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For the edition dated 24th June 2020
NOTTINGHAM KNOCKERS: Urgent message to all residents. There is a character knocking on doors (last reported in the Market Fields area) claiming he's an ex offender selling stuff under a police sponsored scheme. He has been aggressive when told to go away. Please be careful if your alone and don't let him into your property under any circumstance.
PARISH COUNCIL: The Eccleshall Parish Council held its first meeting since the March lockdown and this time using the Zoom system. Fourteen councillors attended the meeting and three members of the public. During the pubic participation session County and Borough Councillor Jeremy Pert spoke including a thank you to all of the care workers, businesses and volunteers who had been helping to make the time bearable. He gave a report on what the County and Borough councils had been doing during this difficult time.
Two members of the council asked him questions, one on when the public toilets would be open again in Eccleshall.
The councillors considered the accounts including the audit report, decisions made under delegated powers and the council accepted the reports and noted that the auditor said “The records are maintained in an excellent manner and there is a clear and comprehensive audit trail” The councillors discussed whether or not to defer the annual general meeting until May 2021 in view of the uncertainty about the government’s regulations. They decided to defer the meeting until next near which meant that the present chairman Councillor Peter Jones and Councillor Libby Dale would continue in their roles until then.
FUTURE MEETINGS: The council decide to hold regular monthly Zoom meetings and hold committee meetings as and when they are needed. Planning committee meetings to follow the full council meetings as is customary but to hold any other planning meetings when they were required.
CIVIC SERVICE: Each year the Parish Council holds a civic service when representatives of all local groups are invited to a service in one of the local churches. In view of the current circumstances they decided to defer the service until October 2021. The service is rotated around the local churches.
PUBLIC FOOTPATHS: Councillor Ros Taylor had produced a comprehensive report on the condition of the over 130 public footpaths in the parish and the need for a handy man to carry out the regular maintenance highlighted by the 20 footpath marshals. The councillors agreed to appoint a person to carry out the work allocated through the footpaths chairman Councillor Paul Mullee, Councillor Ros Taylor and the parish Clerk Mrs Stacey Worden. The cost was already include in the budget for footpaths.
NEXT COUNCIL MEETING: The next meeting of the council will be held on Wednesday July 15 via Zoom starting at 7.30pm and the details will be shown on the council’s website www.eccleshallparishcouncil.co.uk including contact details which will enable members of the public to ’sit-in’ on the meetings.
PARISH PLANNING: A meeting of the parish planning committee was held immediately following the full council meeting and was chaired by Bryan Delanchy. Four applications were up for consideration.
ECCLIAN THANKS: Thanks to all members and friends who supported the effort to produce a limited planting of 25 mangers despite the obvious problems. Many of you were involved and we shouldn’t list names for fear of missing people off the list, but it is necessary to thank Brian and Myf Freeman for organising the planting rota in their back garden and Richard Egan for organising the team to erect the mangers on Sunday June 14. The planting is nowhere near the normal scale, but at least members have made a big effort to brighten up the town. Thanks are also due to Luke and Anne Serjeant for their “virtual Open Gardens” project.
Pics: Richard Egan and his team of local vounteers
VAN BREAK-INS:Several vans have been broken into in Cross Butts and our local officer has reminded businesses etc to ensure all vehicles are locked and alarmed where possible and high value items are removed from the vehicle when they are left unattended. Please contact Staffordshire Police on '101' - Non Emergency or '999' if a crime is in progress or a life is in danger. Patrols will be increased around the Stafford Borough
SHOPS OPEN: Among the first additional shops to open following the Covid 19 outbreak was Joclyn at Dressy@jf in the High Street, many other shops are now opening their door and keeping social distancing, do pay them a visit, they need your custom.
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