The Parish Council met on Monday September 3. Members of the Westwell Players requested
permission to site a wooden workshop on the playing field to store their costumes and props. It was
agreed that a storage container, insulated and lined would be acceptable. It would not be a fire risk
and would be more secure, and a flat roof would be lower and less intrusive. Larry Krause reported as
borough councillor. He stated that he would be giving a grant to the Players towards the storage
facility, matching the grant awarded by the county councillor.
The temporary permission for the travellers' site in Watery Lane expired in August. ABC will be asked
if it will now take planning enforcement action.
Works to improve drainage on the hall access track are in hand. A possible pedestrian access from
Westwell Lane into the playing field (opposite the green triangle) was discussed; this would be a
ramp for ease of use by buggies and wheelchairs, railings and a self-closing gate. Permission from
Highways would be needed.
Tribute was paid to Robert Bellwood, playing field warden for a number of years, who died in August
after a short illness.
The recent 18-day closure of Westwell Lane highlighted the need for communication in an emergency.
Currently this is by the village facebook page and Westwell events email; these options are not
available to residents who are not online. It will be discussed at the next meeting.
Councillors' reports were given, which included: potholes in need of repair; an overgrown hedge at
Amber Leaze; the annual tree inspection showed no issues outstanding; quotes for sound attenuation
in the hall are being sought; the Chairman will speak at a meeting of the Joint Transportation Board
on the need for the continuation of the lorry parking trial (due to end on March 31). Sheila Cox
(Rector) has written to the church authorities asking that the ecclesiastical parish boundary be
changed so that it is in line with the secular boundary - due to be changed in May. If this is not
resolved some residents in Westwell parish (eg Hoads Wood Gardens, Potters Close, some properties
in Sandyhurst Lane) would not be in the parish of St
Mary WestwelL This would lead to problems if they wished, eg, to marry in the church, because of
The next meeting is on Monday, November 5. All meetings are open to the public.