Pontesbury Parish Council Report: February 2018

The last meeting of Pontesbury Parish Council was held on the 12 February 2018.
New Parish Clerk
I wanted to take this opportunity to introduce myself as the new Parish Council Clerk and to say how much I am looking forward to working alongside you all in Pontesbury Parish. I was really pleased to be offered the position as I have heard great things about the community spirit being alive and kicking in Pontesbury. My background is that I grew up in rural Devon, my mother’s family having farmed on the north edges of Dartmoor. I then lived in rural Norfolk for 20+ years and then relocated to Oswestry where I have really enjoyed bringing up my two children. I understand the pressures facing rural communities in terms of keeping vital community spaces and services viable and have worked in support roles for local communities with Rural Community Councils and Shropshire Council and more recently have managed Oswestry Town library. I am keen to work with the Friends of Pontesbury Library working to keep this vital resource open for the community. I look forward to meeting many of you as we go about our daily lives and work. My contact details are below.
Dog fouling
The Parish Council continues to receive complaints that dog fouling continues to be a problem around the village and on the new cycleway between Pontesbury and Minsterley. Please remember dog fouling is both unpleasant and potentially dangerous, as dog faeces carry bacteria that can harm children. The Shropshire Council Dog Warden has been asked to place additional notices on the lamp posts to remind dog walkers that it is an offence, punishable by a fine, to fail to clean up after your dog when it has fouled the footpath or any other designated area. If you see someone not clearing up after their dog, please report it to Shropshire Council by calling 0345 678 9006 or online on Shropshire Council’s website (search “dog” at the top of the home page). If it is a persistent problem, please provide as much information as possible, such as at what time the incidents are occurring, a description of the dog walker and dog, and where the fouling has occurred. Shropshire Council’s patrols can then be targeted more efficiently.
Parking by the flats in Chapel Street, Pontesbury
The residents of the flats in Chapel Street have contacted the Parish Council as they are having problems parking by their own homes. The parking layby outside the property is being used by people not living or visiting there, meaning that residents must walk some way to park or are not able to get their vehicles out.
It is understood that it is sometimes used as a “Park and Ride” facility by people driving to the village and then catching the bus into Shrewsbury. Please remember that this layby is provided for residents. Finding an alternative place to park would help the Chapel Street residents.
Shropshire Royal British Legion “Silent Soldier”
The Shropshire Royal British Legion is asking local businesses if you might be interested in the Shropshire Royal British Legion “Silent Soldier” concept which marks the sacrifice of those who fell in the four war years leading up to the Armistice in November 1918. Commemorative events will be held across the United Kingdom during 2018, 100 years after the end of the First World War, and you may wish to join Shropshire RBL in remembering those who lost life and limb all those years ago. The Silent Soldier is the black silhouette of a First World War “tommy”. It is anticipated that it will be displayed nationwide throughout 2018 as a powerful reminder of the sacrifices made by service personnel of Britain and the Empire during World War One. Shropshire RBL is inviting companies, councils and community groups to sponsor the Silent Soldier. The Silent Soldier is made of weather-proof dibond and may be fixed to flat surfaces, like a wall, or attached to vertical angle irons as free standing figures. The figure is supplied with angle irons and nuts and bolts. It may be purchased as a simple figure with a base panel reading “1914 – 1918 Lest we Forget”, or as a figure with a company name included in the base panel. Details on how to obtain a Silent Soldier may be obtained from the Royal British Legion Jenny Robey, Community Fundraiser, Shropshire; mobile 07918 562902; jrobey@britishlegion.org.uk
Next meeting
The Annual Parish Meeting will be held on Monday 12 March at 7:30 in Pontesbury Public Hall (see separate notice) followed by an extraordinary meeting of the Parish Council to consider any urgent matters. The next full Parish Council meeting is to be held on Monday 9 April. Members of the public are welcome to attend. If you need to contact the Parish Council, please phone or email the Parish Clerk.
Mrs Debbie Marais, Parish Clerk, Pontesbury Parish Council
8 Holbache Road, Oswestry, SY11 1RP
Email: pontesburypc@gmail.com
Tel: 01691 661157 (Please leave a message
if I am not available to answer your call)

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