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Chairman's ReportsSat, 6th March 2021

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Chairman’s Report #4  »  Chairmans Report 2016 to 2017    (12 June, 2017)

2016/17 was an interesting year for the Parish Council which saw some great achievements for the Parish of Chalfont St Giles.

The work on the Neighbourhood Plan was resurrected and to date has been progressed to the Section 14 Draft Plan Consultation phase. We could not have achieved this without the hard work of John Bradley. This phase is still active until 12 June so if you haven’t already done so, go to the Parish Council website and complete the survey to ‘have your say’.

We produced a carefully considered response to The Chiltern and South Bucks Local Plan 2014-2036 Greenbelt Options after employing a planning consultant to help us to understand the issues involved.

We actively petitioned the House of Lords and the House of Commons select committees to consider mitigation for the residents and businesses of Chalfont St Giles. We would like to thank Cllr Mary Phillips for her work along with the Save St Giles group for actively campaigning on our behalf.

Throughout the year we have continued to move our Motor vehicle activated signs around the parish to highlight the speed restrictions. This has helped with traffic calming in the area.

We have been liaising with our neighbourhood policing teams, Buckinghamshire County Council, Chiltern District Council, environmental health and paradigm housing to try to improve conditions for many of our residents. For example, every quarter we give our three policing priorities to Thames Valley Police to help them to direct their limited resources to the areas where they are most needed.

We continue to maintain 120 street lights within the parish and following the results of a structural and electrical survey we have set up a working party to shape the future of street lighting within the conservation area and the rest of the parish.

 We inspect our two children's play areas on a weekly basis. We have invested in training for our head groundsman to ensure that these inspections are conducted to the highest standards. We also have an external annual maintenance inspection of the equipment to ensure the safety of all users. During the last 12 months we spent £6500 on maintenance and safety.

The parish council assisted by our two grounds men maintained the recreation grounds at Bowstridge Lane as well as the Village Green, Riverside Walk and Silver Hill.

We administered and maintained the cemetery at Bowstridge Lane and we took on the responsibility for the closed Deanway United Church cemetery.

Our planning committee considered 140 planning applications and objected to 30 plans. The work currently being conducted on the neighbourhood Plan will in the future add weight to our objections and support developments which uphold the village ethos.

Our first year of carrying out the services devolved from Buckinghamshire County Council namely grass cutting, weed spraying, siding out and hedge cutting has generally been very successful although it has been a learning experience  and we hope to use those experiences to improve the services that we provide this coming year.

Internally we have updated and improved our policy documents in line with legislative changes to provide robust support and guidance to the parish council.

We have improved training and equipment for our staff to ensure that we remain health and safety compliant.

Our parish councillors are active members on 20 local organisations committees ensuring that the council is fully aware of activities, events and concerns of those involved within the parish.

We welcomed our new Councillor Carly Sweales to in March.

As Chairman of the Parish Council I would like to thank all of the councillors and staff for their hard work over the last 12 months.