Tuesday
Mar192019

Parish Councillors wanted!

WANTED – 10 PARISH COUNCILLORS

NOMINATION FORMS NOW AVAILABLE FROM PARISH COUNCIL OFFICE

Role

Parish Councillor

Responsible to

All people resident within Yarnton

Regular liaison with

Other councillors, local authorities, residents

Period of service

Four year term of office from May 2019

Salary

This is a voluntary position, expenses can be paid

 Main purpose:            Representing the views of all residents within your parish.

Secondary purpose:

As part of a local council you will have responsibility for:

running local services which may include: open spaces, play areas, village halls, community car schemes and potentially much more.

Deciding on how much to raise through the council tax in order to deliver your council’s services.

Influencing and shaping the long term development policy for the parish, and as part of the planning process, comment on planning applications in the parish.

Improve the quality of life and the environment in their local area.

Working to identify issues which are important to the lives of the residents you represent.

Working to bring about improvements through local projects, lobbying other service providers and working in partnership with other parishes and agencies.

 

History of parish councils

The current system of parish councils was formed by the Local Government Act 1894. There are currently around 10,000 parish councils in the country.

Any community can ask to have a parish council and, in fact, many new parishes have been formed in recent years -particularly in urban areas.

Parish councils are the tier of local government which is closest to individual communities and therefore have the greatest potential for identifying, understanding and addressing the needs of the communities they serve.

While some larger councils are run along party political lines, there is no expectation that you have to join a political party. Yarnton parish council is not split by party politics.

 

Person specification

Criteria

Essential

Desirable

Over 18 and on the electoral register

Y

 

A resident of Yarnton (although there are certain exceptions)

Y

 

Able to attend regular evening meetings

Y

 

Interest in local issues and things which affect people.

Y

 

Keen to improve the local environment and quality of life.

 

Y

An understanding and willingness to represent the views of the whole community.

Y

 

An interest in learning and developing your role in the community

 

Y

 

Support and training - Training and advice for parish councillors is available.

 

How to find out more

The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has a website www.nalc.gov.uk or preferably you could attend a parish council meeting and talk to existing councillors or to the clerk.

 

Friday
Mar152019

Sewer repairs in Cassington Road

Essential repairs are being carried out on the sewer in Cassington Road, close to the roundabout at the junction of Mead Road.

The work started on 13th March under an emergency notice permit and it is anticipated that it will take up to 14 days, although they will do their best to finish sooner. There will be 4-way traffic lights to ensure the road remains open. There will also be traffic marshals in place to monitor and ensure the flow of traffic.

For further information, please contact Kelly Skuse, Customer and Stakeholder Liaison, Thames Valley Waste  (Customer Field Services), tel. 07747 647754, email [email protected]

 

 

 

 

Monday
Feb252019

Yarnton Manor Open Garden - 21st March

Yarnton Manor Garden will be open for the NGS Yellow Book on Thursday 21st March from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.  There will be home-made teas, croquet and garden games on the lawn, plant sale and tea shop. The Garden and Estate team will be onsite.  Admission £5, children free.  
House tours available on request for an additional charge (not for NGS).
There are 7 acres of gardens including a large back lawn, walled garden, sunken garden, kitchen garden and lime tree avenue. The gardens feature a large variety of shrubs, herbaceous borders, mature trees, climbers and seasonal bedding against a backdrop of a C17 Manor House. The gardens are designed and overseen by Robin Lane Fox.
Saturday
Feb232019

Tuesday 19th February – a sad day for the village of Yarnton

It was around 4.40 p.m. and I glanced out of my window across the park, which I live near. There were three male and four female teenagers, all around 14 years old by the looks of things. I noticed that they were smoking, and something about their body language made me uneasy. The next few seconds was absolutely shocking and a concern for every one of us that lives in the village.

Without warning the three males shouted and ran after a younger lad (perhaps 12/13 years old) who was also in the park, knocked him off his bike and repeatedly kicked him on the floor. I watched in horror from my window, powerless, as they landed sickening blows to his body, laughing and smiling as they did so. It’s worth remembering they did this in full view of children in the park. A dad shouted, and the males ran off, but the females stayed in the park chatting, seemingly unconcerned, before wandering off a few minutes later. The young victim was of an ethnic minority and didn’t seem to know the gang – my conclusion is that it could well have been a racially motivated attack. He was dazed but soon got on his bike and rode off. My guess is he may have been too scared to contact the police or perhaps even tell his parents.

A few minutes later the whole gang of seven reappeared in the park – to me their body language was one of arrogant gloating triumph and they clearly had no fear of any retribution or punishment. Shortly they walked away from the park down Merton Lane. It was a truly horrific incident.

Naturally I called 999 but the gang disappeared too soon for any possibility of them being caught. Since then, the neighbourhood police team have been very good about it, and are looking for the group. Perhaps you saw the gang (I didn’t manage to get any useful descriptions, apart from the fact that one of the boys had short back and sides and two of the girls had white tops – and at least a couple had rucksacks).

If you are reading this and think you know the victim, please do encourage him to come forward, as this will aid the police greatly, and also help the poor lad get the support he may be in great need of. Secondly, if you have children, sadly, you might need to think twice about letting them go to the park unaccompanied, and even then please watch them closely. Of course, the vast majority of all park-goers are perfectly law-abiding, but believe me when I say no-one should have to go through what the victim has experienced, and there was also a number of no-doubt traumatized young onlookers to the assault.

Please call Thames Valley Police on 101, or email [email protected] if you have any information. It goes without saying that if you know the perpetrators of this sickening crime, it’s your duty to come forward.

From a very concerned village resident.

Saturday
Feb232019

Dogs in Yarnton Park 

We have received the following from a Yarnton resident:

I was recently in the park with my two younger children. The park was fairly busy, as it was a nice day. Two young ladies entered the park with some younger children and 2 dogs; the dogs were off the lead and running around, although they were friendly. I don’t mind dogs – I have 2 of my own. I heard several other mums complaining about why some people should be allowed to ignore the rules, so I politely asked the young ladies if they minded putting the dogs on leads. The ladies took offence, and told me that it was a public field and they had a right to bring the dogs in and let them run around. I pointed out that it was actually a play park and there are signs asking you not to bring dogs in. I got accused of being offensive and rude. 

We should all respect rules so that everybody can enjoy and make the most of our village facilities, and I ask parents to teach their children to obey rules and remind them that they should not bring dogs into the play park.