Parish Council News March 2018

Parish Council Community Awards

There are so many individuals and groups who volunteer their own time to make a positive contribution to our community. Without them our village would not be as lovely as it is;there’s always something to do or take part in for the young,the more mature and those in between. The village is kept clean and tidy,facilities are looked after,a helping hand is never far away and there’s so much more. For these reasons,the Parish Council wants to recognise the commitment of some of these people and groups who make our village so wonderful by presenting two special Community Awards each year at the Parish Assembly,which usually takes place in May. This year the Assembly will be held on Thursday 24th May at 7.30pm at which the awards will be presented for the first time. We need your help with nominating either an individual or an organisation/local business who has/have made a positive contribution that benefits our parishioners and visitors to our parish. Remember,the parish includes Gnosall,Moreton,Bromstead,Outwoods and Knightley. Please contact the parish office for a nomination form or,if it’s easier,please send your nominations by email to clerk@gnosallparishcouncil.org.uk by Monday 16th April. All nominations will be considered and the winners will be announced on 24th May. We all know someone who does that extra bit to make a huge difference,so please let us know.

Dog owner responsibilities

Being a responsible dog owner means clearing up after your dog and taking bagged dog mess home or putting in a bin. Most of Gnosall’s dog owners follow the simple rules but a few don’t. The Parish Council led a successful campaign in 2016/2017 and the amount of dog mess not cleared up dropped significantly. However,there’s been a lapse and reports of un-cleared dog mess have been on the increase,especially in places where people may not think it matters,such as on the canal tow path and railway line – it does matter,someone else has to clean up afterwards Members of our Best Kept Village Team had to clear a lot of bagged dog mess from the junction of the railway and canal recently. This is not pleasant and not fair;they would much prefer to be doing something else to keep our village looking its best. It is a criminal offence not to clean up after your dog and fines can be imposed. The Parish Council will be liaising with Stafford Borough Council to arrange visits from the Enforcement team who carry out spot checks. Please clean up after your dogs,always. Dog bags are available in limited supply from the parish office or are very cheap to buy.

The Acres Picnic site

As we near warmer and dryer weather the Parish Council is hoping to utilise the picnic site on the Acres for community events. A bird box making event was held in February,the first of several planned events. It is an ideal spot for groups to meet and for activities to take place and hopefully our ideas will capture the interest of all ages as well as capturing the interest of groups such as the Guide and Scout movement,the local youth clubs,school and nurseries. If you have any ideas or are part of a group that could utilise this space please let us know.

Dates for your Diary

• The next Council meeting will be held on Monday 12th March at 7.30pm in the Brearley Room. All parishioners are welcome to attend Council meetings and can raise any matters during the public open forum
• GFest Film Night
(Paddington 2 and Murder on The Orient Express) 24th March
• Annual Assembly,24th May at 7.30pm

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