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Clifton (Without) Parish Council – Chairman’s Annual Report

8th May 2019

We have had another busy year.

Firstly, following the May elections I would like to welcome our new Councillor, Darryl Smalley to the Parish Council and also congratulations to our newly appointed Ward Councillors for Rawcliffe and Clifton Without - Derek Wann, Darryl Smalley and Sam Waudby. At this point I would like to give thanks to our previous Ward Councillors, Stuart Rawlings, Peter Dew and Sam Lisle for all their hard work over the past year.

Once Nigel and Stuart are co-opted back onto the Parish Council we will still be carrying 2 vacancies but hopefully we can look to filling these in the coming year.

As you will all know our main project over the past year has been the land at the Former Clifton hospital site and I would like to pass on the councils thanks to those in the working group for this project and especially to James who produced an excellent proposal that we submitted to Philip Callow at City of York Council. The Parish Council are now currently in talks with the Environment Agency as to where their footpath will be installed. Although this is still an on-going project, I am hopeful we can obtain a good outcome and create an excellent community facility for the residents of the Parish.

Regarding finances, the level of precept has been kept at £11,500 for some time now, in order to try and bring the current reserves down to a more acceptable level. However, a large chunk of the current reserves is earmarked for use on the former Clifton hospital site land project.

Over the past year we have again seen a steady level of planning applications.

The Parish Council were very pleased to finally see the removal of the hand car wash at the old Bumper Castle back in September last year. Unfortunately the car sales still remains in the car park of Melody’s.

The main contentious application over the past year has been the Self Storage facility on Water Lane. This application was originally refused in August 18 but sadly after an appeal to the Secretary of State the application has now been approved.

At the end of last year the Parish Council were very pleased to finally see the release of the Section 106 money from the Redrow development.

Over the past year the Parish Council have been very pleased with the continued excellent communication and working relationship with staff at the Vale of York Academy School. The Parish Council very much welcome the regular attendance and updates from Rob Orr, Community Coordinator, who is doing a great job. The council were very sorry to see Helen Dowds leave her post of Principal after 3 years at the end of last year but now look forward to working with new Principal Toby Eastaugh to see a continued bright future for the school.

Sadly the council recently lost the very valuable services of the volunteer litter picker at the play area. We need to now try and ensure that when carrying out the weekly play area inspection we all do our own little bit to try and combat the issue of litter in this area.

Finally, I would like to thank all members of the Parish Council for their continued help and dedication to the Parish. All councillors dedicate a significant amount of time and effort to the Parish Council, all of which is done on a voluntary and unpaid basis. I thank you all for your dedication to the area in which we live and work. The Parish Council look forward to filling its current 2 parish councillor vacancies and bringing on board new residents who will bring with them new ideas and valuable opinions.

I look forward to continue working with you all in 2019.

Thank you

Jona Ellis

Chairman

Clifton (Without) Parish Council