Stilton Parish Council – Annual Report

Annual Report

Following on from the Annual Parish Meeting on 04/05/21, please find below the Chairman’s Annual Report.

Parish Council 1% Precept Increase Explained

Please see below for an explanation regarding the 1% precept increase on Council Tax bills this year …

Parish Council Precept 21-22

The Skate Park is Open Again!

Skate Park opens in time for the Easter holidays

Following updates from Skateboard GB and Government guidance, the Parish Council has re-opened the skate park.

Restrictions still apply in terms of social distancing … no more than 6 users or 2 family groups are allowed to skate at any one time.  Please remember to wash your hands after visiting the park and we continue to ask that no food be consumed while in the park.

See the updated Risk Assessment for more details https://www.stiltonparishcouncil.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/Mar21-SPC-SKATEPARK-C19-Risk-Assessment-SEPT-2020.pdf

Skateboard GB’s roadmap out of National Lockdown for Skateboarding is below …

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Thank you for your help in keeping all users safe👍🏼

Covid Restrictions – Step 1 effectual from 29/03/21

Covid-19 restrictions from 29/04/21 change to Step 1, see below for more details …

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/covid-19-coronavirus-restrictions-what-you-can-and-cannot-do?fbclid=IwAR3HBwXG4GWKgoLcEk3dIzld9mxWZoVj6rwdf-fsB8itC8eL9opwn2ZmIeQ

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MVAS on the way!

Watching your speed ……..

We’re all aware that some drivers don’t keep to the 30 mph limit in the village, indeed, some drive well above the speed limit at times.  Over the years, Stilton’s Speedwatch team have measured vehicle speeds in several parts of the village and we’ve used the data collected to show that more traffic calming measures are needed.  The Parish Council has used the information in bids to Cambridgeshire County Council’s Local Highways Improvement (LHI) scheme that funds road safety measures across the region each year.  For 2020-21 our bid was successful and the Moveable Vehicle Activated Sign (MVAS) that we announced last year will be with us soon.

We shall be placing the MVAS in various places around the village where we’ve observed speeding vehicles, moving it from time to time to cover North Street, High Street and Church Street. The equipment will measure the speed of approaching vehicles and display this to the driver together with a warning if they are travelling too fast.  The equipment will also record the speed of all vehicles travelling both towards and away from the MVAS and so we shall have a record of speeds of all passing vehicles.  This information will help us to decide if further calming measures are needed and help us make further bids to the County.

The Parish Council’s LHI bid for 2021-22 has already been submitted and we are awaiting the outcome.  The MVAS will help remind us all of the 30 mph speed limit in the village and how important it is to keep our speeds low. The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) points out that a pedestrian hit at 30 mph has a 93% chance of survival, but at 40 mph this falls to a little over 60%!  Unfortunately, Speedwatch has recorded many vehicles travelling faster than 40 mph in the village.

We know that there are a number of traffic issues in Stilton, some can be addressed through LHI funding but major changes require action by the County Council. Parking and road safety in the centre of the village is of particular concern and the Parish Council is organizing a working party with our District and County Councillors to look at the problems and see what can be done.

Speedwatch has been important for Stilton, to help calm traffic speeds during Speedwatch sessions, to raise awareness of speeding issues and to provide information to aid bids for calming measures. At the time of writing, due to COVID restrictions, Speedwatch is not operating.  However, as restrictions are lifted we shall be able to start our regular activities again. We’re always looking for more volunteers so, if you are interested in joining the Speedwatch team, please contact Keith Bull, Stilton’s Speedwatch Coordinator, at .

New Mums & Tots Group

Barn Close Play Area Re-Opens!

Barn Close Play Area is open!

 

Following maintenance works, the Parish Council has undertaken a Covid-19 Risk Assessment at the Play Area and is pleased to announce it is now open and ready for use.  You can read the full document here https://www.stiltonparishcouncil.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/SPC-BC-Covid-19-Risk-Assessment-Feb21.pdf

Given we are still in lockdown, we ask …

  • Only one family at a time uses the play area so that a 2m social distance can be maintained
  • All rubbish is placed in the bin
  • No food is consumed in the park
  • Hands are washed after using the equipment

There are two new signs in the play area to provide a reminder of current recommendations when using play equipment (see pic of Cllr Gilden securing them in place👍🏼)

Thank you for your patience and understanding while the Parish Council carried these works out.

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New Play Park Presentation

Click below for the new Play Park presentation as detailed at the Open Public Meeting held on 27/01/21.

New Play Park – Open Public Meeting

OPEN PUBLIC MEETING – ALL WELCOME!

Following the Parish Council’s Extraordinary meeting on 25/01/21, it has been resolved that the new Play Park is to be located at the Pavilion Playing Field.

There will be an Open Public meeting providing further details on this on 27/01/21 at 7.30pm via Zoom.

If you would like to attend or have any questions, please click on the link below to join the meeting.

We look forward to seeing you there … and getting started on the new Play Park soon!

Topic: Play Park Open Public Meeting
Time: Jan 27, 2021 07:30 PM London

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Logs Available

🌳Lovely Logs🌳

The Parish Council has recently had 2 poorly Poplars felled in the Cemetery and chopped up.  The PC would like to offer this green wood (it is in need of seasoning before being ready to warm your toes by) to residents for their use.

If you are interested in the wood, the Parish Council is asking for donations which will be used for good causes in the village (we’ll keep you updated on how much we receive and where the money is spent.)

Please contact SPC’s newest councillor, Michelle Lockyer at or on

07522 611771 for more details on how to make a donation and where the wood can be collected from.

 Thank You