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Parish Council Chairman's Report for 2012   ()

Lesbury Parish Council.

Chairman’s Annual Report.               Year ending May 2012.


I am pleased to report that the council has kept within its budget during the first year of devolvement of responsibilities from Northumberland County Council to Parish Councils.  This means that it has not been necessary to raise the Precept for the coming year.


This has been a year of significant events in the life of Lesbury Parish.


·         the visit of the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh last June,

·         resumption of Post Office services,

·         improved drainage in the Pond Field,

·         a number of new members for the Village Hall Management Committee,

·         a number of walk descriptions added to the Parish web site,

·         the continuation of the Newsletter, now in its 5th year of production,

·         completion of 90% of the Actions suggested in the Parish Plan.



A number of projects, some major, have been completed with the help and cooperation of our partners, Northumberland County Council and Northumberland Estates.


·         resurfacing of the Longhoughton Road and South View,

·         new railings on the north side of Steppey Lane bridge,

·         fencing at Curly Lane,

·         resolution of problems involving rights of way and signage,

·         purchase of extra grit bins and waste bins

·         obtaining detailed statistical data regarding traffic flow for use in tackling the problem of speeding,

·         new notice boards showing walks in the Parish.


There have also been a number of new initiatives during the past year.


·         a number of volunteers are tackling the litter problem by “picking” on a regular basis rather than once a year,

·         Lesbury Parish has entered the Northumbria in Bloom competition for the first time.  It is hoped that this will encourage continued improvement and enhancement and generate a sense of pride in our Parish.


I was pleased to welcome two new councillors during the year, Mrs Alma Duncan and Mr John Wright, both of whom have attended Parish Councillors’ training sessions and are now playing an active role in Council decision making.


Finally I would like to thank the volunteers who deliver the Newsletter, those who litter-pick, those who cut grass and those who are continually supportive of the Council’s efforts.

I also thank my fellow Councillors for their continuing help and support.


T.W.Wilson       22/05/2012