May I take this opportunity of thanking my Vice Chairman and all the Councillors for their help during the last year. I would especially like to thank Cllr Haines for the help he has given me and also for chairing the Downs Committee also Cllr Hartley for chairing the Planning Committee. Thank’s must also go to Cllr Dewhirst who has kept us all informed about County Council matters and any that are relevant to Kingskerswell, thanks must also go to Cllrs Haines and Cook who likewise have kept us informed about our District Council. I would also like to thank Karen, our Clerk, who keeps the office running smoothly and all of us up to date with all the latest information that she receives.
It has been a very testing year from unwelcome visitors that arrived in the village at about this time last year to the extreme weather conditions we had in March of this year. But, in all, it has shown that as a community we can all work together from the greater good. We are trying as a Council to bridge the gap between young and old to break the stigma and rift to this end the multi gym equipment which has been installed on the Playing Field as been a great success.
Looking to the future we as a Council intend to improve the general appearance of Kingskerswell which is looking a bit tired and tatty around the edges, we want residents of Kingskerswell to be proud of their village. Later in the year the Council will be contacting the various groups and clubs that meet in Kingskerswell asking them if they would like to be responsible for looking after flower planters and also help with bulb planting in the autumn. Local businesses will also be contacted regarding sponsorship. There are future projects planned and for these to happen consultations will be held so that everyone both young and old can have their say.
I believe it is important that we engage with the younger residents of this village as remember they are our future.
Cllr Andrew Hartley
Chairman, Kingskerswell Parish Council