Ightenhill residents complain about horses damaging paths and verges

PARISH COUNCIL – Present at Ightenhill Parish Council’s latest meeting were: Couns Chattle (chairman), Bushby, Doyle and Mitchell, tree warden David Kilpatrick and clerk Roger Frost. Apologies were received from Couns Ferguson, Kayley and Wilson.

FINANCE COMMITTEE – The Finance Committee addressed several issues, including looking at the council’s projected income and expenditure for the coming year. The 15% reduction in the borough council’s grant would mean that if a similar level of cuts were made there would be no need to issue a precept. Arrangements were also made to speed up the audit process and the clerk was asked to arrange a meeting with the internal auditor. Further changes were agreed with regard to the annual risk assessment and the clerk was to draw up a VAT claim. It was agreed the chairman’s allowance and the bill for the fixing of the new noticeboard in Ightenhill Park Lane be paid.

COUNCIL MEETING – A complaint from a resident about horses damaging footpaths and grass verges is being dealt with by the borough council and police. The clerk has had a response from the Woodland Trust, which owns Hagg Wood, and a representative will discuss the frequent complaints with the parish council.

The new noticeboard in Ightenhill Park Lane has been erected. It was proposed flowers be planted around the noticeboard and wild flower seeds be scattered along the verges. The tree warden reported he had a number of young trees to plant. Arrangements have been made for the annual dinner in April. Coun. Mitchell pointed out the sign in Ightenhill Park Lane needs cleaning and other boundary signs should be erected. The clerk will look at costs.

No objections are to be raised about two planning applications concerning homes in Cumbrian Way and Ightenhill Park Lane.