Parish Council

Next Parish Council Meeting

The next Parish Council Meeting is on

Tue, 5th December 2017

7:00 PM

at

South Witham Village Hall

The next Parish Council meeting to be held on Tues 5th December will begin at the earlier time of 7pm.

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.

Cemetery

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.

Allotments

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.

Play Areas

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.

Finance

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

Street lighting

The Parish Council reports faulty streetlights that should be fixed by the contractor within 10 days.

Clearing Litter

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.

Planning

The Parish Council is a statutory consultee in planning but has no decision-making powers.

 

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South Witham Parish Council - Register of Pecuniary Interests 

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At South Witham Parish Council's meeting of the 4th September 2012, the SKDC Code of Conduct was adopted by SWPC, in accordance with the Localism Act 2011

 

Keith Jolley
(Chair)​​
13/05/2017

Employment- snr contracts manager/ Consultant, Spouse - property manager ( Portugal)

Clifford Ashton
(Vice Chair) 
19/05/2015 Land - house owned jointly with spouse, 25 Wellfield Close, SW
Catherine Hodgkin 19/05/2015 Land- house owned 20 Water Lane, SW

Maria Kinning

19/05/2015 Employment- own business motorcycle training with spouse,
Land - house owned jointly with spouse 13 Wimberley Way

Sandra Lansdowne

19/05/2015 Land - house owned jointly with spouse, 6, The Parkside, SW

Frances Parish

19/05/2015 Land- house owned jointly with spouse, 6 Hill View Rd, South Witham
Andrea Smith 19/05/2015 Land - house jointly owned with spouse, 10 Tollemache Fields, SW 

Claire van Straubenzee

19/05/2015

Employment- Trustee of the Henry van Straubenzee Memorial Fund-
no profit, gain or salary, spouse as per member.
Spouse also CEO of the Newstraid Benevolent Fund salaried employee.
Land - house and 8 acres of land jointly owned with spouse
Tanyard House, 13 Church Lane, SW

Albert White

19/05/2015  Employment - owner of Whites Recycling Ltd, business in the village.
Land- 25 acre industrial site, 2 x 4 acre fields, house owned jointly
with spouse 29 Water Lane

James Oldfield 

07/07/2015 Land- house owned jointly with spouse, 8 Launds Green, SW 
Raymond Robinson 04/07/2017 Employment - self employed maintenance man

 



 

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Drop in Evening

On the 24th January on a horrible wet evening the young people of the village were invited down to the Village Hall to chat to some of the people who can get things done in the village. The main plan was to get their advice and ideas about sporting activities that might be available should the village get a lottery grant.  I think the idea was to get their input about a possible sporting holiday club for the summer holiday.

The young people that came were really enthusiastic about getting the skate park regenerated and improved, they were great to talk to and seemed to enjoy the coke and crisps provided.  Whether or not the lottery grant would stretch to their ideas remains to be seen but we will make enquires as to how much they would cost.

Apart from the skate park other ideas came up such as tabletennis, football and basketball.

Another meeting has been set for the half term week.  

Please pass the word to all the young people in the village,18th February 3pm-4:30pm

Thank you 

 

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