of the completed scheme.
Age Concern Leaflet – How To Recognise Scams and Confidence Tricks
Age Concern have produced a guidance booklet to help older residents recognise and deal with scams and confidence tricks. Copies of this booklet, called Avoiding Scams, are available free from the Corner Shop, the Post Office, St Mary’s Pharmacy, the Village Stores and NISA at Catherine de Barnes, and, when open, from the Parish Office in Marsh Lane. Further copies can be obtained by contacting the Parish Clerk and an online version is available via the Parish Website.
The George Fentham Trust is generously making land available in Eastcote Lane for new allotments. The site, which is adjacent to Hampton Garden Centre (formerly Craddocks Nursery) will be leased and managed by the Parish Council and will provide 12 full sized plots and include a small car park and water supply.
As the land is in the Green Belt planning permission is required and an application is to be submitted shortly and, if granted, work will be underway to bring the new allotments into use a quickly as possible. There is a waiting list for sites which is maintained by our Parish Clerk, Julie, who can provide information if required.
Whilst we are still hopeful that Step 4 of the Covid Roadmap will take effect from 21st June, the Festival Committee has taken the decision that due to many uncertainties which remain and the fact that this date is very close to the usual Festival weekend dates they have no alternative but postpone this year’s Festival.
The Committee is hopeful if everything continues to plan and the village feels comfortable in mixing and socialising together – which we suspect many will be after a year of lockdown – that we look to hold a scaled down Festival in the either late August or early September. The Committee is also looking into the possibility of holding a Village Bonfire and/or Fireworks Night this year.