Parish Council

Spring 2006 newsletter


Spring Newsletter 2006

You cannot have too much information in this day and age and, as a consequence, the Parish Council will publish a newsletter three or four times each year which it hopes will be of interest to you as well as keeping you informed of its activities. Any comments you might have on style or content would be willingly received and should be addressed to the Parish Clerk, whose details are below.

Talking of parish clerks, the Council was pleased to welcome Peter Storey as its new Clerk in succession to Richard Gammage. Richard had to resign because of pressures of work in his new post within the Ministry of Defence and Peter, who is also the Clerk to Bishopstoke Parish Council took up the challenge. Peter lives in the Village and served a lifetime in the RAF before becoming Burser of Durham School for seven years and subsequently moving to Hampshire. The remainder of his spare time is spent helping people write their Wills and undertake inheritance tax planning.

You will know by now that the Council is actively following up on the comments contained in the Parish Plan, a copy of which has now gone to every household in the Sombornes as well as to those other authorities and service providers who were commented upon. The Parish Council has adopted the Plan and has set about implementing those aspects of it which fall within its area of responsibility whilst encouraging others to do likewise. The 51% response to the questionnaire sent out by the Parish Plan committee was excellent and your Councillors are grateful to all those who took significant trouble to complete and return it. Only a positive result can come from such a heartfelt response. So, watch this space.

Many of you will know that the Borough Council has granted the Parish Council a 10 year lease on the John O’Gaunt Palace site and the Top Field and that these, together with our own field, all of which have recently been used for grazing, are known as the Three Fields Site. Councillors are considering how these areas might be improved to the benefit of the Parish and its residents. Thought is also being given to a tree planting programme and any comments you might have on these or any other activities would be gratefully received. Do contact any Councillor or the Clerk.

And finally for the moment, you will be interested to hear that, following pressure from your Council, changes to the speed limits on the A3057 will be introduced in the immediate future although not unfortunately through the centre of the Village despite the particularly strong representations made on your behalf. We shall continue working on this.

The Clerk may be contacted on 01794 389688 or by e-mail: