The Parish Environment Working Group is mainly concentrated on the aesthetics of the parish. Parishioners are very keen that we enter “The Best Kept Village” and “The East Midlands in Bloom” competitions in the future and this has given the Working Group a very useful focus for its investigations.
One recommendation from parishioners has already been actioned – a Lengthsman – the Parish Council has quickly responded to early feedback from the Parish Plan process by appointing a Lengthsman whose main role is to help keep the village clear of litter and rubbish. The costs are borne by South Derbyshire District Council.
Other requests and ideas from parishioners which are being investigated by the Working Group include:-
- Improving the maintenance of the Churchyard to supplement the existing grass cutting arrangement.
- Footpaths and Pavements which have been identified as needing attention, including basic maintenance, access for disabled, and overhanging foliage and hedges.
- More flowers/bulbs/trees is a strongly supported request.
- Dog Fouling is seen by many as a major problem.
- Fly tipping in the parish is also a growing problem.
- Cottage frontage in the centre of the village – an architect has offered his services free of charge and will draft some ideas for planters and benches in front of the cottages, together with the reinstatement of the village pump.
- Entrances to the village – decorative signs to be placed at the entrances to the village have been requested.
- Allotments – although not strictly an aesthetic proposal, feedback has indicated that there is a demand for the provision of additional allotments. The Parish Council will have to agree and administer any new allotments.
In all cases the Group is also looking for sources of Grants with the help of the South Derbyshire Community Relations Manager, who is a great help in identifying where funds might be available and how to secure them.
Anyone who is interested in joining this group can contact Norma Sharp on 01332 702721.