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MINSTERWORTH PARISH COUNCIL

CHAIRMAN’S REPORT

My first year as Chairman has been quite a steep learning curve, but the support of the Clerk and the now full complement of Councillors have given me great support.

It would be nice to see a few more parishioners at our meetings, to ensure their views and problems are recognised. Soon, we hope to have our own website to allow people to have access to all the relevant Parish business via the internet.

Minsterworth’s traffic problems were made significantly worse by the A40 roadworks, causing massive queues and adversely affecting many local businesses. Thankfully, they finished just six weeks late, in time for Christmas, and the traffic does seem to be moving better through rush hour times.

In the Summer, Highways lent the Parish a Speed Indicating device, which was positioned in several sites along the A48. The device itself had quite an impact in reducing speed, but there are still a small number of motorists who drive too fast.

The traffic calming outside the school seems to work quite well, but again there have been reports of people overtaking on the wrong side of the islands.

It would be nice to see the Police being more proactive on the A48, considering the number of accidents that have occurred in recent times.

At last, the Post Office has reopened after its rebuild, and now The Apple Tree pub is reopening at the end of March, under new ownership. Good luck to the new owners, and I hope the Village will give full support to both of these vital elements of village life.

There has been some dissatisfaction with Tewkesbury Council concerning Planning and Enforcement, but hopefully these issues will be resolved soon.

Many thanks again for your support throughout the year.

Richard Few

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