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Chairman’s Report #2  »  Chairman's Report 2013 to 2014    (1 May, 2014)

Chalfont St. Giles Parish Council

Chairman’s  Report  for  the  year  from  April  2013  to  March  2014

There was no increase in the precept for the year 2013/14,  reflecting the current economic difficulties.  The Chairman reported that whilst there were suggestions that the national difficulties were easing,  the notion of ‘Localism’ infers that town and parish councils may be encouraged to take on responsibilities currently in the hand of District and County authorities.  This would undoubtedly result in devolution of costs which may impact on precept levels in the future. 

Throughout the year,  a Working Party,  with an architect and Chiltern D.C.,  worked to build or purchase a suitable office and meeting room within the parish for the Council and its Clerk. 

It’s Library Working Party continued to work with the Community Library Trustees to investigate the feasibility of designing and building an extension,  following its continuing success,  recognising the potential to develop its activities. 

Actively took part in opposing the proposed  HS2  railway project.  This was an ongoing campaign. 

Supported the Revitalisation Committee, through the Conservation Area Committee,  with their application for funding from  Bucks. C.C.’s Local Area Forum in respect of a feasibility study for a comprehensive traffic calming scheme.   

Successfully applied for funding for two Mobile Vehicle Activated Signs to be deployed at various strategic locations in the parish. 

Set up a Steering Group to take forward the Neighbourhood Plan,  having four Focus Groups of volunteers preparing a draft plan for submission to the next approval stage. 

Once again supported the annual Country Show,  and the Guides & Scouts renowned fireworks event. 

Again contributed to “free” up to one hour car parking in Blizzards Yard.  This was also supported by traders and businesses in order to increase the footfall in the village shopping centre.   

Continued to support the Youth Club in its ambition to build an extension to the Youth Centre.  This would enable the club to introduce more activities and encourage a growth in membership. 

The four year programme to repaint the footway lighting columns was completed during the year. 

Improvements were made to the surface and drainage of the public footpath within the playing fields. 

A new litter bin had been installed near to the main football pitch to encourage good practice in respect of litter disposal. 

Continued with preparation of a new Parish Council website.  This had been a ‘back burner project’ for some time,  but was nearing completion. 

The Council was  represented by members on 18 third party bodies.

Fourteen local organisations were supported with grants  -  another example of localism in action  -  the grants totalled £30,390. 

The Planning Committee considered 140 planning applications,  and objected to 8. 

The Parish Council had been active in attempts to find a satisfactory solution to the problems caused by the recent flooding of the underground chambers at the Telephone Exchange.  Considerable threats to local communication systems required drastic pumping measures and the disruption to the village was not acceptable.  The problem was now under control,  but the Council was working with all of the agencies involved to prepare for rapid action in the event of a repeat. 

The Chairman thanked the Vice Chairman of the Parish Council,  and all Committee Chairman,  as well as the members who give their time freely to support the community in so many ways,  with particular reference to Mr Allen for co-ordinating the Neighbourhood project.  He gave collective thanks to the Groundsmen for their work,  and to the Clerk.