The full meeting report is available for reading at www.whissendine.net.
About thirty residents joined Parish Councillors for the meeting on 18 March. This followed its usual format with reports from the Police Community Support Officer, Mr Farr, who gave the Chairman’s synopsis of the work of the Parish Council, and several of the village organisations. It is a condition of receiving grants from the public purse that an account of how it’s spent should be given, but at the same time it’s interesting to learn of the progress made by those who volunteer their time and efforts on behalf of the village. The PC Chairman’s main news item was that a new speed reactor had been ordered for the village for the Ashwell Road entrance and the site had been agreed with RCC. Mrs Lake remembered Ward Councillor Montgomery and the contribution he had made to village life over the years. Points raised from the floor included the state of Pickwell Lane, damage to public footpaths around stiles, increased dog fouling, and whether Whissendine should have a 20mph limit throughout the village. The Chairman promised that all of these issues would be considered by the PC, with some that could be dealt with quickly, and others that would depend on negotiation with RCC. The full meeting report is available for reading at www.whissendine.net, and it was the new website that was the centrepiece of the evening. Volunteer creators and administrators, Philip Tatham and Colin Miles were thanked for their work. They have given an important tool that will provide information for all village residents, support the village institutions and groups, enable the Parish Council to fulfil its legal obligations and promote the village to those outside of Whissendine. A website that is functional, maintained so that it’s up to date and is easy and attractive to use is exactly what is needed in the 21st century. However, be assured it will run alongside the Grapevine. It is not intended as a replacement.