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Chairman’s Blog

7th January 2013
Can I firstly wish all residents a happy and healthy new year.
As can be seen by some of our roads the excessive rain and winter period has resulted in numerous pot holes appearing on our roads. The easiest way to ensure these and any other Highway issues are dealt with promptly, is to either ring North Lincolnshire Council on the numbers shown below, or make an on line report at:
•    http://www.northlincs.gov.uk/transport-and-streets/roads/reportform/
For faults that require an immediate response please telephone:
•    01724 297000 during office hours.
•    01724 276444 outside office hours.
Long term problems on Stather Hill and Wood Hill, subject of numerous complaints, are being investigated by North Lincolnshire Council along with surface water issues in Thealby
Residents may have heard rumours about changes to the Flixborough Grange wind farm. I can assure residents that there are no proposals to increase the number of turbines or their height which would require a new application completely .Recent correspondence related only to their colour.
Should we have a prolonged period of heavy snow extra salt bins and supplies of salt have been secured to help maintain access to key parts of the Parish.  This is being co-ordinated by our snow warden Councillor Jim Mitchell and our Ward Councillor Elaine Marper. Can I also remind residents during the winter period to keep their eye on those senior citizens who live on their own, to ensure they are well and have sufficient food and warmth
A group of parents and children have formed a group with the aim of developing the Tennis Court on the playing field into a BMX/skateboard track and the Council who are supporting this initiative wish them well in their fund raising activities.
The Parish Council has agreed to hold the precept for 2013/2014 at the same cost to residents as last year.
Noel Thornes Chairman

15th October 2012
Welcome to the new Burton upon Stather Parish Council web site which I hope Parishioners and visitors to the site will find informative. I wish to thank Councillor Craig Allison and other Councillors involved for their work with the web provider on this project and former Councillor Miles Aykroyd for his work in developing and maintaining the former site

This is the first blog since the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Celebrations and I would like to thank all those involved in co-ordinating and organising the very successful series of events that involved all age groups in the Parish.

The planning application for a further wind farm on the edges of our Parish at the Winterton Landfill site has been submitted. Although the company have reduced the number of turbines from four to three the Parish has submitted its objections in relation to this development to North Lincolnshire Council.

I have been asked by several parishioners about the plans for a new primary school in Burton. After liaising with our ward Councillor Elaine Marper it is clear that if funding is approved work on the project will not commence until 2014. The Parish Council will keep a close eye on any proposals especially in relation to; if the new school will be on the existing site, if not, where is it proposed to be located and what are the proposed plans for the existing site if the school is moved ?

One of the most important and busy roles on the Parish Council is the Chair of the Planning Committee. This post has been held for many years by Councillor Steve Sowerby who has ensured all applications were well researched and provided valuable, impartial advice to committee members. As Steve has decided to step down from his role as a Parish Councillor I would like to publicly thank him for his service to the community. I would also like to welcome Councillor Bob Harris back to the Council after his co-option at the October meeting.

The Parish has regularly voiced concerns over vehicles speeding through our villages. After being identified as a high risk area for speeding vehicles, flashing speed signs will be erected in Thealby Lane, Thealby in January.

On a serious note, thefts of overhead electric cables have recently occurred both in Burton and the surrounding villages. On the last occasion electricity was cut off for several hours and I would ask residents  to ensure elderly  neighbours are safe and well should it happen again. Should anyone see individuals near power lines with unmarked vehicles at unusual times don’t hesitate to ring the Police on Tel. No. 101

As the summer of celebrations comes to an end the Parish is already in the throes of planning its Christmas festivities – how time flies.

Noel Thornes – Chairman

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