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This page which is taken from the Chairman’s report to the Annual Village Meeting illustrates the work of the Parish Council during the year from 1 April 2015 to 30 March 2016.

Members of the Parish Council this year were:

Angus Collingwood-Cameron (Chairman May-September, then Vice Chairman)
Susan Collingwood-Cameron
Jerry Dronsfield (co-opted November 2015)
Joe Easton
John Guiry
Iain Hedley
John Laing
Chris Livsey (resigned May 2015)
Jon Radgick (Vice Chairman May-September then Chairman)
Susan Rogers

In addition we would be lost without the services of our Clerk Stephen Rickitt.

Stone bench in Playwell Road
New Planter built by Ronnie Anderson

In the last year the activities of the Parish Council have included:

We found a new editor for the village newsletter, many thanks to Graham Hall who kindly volunteered and who now produces the newsletter and to Richard Verrill who copies it on the Glanton Heritage Group’s copier, and to Joe Easton who organises the distribution.

We also worked with the Glanton Heritage Group who produced the new fingerposts for the signs at Playwell Road and the turning to Branton partly funded by the Parish Council and now taken over by the PC. These provide a significant improvement in our street scene.

We formed a working party to consider the bank at the junction of West Turnpike and Front Street which produced a plan to maintain it with a six-monthly mowing, to plant wild flower seeds on the bank and to improve the street furniture. This plan has been started and remains an on-going activity.

We organised a Beacon Lighting on the occasion of HM The Queen’s official birthday. The beacon was lit on top of Glanton Hill and we thank John Guiry who allowed the use of his land and provided the material for the beacon.

Brass plaques on the new pole
New handrail at the shop

Our regular activities which were continued included:

Mowing the footpath from the tennis court field south towards Whittingham (this is paid for by NCC and contracted out).

We maintain the Snow Squad as a group of volunteers prepared to assist others in the village in times of difficulty due to snow.

We organised the annual village clean-up a week prior to the Glanton Show.


Our regular administrative tasks include:

Commenting on planning applications of which there were several this year, on NCC consultations, especially the Core Strategy planning document.

Maintaining and considering the PC’s risk register.

Liaising with NCC on matters such as drainage (some work was down to the roadside drains on the hill coming down from Powburn this year) signage, road cleaning, etc.

We made support grants of £200 each to the Glanton Memorial Hall and to Whittingham Burial Ground.


May 2016

Trees lopped behind the flagpole
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