Next Parish Council Meeting
The Parish Council (PC) represents the interests of the local community in South Witham and is made up of 11 councillors and the parish clerk. Meetings are usually held on the first Tuesday of every month, at 7.30 pm in the village hall on Water Lane. Residents are welcome to attend these meetings and there is a 15 minute public forum between 7.30 pm and 7.45 pm, when members of the public may ask questions or make short statements to the Council.
An annual parish meeting is usually held in May at which the Council reports to the electorate on the past year, presents the annual accounts and answers any questions.
Notice of meetings, agendas and minutes are posted on notice boards around the village and Minutes will also appear on this website.
A new cemetery has been established adjacent to the allotment area, at the junction of North Witham Road and Moor Lane which opened on the 1st January 2014. This cemetery is the responsibility of South Witham Parish Council (SWPC) and the parish clerk will maintain a register of burials for this purpose.
After January 2014, the existing cemetery on the North Witham Rd will not have any new burials, apart from those in reserved spaces. It will only be open for cremations. This cemetery is the responsibility of the church.
There are 25 allotments at the junction of N Witham Road and Moor Lane. The rents vary according to the size of the individual plots. At present all are being used. The rental agreements run from May to May and should anyone be interested in obtaining an allotment, should one become vacant, then please contact the Parish Council Clerk.
The Parish Council maintains the play area, the skateboard park and the basket ball unit on the recreation ground behind the village hall, Water Lane; this not only includes repairs caused by general wear and tear but also the mending of damage done by deliberate vandalism.
Monthly safety inspections are undertaken by SWPC and there is an annual Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, (ROSPA) inspection by Playsafety Ltd.
The Parish Council has the authority to raise a precept to finance its expenditure. The Parish Council has the responsibility of ensuring that the finances are in good order and value for money is obtained when purchasing services and goods.
Traffic and Highways
The Parish Council has regular contact with Lincolnshire Country Council (LCC) Highways. There are ongoing discussions with LCC Highways on resolving the parking and speeding problems in consultation with the Police.
Policing and Crime Prevention
The Parish Council is active in working with the Police in reducing and preventing crime in the villages. The Police are routinely invited to Parish Council meetings
The Parish Council reports faulty streetlights that should be fixed by the contractor within 10 days.
SWPC employs a community street cleaner to routinely litter-pick in the village, to keep it as tidy as possible. This is partially funded by a grant from South Kesteven District Council, (SKDC). The District Council is responsible for the provision and emptying of litterbins around the village.
There is also an annual litter-pick and village clean up, usually in the spring. All residents are invited to participate in this.
The Parish Council is a statutory consultee in planning but has no decision-making powers.
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|March 2017 minutes||40.18 KB|
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|December 2016 minutes||43.67 KB|
|December 2016 EGM minutes||17.59 KB|
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|External Auditors Certificate and Report for 2015/16 accounts (as at Sept 16)||3.09 MB|
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|annual return 2016 - see June 2016 minutes||2.07 MB|
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Here are Some Useful documents about the winter services of SKDC and LCC
Self Help Tips: Clearing snow from footpaths
- work from the footpath at all times - working towards oncoming traffic wherever possible
- place the snow on the verge or grassed areas.
- place snow at edges of footpaths next to the road. This helps to form a safety barrier between cars and pedestrians
- put sand or ash down on cleared areas as it will give grip to walkers.
- use grit/salt from grit bins sparingly.
- lift too much snow or ice at one time. Compacted snow can be very heavy.
- use hot water to melt ice or snow – it may refreeze to form “black ice”.
- obstruct accesses or footpaths with the snow.
- use grit/salt from highway grit bins on private property – that is theft.
- You do not need to use a lot of salt - a teaspoon of salt per square metre will defrost ice patches..
- work in blizzard conditions.
Self help tips clearing snow off roads
use purpose built snowploughs if available.
skim the top of the snow off with a JCB/ mechanical bucket to leave an inch of snow so you do not damage the road surface, remove cateyes or come into contact with ironwork.
Keep in regular contact – minimum hourly – with your operating base
report any damage caused or found
operate with dipped beam headlights at all time.
operate flashing/rotating amber beacons (where fitted) at all times.
place the snow on the verge or grassed areas.
scrape the road surface with a JCB/mechanical bucket
obstruct accesses or footpaths with the snow.
Vehicle operators/drivers must have and use:
Emergency food and drink
Mobile telephone or radio system
Wear stout footwear
Wear snow and ice grippers when walking outside of vehicle
When working outside
Wrap up warm
Wear a reflective coat if available
Wear stout footwear
Wear snow and ice grippers when walking – especially when pushing snow
Beware of hypothermia and wind chill effects
The law on clearing snow and ice from on roads and public spaces
There is no law stopping you from clearing snow and ice on the pavement outside your property, pathways to your property or public spaces. This includes both public carriageways and footways.
If an accident did occur, its highly unlikely that you would be sued as long as you:
Use common sense to make sure that you do not make the pavement or pathway clearly more dangerous than before
People using areas affected by snow and ice also have responsibility to be careful themselves
Hear what your Parish Council
is planning to do to reduce speeding and hgvs on our roads
Wednesday 14th December
in the Village Hall
6.30pm - 7.30pm
We've listened to you now hear our ideas for the way forward
If you have any questions for this meeting then please ensure
you submit them to the Parish Clerk before the 6th December
Tel 01476 552166 or email firstname.lastname@example.org