Annual Report - 24th April 2017

Following the election last May, we have had two Councillors step down. We have appointed Cllr Roger Jones and still have one vacancy remaining.

Downs: Excellent work by Kingskerswell Natural History Society continues to progress well. Since the opening of the South Devon Highway a height barrier has been put in place at the entrance to the car park. There has been some progress at Jubilee Woods although work is continuing.

A small number of trees will need attention in the near future, and a phone mast work request will see the removal of a narrow line of trees to improve the mobile phone signal for the village. It is intended to fill the gap with trees thinned from Jubilee Woods.

Drainage works in the playing field and works by the entrance from Weavers Way have settled. The weir on the new channel has been raised. The Parish Council are looking into outdoor gym equipment to be installed between the muga and the bridge. The Pavilion was used more in the summer last year but this comes with the occasional noise issue, it is quieter in the football season. Litter remains an issue and brings me on to the sad news that Bill Rossiter passed away recently, Bill worked tirelessly for the Sports Club completing all the tasks that kept the playing field ship shape, including picking litter.

New land acquisition: the Parish Council is hoping to obtain some areas of land, one for youth activities and others for conservation. Council tax precept was raised this year to pay for purchase and development of the land

The former main road has been the subject of consultation responses and other feedback to DCC, this work is still ongoing.

This year has seen larger planning applications being presented by: Crown Estates; at Charles Road; and for BMW at Coventry Farm. There have also been many smaller/householder applications.

Mike Haines

Chairman, Kingskerswell Parish Council

April 2017