Chalfont St. Giles Parish Council
Chairman’s Report for the year from April 2014 to March 2015
The Chairman welcomed everyone to the Parish Meeting and presented a report on the Parish Council’s activities throughout the year including :
Restricted the precept increase to 1.9%.
Activated a new Parish Council website.
Continued to support the Youth Club in its ambition to build an extension to the Youth Centre.
Having worked hard to purchase a viable building to provide an office and meeting room within the parish for the Parish Council and its Clerk, regrettably the Parish Council withdrew its offer on 1st October as the vendor had proved unable to exchange contracts after 18 months. The search for office premises continues.
Renovated and installed new modern childrens’ play equipment in the playing fields – this proved very popular, and an instant hit with parents and children.
Renovated the High Street War Memorial, and installed new planters, in readiness for the WW1 commemorations.
Arranged the replacement of the four aged and decrepit looking parish noticeboards.
Replaced the Village Pond fencing with new posts and chain.
Took part in consultations on flood control measures for the future.
Actively took part in opposition to the proposed HS2 railway route.
Replaced four very well used dog waste bins in the playing fields with four new larger bins.
Provided the Christmas lights throughout the village centre.
Contributed towards the realignment of the Blizzards yard car park exit
Continued work towards establishing the whole Parish of Chalfont St. Giles as a Neighbourhood Area, developing a Neighbourhood Plan as defined by the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012.
Supported the popular BAT4CSG’s Beer Fest, the annual Country Show, and the Guides & Scouts fireworks events.
Following numerous residents’ concerns over speeding throughout the parish, and a successful bid to the County Council’s Local Area Forum, provided two Mobile Vehicle Activated Signs which have been located at several locations.
Contributed throughout the year towards “free” up to one hour car parking in Blizzards Yard, in conjunction with the traders and businesses, in an effort to increase footfall and vitality in the village shopping centre.
Considered 168 planning applications, objected to 37.
Represented the parish with representatives on 18 third party bodies.
Supported local organisations with grants totalling £3800 -
Age Concern Gerrards Cross, Chalfonts, & District 100
B.A.T. 4 C.S.G. 200
Ch St G Youth Club : old folks Xmas tea party 100
Ch St G Youth Club 2000
Chiltern & S B Dial-A-Ride Ltd 600
Chiltern Open Air Museum 100
Revitalisation Committee : WW1 commemoration 100
Xmas lights event 400
Simply Walk 100
The Chairman thanked the Vice Chairman of the Parish Council, Mrs Phillips and Mr Bray for their work in connection with the HS2 Project, and all Committee Chairman, as well as all members who give their time freely to support the community in so many ways. He gave collective thanks to the Groundsmen for their work, and to the Clerk.