Middleton Parish Council Annual Report 2019-20

The following report was given to the remote meeting of the Parish Council held on Monday 13th July 2020 by Cllr Peter Slack.

"I would like to thank all Councillors for their work on behalf of Middleton over the last year. We welcome Cllr David Morris, who was co-opted in March. I would especially like to thank Cllr Olwen Wilson, who has recently stepped down from the Council, for her unstinting work to bring the Middleton Remembers project to fruition. This was recognised by the Derbyshire Association of Local Councils presenting Cllr Wilson with the "Councillor of the Year" award. Thanks are also due to our County Councillor, Irene Ratcliffe, our District Councillors, the Caretaker and the Parish Clerk.

It has been another eventful year in the life of the Parish Council which has seen the culmination of the Middleton Remembers project.

On Sunday 30th June 2019 Dedication of the Middleton Memorial took place on the Village Green. The service was led by Canon David Truby and the memorial was unveiled by Robert Shields, Chairman of Longcliffe Quarries. Four schoolchildren read out their poems inspired by WW1 workshops, also funded by the project. Other guests included Alan Woods DL, Cllrs Mike and Irene Ratcliffe and Neil Beards of Tarmac. There were approximately 150 members of the public in attendance.

The date chosen was the Sunday closest to the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Versailles which formally ended World War One.

A book "Middleton Remembers" by Lucy Godfrey, commissioned by the Parish Council and funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, is available at £10 a copy or can be downloaded for free in pdf format from our website.

In recognition of her huge commitment, zest and energy in bringing the Middleton Remembers Project to fruition Cllr Olwen Wilson was presented with the DALC Councillor of the Year Award.

The Parish Council continues to take an active role in the community both within the village and beyond. It is represented on the Carsington Water Liaison Group, Cromford Quarry Liaison Committee, Middleton in Bloom and the Village Green Committee.

In 2019-20 we have given grant support to the Village Pump We continue to believe that it is an essential part of village life and something Middleton should be remain extremely proud of. Editions 424 onwards are available to download from the Parish Council website and there have been over one thousand downloads in the course of they year.

We have also given support to Middleton in Bloom with a grant of £500.

The Parish Council has been consulted on thirteen planning applications and two planning appeals.

We have continued to raise concerns streetscene issues with Derbyshire County Council. CCllr Irene Ratcliffe has funded a speed survey from her Leadership fund and met with senior officers to express our concerns.

For 2019-20 we have set a precept of £13,285, an increase of 3.75%.

HM Government restrictions in response to the Covid-19 pandemic has meant that the Council has been unable to physically meet since March.

In more normal times, the Council meets at the Village Hall at 6.45pm on the second Monday of the month and we thank the Village Hall Committee for its continued hospitality.

The aftermath of the pandemic will undoubtedly bring its own challenges and we look forward to a time when it will be safe to lift the current restrictions."

Posted: Tue, 14 Jul 2020 09:01 by John Rowe

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