An unexpected development during the year has been the resignation of Kate Asbury as Clerk. It has been a struggle to find a new replacement – but the end may be in sight as we have now had a number of suitable applicants – Kate is staying on for the moment until we appoint a new person.
Andy and Robbie attended a training course on Standing Orders and Council procedures late last year and have assisted in updating our internal documents to keep us in line with best practice of accountability and transparency. It’s very dull but necessary and long overdue. We are making good progress in adopting new procedures and reviewing them annually.
The AC PC facebook page that was set up last year has gone from strength to strength with more views and interactions since its inception. The parish website and community portal has been transferred into Parish ownership but is yet to gain any funding from local companies and organisation via advertising. http://allcannings.org.uk
We won the title of ‘Best Kept Village – Medium’ in the Autumn. The entry this time was completed by Kate with input from others of us. We will be entered in the super league again this year. It is hoped we can sort out the hanging of the latest winner’s plaque in a prominent position in time for the next round of judging. If we win this time we will ensure more people are aware of the awards ceremony via flyers if time allows.
Not all the things we have to deal with are popular of course. We have a long-standing tradition of allowing sustainable and appropriate development to keep All Cannings as a living, vibrant community. Sometimes development plans as submitted aren’t suitable, but we listen to you, our electors too and don’t recommend just anything. (But we don’t have the final say!)
The many things above sum up the many successes and a couple of failures with the Parish Council. All members of the Parish council, whether born and bred in the village or relative newcomers like myself work quietly for the good of the village and parish as a whole.
Thanks also to anyone else who has supported us over the last year and special thanks to the Concert at the King’s contributions which have enabled our projects to continue.
Thanks again to our clerk Kate, many thanks to my fellow councillors and all volunteers who work tirelessly behind the scenes to make the Parish what it is today.
Amy Gray, Chair