SMTC Weekly Report 20/4/18
By Andrew Coates, Town Clerk, Apr 20 2018 03:21PM
Items of importance dealt with week commencing 16th April 2018
Poppies around Town
On Wednesday the Meddlers and volunteers including some Councillors planted the poppy seeds at several locations in South Molton so we have to keep our fingers crossed they germinate. In theory there are 150,000 poppies which might spring up which could be a great sight. The rubber tyres that Councillors might have noticed under all the signs coming into South Molton are now full of poppy seeds . My thanks to Brian Mc Govern for helping and organising the event.
The walls opposite the library have been painted and the murals that are almost complete look fantastic and the feedback has been very positive. To date no criticism!!
Community College Project
The time relapse recording of the building of the new Community College is now complete and the majority of the grant monies have been used up to finance the project. The monies were spent on various recording items and it has been suggested that the square be “time lapsed” recorded for 6 months as a matter of public interest. The equipment could be installed on the Post Office wall or if Councillors have any other ideas what to do with the equipment please let me know. It would seem a shame to waste the use of the recording items. I have asked Phillip Norman to give a presentation to Councillors in May.
As circulated last week Nat West are having a drop in session at the Amory Centre commencing 31st May and this will be for each week until 30th August from 10.00am to 1.00pm. Nat West will be advertising this quite widely nearer the time. Please note this does not replace the mobile banking which is still on track to come to South Molton when the bank closes. I have as yet to ascertain the exact times and day of the mobile banking but as soon as I know I will broadcast this.
I intend to do another publication of the Newsletter in May so if there is anything Councillors would like to include please let me know. Or if there are any consultations you would like me to include.
Central Park Equipment
The pendulum swinger has broken in Central Park and it looks as if the top area has disintegrated. I am asking for a second opinion on this but it will be out of action for a while.
I have finally received a reply from Rishi Sunak, Minister for Local Government, which is quite promising especially regarding the refund.
The Man Shed group have been looking for some time for somewhere else to operate from and the numbers have grown to approx. 20. They repair tools and electrical equipment at the moment from the Scout Hut. It is helping the members themselves and also people who want basic repairs. We have suggested the work shop next to the cemetery as a base- all we need to do is to re-locate the two sit- on mowers which we are looking into. The man shed have agreed to decorate the workshop and they have also agreed a small rent to cover electric etc. I think it is potentially a brilliant spot for them and they agree it would be more than suitable. They have also agreed to help build a toilet in the shed area next to the cemetery lodge where the water and drainage pipes flow through. If anyone can think of any reason not to proceed with this please let me know.
Today the flagpole has been hoisted up onto the Town Hall roof and we are just awaiting the fixings to be fabricated so that the pole can be permanently in situ. This should be completed before the Royal Wedding.
Full Town Council Meeting next Tuesday at 7.00pm in the Town Hall. Please note there is no planning meeting on that day.
Annual Meeting of the Town Council 8th May 2018 at 7.00pm where the committees will be chosen for the ensuing year.
Mayor Choosing Ceremony- 16th May at 7.00pm.
Annual Town Council Meeting- 22nd May 2018 at 7.00pm and I have asked organisations who have received a grant from the Town Council to give a quick presentation on how the monies have been spent.
Andrew Coates, Town Clerk