The Parish Council Clerk, Gary Vickery, has found that clerking is not for him and that the time requirements of the job do not fit well with his other interests. He has formally resigned but will carry on until Easter.
The PC are analysing the role of clerk and will be separating out the financial aspects of the job, which over recent years have become increasingly technical. Gary, who has a background in management consulting, is continuing to assist us in this.
If you, or someone you know, might be interested in taking on the role, please contact Gary on 01793 686150 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The appeal opened on Tuesday 22nd January with well over 100 people attending. The first speakers included South Marston Parish Councillor Tony Leathart who raised:
The visual impact of the 170ft high chimney on the rural aspect of our village
The risk that pollution from the process would not be possible to control effectively
The likelihood of HGVs queuing on the approach to the site, with the risk of congestion on roads inside and outside the Keypoint site
The lack of sufficient waste from the local area, requiring transit from too wide an area into the site.
On the last point, Rolton Kilbride had submitted further documents claiming that additional waste could be brought in by train from a wider area with no resulting impact on local traffic. Their proposal was to bring trains into the rail link site, offload using HGVs which would then travel on the roads internal to the Keypoint site to be unloaded at the plant.
Our representative stated that this was simply not practical – only a few trains had ever been brought into the rail-link and there was no confirmation that Network Rail would give permission for use of the main line track access. Furthermore, the HGVs working adjacent to the rail-link siding within the Keypoint would impact severely on access by existing occupiers, particularly Honda’s deliveries and those warehouses involved in supplying Honda’s ‘just-in-time’ production operation.
The full appeal response from South Marston Parish Council can be viewed here.
The appeal continues on Tuesday 29th January at the Steam museum, beginning each day from 9.30 a.m.
This will be our third Village clean up event. We would like
to see as many residents including families getting involved. It’s very
rewarding seeing your village all clean & tidy, working in small teams
& meeting fellow residents. Any time you can give will be much appreciated.
Please meet at the Village Hall at 11am for refreshments,
safety brief & supply of equipment.
Let’s all work together to keep South Marston a clean &
safe place to live. At the same time helping the environment.
If you are unable to join us, can you spend a few minutes
tidying outside your property. It all helps.
Angus MacPherson, the Police And Crime Commissioner, is looking to increase the Police precept to allow the recruitment of additional Police Officers. Please let him know what you think by completing a quick feedback questionnaire, before the end of January.