Middleton Parish Council Annual Report 2021-21

I would like to thank all Councillors for their work on behalf of Middleton over the last year. We welcome Cllr Derek Renshaw who was co-opted in January. The Parish Council currently has two casual vacancies – if you would like further information about the role please speak to any councillor or contact the Parish Clerk.

Special thanks are due to our County Councillor, Cllr Irene Ratcliffe who has served Middleton for many years and who is not standing in the May Elections. We would like to thank Irene for all her work on behalf of the Parish Council.

Thanks also go to our District Councillors, our Caretaker and the Parish Clerk.

The COVID-19 pandemic has meant that the last year has been extremely challenging. We, in common with the entire local government sector, have had to discover new ways to work safely. This has necessitated remote working and we have held eleven Parish Council meetings using the Zoom platform.

Cllr Irene Ratcliffe has raised parking, visibility-splay issues, and white lining with DCC Highways on behalf of the Council.

We continue to press for the reinstatement of lighting on the B5023 Wirksworth Road, although DCC insists that this section of road fails to meet their criteria for reintroducing lighting.

We are grateful to Cllr Irene Ratcliffe for helping to fund the purchase of a speed gun for community use from her Leadership Fund.

We have made representations jointly with our District Councillors to Platform Housing on behalf of residents at Duke Fields which has resulted in outdoor maintenance issues being addressed.

We have arranged for work to trees at the Village Green and the Millennium Garden.

We have made representations on the Dene Hollow path restoration to DCC Planning Enforcement and Tarmac. When we can safely hold one a site meeting is to be arranged.

The Parish Council is a statutory consultee on planning issues. We have commented on a total of eleven applications, five of which were for tree works, and one of which was a planning appeal.

We are working in partnership with DDDC to obtain grant funding to upgrade the play equipment at the Recreation Ground.

In 2020-21 we have again provided a grant the Village Pump. The Parish Council believes the "Pump" is an essential part of village life and something Middleton should be proud of. All issues since January 2016 are available to download from our website. Since April 2020 there have been 1839 downloads in total including 885 copies from the current year.

The Middleton Remembers book remains available on our website. It has been downloaded a total of 148 times in the last twelve months.

For 2020-21 the Parish Council has set a precept of £13,350.

With lockdown being progressively lifted we look forward to a point when we can safely resume meetings at the Village Hall. Times and dates for Parish Council meetings can be found on our website.

Posted: Thu, 06 May 2021 18:34 by John Rowe

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