Feb 2018

At the recent Priest Hutton Parish AGM the following officers were elected – Martin Shuttleworth – Chair, Jean Johns – Clerk, Phil Horsfield – Treasurer. Edwina Shuttleworth, the outgoing clerk, was thanked for her many years of service to the Parish. The meeting was well attended and fortunate to have County Coun Phillippa Williamson and the Mayor of Lancaster, Coun Roger Mace as guests – both of whom offered to take many of our concerns forward to the appropriate authorities. The Treasurer presented a statement of account for the year up to March 2018. This showed a very healthy closing balance of £2,490.00. It was agreed to keep the precept at £2,000, donate £500 to the Village Hall for the purchase of new staging and raise the Clerk’s honorarium to £100. The Risk Assessment document was circulated and it was agreed that there were no uninsured or unmanaged risks to the Parish. A document about the Community Governance Review was circulated and after an explanation about the purpose of this review from County Coun Williamson, and a short discussion, a vote was taken and it was unanimously agreed that Priest Hutton will remain as an individual Parish with no changes. Chairman’s Report for 2017 highlighted the following successes: Grass cutting of the Village Green and has been well done. Parish land (Nature Reserves) have been kept tidy. The fence at the junction of Whitebeck Lane / Burton Road has been painted. A joint website for Borwick & Priest Hutton has been created. He also mentioned several concerns: The height of the hedges on the top left hand side of Whitebeck Lane. Potholes in the roads. Dredging of the Beck. Flooding in the Village. The unsightly metal structure in the field at the junction of Whitebeck Lane and Burton Road. Plans were made to address all these concerns. Villagers said that they would like names be put on all roads in the Village. The next Priest Hutton Parish Meeting will be on Thursday, May 17th 2018 at 8pm in the Memorial Hall. After the meeting villagers enjoyed a glass of wine and nibbles.