Council chief’s pledge to parish

Stephen Wright has been re-elected as chairman of Temple Normanton Parish Council, pledging to serve the council to the best of his ability for the year.

The vow was made at the council’s AGM in St James Church, Temple Normanton, with 22 members of the public present, the highest attendance for many years.

Cllr Wright gave his report of the previous year, highlighting the setting up of a Heritage Committee to encourage interest in the history of Temple Normanton, with a view to mounting an exhibition in the near future. He reported that the Allotment Association has been set up and meets regularly, and for the first time for many years there is a waiting list for allotments. As a result of £12000 of grants, the allotments are now an important part of the community.

Thanks were expressed to the Community Payback Scheme, run by the Probation Service, for its Saturday working parties which have put new life into the allotments. Currently members of the scheme are erecting a security fence around the whole allotments, which is being planted with hedging plants, to encourage wildlife, and to provide further protection.

The play park continues to be a focal point for the children and young people of the community. Plans are in hand to refurbish the goal posts and improve the goal areas. Grants during the year have enabled the parish council to replace the damaged fence which screens the football area from the play park.

Grants have been applied for to replace some of the parish council seats around the parish, and a new bus shelter has been erected at Corbriggs. Improvements to the grass verges on Church Lane have been actioned, and work is ongoing on this project.

Future plans include continuing to develop the play park, and to look into the development of the woodland area situated between the play park and the allotments, to turn it into an amenity area for use by the community.