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new Parish Clerk for Farringdon - Updated March 3rd 2017  

Claire Gibbs - Farringdon Parish ClerkThere were two Clerks keeping the Councillors in order at the Farringdon Parish Council Meeting held last night, (2nd March) Claire Gibbs, the newly appointed Parish Clerk (who, as can be seen seen the right, very generously gave permission for the 'Biz' photographer to take a quick snap) and Sue Hobbs, who has been doing noble service as Locum Parish Clerk for the last few months.

With all but one of the Parish Councillors present at the meeting the topics under discussion included:

  • Dual planning applications for internal conversions at Lower Woodside, to which there were no objections.
      (An application to fell a Willow adjacent to the Parish Magazine Headquarters will be on the   Agenda at a meeting of the Farringdon Parish Council Planning Committee on 9th March at 10am   in the Golden Pheasant Function Room. Note the morning start time if you wish to attend!)


  • Maintenance of the Children's Playground (adjacent to Shirnall Meadows) and the appointment of a qualified Inspector to carry out the annual safety assessment. A legal requirement to minimise the risk of patrons becoming entangled, trapped, clobbered by or come to harm by falling off any of the equipment provided for their enjoyment.

  • There was also a brief discussion on the problems of dog fouling and the provision of suitable receptacles for the deposition of same to encourage dog owners to clean up after their pets and hopefully discourage the few irresponsible individuals who either take no action to clear up behind their pets at all or simply bag it up and hurl the aforementioned into hedgerows, trees or verges.

  • Adoption of The Telephone Box In Parsonage Close, (approved) which is scheduled for disconnection by BT in the near future and the possibility of intalling a portable defibrillator in the already adopted Telephone Box beside the crossroads on the A32.

  • The actions, or more accurately the inactions of the various involved authorities and agencies to alleviate the constant threat of flooding along the A32 and surrounding properties were also reported on and will no doubt be one of the subjects that will feature at the Annual Village Meeting in the Church on April 5th.

  • Not surprisingly The New Village Hall for Farringdon also featured in the discussions. The Arboricultural Survey of the Churchyard and adjacent area initiated at the Village Hall presentation last year has now been completed showing the tree and protected root areas. So we now know where the Hall can't be built, now all that's needed is to find an area that could accommodate a Village Hall.

With the meeting almost at the point where the riff raff are traditionally ejected, the Parish Council Chairman, Clive Elderton, took the opportunity to welcome the New Parish Clerk and express his thanks to acting Parish Clerk Sue Hobbs for her much valued assistance and guidance to both himself and the Parish Councillors over the last few months.

With that the council moved on to confidential business and your reporter was ejected and forced to seek refuge in the bar of the Golden Pheasant, which provided an opportunity of which full advantage was taken.

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