Our co-opted councillors, Tony Mills and Kevin Holt, were formally appointed at our September meeting.
The planning application to build 71 dwellings at Woodside Farm, off the Common, Crich, has been amended. The number of dwellings has been reduced to 58 but the scheme still conflicts with the Crich Parish Neighbourhood Plan in several respects and the Parish Council has therefore lodged its objections.
Another day of training in the use of defibrillators has been held at the Glebe and we are grateful to the first responders for giving up their time to do this. The Fritchley defibrillator was deployed recently and it's good to know that it was there when it was needed.
We are still waiting for the Diocese to give us a date for the consecration of the extension to the Burial Ground. Apparently the reason for the delay is that the Bishop of Repton, who will conduct the consecration, is on sabbatical leave.
Severn Trent Water have been reporting to us regularly on their work to eliminate the sewage smell from the Bowns Hill area of Crich, and we thought that the problem had been eradicated. However, further complaints have been made and we are therefore taking up Severn Trent's offer to come and meet us to discuss the issue.
We have encountered problems this year with putting up the large Christmas tree in Crich Market Place because of a parked vehicle. The tree will therefore be going up later than usual.
Next summer we hope to extend the floral displays in the Market Place, in partnership with the local businesses.
The PLACE project has obtained funding for a youth shelter and another swing for the Recreation Ground.
The Parish Council has established a working party to look at climate and re-greening issues. It is hoped that this group will include the wider community in the longer term, given the overwhelming importance of climate change to all of us, especially our children and grandchildren. Initially the group is looking at planting trees and shrubs around the parish but will examine other possibilities beyond that.
Finally, I should like to wish all of our parishioners a very happy Christmas and a peaceful New Year.
Cllr. Margaret Lane
Chair of Crich Parish Council